Improvisation can seem terrifying. Being asked to spontaneously create beautiful music?! Yet this fearsome activity is an ingredient that I always want included in my lessons.
So excited to announce that we have launched not just one, not even just two, but THREE book clubs for students of Worthing Piano Lessons, friends, family and in fact the general public.
Three Book Clubs?
There is a "Little Prodigies" book club which is aimed at children and their parents. The first book here is the addictive THIS JAZZ MAN by Karen Ehrhardt. Already a proven hit at Worthing Piano Lesson bedtimes!
The Young Adults book club is starting with Why Beethoven Threw The Stew by Steven Isserlis. This should be an entertaining and accessible introduction to the world of classical music.
There is a main book club which is targetted at adult readers. Our first book is What To Listen For In Music by Aaron Copland. Let's get our listening skills up to scratch to start the year :) we can then enjoy the forthcoming books even more! Hopefully!
Sign me up!
Although there is a target audience for each book club anyone is free to join any or indeed all of the groups.
The book clubs are being run online, using Facebook groups. Just click through to the group(s) you are interested in and request to join.
Listen AND Read
Where possible (i.e. the suggested list of music is not overwhelming) there is also a Spotify playlist to accompany the book. Here is the link for the playlist for This Jazz Man - fantastic listening, I'm sure you'll agree.
What Do YOU Think?
I've love to hear what you think about the book clubs and, of course, the books themselves. Get involved in the discussions over on Facebook and let me know what you think about the book clubs in the comments below.
Volleyball and Piano. Not related, surely? Well... I think there are some interesting and important parallels between sport and music. Both require skill and practice to develop competence, both can be enjoyed by the player as well as by an audience or spectators. What I think is particularly useful is where differences start to emerge: In my experience (very much anecdotal and not scientific at all!) people are more ready to commit to drills and practice in volleyball than they are with piano; whilst anxiety about performing in front of others often seems to be less of an issue in volleyball than with piano. Starting from these observations, what can playing volleyball teach us about playing the piano?