Two Thumbs Up!

Time to head off to the North Pole to check on the toy‐packing and gift‐wrapping. Some young people write letters with lists, and some might even try sending emails. But we’re going to hitch a ride for a little in‐person inspection. And for that we need our thumbs! The thumb is such a useful, important […]

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The Gift of Music

As we “march” in time toward the Winter Solstice, we pause to send musical greetings to friends and colleagues around the world. At the end of this excerpt from the Nutcracker Suite, you’re invited to make your own “magical music boxes” with our downloadable template.

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A Tritone Treat

Ready for this? Camille Saint‐Saëns, born on this date in 1835, began composing less than a decade after the death of Franz Schubert, and only a smidge over that from the death of Beethoven. Yet this brilliant and prodigious composer lived to rebelliously storm out of the premiere of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in 1913. His contemporaries were […]

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Listen to this!

In many places Autumn is the most beautiful season, with colourful leaves creating a kaleidoscope of whirling reds, yellows, rusts, and orange‐browns, each with its own changing nuance as the days and weather shift. Nuance itself is a delicate word, implying subtlety and fine distinctions. And attention to playing with nuance can begin early. Yes, […]

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With Abandon!

The Music ’Tis madness. Truly. To the Portuguese, who originated this musical form in the late 15th century, La Folia (Foh‐LEE‐ah) was music for singing and dancing, and the singing and dancing were often so riotous that the participants appeared “empty‐headed.” The Folia was a 16‐bar melodic and harmonic pattern, sometimes with a short coda, […]

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Homage to Debussy

The music world honours Debussy this year, the 100th anniversary of his death. Pianists have always enjoyed playing one of his most beautiful pieces, Clair de lune. It is the third in a set of four pieces grouped under a title drawn from a poem by Paul Verlaine. The poet refers to dancing “masqueraders and bergamaskers,” […]

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Teach and Learn with ACE

To the student, Piano Adventures implies an exciting exploration. To the teacher, Piano Adventures implies a philosophy and mission to develop the student’s musical mind and heart. The process of guiding a young person to develop the mind (intellect) and the heart (expression) can help form valuable life skills: confidence, curiosity, discipline, self‐esteem, sensitivity to […]