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First, here’s a recording of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Prelude in C for piano I made at the Cafritz Recording Studio at the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C. on a Steinway B piano on November 30th, 2012:

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From now on, I will be blogging from the Meyers Music Studio teaching page. That is my main page for teaching private piano lessons in person and – now that MTH has a blog feature – I would like to put as much as I can in one place.

Posts will vary from sharing videos & info about the Composer of the Month (we have just finished Mozart & we’re going on to Mendelssohn in February!) or other listening; articles about music practice and music lessons; music research; the impact of the arts; and more, as you’ve seen here!

In addition to checking out the new homepage blog, you can also follow Wade Meyers on Twitter, ‘Like’ the Meyers Music Studio Facebook page, and subscribe to Wade Meyers on YouTube because I’ll be posting studio recordings & live performances; answering music questions; and, posting vlogs!

And maybe I'll get a desk like Liszt's?

And maybe I’ll get a desk like Liszt’s Bösendorfer?

 

In other news, there is now a public calendar also up on the Meyers Music Studio teaching page that features the composer of the month, studio class schedules, and upcoming recommended concerts in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metro areas! I will continue to update it and add to it as necessary for classes, recitals, concerts, etc.

There may still be some posts to come on this page, but if you’ve enjoyed it here I’d love to hear from you over on the new blog because social media, blogs, and music are all about community to me – so let’s keep in touch!

This live performance from 2010 was part of the Oscar Feliu Presents / Sunday Serenade series at the Church on the Square in The Villages, Florida of the first movement (Adagio sostenuto) of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata, Op.27, No.2 given by Wade Meyers.

This particular performance was casually recorded with a Zoom mic stashed away on stage. Despite the casual nature, this has proven to be one of the more popular recordings made by Wade Meyers. You can download this recording of Wade Meyers playing “Moonlight” Sonata here.

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Why Beethoven took long walks

Ludwig van Beethoven frequently went on very long walks through the country side, saying in part that the music came to him through nature. Wolfgang Amadè Mozart wrote in his letters that music often emerged in his mind when in a pleasant mood, often after a meal and while he was walking or in a carriage. This composite MRI of 20 students might also clue us in to how important it can be to step out of the practice room or away from the desk and move around!

Anton Rubinstein’s Piano Concerto No.4 in D minor, Op.70, 1st movement, Moderato assai. Performed by Wade Meyers, piano; Dennis Layendecker, conductor; and, the George Mason Symphony Orchestra on May 6th 2012 at the George Mason Center for the Arts Concert Hall for the Young Masters Scholarship Benefit concert, attended by around 2,000 people.

With permission, I successfully uploaded this to YouTube on my new channel! This YouTube channel is to answer music questions and casually present Classical music as a music for the people, as it was meant to be, not just the “elite.”

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How Taking Music Lessons as a Child Could Physically Improve Your Brain

New research in from Beijing about how music training affects the brain, especially in children!

“Early musical training does more good for kids than just making it easier for them to enjoy music, it changes their brain and these brain changes could lead to cognitive advances as well,” study researcher Yunxin Wang said in a statement. “Our study provides evidence that early music training could change the structure of the brain’s cortex,” …

I’m going to give it to you straight.

 

The biggest reason young children quit their music lessons is that parents think children can practice alone.

 

Many children begin music lessons at an age where they need help tying their shoes, yet do we honestly believe they have the time & project management skills, practice techniques, objective assessment skills, and drive to see their music practice through every week?

 

I don’t think so.

And I think this is the biggest thing the Suzuki Method does right: Parental & familial involvement & encouragement are vital to a child’s success in learning music.

 

I don’t care if it’s piano lessons, violin lessons, double bass lessons, trombone lessons, or what – their teacher usually only sees them for 30 to 60 minutes out of the 1,440 minutes in a week.

Put another way, that’s only  1 out of 168 hours for hour lessons & 1 out of  336 hours for half hour lessons.

 

So, how can parents help?  Continue Reading »

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