Painless Piano Patriotic Song Pack has 6 cool and fun arrangements of favorite American anthems: American the Beautiful (Elementary and Intermediate), The Stars and Stripes Forever March (Elementary and Intermediate) and of course the Star-Spangled Banner (Elementary and Intermediate). With Independence just around the corner, what better time to learn the stirring compositions that have served as our the soundtrack to the American national experience?
I had physical learning challenges as a child and one teacher told me I could not learn. But I loved it too much- and with the help of my magical mentor, I learned how to overcome, solve, figure out, and surpass my challenges. I can help you solve your musical challenges and any that come along down the road. We can do this together- and ultimately, you will do it yourself!
Please stay in touch with me or ask questions in the discussion area. Send me a video- I will try to watch it if I am able. I am quite happy, if it is possible, to help you resolve your challenges and plan your performance.
How long will the course take to complete?
The Theory, Technique and Elementary arrangements should take about 5 to 6 hours, with the Intermediate track perhaps 6 to 8 hours. I believe the elementary pieces can be learned in a couple of hours each. Some people will find some pieces easier, some will find others a bit more challenging.
How is the course structured?
An excellent foundation of basic theory, addressing all the elements of the six arrangements, and providing even more. All aspects of the staff, note values, dynamic and tempo markings, half scales, articulation marks, and the basic landmark notes (extensive Note Chart in Section 1).
3 PDF's and a video explaining them, providing the basic technique needed for the elementary arrangements. If you spend a few extra minutes on these very short practice sheets, you will have much of the pieces mastered.
3 PDF's and a video explaining them, providing the basic technique needed for the intermediate arrangements. If you spend a few extra minutes on these very short practice sheets, you will have much of the pieces mastered.
Who am I? Why should you take piano from me??
Well, first, the “Resume” stuff, the official bio. Then when that official stuff is out of the way, I’ll tell you the real story.
> Bachelor of Music, Boston University School of Music
> Studied with Ena Bronstein Barton, concert pianist, main pupil of Claudio Arrau
> Studied with Seymour Bernstein, concert pianist, author, pupil of Clifford Curzon
> Studied with Boris Berman, head of piano, Yale University of Music, studied at Moscow Conservatory
> 4.0 grade in Schenkerian Analysis, Westminster Choir College of Music
> Phillips Exeter Academy, Concerto Competition winner, Music Award winner
> Built curriculum and helped lead Westminster Choir College Conservatory of Music gifted program
> Founded and led Small Miracles, a nonprofit that trained high school and college musicians to teach disadvantaged children one-on-one music in central New Jersey. Included volunteers from Princeton University, Westminster Choir College, Princeton High School, Lawrenceville Prep. Mentored Columbia University branch and London School of Economics branch, which was the latter’s first student led organization and won an award.
> Won prestigious Princeton Area Community Foundation grant.
> Author, Release the Butterfly on never giving up on your music, accepted at the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts in NYC, and recipient of the JWPepper Editor’s Choice.
> Composer of hundreds of songs and melodies.
But throw that all away. The simple fact is: I love every second of teaching. I especially love helping YOU solve your own musical challenges, on every level, from how to hold your hand, to how to play a difficult phrase, to how to bring your personality into a Mozart sonata.
There is a reason I love solving challenges. You see, I grew up with physical learning challenges- my motor control was subpar. And I had OCD- “obsessive compulsive disorder.” I still have it OCD, it doesn’t go away. But who cares! I don’t feel sorry for myself! For from it. I am very very lucky to have spent a wonderful life in music, overcoming challenge after challenge, and much more importantly and gratifyingly, helping others to do so.
I look forward to hearing about your progress. Please let me know about your triumphs, on every level! I love hearing about it and am excited for your progress.
Thank you for joining our learning community.
This course is about you, not me. I am here to help you grow as a musician and bring your beautiful ideas to life!