Archive for December, 2010

Dec 30th 2010 Ion Profile LP USB Turntable

I have been collecting classical records for years.  The idea is that when I have enough that I can create a boarder around my home music studio.  The disappointing thing was that I had no way to play these wonderful recordings.  Thanks to my family that is no longer a problem.  Various family members gave me birthday and Christmas money that I put towards the purchase of a turntable.

 

The Ion Profile LP USB Turntable fits the bill. 

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The turntable comes with a USB port, USB cable and recording software.  By plugging the turntable into the computer and playing the records, the tracks are saved into iTunes format.  The quality level of the recordings is adjustable. 

 

I will now be able to share some of the great recordings by the famous artists of the past.  The equipment should pay for itself quite quickly.  I usually purchase tracks from either iTunes or www.classicalarchives.com.  These tracks are between 89 and 99 cents each.  Records at thrift shops and charity stores are twenty-five cents to a dollar.

 

This is a nice piece of equipment to help me further the musical development and appreciation of my students.

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Dec 21st 2010 New Studio Availability

As 2010 comes to a conclusion, I am excited to announce new studio availability for the coming year.  Lesson times are now being offered from 9:00 am until early afternoon Monday thru Thursday at Brunner Studios home location.  These times are perfect for the homeschooled student, working adults with flexible schedules and retirees.  Also, Fridays will also be opening up for lessons.  Friday times are from 9:00-6:00. 

 

Gift certificates are available for purchase for a monthly or semester basis.  So go ahead and get that family member a keyboard or piano for Christmas.  Another wonderful gift is having a piano tuned for someone who already owns an instrument. 

 

I look forward to seeing what the new year will bring for those students who are interested in non-traditional lesson times.  Please contact me for more information.  For current students of Brunner Studios a 10% referral discount will be credited to your account. 

 

Have a wonderful Holiday Season and I hope to see you soon!

 

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Dec 6th 2010 Dec. 5 Winter Recitals

Yesterday was the first round of Winter Recitals.  The concerts were held at Ardrey Kell High School. 

 

I am so proud of all of my students.  Everyone performed well, was dressed appropriately and even remembered to bow.  These guys and girls have learned so much.  The performers were as follows:

 

Liam-   O Little Town of Bethlehem

Savannah- Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Katrina-  We Three Kings

Elaina- It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

Hannah- Sleigh Ride (duet with her mom)

            – Linus and Lucy (Solo)

Kara- O Little Town of Bethlehem

Arianna- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (duet with Ms. Heather)

Peter- Carol of the Bells

Calvin- Joy to the World

Qasim- Winter Wonderland

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Dec 2nd 2010 Recital Attire- Part II

The guys have it so much easier than the girls in deciding what to wear to performances. 

 

1.  If you have a suit that is comfortable to play in this is always a good option.  The trick is to make sure that it is not too tight in the sleeves when you put your hands on the keyboard.  Also be sure to unbutton the jacket before playing.

 

2.  Dress slacks or khakis are a good idea.  Jeans are a big NO on the what not to wear list.  Shorts are also on the don’t wear list.

 

3.  For a more formal occasion a button down dress shirt and tie make a really nice statement.  For those less formal events, a polo style shirt is sufficient.

 

4.  Sock and Shoes.  Please don’t wear sandals to a concert.  Dress shoes are the best but if you don’t have dress shoes then those tennis shoes will work.  Take the time to wipe tennis shoes down with a wet rag or a magic eraser to spiff them up some.  Also, try to make sure your socks are the appropriate color.  Those white socks with black pants really stand out.

 

Tomorrow we will review why it is important to wear appropriate recital attire.

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