Welcome to “Nina Belle’s Music Academy”!
A long held desire of mine has been to operate a music academy where I can teach classes of individual piano lessons, group piano lessons, and general music classes.
After a lot of encouragement from colleagues and family members, I decided that the time was NOW. I have leased commercial property in downtown Georgetown and have begun the transition.
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I look forward to working with my current students and LOTS of new students. I will be posting pictures of the academy as well as information concerning the types of classes I will be teaching.
Today we had our March Group/Ensemble Lesson with all but one student in attendance! We had a wonderful lesson, beginning with warming up at the keyboards, group scale playing, ear training,and “following a conductor” practice.
Next we rehearsed Fresh Start which we’ve been working on since January. We then worked on Lullabye which was begun in February, and got started working on Allegro. All in all, the students did great. Just need to practice these at home more so that working in a group goes better.
After the ensemble work, each student played a solo of their own choosing. They were told that they could use that solo for one of their May Review pieces! Speaking of May Review, students should begin choosing their 5 May Review pieces to memorize. Students may choose recital pieces, festival pieces, or any other pieces they have worked on since they began lessons with me in the 2010-2011 year. One of the pieces chosen will be performed at the May Recital! Get busy everyone!
Congratulations to all students who participated in the festival today! I was so proud of how well my students performed! Thanks to each of you for all of the extra time and effort it took to prepare and to perform.
We had a very nice recital in preparation for the upcoming Federated Piano Festival! Way to go “Master Musicians” Class!
Tuesday, February 22, we will have our February Ensemble/Group Lesson. It is currently scheduled to begin at 5:00 pm and will be at my house. I’m still waiting to hear from several to see if a start time of 5:30 will work for everyone. Please let me know asap so I can make a confirmation of the time.
All students are expected to attend and participate. We will rehearse a short time on our ensemble pieces and each student will also play 2 solo pieces. These same two solo pieces will also be performed at the Annual Pre-Festival Recital. This is scheduled for SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27th AT 3:00 PM at Faith Baptist Church. Students will announce the pieces and play both pieces that have been prepared for the Georgetown Federated Piano Festival. Five of my eight students have prepared for the festival, the other three will play the two pieces they have prepared for the recital.
See you all on Tuesday, February 22, the exact time yet to be determined.
We had almost 100% attendance at the first group/ensemble lesson of 2011 with only one student missing! Rehearsal was begun on our newest ensemble piece, “Fresh Start”, we discussed articles on our monthly magazine, “Piano Explorer” and each student performed a piano solo.
Some of the announcements included:
Lessons resumed last week and I was excited to see everyone! I hope everyone is back on schedule with practice…don’t forget to record it at home and in the studio. Also, don’t forget that I WILL be teaching Monday afternoon, January 17th, even though there is no school that day. Our group/ensemble lesson will be on Tuesday, January 25th from 5:00-6:00 pm.
I hope you enjoy the pictures from Christmas!
We had a really fun Fall Recital on October 31st. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! November has arrived with beautiful weather but it will be gone before we know it! I hope you have been able to enjoy the beautiful weather, the warmth and the colors of fall this year!
We will have our November group/ensemble lesson on the Monday before Thanksgiving–Monday, November 22nd from 4:30-5:30. The main focus of this lesson will be to rehearse our xmas ensemble that was assigned at the last lesson, so it is very important that everyone practices the piece and attends the lesson.
In December we will have our regular lessons as scheduled (I may make some adjustments with some students) and will also have a xmas party. My plan is to have the xmas party on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17th, time TBA. More details later.
Enjoy the pictures!
On Sunday, May 23, 2010, my piano students gave their recital showcasing their May Review pieces and ensembles. Each student played a memorized solo, one student played in a student/teacher duet, and all students participated in one ensemble and performed one or two pieces. Awards were given to recognize practice, festival performances, points awards, and May Review. We had a “yummy” reception of cookies and drinks and are having one last lesson of the school year this week. I hope all who either participated or attended enjoyed themselves and will continue to “do music” this summer in some way, whether it be lessons, listening, or going to concerts. Check back later for pictures!