Archive for April 2015

C minor chord, and reading flats

    Hello! Today we’re going to explore the dark world of minor chords, as well as learn what those flat symbols are and how to interpret them.

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A Brief History of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Hello! Today’s video is one I’m SUPER EXCITED about, because music history is really interesting and Mozart was a pretty hip and happenin’ dude.  I have a Tardis, I know these things. Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you want to have more music history parties! xo, Allysia

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Introduction to Chords: C major chord and G7 chord

    Hi! In today’s video, you’ll get to play around with two basic chords, which are a simple way to flesh out the harmony for any piece.  We’ll also talk just a little chord theory, so you get a glimpse into how they’re built.  And everything gets put together in a simplified Mozart tune…

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Q&A: Finding Level-Appropriate Piano Sheet Music

Howdy! It’s tough to find music at your level without the help of a teacher, whether you’re a beginner or advanced student.  In today’s video, I talk about some of my methods for finding music for my students, as well as for myself.  Here are some websites I mentioned:

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How to Practice Piano: 9 tips

    Good afternoon! Today’s video is all about practicing.  As musicians, we spend a LOT of time practicing (well, some of us anyway), so it’s a good idea to get the most of it – as well as enjoying the process while you’re there. Most importantly, experiment and find what works for you! 🙂…

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First Piece for Beginners

    Good morning, friends! Today we’re going to put everything together from the last two videos into reading a simple piece of music.  Woo hoo!  If you missed them, here are the links to those videos:

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Do you need a piano teacher?

    Howdy! Today’s video is a Q&A, discussing the benefits of having a teacher, as well as alternatives if you don’t. If you have any additional questions for the Q&A segment, click the ‘contact’ tab and send me an email, or feel free to leave a comment on this post or on the YouTube…

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Introduction to Note Reading

Hello! Today we’ve got a fairly long, heady video, but it’ll all be worth it when you can identify the different keys on the piano, as well as identify notes on the music staff!  Here are two PDFs you can use to practice note reading:

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Introduction to Rhythm

  Hello! Today it’s time to start getting into the very basics of reading music, by starting with reading rhythm.  It’s important to become really familiar with these simple concepts in order to tackle more difficult ones, so to really make sure you know your stuff, print off and complete the exercises below:

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