Welcome! KK Music Studio offers
& Classes in Piano & Keyboard
for adults and children in
off Salisbury Street on the west side.
The latest news from the studio can be found here.
additional information, contact Kathy Krieger at
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.
Weather announcements will appear here.
WINTER TERM IS NOW IN SESSION!
One daytime lesson slot remains available for Winter Term.
down to view Winter 2014 Studio Calendar
Free consultation for potential students - see
below for details.
For more information, or to be placed on the
waiting list for lessons, please call (508)753-1721.
|Enjoying Piano Leads to Making Music for Life!
Our most recent Community Service concert was on Sunday, November 24 at Tatnuck Park
Assisted Living in Worcester.
This was our 10th
Annual performance at Tatnuck Park on the Sunday before Thanksgiving!
A beautiful one-hour performance &
singalong was enjoyed by performers and residents alike. SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PERFORMERS:
Anacleto, Jaidyn Christanski, Taitum Christanski, Sarah Cox, Thomas Cox, Saaya Daga, Lilly Kyle, Meenakshi Meyyappan,
Aarushi Pendharkar, Clarisse Skende, Alex Stefani, Brent Stefani, Joshua Strong & Jack Tirimacco
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
Dame du Lac Assisted Living
Nursing & Rehab Center
Park Assisted Living
Willows in Westboro
Lessons for All Ages
CALL (508)753-1721 FOR INFO
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:
|IN MEMORY OF OUR BELOVED TOBI
|May 1994 - June 2013
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
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.
MOTIVATING PIANO PLAYING AND PRACTICE
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
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,
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/
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.
|OUR FAVORITE PLAYGROUND
UPDATED: January 23, 2014
~ ~ ~
21 - 23 ..... Studio Class Week
participating students meet in their classes
February 17 - 20 ..... Public School Vacation Week
No Lessons or Classes
Monday, March 3 ….. No Lessons
March 4 - 6 ..... Studio Class Week
Sunday, March 9 ..... Community Service Concert
2:00 p.m. at Sterling Village in Sterling, MA
April 7 - 10 ..... Duet Practice Lessons
April 10 ..... Last day of Winter Term
April 11 - April 27 ..... Spring Vacation
No Lessons or Classes
Monday, April 28 ..... First Day of Spring Term
SPRING TERM NOTES:
Sunday, June 8 ….. Full Studio Recital
2:00 p.m. Briarwood Community Center, Worcester
Friday, June 13 ….. Last Day of Spring Term
COMPLETE SPRING TERM CALENDAR
will be posted in March
"To play a wrong note is insignificant.
play without passion is inexcusable."
Ludwig van Beethoven ~
& Peaches are passionate about
enjoying the dog's life.
The Music Studio of Kathleen Krieger
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