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8 Piano Solos to Dance to on a Saturday Night

8 piano solos for Saturday night.

Sometimes, pianists get so caught up in technique that we forget that the music can be fun and light and something to dance to, if your heart so desires.

My friends often send me music, and I’ve just gotten these piano solos from Molly. Most of them are pop piano songs and I’ve just been reminded of how tired I am. (These videos are recordings of other people playing, and sheet music is linked.)

After Tofino and a stressful week, I’m ready for some easy dancing…

 

1. Wake Me Up – Avicii

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10 Dreamy Piano Melodies to Play Before Bedtime

Dreamy piano melodies

Calm music is a great way to transition from the hustle of the day to bedtime.

I’ve been known to roll around in bed into the depths of the night, so over the years, I’ve experimented with many ways to fall asleep. Playing an instrument is a great one, next to reading. You tend to concentrate just enough to get the notes right and you’re literally playing your troubles away!

To avoid printing 5 papers for something I’m only ever playing once, I’m learning more by ear these days. (Yes I have a tablet, no I don’t like reading music off it.) But my friend Molly and I put together some great dreamy piano melodies to play before bedtime, with sheet music!

 

Love Me – Yiruma

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When I first started playing Yiruma’s music, it would take a few hours to decipher one of his pieces. Now, I play his music for a different type of satisfaction.

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6 Piano Solos to Brighten Your Day

6 piano solos to brighten your day.

There’s so much fun music out there and I love when people send me good music. So, for a change, I asked my friend Molly to share 6 piano solos that brighten her day, and here’s what she says about them.

The sun may be shining and the summer months are quickly approaching, but sometimes we all need a little bit of extra day-brightening. Stress doesn’t take a summer vacation, and where I’m from, May means it’s still raining often.

Music can be a cure for a lot of things. More specifically, upbeat music. Empowering music.

Even if you’re already feeling good, these solo piano covers are worth checking out because they exude good vibes to put a smile on my face every single time!

 

Happy – Pharrell Williams

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What could make someone more happy than a piano solo that is literally titled ‘Happy’? 

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Link Love #3: Improvisation, Weird Creativity, Silent Piano Lessons

Every few weeks I share some of the best articles and resources from around the web that will help pianists. This week, we have links on teaching improvisation, the benefits of being weirdly creative, memory boosters, and more.

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Strategies for teaching improvisation to beginners

“… I’m talking about non-jazz improvising. We all know that students can readily improvise using a blues scale over a blues or boogie pattern, but what about composing music more in line with film music, ballads, pop and classical?”

The SILENT Piano Lesson

“One day I said to several of my students — Today we’re going to have a SILENT PIANO LESSON.  I’m not going to say a word.  I’m just going to observe you practice.  I may sketch down a few notes but for all practical purposes I want you to forget I’m here.  I want you to practice just like you do at home.”

Arts Integration Practices That Help Boost Memory

“… [A]rts integration has helped raise student achievement. Job-embedded professional development, differentiated arts instruction, and critical-thinking skills integrated into the curricula have been key to their success.”

The Social and Emotional Benefits of Being Weirdly Creative

“I have heard… about the academic benefits of arts integration, how various forms of artistic expression (PDF) are employed to learn math and science as well as language arts. I have also learned about the virtues of a critical-thinking technique known as Artful Thinking, developed by Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, that deepens students’ intellectual understanding generally by deepening their understanding of the multiple layers of artistic expression.”

Canaries in your Coalmine

“Which of your current students might be ex- students by this time next year? It’s not always who you might think…IMT takes a look at 14 warning signs that a student is thinking about moving on.”

Acoustic Panels DIY

“My husband and I decided it was time to treat both my studio and his basement audio suite with acoustic sound panels. To do our rooms properly it could have cost many hundreds of dollars. But we decided to turn it into a DIY project and we did it for a fraction of the cost.”

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8 Creative Piano T Shirt Designs to Adore

When you put creative piano designs on simple and comfy garments, you’ve got genius works of art.

What better way can you express your love for piano and music? My own collection of graphic tees would definitely welcome these t shirts below.

Sources of these t shirt designs are available below.

Creative Piano T Shirt Designs

T shirt designs for guys and girls: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Guy fit only: 7 / Girl fit only: 8

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12 Foolproof Ways to Meet Interesting Pianists Online

Meeting Interesting PianistsThe web is such an open place that you can meet any type of person online.

Whether you’re looking for a new friend, an engaging discussion, or a new client, there is a whole world of amazing, interesting people out there.

Heck, you might even meet your future business partner online.

There are certain things you can do and places you can visit, to deliberately meet interesting pianists online.

Without further ado, here are 12 foolproof ways to meet interesting pianists online.

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On Living the Life You Want, Music’s Powers, and Yoga…

A Yoga Class for Musicians
Reap the benefits of yoga in this set of yoga videos designed espcially for musicians led by Mia Olson, a Professor of Woodwinds at Berklee College of Music.

The Healing Power of Music
Music is growing into a field of medicine– witness Gabrielle Giffords’s amazing recovery from a gunshot wound with music therapy. (Also see The Ultimate Guide to Playing Piano for amazing musical recovery stories.)

12 Pianists at 1 Piano: Albert Lavignac / Sischka Galop-Marche à 12
This entertaining routine is literally a dance with pianists, a great experience for the eyes and the ears.

Your Permission Slip
Sign it and be done with it, to live the life that you want and not anything else.

The Kinshasa Symphony
What do you do when you lose your job? Natalie shares the intriguing video of how one man, a former pilot, spreads the joy of music in poverty-stricken Congo…

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