Sunday, November 30, 2014

December 2014 Teaching Schedule


-- I will only be teaching the first two weeks of December. For most students this means only two lessons this month. My last regular teaching day will be Thursday, 12/11. Lesson payments for December need to include a $15 per student recital fee.

-- The next student recital will be held Saturday, December 13th from 2 to 6pm in the recital hall at CSUEB. Details about this event are posted on this website.

-- For students participating in Certificate of Merit this spring, here are the CM dates for 2015:

The performance evaluation date will be one of these: 2/14, 2/15, 2/21, or 2/22
The theory testing is either 3/7 or 3/8 (your choice)

-- There will be no song of the month for December.

-- The regular lesson schedule will resume in the new year on Sunday, January 4th.

Have a happy holiday season,
Jesse

Monday, November 24, 2014

Actress Hilary Swank on the power of a pause


In a recent interview for the Nerdist podcast, actress Hilary Swank spoke about "the power of a pause". Her comments reminded me of how powerful a pause can be in a musical performance. Here's what she had to say:

The power of a pause draws people in and allows them to have a feeling. If you're so busy emoting all the time it's almost hard for people to have a feeling. You see that with people who give great speeches. The power of a pause draws the audience in and prompts the question, "What will they say next?"



Saturday, November 1, 2014

November 2014 Teaching Schedule


-- At the end of November I will not be teaching from Wednesday, 11/26 through Sunday 11/30 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

-- The next student recital will be held Saturday, December 13th from 2 to 6pm in the recital hall at CSUEB. Please save the date!

-- Students participating in Certificate of Merit this spring are now officially enrolled. I will be collecting CM fees along with the November lesson payment.

-- Here are the CM dates for 2015:

The performance evaluation date will be one of these: 2/14, 2/15, 2/21, or 2/22
The theory testing is either 3/7 or 3/8 (your choice)

-- The song of the month for November is "1234" by Feist.

Have a happy day,
Jesse

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October 2014 Teaching Schedule

-- My teaching schedule for October will be uninterrupted.

-- The next student recital will be held Saturday, December 13th from 2 to 6pm in the recital hall at CSUEB. Please save the date!

-- The song of the month for October is "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" by The Four Tops.

Have a happy day,
Jesse

Sunday, August 31, 2014

September 2014 Teaching Schedule

-- Lessons during the month of September will be uninterrupted except for Monday, 9/1 (Labor Day). I will not be teaching on 9/1.

-- The Song of the Month for September is "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears.

Have a happy day,
Jesse

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Summer 2014 Film Scoring project - Lifted cue list




1) 0:00 - 0:15  Opening credits
2) 0:16 - 0:40  Peaceful farm at night
3) 0:41 - 1:05  A blue beam of light
4) 1:06 - 2:01  Alien in training
5) 2:02 - 2:14  The student has a meltdown
6) 2:15 - 2:51  Let's try this one more time 
7) 2:52 - 3:21  Success?
8) 3:22 - 3:54  The Master steps in
9) 3:55 - 4:44  Flying home
10) 4:45 - 5:04  End Credits

July & August 2014 Teaching Schedule

-- Lessons during the month of July will be uninterrupted.

-- At the end of August, there is one week I will not be teaching. Here are the dates when there will be no lessons: August 20th through August 25th

-- This summer I will be undertaking a cartoon film scoring project with select students. Each student will compose music to accompany the Pixar short "Lifted". You can watch the video and find a cue list here.

-- The Song of the Month for July & August is "Good Day Sunshine" by The Beatles.

Have a happy day,
Jesse

Saturday, June 28, 2014

How much does it cost to put on a recital at CSUEB?


Something I've been meaning to post here for a while. A breakdown of the cost of organizing a recital at CSUEB:

4-hour room reservation (w/ piano): $285
Event insurance: $83
Room monitor: approx. $50 (often this person doesn't show up)
100 Recital programs: $69.92 (this cost is exorbitant)
Stamps for correspondence: $1

Additional outlays:
- 6 hours of unpaid group rehearsal time
- Gas & vehicle mileage
- 3-4 hours spent formatting the program

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sunday, June 1, 2014

June 2014 Teaching schedule


-- My teaching schedule for June will be uninterrupted. Lesson payments for June should be made out for the full month plus the $15 per student recital fee.

