Archive for category Great Performances

Sergei Rachmaninoff

This week we will be learning a little about Sergei Rachmaninoff. He was a Russian Composer who lived from 1873 to 1943. He is considered a Romantic Era composer, since his music fits that style.

You can hear his Prelude in G minor in this short video, performed by Muse.

Here is Jon Schmidts interpretation of Rachmaninoff.

Go here to download the report sheet if you would like to receive Super Master Challenge credit for watching these videos.


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Boogie Woogie Piano

Boogie Woogie is such a fun style of music. Isn’t it amazing how fast he plays?!

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Jon Schmidt and Steven Sharp Nelson: Charlie Brown Medley

This video is just fun to watch. It makes me smile. Wouldn’t it be fun to have a performance at a local care center?

Go here to download the report sheet if you would like to receive Super Master Challenge credit for watching this video.

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Starting the new year with masterful plans

Fall and back to school is an exciting time of year. I love all the new school supplies (hello new crayons and markers), but I especially love the opportunity  for new schedules and routines.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how to make the most of this year with my piano students, and I have come to the realization that an emphasis on the fundamentals is the way to go. So I am excited to announce the theme for this year “Mastering the Fundamentals”. Each student will have the opportunity to become a Master of the Music Fundamentals through a number of different challenge categories. You can read all about it by clicking here, or click on the Mastering the Fundamentals tab at the top of this page.

As we get ready to launch the new year, here is a fun video of a master pianist (along with some masterful footage of the sky) that you will enjoy!

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Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”

Antonin Dvorak was a Czech composer of the Romantic Era. This is one of his most well known symphonies, composed during his three year visit to the United States.


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Alfred Brendel: Beethoven Piano Sonata

The composer of the week is Ludwig Van Beethoven.He is remembered as an important composer in the transitional period between the Classical Era and Romantic Era in music and continues to be one of the most famous and influential composers of all time.

The peformer in the video is Alfred Brendel, an Austrian pianist.

For more information about Beethoven (and to download free music and activity pages) visit Making Music Fun.

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The 5 Browns: Rhapsody in Blue

The composer for the week is George Gershwin. He was a modern American composer and pianist, and one of his best known works was Rhapsody in Blue.

The performers in the video are The 5 Browns, a classical piano musical group consisting of 5 siblings.

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