MusicNotes: From the desk of Jennifer Henning
We are currently in the middle of the very busy 2018 Festival Season!
Upcoming festivals include the Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs Junior
Festival, the Wisconsin School Music Association District Solo-Ensemble
the Wisconsin School Music Association State Solo-Ensemble Festival.
To help prepare for these performances, twenty-two students participated in
our Winter Recital.
It was held Sunday February 11th at Grace Lutheran Church in Thiensville,
Students played their Federation solos, and eight of them also played their
In addition, one student also played his Federation Concerto entry accompanied
by me (two pianos, four hands), and two students also played their
Three high school students are playing in multiple
Solo-Ensemble piano categories.
They are preparing pieces both in the Piano Solo category and in the
Non-Improvisational Jazz Piano Solo category.
Consequently, compositions by Scott Joplin, George Gershwin,
and Arletta O'Hearn as well as Franz Schubert, Claude Debussy and Johann
Sebastian Bach were all part of the recital.
After "contest season", lesson focus will return to learning more theory
and technique and reportoire as well as student-chosen supplementary pieces.
We will hold one more recital in early June where students will receive
their Federation Certificates and Gold Cups and awards for outstanding
practicing and memorization.
A few words of advice before I close:
in order to be successful learning to play piano,
it's very important to
try to find the best time of day to practice, and then stick to it.
Regular practice is what separates the good from the best students.
Parents can be helpful in choosing that "best time" and then offering
reminders and maybe rewards as needed.
As always, if you have friends, neighbors, classmates or
other family members
who are interested in piano lessons, please send them to my website,
ask me for a business card,
or give them my phone number for more information. Thank You!