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  • MusicNotes: From the desk of Jennifer Henning

    We are currently in the middle of the very busy 2018 Festival Season! Upcoming festivals include the Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs Junior Festival, the Wisconsin School Music Association District Solo-Ensemble Festival and the Wisconsin School Music Association State Solo-Ensemble Festival.

    To help prepare for these performances, twenty-two students participated in our Winter Recital. It was held Sunday February 11th at Grace Lutheran Church in Thiensville, Wisconsin. Students played their Federation solos, and eight of them also played their Solo-Ensemble solos. In addition, one student also played his Federation Concerto entry accompanied by me (two pianos, four hands), and two students also played their Solo-Ensemble duet entry.

    Three high school students are playing in multiple Solo-Ensemble piano categories. They are preparing pieces both in the Piano Solo category and in the Non-Improvisational Jazz Piano Solo category. Consequently, compositions by Scott Joplin, George Gershwin, and Arletta O'Hearn as well as Franz Schubert, Claude Debussy and Johann Sebastian Bach were all part of the recital.

    After "contest season", lesson focus will return to learning more theory and technique and reportoire as well as student-chosen supplementary pieces. We will hold one more recital in early June where students will receive their Federation Certificates and Gold Cups and awards for outstanding practicing and memorization.

    A few words of advice before I close: in order to be successful learning to play piano, it's very important to try to find the best time of day to practice, and then stick to it. Regular practice is what separates the good from the best students. Parents can be helpful in choosing that "best time" and then offering reminders and maybe rewards as needed.

    As always, if you have friends, neighbors, classmates or other family members who are interested in piano lessons, please send them to my website, ask me for a business card, or give them my phone number for more information. Thank You!

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