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Playing Piano W I T H O U T Reading Music!  


March 29, 2022

Hi Again! 


Today I wanted to talk about the art of playing the piano WITHOUT reading the notes or learning the staff!


There are a few ways to do this.  The one I'll talk about today is playing on the Black Keys!  The Black Keys form an easy to play  Pentatonic Scale.  And all the keys blend together in a most magical way.  Thus, if you just play on the black keys....and at first just one key at a time, alternating the left hand and right, you can create an amazing sound.  You can also play this way as a duet!  I learned this from my teacher over 45 years ago. 


Children can do this!  

Seniors can do this!  

It's magical!    It's easy!    It's beautiful!  


Try It!  Have fun! 


Call me if you want to learn more about playing this way.  6 lessons can usually train you well in this method of playing!   But, I'd be happy to consult with you briefly over the phone to get you started right away!  


I can offer additional tips when we talk in person!  It usually makes more sense when you experience actually playing like this in person (or over on-line technology)! 

 

OH, and do use the sustaining pedal when you do this.  It blends it all together in a extraordinary way! 


Hope to hear from you soon!

 sharon 

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SHARON ANN WIKOFF has had the JOY of teaching piano for 50 years! She enjoys it as much today as she did teaching her first lesson the summer of 1969 in Westlake Village, CA. She can be reached at [email protected] 



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SUMMER PIANO LESSONS ...for Children and Teens 


March 28, 2022 


Welcome to my Blog!


Every summer I create new experiences for my young students, by creating a THEME for each month.  This summer the schedule is as follows: 

MAY - JUNE:  Folk Songs and Camp Songs

JUNE - JULY:  Creating at the Piano and Song Writing

JULY - AUGUST:  Holiday Music 


Through the years I've found that when I offer pieces that are fun and familiar to the children and teens, it brings an added JOY to summer lessons. 


I truly do LOVE to teach piano!  And I enjoy lessons as much today as I did when I began in the late 1960's!


I've just updated my website and I invite you to contact me if you have ever wanted to play piano.  It is such a delight to play....and a true delight to bring the art of playing piano to all who want to PLAY PIANO!  

  

Hope to hear from you soon!

 sharon 

 530 470 3630

 

SHARON ANN WIKOFF has had the JOY of teaching piano for 50 years! She enjoys it as much today as she did teaching her first lesson the summer of 1969 in Westlake Village, CA. She can be reached at [email protected]



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The Family Piano Recital 

December 20, 2019 

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Today is December 20, and one of my students had her "Family and Friends Piano Recital" today. Another had her recital on Monday.  Usually, I host the event, sharing a little about the student and emphasizing his/ her strong points. However, the last 2   recitals I've had during this holiday time, my student and her older sister ran the entire event.  Never have I had this done in my 50 years.

Both students are 7 and their sisters were a little older.  The older sister introduced each song played by my student.  And then in between the pieces, the sister would tell a holiday joke or share other holiday trivia.  The guests numbered about 10, both children and adults.  The children actually design the cover of their program and then I copy 10 or more for them to pass out. They love seeing their art work as the front cover of their program. 

 

I wish I had thought of asking to take some pictures.  The girls were so darling in their fancy dresses. Each played their pieces So nicely and yet each knew that if they did play a wrong note...they'd go right as if nothing wrong had happened! It's such a JOY teaching children...how to be ok in the world...if something isn't perfect. I have another recital on Sunday, so I'll see if I can get a few pictures and perhaps even do a video of the 3 sisters.   

Through the years, I've found that when the children share their music in their home setting, they develop the confidence that allows them to enjoy a more public recital in the future. 

If this is of interest to YOU... please watch for my workshop on The "Family and Friends" Piano Recital later in the year. 

 

SHARON ANN WIKOFF has had the JOY of teaching piano for 50 years! She enjoys it as much today as she did teaching her first lesson the summer of 1969 in Westlake Village, CA. She can be reached at [email protected]