-- The next student recital is scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, June 21st in the music building recital hall at CSUEB. 

Group 1 will begin at 2:30pm and Group 2 will begin at 4:00pm.

Click here for a listing of which student will perform in each group. 

-- During the summer, there is one week I will not be teaching. Here are the dates when there will be no lessons:
August 20 - August 26

I teach year-round, including the summer months of July & August. I know that many of you will be traveling for vacation during those months. The policy that I have adopted for summer teaching is this: each student needs to pay for a minimum of 4 lessons for the months of July & August in order to reserve a lesson time for the fall. If I do not receive this summer payment then I can't guarantee a spot on my student roster for the next school year.

-- There will be no Song of the Month for June. We will be restarting this project in July.

Have a happy day,
Jesse

Thursday, May 1, 2014

May 2014 Teaching schedule


-- My teaching schedule for the month of May will be uninterrupted. I will be teaching on Memorial Day (5/26) and will likely teach an abbreviated schedule that day based upon how many students are going to be absent.

-- The next student recital will be held Saturday, June 21st from 2 to 6pm in the recital hall at CSUEB. Please save the date!

Have a happy day,
Jesse

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April 2014 Teaching Schedule


-- In observance of the CVUSD spring break, I will not be teaching during the week of 4/14 through 4/20.

-- The next student recital will be held Saturday, June 21st from 2 to 6pm in the recital hall at CSUEB. Please save the date!

-- The Song of the Month for April is "Happy" by Pharrell Williams.

Have a jovial day,
Jesse

Saturday, March 1, 2014

March 2014 Teaching Schedule

-- I will not be teaching on these two Saturdays in March: 3/15 and 3/22. 

-- As a reminder to CM students, here are the CM dates this month:

* Performance evaluations will be held on the weekends of March 1-2 and March 15-16. 
** Theory testing will be conducted on the weekend of March 8-9.

-- For CM students, here are two blog posts that should helpful to your Ear Training preparations: CM Ear Training Evaluation mp3's and Theta Games for CM Students

-- The next student recital will be held Saturday, June 21st from 2 to 6pm in the recital hall at CSUEB. Please save the date!

-- The Song of the Month for March is "Buddy Holly" by Weezer.

Have a happy day,
Jesse

Saturday, February 1, 2014

February 2014 Teaching Schedule


-- The month of February will be uninterrupted. (I am aware that Monday, Feb. 17 is President's Day... I will be teaching that day.)

-- As a reminder to CM students, here are the CM dates for spring 2014:

* Performance evaluations will be held on the weekends of March 1-2 and March 15-16. 
** Theory testing will be conducted on the weekend of March 8-9.

Please keep all three of these weekends free. In mid-February I will receive the schedule and location details for each student's performance. For the theory testing weekend at Chabot College, you can drop in anytime between 8am-4pm on either Saturday or Sunday.

-- For CM students, here are two blog posts that should helpful to your Ear Training preparations: CM Ear Training Evaluation mp3's and Theta Games for CM Students

-- The Song of the Month for January and February is "Royals" by Lorde.

Have a happy day,
Jesse

Saturday, January 11, 2014

101 Piano Practice Tips ebook

This book is an excellent and inexpensive resource for helping students get the most out of their time between music lessons. Spending a mere $2.99 could go a long way toward improving the practice mindset for parents. Specific chapters discuss how to create the right home environment, attitude, and tips on making practice fun. Written by Tracy Selle, a veteran piano teacher.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

January 2014 Teaching Schedule


-- My regular teaching schedule resumes on January 4th. The month of January will be uninterrupted. (I am aware that Monday, Jan. 20 is the M.L.K. Jr. holiday... I will be teaching that day.)

-- As a reminder to CM students, here are the CM dates for spring 2014:

* Performance evaluations will be held on the weekends of March 1-2 and March 15-16. 
** Theory testing will be conducted on the weekend of March 8-9.

Please keep all three of these weekends free. In mid-February I will receive the schedule and location details for each student's performance. For the theory testing weekend at Chabot College, you can drop in anytime between 8am-4pm on either Saturday or Sunday.

-- The Song of the Month for January and February is "Royals" by Lorde.

Have a happy day,
Jesse