My college piano teacher, Leonora Suppan, was a strong proponent of classical music. She was, after all, a professional, playing solo, with a string quartet, and a performer with a small but excellent symphony. She played classical, and she taught it.
Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes a change of pace at Listening House Studios. We like to offer our students a break in the usual routine while also sharpening their skills.
A couple of years ago, Eric devised a list of study options for summer. I did the same, and here are a sample of what some of my students studied:
*Mallory learned a selection of "hymns through the ages."
*Ashlyn studied the blues.
*Tori composed her own Taylor Swift-style song, then sang and played and recorded it.
*Matthew continued lessons as usual.
*Jason worked on a crazy-hard piece by Chopin.
*Phillip focused on worship music arrangements, chording, and lead sheets.
During summer lessons, the living is easy and the lessons are especially fun.