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Korg has been in business since 1963. Their LP-350 electric piano was created with both the feel and sound of a standard piano. It features real weighted hammer action which gives the touch of an acoustic piano. Even the weight of the lower and higher notes have been adjusted to produce a close replica. Korg has also attempted to create authentic, high quality sound with their electric pianos. Each LP-350's tone is tested and adjusted to compare as closely as possible to a concert piano. To find out more about Korg and the LP-350, you can read this article.
For more information about this specific piano, you can contact Jerri by phone 352-540-0601 or email.
Fall is all most here! Well, the weather isn't quite cool enough for me to remember that in less than a week, it will officially be autumn, but I must admit that I'm beginning to think about Halloween and Thanksgiving themed activities for my students.
One music theory aspect that I need to drill with many of my students is notes on the staff. Most of my Little Mozarts are beginning to learn their staff notes, and most of my elementary beginners are quickly expanding their range. I found this fun worksheet on Susan Paradis' site. I think my students will be seeing this worksheet pulled out a couple times over the next month or two! Maybe we'll even make a game of it by timing how fast they do it each week - hopefully that time will get shorter and shorter...
Here are some other Thanksgiving/Autumn themed resources from her site that you may enjoy using as the holiday draws near:
Originally Posted on Kindermusik's Blog.
One of Kindermusik’s core promises is to help make great parenting a little bit easier. Without a doubt, music is one vital tool that parents can use not just for fun and bonding, but as way to make the daily routines go more smoothly with less tears and more joy.
Wake up with music
Singing your child’s favorite song can chase away the morning grumpies and coax that first smile of cooperation. Try this free “Get up and Move” activity from Kindermusik @Home to get your morning off to a great start together.
Play some recorded music as you are getting your child ready for the day – quiet and soothing or happy and energetic – whatever your child responds best to. With your Kindermusik music downloads and ever-expanding library, it’s easy to create playlists of favorite music to suit any mood.
Go places with music
Sing together in the car. No one else will hear, and your child will love having the chance to make music together with you.
Utilize Kindermusik’s radio app or stream your class music so that you can have fun music with you wherever you go.
Take naps with music
There’s nothing more soothing than a playlist or CD of gentle lullaby sleepy-time music. Or even just cuddling and singing a sweet quiet song before tucking your child in for a nap will make naptime that much easier. Making music a part of the naptime routine will send your child off into the land of nod quicker than almost anything else.
Transition with music
Many children have difficulty transitioning from one thing to the next – they want to keep playing when it’s time to leave to pick up big sister from school. Or they’re not quite ready to sit in the high chair for lunch. You name it – there’s probably a way to turn that difficulty into something fun. It’s easy to “piggyback” a song, replacing the words with words you make up.
Or how about that time in the day when everyone is hungry and supper isn’t ready yet? Turn on a favorite recording and make an impromptu band using wooden spoons and plastic bowls (keeping safety and age-appropriateness in mind, of course!).
Splish splash with music Yes, even tub time is more fun with some lively music playing in the background. Your child may not be singing in the shower just yet, but the two of you can have lots of fun making bathtime a highlight of the day singing and listening to music in between all of the bubbles.
Music is one of the very best activities for kids at home and on the go! And we promise, music can make the moments of your day easier and happier. Need some musical inspiration and resources? Try a Kindermusik class – free previews available!
- Written by Theresa Case who has an award-winning Kindermusik program at Piano Central Studios in Greenville, SC
I've had lots of fun researching different musically educational theory games over the summer, and beginning to implement some of them in my studio. This evening, I introduced Over The Edge during a couple lessons...
Tonight, one of my students was having some trouble remembering the names of different notes (quarter notes, half notes, whole notes) and rests (quarter rests, half rests, and whole rests), so we pulled out Over The Edge, a game designed by Jennifer Fink and posted on her wonderful blog: www.pianimation.com!
Over The Edge uses the image of a river filled with rocks to introduce and reinforce common notes and rests - quarter notes/rests, half notes/rests, dotted half notes, and whole notes/rests. You draw a card, and get a gem for each count. I always ask my students for the name of each type of note/rest and how many counts it gets.
Tonight's student quickly began to be able to identify notes and rests by their full name rather than just, "that gets one count...", "that gets two counts...", etc. Plus, she had lots of fun filling her board before I filled mine - and she won the game! :)
I've also had success using this game at the first piano lesson that we discuss quarter notes and half notes. Typically, quarter notes, half notes, and whole notes are introduced within a week or two of each other, so this is the perfect review game (just use the notes that your student already knows). At the end of the game, my students and I use the Over The Edge cards to create some extra rhythms or perform some quick ear training exercises.
The Piano Guys have taken YouTube by storm with their incredible music videos. This group combines videography, location, and vibrant style with classical pieces of music to create a unique and enjoyable experience.
Enjoy the weekend!
German cabinet maker, Henry Steinway, began making pianos out of his home. By the year 1853, Henry had moved to America, finished over 400 pianos, and started Steinway and Sons. By the early 1880s, Steinway and Sons would churn out around 60 patents changing the modern piano forever.
Steinway and Sons went on to apply the principles developed in the work "On Sensations and Tone" by physicist Hermann Von Helmholtz. This work paved the way for much of the piano innovations during the mid-to-late 19th century.
In 1932, Josef Hofmann requested a faster, more-responsive action in the keys. Steinway and Sons went on to patent and deliver the only accelerated action of any piano. Even today, Steinway and Sons is the only piano in the world that utilizes this tedious and time consuming technology in order to produce the world's greatest piano.
Originally posted on Kindermusik's Blog, Minds on Music!
What’s in a Kindermusik class… for parents??? Well, for starters, there’s music, singing, instruments, dancing, and together time with your child – the very kinds of music education activities your child will love too. The real secret is that you can enjoy letting out your inner child and everyone else will only be thinking what a wonderful and interactive parent you are! But it really goes much deeper than that. Kindermusik educators are quite fond of explaining that Kindermusik classes are just as much for the parent as they are for the child during this critical window of early childhood development. While there are many benefits of Kindermusik enrollment for you and your child, one significant area is the social-emotional impact for the parents.
The Social Outlet
Kindermusik classes give you a vital social outlet, a place where you can make new friends and keep up with old friends too!
The Support Network
Kindermusik is a place where you can belong and be supported by other parents going through the same things with their children as you are with yours.
The Emotional Connections
Kindermusik classes are where emotional connections between you and your child are strengthened, and where what you learn and enjoy in class will spill over into even more bonding and memories together at home.
The Window into Your Child
One of the unique features of Kindermusik is that you will glean tidbits and insights into that precious little person that is your child. We use music as the vehicle to enhance every aspect of early childhood development, and to give you a peek into the wonders of the whys and hows of who your child is and what he is becoming.
The Best Choice
Knowing you have chosen one of the very best possible experiences for your child by enrolling her in Kindermusik makes you feel great – in class each week and at home all week long!
See for yourself why so many parents love Kindermusik – for their children and for themselves! Try a free class today.
- Written by Theresa Case who has an award-winning Kindermusik program at Piano Central Studios in beautiful Upstate South Carolina
Jessica's Piano Studio
Teacher at Jessica's Piano Studio to many talented students! Here's some helpful tips and interesting information to create a wonderfully educational musical experience!