Winter Piano Recitals 2018

Leslie’s Music Studio was proud to present two recitals on Saturday, December 1st. Students performed at Schmitt Music in Overland Park. Each year, we feature a variety of holiday tunes alongside classical pieces.

At our studio, we love Wendy Stevens’ Christmas arrangements! Her version of Jingle Bells and Carol of the Bells are always crowd pleasers. Students at any skill level get to play the full range of the piano and perform fun glissandos in many of Stevens’ arrangements, such as Jingle Bells, Up on the Housetop, and Carol of the Bells.

A few students performed the duets they are learning for the KCMTA Multi-Piano Concert in January. Two students debuted their “Cruella de Vil” duet.  If you’ve never attended the Multi-Piano Concert, it is a must-see performance! Twenty-eight grand pianos, each with a pair of duet partners, fill the stage and are directed by a conductor. This year’s theme is “On With the Show.”

Each of our recitals concluded with a special finale of Holiday Rhythm Cups! Students performed “Joy to the World,” and “Deck the Hall.”

Students, thank you for your joyful presence, your spirited playing, your dedication and hard work, and the community you create when you make music together.

Parents, thank you for all your support — for reading each e-mail, driving to lessons, being flexible,  encouraging your young musician, attending recitals, and for all the ways you care for your child, not just as a musician, but as a growing, maturing, unique individual. Thank you for believing in the power of music in our students’ lives.

Schmitt Music, thank you for generously allowing us to use your beautiful facility for our performances.

Kansas Music Educators Conference 2015

Last week hundreds of music teachers and students gathered at Century II in Wichita for the annual KMEA In-Service. Each year, teachers attend a variety of professional development sessions that refresh their teaching strategies and students get to work with clinicians before giving honors performances. I had the exciting opportunity to attend two workshops with acclaimed composer, pianist, speaker and teacher Wendy Stevens during the conference. Continue reading