KCMTA Multi-Piano Concert 2019

On January 6th, 2019, hundreds of pianists of all ages from the Kansas City metro area came together to perform in the annual KCMTA Multi-Piano Concerts at Bell Cultural Events Center in Olathe, Kansas. Leslie’s Music Studio was proud to have 15 students participate in the event this year.

This year’s theme was “On With the Show,” featuring music from Broadway and Hollywood. Selections included hits such as “When You Wish Upon a Star,” “The Surrey With the Fringe on Top,” and “Spoonful of Sugar.”

The Multi-Piano Concert is a unique performance opportunity for students of KCMTA members. The event features 28 performers on 14 grand pianos simultaneously playing duet repertoire under the direction of a conductor. The concerts, which originated in 1993, have grown from 200 participating students to over 550 performers.

“Count Metronome” Halloween Practice Challenge

The maleficent mascot of meter visited Leslie’s Music Studio this October… and stole all of our Halloween candy! (*Insert maniacal villain laugh*)

To conquer the king of counting and take back their candy, students meticulously practiced their pieces with the metronome this month. Individual metronome challenges were assigned and completed and candy bags were filled one rhythmic reward at a time.

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60th Annual M.A.M.A. Festival in Lake of the Ozarks

Last weekend (July 28-31) two LMS students traveled to Lake Ozark, Missouri to participate in the 60th Annual MidAmerica Music Association Festival. Nathan and Mahathi have spent the last 6 months preparing to play at this adjudicated event. It was my honor and privilege to help them prepare their piano solos and support them at the festival.

The festival was a smashing success! Both students received Superior ratings (95% or above) on their piano solos and went home with trophies. I am so proud of my students! Continue reading

ENROLLING NOW: Summer Piano Enrichment Workshops

This summer Eric Newlin  is joining our studio to teach three piano workshops: Piano Improvisation, Creative Composition, and Learning to Play by Ear.

Workshops like these will enhance student creativity and music-making confidence in piano lessons. They are especially good for students who want to try an additional approach to learning piano, need an extra challenge, or need help taking the next step musically. With these skills, kids will be able to play favorite tunes by ear, understand harmony, jam with a friend, and understand music more intuitively. 

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