Archive for February, 2014

Feb 25th 2014 SUPERIOR!!

They did it. All of Brunner Studios students participating in the NFMC festival on Feb. 22 at Queens University in Charlotte received a Superior rating. I am very proud of everyone.

Looking through the comments gives me a good sense of how everyone did. Even when the judges made comments about a memory slip or a tempo issue, there was always a following note about a good recovery. That is just as important as playing perfectly. Good job!

I felt everyone was more prepared than last year. That is even with the missed lessons due to snow and illness. You guys are impressive. Thank you!

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Feb 20th 2014 Mental Preparedness

Students from all over Charlotte, NC will be participating in the National Federation of Music Clubs festival on Feb. 22. We pick pieces we can learn successfully. We memorize. We polish. What is left? The students need to mentally prepare for the event.
I had a student in a lesson tonight who just hasn’t mentally prepared very much. Her pieces are fairly well prepared and she’s participated in this event before. In the lesson she just unravelled from the start. It was totally a mental game. She came in saying she was nervous and it showed. What are we doing to remedy this situation?
In lessons this week, we are having mock festival. The kids come in and play one scale. Then they pick which piece they want to begin with and play their first festival piece cold. I score them as if I were their judge that day. They then move straight into the second piece with no comments from me in between. After finishing their performance, we go over my written comment. Then we keep the comments sheet to compare to what their judges will say this weekend. Our goal is to try and not have any of the same negative feedback. If I said work on dynamics, then hopefully they will work extra hard on that between now and Saturday and upgrade their level of playing.
I’m having students have their parents record their performances and practice at home. Due to the snow last week, students were even sending me video for some long distance help. The added pressure of having it ‘on tape’ can help bring the flaws to the surface and simulate the environment of the event.
Then there’s the ever not popular stern lecture. You know the one. Buckle down and do your best. Don’t just throw away months worth of work. Fight for a good performance. Don’t let mistakes snowball. Once a mistake has been made it’s done. You can’t undo it, but don’t let it rattle you.
Being mentally prepared is just as important as having learned the music. So put those game faces on and go own your performances. Good luck!

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Feb 18th 2014 NFMC Festival

Brunner Studios students will be participating in the NFMC Piano Festival at Queens University on February 22. Keeping practicing!

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Feb 15th 2014 For the Love of Music

Since yesterday was Valentine’s Day, my thought is just to ask you one question. Who inspired your love of music? Was it a piano teacher? A parent? A recording artist? If you are able to thank that person, do so. They would love to hear that they’ve had an influence on your life.

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Feb 9th 2014 Royal Conservatory Music Development Program

Brunner Studios participates in the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. This program is an internationally recognized standard for musicians. We can participate in the Piano, Voice, Oboe, Theory, and Music History portions of the program. I am currently looking to enroll serious students who would like to participate in the exams that take place starting in December of 2014. This is a wonderful program to help students develop into well rounded musicians. Any age is welcome to participate. The program is not for children only. If your student is interested in studying abroad or your family is here in the US from another country, this is an easy program to step into and continue your musical education.
Please contact Brunner Studios for further information on signing up for lessons and preparing for this wonderful and internationally respected musical experience.

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