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