Monthly Archives: October 2017

In today’s video, we’re going to take a closer look to Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique – particularly the fifth and final movement from the symphony, “witches’ sabbath”.

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Allysia has been teaching piano in Canada for nearly a decade, and has her Grade 10 RCM certificate. She especially enjoys nerding out to music history and theory. When she’s not making videos or teaching, she’s reading, writing, and jamming in a rock band.

Today’s question is from one of our Patreon supporters, Fred Jones. He asks,

“Your opinion on using outside songs with workbooks. For example, I am using Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course #1 as my workbook. I also bought a book of level 1 Christmas music because the songs seemed like they would be fun to work on as winter approaches. How much time should be spent on specific songs vs. progressing through a workbook?”

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Allysia has been teaching piano in Canada for nearly a decade, and has her Grade 10 RCM certificate. She especially enjoys nerding out to music history and theory. When she’s not making videos or teaching, she’s reading, writing, and jamming in a rock band.

For today’s video, I wanted to experiment doing something a little more modern – the Final Fantasy theme. I get requests all the time for making tutorials on modern pieces, but I’m concerned about violating copyright law.

However, I decided to experiment with the Final Fantasy theme for a few reasons:

  • It’s a small excerpt from a much larger piece
  • I teach it often in my studio
  • It’s being used in an educational context

We’ll see how this goes, and perhaps we’ll do more of these in the future.

Let’s get started!

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Allysia has been teaching piano in Canada for nearly a decade, and has her Grade 10 RCM certificate. She especially enjoys nerding out to music history and theory. When she’s not making videos or teaching, she’s reading, writing, and jamming in a rock band.

In today’s video, we’re going to look at 5 specific piano exercises for speed that you can get working on right away.

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Allysia has been teaching piano in Canada for nearly a decade, and has her Grade 10 RCM certificate. She especially enjoys nerding out to music history and theory. When she’s not making videos or teaching, she’s reading, writing, and jamming in a rock band.

In a video a couple weeks ago, we had a sit-down chat about how your headspace affects your practice. The video was called “Assume you’ll become a piano master” if you want to check it out.

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Allysia has been teaching piano in Canada for nearly a decade, and has her Grade 10 RCM certificate. She especially enjoys nerding out to music history and theory. When she’s not making videos or teaching, she’s reading, writing, and jamming in a rock band.