Category Archives: Piano and Keyboard

Piano Workshop

Hal Leonard Piano Workshop Phillip Keveren Tour

Join Pender’s at the Phillip Keveren Piano Workshop

Pender’s Music Co. is proud to sponsor this special event. RSVP before July 22 to reserve your spot at this Hal Leonard Piano Workshop with Phillip Keveren! Phillip’s successful keyboard series has grown to a collection of more than eighty books full of arrangements for every level of pianist. At this workshop, Phillip will introduce new music and showcase recent additions to the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library. Every attendee will receive free music and special discounts.

The workshop will be held on July 28 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Dance Institute of Dallas. To RSVP, contact Carol Wilbur at 972-818-1333 or cwilbur@penders.com.

We hope to see you there!

 

Church Choral Reading Session Summer 2016

Anticipate the Changing Seasons with New Fall and Christmas Choral Music

Brad Nix

Brad Nix

Join us in fellowship as Pender’s Music Co. and Hal Leonard proudly present new fall and Christmas choral anthems from the purveyors of some of the finest sheet music available. Brad Nix, a widely published composer and consulting editor for Shawnee Press, will conduct the session. Register now to participate, with up to four members of your congregation. Registration includes complimentary music packet of most music presented, and refreshments.


Church Choral Reading Session Summer 2016

Saturday, June 18, 2016
Quail Springs United Methodist Church

14617 N. Pennsylvania
Oklahoma City, OK 73134

Schedule:
8:30 Registration, Coffee and Donuts
9:00 Session Begins
10:30 Break, Refreshments
11:00 Session Continues
12:30 Session Over

Cost: $10 per person, includes music packet
Limit 4 per church (example: director plus 3)

TO REGISTER: Call John Staton at (405) 842-7825 or (800) 772-8405, or
e-mail John at jstaton@penders.com

Music on display for sale will include:
Choral anthems • Children’s books • Piano • Piano/organ • Organ • Christmas cantatas • Vocal solos and duets • Handbells

The Passing of a Musical and Cultural Icon – Van Cliburn

Yesterday marked the passing of an American music icon whose name will eternally be synonymous with the Cold War era.

Harvey Lavan “Van” Cliburn Jr., the Julliard-trained pianist who at age 23 shocked the music world by taking first-place in the 1958 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, died yesterday at the age of 78 following a long battle with bone cancer.

Upon his triumphal return from the Tchaikovsky Competition, Cliburn was honored with a ticker-tape parade through lower Manhattan. He was the first musician ever to be so honored.

During a ceremony at City Hall, Mayor Robert Wagner announced, “With his two hands, Van Cliburn struck a chord which has resounded around the world, raising our prestige with artists and music lovers everywhere.”

Mr. Cliburn was equally adored by his Soviet hosts, including Premier Nikita Khrushchev who later recalled that he “personally approved Cliburn’s victory” and saw it as “a symbol of a new maturity in relations between the two societies.”

His last public appearance was at the Van Cliburn Foundation’s 50th anniversary celebration at Bass Hall in Fort Worth last September.

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto #1 performed by Van Cliburn in Moscow, 1962.
Accompanied by Kirill Kondrashin

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Just for Kids

Today’s Pender’s Piano Prose is a staff review on a new book, recently published by Hal Leonard:

Just for Kids is a new collection of 8 original pieces for the elementary student by Mona Rejino. It is based on the everyday experiences of kids. Titles include: Aquarium Dreams, Broken Arm Woes, Flying My Kite, I Wanna Be a Rock Star, Let’s Go on Vacation, Monday Mornin’ Blues, Pepperoni Pizza and The Tooth Fairy.

Students come up with some of the most whimsical, illuminating, and often hilarious stories during their piano lessons. The imaginative music and lyrics in this new collection were each inspired by Ms. Rejino’s own students and the book is dedicated to them. It is a collection that was driven by what kids want to be when they grow up, their favorite things to do, and the things that happen to them.

Ms. Rejino’s favorite song in Just for Kids is I Wanna Be a Rock Star, which grew from a conversation with her five-year old student, Annie. When asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, Annie took all of three seconds to throw her fist in the air and say “I wanna be a rock star!” Ms. Rejino responded by saying, “Yes, don’t we all!”

Just for Kids – Elem – $7.99

Mention the word “pizza” and a child’s eyes light up. Forget the mushrooms, onions and green peppers, kids love Pepperoni Pizza. Pepperoni Pizza is composed with a supportive teacher accompaniment that allows the student to revel in the spirited, chords of the opening measures.

Monday Mornin’ Blues is another childhood experience that all of us can relate to. After a great weekend that ends too soon, kids can feel overwhelmed by the work that awaits — just like adults. The piece is written in a blues style with legato phrasing and quiet dynamics — not too loud for Monday mornin’!

These and the other five pieces explore such musical facets as the whole tone scale, use of pedal, a solo for left hand (Broken Arm Woes), and other teaching opportunities.

Through these musical stories that kids can relate to they can use the pieces in Just for Kids as a means to express themselves and learn with fun.

