Cincinnati-Dayton Student of the Month, November 2104

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Colin Gottron2
Colin’s note-reading skills have improved immensely in the last few months, which have enabled him to play faster – something that he struggled with before.
As a result, he is gaining more confidence in playing harder pieces and always sits down to play with a smile! He is enthusiastic during lessons, even when it comes to playing scales!
He is ...

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Tampa Student of the Month for October

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D'Angelo BellCongratulations to D’Angelo Bell, our Student of the Month for October.

D’Angelo is in the 7th grade and has been studying music with Jon Cocio for the past 4 years.  He has also received a Blue Ribbon in the Young Performers Awards in the Fall of 2013.  Jon says that D’Angelo shows a constant improvement from week to week and maintains good practice ...

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The key to finding the right keyboard or piano

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It’s not black and white.

People have made music with instruments for thousands of years, from simple flutes and harps to dulcimers and clavichords and by 1682 AD, the spinet, forerunner of the piano. Our selection of instruments in 2014 would have astounded our ancestors.
From the spinets and fortepianos of the 1700s came today’s grand and upright piano and eventually, digital keyboards, which many find more affordable and compact, and even portable.
Important keyboard features:
1. Number of keys: ...

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Student of the Month for September

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Congratulations to Anjali Panchal, our Student of the Month for September.

Anjali is 9 years old and is taking piano lessons with Regnarene Brown who says that Anjali is always prepared for her piano class.  She never backs away from a challenge.  She is self motivated and very detailed in her preparation.

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Tampa Parents of the Month for September

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Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Dumont, our Parents of the Month for September.

Mr. & Mrs. Dumont’s son Evan takes piano lessons with Faye Monroe who has nominated them for the September Parents of the Month.  Faye says that Mrs. Dumont is not musically inclined but always encourages Evan in his music and practice.  Mr. Dumont is a musician and helps Evan with his practice and is able ot answer his questions between lessons.  She says that it is a real ...

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Tampa Teacher of the Month for September

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Congratulations to Laura Smith, our Teacher of the Month for September.

Laura is an amazing teacher of piano, guitar and voice.  She has been teaching with PLIYH since 2006.  Laura is also a performer and plays many venues around the Tampa Bay area.  Laura takes a personal interest in all of her students and goes above and beyond for each of them.  She has quarterly recitals at local retirement communities for the enjoyment of the residents.  If she is playing in ...

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Tampa Teacher of the Month for August

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??????????Congratulations to Ismael Rivera, our Teacher of the Month for August.

Ismael has been an outstanding piano and guitar teacher with PLIYH since 2005.  Ismael’s extensive education consists of Masters Degree in Music Composition, Hunter College, NY, Mannes College of Music, NY, The American Institute for Guitar, NY, Electronic Music Technology from NRI.

He has organized and performed my own compositions along with colleagues at Hunter College.  I continue to perform at recitals.  Ismael’s ...

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75 Years of Batman, stuck in your head.

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8-15-14 batmanAs I scrolled through my email today, I noticed on a music website they were promoting Batman.
For some of us, Batman has been around forever. For others, they remember a time before the bat signal would shine over Gotham city and Batman would come swooping to the rescue. Batman is celebrating his 75th birthday, and in his 75 years, there ...

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Tampa Parent of the Month for August

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Congratulations to Laura Arline, Tampa’s Parent of the Month for August.

Laura was nominated by her sons’ instructor, Regnarene Brown.  Regnarene says that Laura is always with her sons in class to encourage them.  At the same time she sees what they are doing so that she can help them with their assignments for the week.  “I, as a teacher, feel supported by having her there each week for lessons.

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Tampa Student of the Month for August

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Aidan NiesCongratulations to Aidan Nies, Tampa Student of the Month.

Aidan is in the 7th grade and has been taking piano lessons with Sandy Ehlke over the past seven years.  Sandy says that Aidan is very organized at his piano lessons.  His materials are always ready when she arrives.  He stays on task but also gives himself “think time” before playing a piece.  He ...

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