Newsletter – April 2020

Piano Notes 
Matthew C. Wiencke  
April 6, 2020        
Our Online Platform is a Success
Together, we did it! We made our online platform a success. Thank goodness for technology such as Zoom, FaceTime, and Google Hangouts to make it possible for us to continue “your” piano learning experience. A big thank you to all of you for your patience as we worked through the minor tweaks here and there. In moving forward with the online platform, feel free to express any concerns or improvements needed to make your lesson more productive. You can email me:

Shelter in Place – Piano Style
During this time of shelter in place, music students have a perfect time to indulge ourselves in mastering the pieces of music we want to learn.  Have you considered a favorite piece of music you would like to master? Or, is there an additional one you want to add to your current repertoire of songs and pieces? Having a goal in mind keeps a pianist committed to daily practice!            
Cat on piano

Practice Tips

Setting daily goals is always good to do. Is there a tough section of a piece that you are not always getting? Spend two practice sessions on that part. Make your goal to play it through 5 times or 10 times correctly.

Remember to warm up and loosen up, before you start playing through your pieces. Practicing piano is like exercising. Start with a good warmup first: shake out your hands and wrists. Press your hands together, then separate one set of fingers at a time. That’s a good finger stretching exercise. 

If you have been practicing the same way every time, do something different. Change things up. For example, if you have been playing a piece with both hands a lot, go back to playing it hands separately. You will discover new things. 

Up and Coming

Fall 2020 Recital open to all students.

“It’s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.”

~Johann Sebastian Bach