Studio News

Concerto Project 2021: Concertino in D by D. Alexander

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 by Graham Yates | Student Recordings

This year, select students are participating in a Concerto Project. They will learn one or more movements of a concerto and perform it, from memory, with their teacher playing the orchestra part on the second piano.

Here is Prahal performing the first movement of Dennis Alexander's Concertino in D. It's his first performance as a student of North Austin Piano Studio!


Concerto Project 2021: Miniature Concerto by B.J. Rosco

Monday, October 25, 2021 by Graham Yates | Student Recordings

This year, select students are participating in a Concerto Project. They will learn one or more movements of a concerto and perform it, from memory, with their teacher playing the orchestra part on the second piano.

First up: Ashley performs the first movement of B.J. Rosco's Miniature Concerto for piano and orchestra.


What We're Working On

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 by Graham Yates | Student Recordings

Julian has just completed learning his first entire multi-movement work. Here is Sonatina in G - all three movements - by Cornelius Gurlitt, from the RCM Level 5 Repertoire book.


Tesla plays "Imperial March" from Star Wars

Friday, September 10, 2021 by Graham Yates | Student Recordings

Tesla, wrapping up a fun duet project from this summer. Stay tuned for more piano duo recordings this fall!


Iggy Plays "The Entertainer"

Friday, July 30, 2021 by Graham Yates | Student Recordings

Here's a way to beat the summer heat: play a ragtime duet! This arrangement of Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" is just right for a crash course in counting. Way to go, Iggy!


Remote Recital #4 - Spring 2021

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 by Graham Yates | Student Recordings

For this remote recital, students were invited in-person to the studio to record. For many, it was their first time in the new studio space, and also meeting Mr. Graham for the first time in-person! It was also a transitional experience from playing at home on students' own keyboards only for over a year, to having to adjust to another instrument in a flash. A skill and a challenge all pianists can relate to!  


Next time (hopefully): live performances!  


Program: 


00:18 Teagan - Twinkle & Honeybee 

01:18 Fiona - Lightly Row & Honeybee 

01:55 Nico - Cuckoo & Lightly Row 

3:09 Octavia - Cuckoo & Go Tell Aunt Rhody 

4:09 Suria - London Bridge & Go Tell Aunt Rhody 

5:04 Chloe - Go Tell Aunt Rhody 

5:35 Aattoja - Mary Had a Little Lamb & Go Tell Aunt Rhody 

6:29 Saaz - Little Playmates & Go Tell Aunt Rhody 

07:23 Jose - Allegretto 1 & Chant arabe 

08:40 Daniel - Ecossaise & Minuet 1 

10:59 Madhav - A Short Story & The Happy Farmer 

12:56 Ashley - The Happy Farmer & Minuet 1 

15:07 Iggy - Crazy Comics & Courageous Cat 

16:10 Khashvi - The Song of Twilight & Left Alone 

18:19 Vivica - The Sparkling Brook & The Avalanche 

20:40 Anvitha - The Song of Twilight 

22:04 Tesla - The Happy Farmer & Sonatina in F (Diabelli) 

24:21 Cylee - Sonatina in G (Latour) 

25:42 Bruce - Prelude in E minor (Chopin) 

28:22 Eleanor - Pomp and Circumstance 

29:55 Apoorva - Etude in G (Czerny) & Jumping Competition 

33:02 Samaya - River City Blues 

34:42 Vince - Mia and Sebastian 

36:40 Leena - Blue Habanera


Lilah's Suzuki Book 1 Graduation Recital

Friday, April 30, 2021 by Graham Yates | Student Recordings

Big congratulations to Lilah on recently completing her Suzuki piano book 1 graduation recital. It took supreme effort and dedication to come this far, and I wish I could convey how excited she seemed to dive into Book 2 immediately after this recording concluded. A special thanks to her supportive family in the background, who supplied the uproarious applause that we all want to give Lilah.


Daniel's Suzuki Book 1 Graduation Recital

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 by Graham Yates | Student Recordings

In these Covid times, we have all had to make incredible adaptations. One of these changes is that students who complete Suzuki book 1 have to find alternatives to performing a public recital to celebrate and share their accomplishment.


Daniel began his Suzuki piano book 1 journey about a year ago and completed his graduation recital during his Zoom remote lesson last week. In addition to learning the entire book (10 selections of which you'll hear below), Daniel completed one theory test (earning gold!) and has prepared to take another, and earned First Class Honors on a Royal Conservatory practical examination! Congrats, Daniel!

 

Ashley's Suzuki Book 1 Recital

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 by Graham Yates | Student Recordings

And another student joins the ranks of those who have completed their Suzuki piano book 1 graduation recital. Ashley is already making great strides in book 2 and could hardly wait to complete this performance. In addition to the obvious dedication and musicianship displayed below, Ashley scored 99.5% on her recent theory test, and was invited by the Royal Conservatory of Music to perform in the regional Celebration of Excellence recital. Way to go, Ashley!


A Chilling Halloween Recital

Saturday, October 31, 2020 by Graham Yates | Student Recordings

It's 2020 and we now do recitals (and Halloween) differently. This year, students recorded their own performances from the comfort of their homes, and some donned their costumes to create a Halloween recital to share with y'all.


Experience the terrifying, death-defying performances that would strike horror in the heart of most mortals. But for these supernatural beings, playing the piano in public is as easy as... as... eating brains is for a zombie, perhaps.


Congrats, all!