Iggy Plays Toccata and Fugue in D minor by J.S. Bach
Thursday, July 7, 2022 by Graham Yates | Student Recordings
"You can do anything you put your mind to." In this case, Iggy put his mind to learning this piece thanks to the promise of a PS5 from his dad. Hey, a little bribery never hurts!
Congrats, Iggy, on unlocking two achievements today: earning your PS5 and absolutely crushing this challenge giving you so many valuable piano skills. In particular: perseverance, memorization, chord voicing, control of fast notes and working with a metronome. Simply amazing!
Daniel plays Bach Minuet no. 4
Thursday, May 5, 2022 by Graham Yates | Student Recordings
Daniel (10) performs the fourth Bach Minuet from Suzuki piano book 2 (BWV Anh. 114). He has been diligently working hard through the pieces in Book 2 and is almost to the end! Only a few short weeks ago he was struggling to learn the notes of this piece, and now listen to how confidently he plays. Bravo, Daniel!
Julian Plays "Legends Never Die"
Saturday, April 30, 2022 by Graham Yates | Student Recordings
Sometimes my students give ME and education with their musical choices. "Legends Never Die" was written by Riot Games Music Team for the 2017 League of Legends World Championship and performed originally by Against the Current. I'm sure that means something important to a lot of people, and I'll keep that in mind next time I say something heady like "Chopin's Nocturne in E-flat major, Opus nine Number two."
Hear Julian absolutely rock "Legends Never Die" in this piano solo version!
Chelsey's Suzuki Book 1 recital
Tuesday, April 19, 2022 by Graham Yates | Student Recordings
Congratulations to Chelsey who performed her Suzuki book 1 graduation recital. She practiced to learn all the important artistic skills required to play the pieces in the book, memorized them, and performed them live for her teacher, her mom and the camera - for your enjoyment! We can't wait to start you on the next book, Chelsey!
Octavia's Suzuki Book 1 recital
Monday, April 18, 2022 by Graham Yates | Uncategorized
Congratulations to Octavia on performing her Suzuki book 1 recital. We look forward to seeing what's next on her musical journey!
Julian Plays "Because of You"
Monday, April 4, 2022 by Graham Yates | Student Recordings
Here's Julian playing the Piano Guys song "Because of You" with cellist Hector Moreno. This performance closed one of the recitals held last weekend which marked the first time our students had performed in person since the pandemic. I think Julian really knocked it out of the park with his playing, and especially while honing his skills as a collaborative musician. Congrats Julian and Hector, and all other students who performed that day, on your performance!
Our 2022 Spring Recital Video!
Monday, March 28, 2022 by Graham Yates | Studio Recitals
We had our first in-person recital in over two years! Congrats to everyone who performed - y'all did amazing!
Concerto Project 2021: Concerto no. 3 ("Youth"), second movement, by Kabalevsky
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 by Graham Yates | Concerto Project
Julian performs the second movement from Kabalevsky's 3rd concerto ("Youth"), for piano and orchestra, accompanied on the second piano by his teacher. Part of the 2021 Concerto Project.
Concerto Project 2021: Concerto in G by R. Vandall
Thursday, December 2, 2021 by Graham Yates | Concerto Project
Greta performs the first movement of Robert Vandall's Concerto in G for piano and orchestra, accompanied by her teacher on the second piano. Greta absolutely loves this piece with its luscious chords, and she says it's the longest piece she's ever learned to play! Congrats, Greta!
Jose's Suzuki Book 1 Recital
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 by Graham Yates | Student Recordings
Jose has completed the first book in the Suzuki series! Here, he performs a selection of 10 pieces, from memory. Listen to that confident legato, especially in the last two pieces (Christmas Day Secrets and Musette) where he navigates two kinds of articulation at the same time. He worked REALLY hard on that! Congrats, Jose, and good luck in book 2!