March 2023

Hello and Welcome to March!

Important Dates to Know –

Maternity Leave: Baby’s due date has been moved up earlier in April. I am leaning towards the idea of taking off April-May and returning in June rather than July. The time I had originally set aside before the due date is gone and could even have to change again if baby boy comes earlier 🙂 I have also had several of you mention being gone in early July, and I’d love to see you and get summer work established a little earlier than that.

What I need from you – this is definitely different than what I had originally imagined. Does this make any difference to you? And if so, how/why? Please respond by email or text message as I’d like to announce the final (haha, I realize flexibility is key when having kids) plan ASAP 🙂

Spring Recital: is scheduled for Sunday, March 19th at 2pm. Please mark your calendars now, and let me know ASAP if you have any conflicts. With the plan offered above, this would give us a good performance date and then two lessons to get things in order before break, which would be perfect!

February’s Highlights 🙂

Lots of hard work represented here!

March’s Practice Tip

Flying through your pieces and playing them at full speed to start off practice only reinforces the mistakes and problem spots. Taking the time to play at the speed of no mistakes will allow you to go full tempo faster and MUCH cleaner 🙂

Music History Time Period: Classical Time Period 1750-1825

When people say “classical music”, they are often referring to anything that isn’t rock, pop, jazz, etc. But did you know there is actually a Classical Music Era that spanned from only 1750 til 1825? The big 3 names we tend to hear from this time period are Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Their music was relatively simple compared to the baroque time period (less ornamentation), and was more harmony and chord based. There was a new emphasis on structure and clarity in all of the arts, including music. Although the piano was invented in the Baroque time period, tweaks and changes were made to get it closer to what you play today. The orchestra was also fashioned into what we see it as today. Haydn invented the string quartet, Sonata form became solidified and highly common, and amateurs began learning instruments to play in their parlors instead of leaving the music to the professional musicians or rich upper class.

Check out more about the Classical Music Era and its composers here 🙂

Book(s) of the Month:

Recommended Listening:

Looking for the other newsletters from this year? Check out the details below 🙂

January – Early/Renaissance Music

February – Baroque Music