Have you always wanted to just sit down at the piano and play some of your favorite Christmas songs in a creative, musical way, and not worry about playing all of the exact notes on the page? Maybe you’ve never tried to play from a lead sheet, creating your own style of playing the chords in your left hand along with the right hand melody. Well you CAN do it! Read more
Sight-Reading is an invaluable skill. We all know this but rarely find time for it during the lesson. We think: we’ll sight-read after we finish the other more important parts of our lesson. Then – boom – the time is up, the lesson is over and sight-reading is left out once again.Funny thing – it only takes a few minutes to ‘practice’ sight-reading at each lesson. Unless we have something on-hand and ready to read right now, without wasting precious lesson time finding appropriate music, we don’t follow through.
Students are so distracted during December. Practice time takes last place in their schedules and brains! This is the perfect time to hand out a Snippet. Make good use of lesson time, learn a new skill, and have fun in the process!
So here are TWO short, fun “snippets” you can keep on hand to pull up and sight-read right now! These are perfect for either individual or group lessons. They work well for acoustic piano or digital keyboards. I have included the sheet music and the mp3’s below. There are two mp3’s for each Snippet, one at a slow Tempo with “s” at title end and one faster with “f” at the end of the title. The MIDI song files of course can be altered to any Tempo.
MIDI song files are not ‘uploadable’ here BUT I’m happy to email them to you! Just fill out the contact form and name which song (or both) you’d like in the comment area. No need to write a note. Thank you!
for Jingle Bells Play-Along Score and Parts click here JBSnippet
for Sugar Plum Fairy Play-Along Score and Parts click here SPFSnippet
Ensemble ALERT! These are NOT typical ensembles. There is no ‘melody’ part or ‘bass’ part. These are parts to be played-along-with the MIDI song file or mp3, which contain the melody and accompanying parts.
Here is a “quick” overview of the CVP 709/705 & 609/605. This ‘short’ video presents a quick look at the Voices, Registrations, Song Playback & Record and Styles. Mind you – this is only the tip of the iceberg!
Piano students – both young and not-so-young – have been participating in the Clavinova Festival for nearly twenty-eight years. If you teach piano, consider enrolling your students in this highly motivational event. Perform any song you’d like at the Clavinova Festival: debut your own composition, or choose an old favorite in any musical genre. There are only two rules: you must play a Yamaha Clavinova CVP digital piano and you must have fun! Read more
Catch the Vision at KETS (Sweet) 16 this coming June!
Keyboard Ensemble & Technology Seminar is June 15 -22 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK. KETS is an innovative 8-day technology seminar for piano teachers, music educators and church musicians with focus on digital keyboard ensembles, teaching strategies (both individual and group) and performance on the YAMAHA CVP Clavinova. There is so much more – too much to reference here! Read more for video . . .
Here is some fun, free music for you to download and play on your Clavinova. “Over the River and Through the Woods” includes the sheet music/pdf and Set-Up instructions for you to play along with a Style, so no need for a MIDI Song file. Set-Up instructions also include Student/Teacher/Player options. So as you prepare for Thanksgiving . . . have fun on your incredible Clavinova!
These are delightful MIDI Song files and Registrations for performance or study on your favorite Clavinova! We have made short videos of them to give you an idea of what they sound like. Most come with a PDF of set-up instructions for Registrations, or the MIDI Song to play along with. We have just begun to upload them from our large library. Read more