Author Archives: LaDona's Music Studio

About LaDona's Music Studio

Musician, pianist, teacher, blogger.

Congratulations are due

My daughter was part of the winning choir in their category at Young Prague 2014 last month. The announcement that the winning choir was “all the way from Canada” set off a storm of excited screams. Congratulations to the William Aberhart High … Continue reading

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Blow up your blog

Or, in my case: Practice the piano. Regularly. So many reasons to do this. Read more. The Great Pianists. Memoirs of a Geisha. The Lost World of Genesis One. Spend time – lots more time – with family and friends. … Continue reading

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A very generous policy

I stumbled upon this studio policy by a local teacher from a few decades back. I’m struck by the generosity, which overrides an attempt to keep some sense of studio management. This is an inspiration. Perhaps some of us have … Continue reading

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No tortoisian ambling, please

“Slow practice can be a complete waste of time if the mind is not working quickly. Simply to trawl through passages like a contented tortoise is a waste of the felt on your piano’s hammers. Good slow practice is more … Continue reading

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The luckiest person alive

“Every day, life is beautiful… Music is a dream… I felt this is the only thing that helps me have hope. A sort of religion. Music is God.” (Alice Herz-Sommer) Here’s an inspirational video about the oldest Holocaust survivor still … Continue reading

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NY Times: “Is Music the Key to Success?”

Originally posted on Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten): A good portion of this opinion piece focuses on how music study fueled high-profile careers, (by and large) outside the arts arena. The writer, Joanne Lipman, is author of Strings Attached…,…

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License to fritter

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832, German writer and politician and Franz Schubert’s poet of choicce) thought it futile to try to write without that spark of inspiration. “My advice therefore is that one should not force anything; it is better … Continue reading

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Was it the piano or the pianist?

I recently went to a recital given by last year’s Honens winner Pavel Kolesnikov. It was on the new C. Bechstein piano recently acquired by the University of Calgary’s School of Creative and Performing Arts. This was the piano’s debut. My interest … Continue reading

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The sense of the beautiful

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the … Continue reading

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No bad tastes

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Somewhere over the rainbow

In the RCM Grade 9 piano repertoire book – a piano reduction of George Shearing’s arrangement of Harold Arlen’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Every grade 9 student latches onto this piece first. They’ve likely played simplified versions along the way, … Continue reading

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Practice and listen and practice and listen

… and win a Nobel prize along the way. Especially if bassoon is your instrument. In an interview with Thomas Südhof, Nobel prize winner for medicine and physiology, his bassoon teacher gets the credit for teaching him how to do something … Continue reading

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