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Benefit Concert Friday, March 17th

Thursday, March 9, 2017 by Betsy Breaker | Uncategorized

On Friday, March 17th, Le Sueur native Luke Barnard will be giving a recital at the United Methodist Church in Le Sueur at 7:30pm.  Luke is a former piano student of mine who is studying for his masters in music with a focus on music ed and vocal performance.

He has the opportunity to study and perform in Bulgaria with the Varna International Opera Academy and is giving this concert with a free-will offering to help fund this amazing experience. I'm am pleased to be accompanying Luke for the 25-minute program he has prepared with works varying from spirituals to German lieder to French and English repertoire. Luke has an amazing tenor voice and I know you won't regret taking time out of your Friday night to hear him.

As a pianist, collaborative performances such as these are just a treat. I've spent decades alone at the piano practicing and improving, so I welcome the chance to create music with such a gifted vocalist. Those decades have included a LOT of sight reading, a very valuable skill to practice because it enables me to learn music quickly. In this case I've got 25-minutes of music to prepare for next Friday - and I just received the first installment of music this morning with the rest coming soon!

I hope you can join us and hear where piano lessons may lead your kids!

40 Day Piano Practice Challenge Begins March 1st

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 by Betsy Breaker | Uncategorized

Students have all received their 40 Days of Practice Challenge sheets. March 1st is exactly 40 days from the piano recital! My challenge to students is to do something every day towards their practice goals - it doesn't have to be with their recital piece. The sheet I created is pretty clear about what is or is not practice. It also give ideas of things to do when being at the piano isn't possible due to travel or illness.

Parents need to initial the sheet each day they practice and then the completed sheets should come to the recital to be turned in for prizes!!!

The recital is Sunday, April 9th.

Also a reminder that we have our March Crunch! Club session this Friday from 3:15-4:30. Please RSVP if you have not already signed in through the website portal.

Christmas is coming!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 by Betsy Breaker | Uncategorized

In piano lesson world we need to plan early for Christmas in order to have sufficient time to build a nice little Christmas repertoire list for your students to share with others!

As always, I have a lending library of Christmas books available. But if you would like me to purchase an appropriately leveled book for your student I would be happy to do so. I will invoice your book after it is delivered to your student.

Let me know in the next week if you would like me to shop for you! Likewise if you are wanting to give a piano book as a Christmas gift I can help you with ideas or make the purchase for you. There's no such thing as too much music! 

As a reminder, this is the last week of the month so we will have a new composer of the month coming soon. Please make sure your students have completed their Bach trading card and listened to the recording found at! I firmly believe a well-rounded musician can do more than play the notes on the page. Learning about the composers makes the music more interesting and brings new perspective to how we approach pieces.