~ KK Music Studio ~ "Making Music for Life" ~ Piano Studio in Worcester, MA (508)753-1721

Welcome!  The Music Studio of Kathleen Krieger offers 
Lessons & Classes in Piano & Keyboard for adults & children
in Worcester, Massachusetts, off Salisbury Street on the west side.
The latest news from the studio can be found here.
For additional information, contact Kathy Krieger at (508)753-1721
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PIANO COACHING -  short term help on specific musical projects.
ADULT SAMPLER -  eight-week trial session for adults who have always wanted to try piano.
MUSIC THEORY-  reading, hearing & understanding music; for pianists, other instrumentalists & vocalists.
COMPOSITION - getting your great original piece down on paper. 
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SPRING TERM BEGINS APRIL 28!
Scroll down to view Spring 2014 Studio Calendar
VISIT THE STUDIO FACEBOOK PAGE
www.facebook.com/kkmusic4piano
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SPRING PIANO SAMPLER begins the week of April 28.
This is a six-week trial session for those of you adults who have always wanted to try piano.
A short-term commitment could lead to a lifetime of musical enjoyment!

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Free consultation for potential students - see below for details.

 
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Enjoying Piano Leads to Making Music for Life!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PERFORMERS at a terrific one-hour concert on March 9, 2014. Thirteen pianists brought music and joy to to an overflow audience at the Sterling Village Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Sterling, MA.
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PERFORMERS and KUDOS TO THEIR PARENTS!
Brooke Anacleto, Nivita Chaliki, Jaidyn Christanski, Taitum Christanski, Sarah Cox, Thomas Cox, Isabella LeBlanc, Aarushi Pendharkar, Belle Severens, Joey Severens, Clarisse Skende, Mateo Vidali & Nico Vidali
If you have a suggestion for a facility at which we should perform, please let me know! We have performed for residents of:
Briarwood Retirement Community
Eisenberg Assisted Living Center
Holy Trinity Nursing & Rehab Center
Jewish Home for the Aged
Notre Dame du Lac Assisted Living
Oakdale Nursing & Rehab Center
Odd Fellows Home
Sterling Village
Tatnuck Park Assisted Living
The Willows in Westboro
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Private Lessons for All Ages
CALL (508)753-1721 FOR INFO
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Music Together® for children birth to age 5: Please note that the Krieger Studio is no longer a Music Together Center - but we highly recommend it! CLASSES ARE AVAILABLE in Worcester, Holden, and Southboro. Contact Mr. Dave for information on these music and movement classes. Click on this link to visit Mr. Dave's website:

www.gardenmusictogether.com

IN MEMORY OF OUR BELOVED TOBI
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May 1994 - June 2013

FREE CONSULTATION
I would be happy to meet with you to discuss your piano future with you. Call to set up an appointment to talk about where you've been, where you would like to go, and how best to get there.
For more information call (508)753-1721. 

Massachusetts Music Teachers Assn.

Music Teachers National Assn.

PRACTICING WITH A METRONOME - - - IS THERE AN APP FOR THAT? Yes, there are a number of metronome apps available. To read an article with some recommendations: CLICK HERE.

KEYBOARD BUYING BASICS

I have available informative documents on what to look for when buying a piano. If you are interested in buying an acoustic - i.e. a traditional, non-electronic - piano, or a digital piano or keyboard, feel free to ask to have these documents sent to you. The more you know before you shop, the better!
Call and ask for my complete KEYBOARD BUYING BASICS guide ~ free, no strings attached. I just like people to be informed before they spend their hard-earned money.
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MOTIVATING PIANO PLAYING AND PRACTICE
Here's some helpful advice on setting daily, as well as weekly goals as the focus of student piano practice at home.

To transform practicing into a rewarding activity, parents should encourage reaching daily musical goals. For example, instead of saying that 30 minutes of practice is enough regardless of what is achieved, you might say, “Today the goal of practicing is to play the first eight measures of your piece without any mistakes.” Whether reaching this goal takes 12 minutes or 40 minutes isn’t important. What is important is that the child knows the musical goal of each daily practice session and feels motivated to be as efficient as possible while practicing in order to reach that goal and feel that sense of accomplishment. If the goal is playing the first eight measures on Monday, the logical goal for Tuesday is to play the next eight. Pretty soon, the child will acknowledge the cumulative goal of the week: to play the entire piece free of mistakes. This leads to more motivation, more effort during practice and most importantly, pride in what they have accomplished.

Although this method achieves greater success, it also requires more effort by the parents; it’s easy to look at the clock and monitor 30 minutes, but goal-related practicing means setting daily goals for your children, monitoring the ease or difficulty your child experiences with his music and setting new, more demanding goals. Don’t worry! Here are some tips to help you:

First, divide the week’s goal or teacher’s expectations into seven equal parts and make sure your child understands each one. On some days, your child might choose to work toward two days’ worth of goals, in which case, it’s wise to give them the option of skipping the next day’s practice session.

Daily goals should be attended to every day and should involve playing scales or other technique-building skills; advancement on specific pieces can be more spread out, as long as the child continues to move forward with the piece.

While it may be tempting, don’t bargain with practice time. Although in trying to skip a day, your child may really mean, “I will practice double tomorrow,” this sets the standard that practice time is negotiable.

Progress should be measured and appropriately altered each day (if needed) by analyzing the amount of effort, frustration and completion/advancement in reaching the daily goals. Yes, this is more work than monitoring 30 minutes a day, but in the end, this will be much easier than the agony of forcing children to adhere to the mandatory 30 minutes of meager, unmotivated effort.

It will also make everyone’s life a little more enjoyable!

SOURCE: "How to Motivate Your Child to Practice" by Dr. Robert A. Cutietta. For the full article, see http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/how-to-motivate-your-child-to-practice/
 
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Kathleen Krieger has more than 35 years experience teaching classical and pop piano to children and adults. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Music Composition, with postgraduate studies in early childhood music education, music therapy, psychology, and jazz piano. ~~~~~ Kathleen is a member of the Music Teachers National Assn. and the Massachusetts Music Teachers Assn. ~~~~~~~~ KK Music Studio is located on Worcester's west side. Lessons & classes are offered Monday-Thursday.
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OUR FAVORITE PLAYGROUND

STUDIO CALENDAR
 SPRING 2014

UPDATED: April 18, 2014

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Monday, April 28 ..... First Day of Spring Term

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Sunday, May 18 ….. Community Service Concert
1:30 p.m. at The Meadows Nursing & Rehab in Rochdale

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Monday, May 26 ….. No Lessons [Memorial Day]

May 27 - 29 ..... Studio Class Week

Dress Rehearsals for June Recital

 

Sunday, June 8 ….. Full Studio Recital
2:00 p.m. Briarwood Community Center, Worcester

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Thursday, June 12 ….. Last Day of Spring Term

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SUMMER TERM BEGINS MONDAY JUNE 30



 
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"To play a wrong note is insignificant.
To play without passion is inexcusable."

~ Ludwig van Beethoven ~
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Gypsy & Peaches are passionate about
enjoying the dog's life.

The Music Studio of Kathleen Krieger
(508)753-1721
updated 4/18/2014
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