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What Music Means to Me

Many of the people that work in the music industry outside of music education are or were educators themselves. Maybe they’re musicians, either professionally or recreationally; or perhaps they came to the industry through some other musical connection. The music industry is quite varied, and includes retail, wholesale, recording and technology, artist management, publishing and royalty rights, and much, much more.  And while there are indeed folks that work in the music industry that do not have any formal music training, for those of us that do, it’s that much sweeter when we can toot our horn for one of our own.

As so many music educators know, you don’t leave your trade at the back door of the school when you head home for the day. It’s a part of your everyday life, and it’s a part of who you are, both at home and at work. It identifies and defines you, by some measure. Other hobbies and interests can lure you away from music of course, but isn’t it funny how even the other endeavors somehow manifest themselves with a musical twist? And isn’t it glorious when they can co-exist so beautifully together, in harmony? A perfect example is Pender’s own Richard Rejino, the General Manager of the Dallas/Carrollton store.

 
Richard has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from West Texas State University, and a Masters degree in Piano Performance from the University of North Texas. He’s worked in print music retailing, as an owner and/or manager, for nearly 29 years. Richard also loves photography – it’s probably his biggest hobby. He loves his music, and he loves taking pictures. The result of that combined synergy? What Music Means to Me.  This project was initiated by Richard to raise public awareness of the value of music in education and in the quality of life, giving a voice to music students to express the power of music through their own experiences.

Written testimonials (in their own words) of musicians, from middle school students to senior citizens, are combined with Richard’s photography in a book that is informative, inspirational, and quite telling, on the power of music in people’s lives. The project, now available in book form, was even named a ‘Gotta Have It’ item at the recent National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) trade show in California. NAMM is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the global music products industry, and What Music Means to Me was chosen as an item that should be in every music retailer’s store. Beyond the selling, though — the book and its pictures are insightful and revealing; they remind us all of the value of music in every day life.

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Piano Teaching and YouTube

The core job description of Piano Teaching has not really changed over the years. If you’re an independent piano teacher, with your own teaching studio, you know what’s included in the qualities that define a good teacher. Beyond the obvious music skills required for the job, and the required equipment (physical space and a piano); you must have good communication skills, be organized, flexible, and willing to work perhaps long and variable hours. In most cases, you need to be able to work with all kinds of people, at all ages – beginners, intermediate students, and advanced-level pupils.  And in order to keep up with the times, you need to be open to new technology, and embrace it in ways that maybe twenty years ago would’ve been surprising to you. Computers and all means of digital media are here to stay, and media, in general, continues to embed itself further into our lives every day. And piano teaching with media is no different.

Most every popular piano method today includes a CD, which particularly helps with a student’s home practice. Now, beyond the CDs, you can go to another source, that can give YOU teaching tips when you need them. Videos. YouTube videos. One good example is the Alfred Premier Piano Course. It now has an entire series of YouTube videos online, that include highlights performed by Dennis Alexander and more, from the entire Premier library, including the full range of Lesson and Performance books, as well as an array of related Technique Tips videos.

Piano Teachers, watch these helpful teaching tips from Alfred‘s Premier Piano Course, co-author, Dennis Alexander:

Premier Piano Lesson 1A and  Performance 1A
Performed by Dennis Alexander, featuring Lily
I Like Soccer [Perf 1A pg. 30]
Time to Celebrate
[Lesson 1A pg. 62]

 


Premier Piano Lesson 1B
Performed by Dennis Alexander
Butterfly [pg. 25]
My Sombrero
[pg. 40]
It’s a Brand New Day
[pg. 46]

 


Premier Piano Lesson 2A
Performed by Dennis Alexander
Au Clair de la Lune [pg. 8]
The Food Court
[
pg. 10]
Qwerty [
pg. 21]


Premier Piano Lesson 2B
Performed by Dennis Alexander
Pirates at Sea [pg. 16]
Over the Rainbow
[
pg. 38]
Fiesta de Espana
[pg. 46]

 

Premier Piano Lesson 2B
Performed by Dennis Alexander featuring Eliana
Science Fair [pg. 25]
Over the Rainbow
[
pg. 38]
Island Calypso
[pg. 40]

 

Premier Piano Lesson 3
Performed by Dennis Alexander
Midnight at the Museum [pg. 28]
Watercolors [
pg. 37]
La Mia Tarentella
[pg. 38]

 

Premier Piano Lesson 4
Performed by Dennis Alexander
Scenes of Granada [pg. 30]
Premier Sonatina
[
pg. 20]
The Great Smoky Mountains
[pg. 44]

 

Premier Piano Lesson 5
Performed by Dennis Alexander
Sonatina in C Major Opus 36, No. 1 [pg. 32]
Greek Festival
[
pg. 28]
Barcarolle
[pg. 46]

 

Premier Piano Lesson 6
Performed by Dennis Alexander
Toccata ritmico [pg. 24]
Nocturne in Db Major
[
pg. 26]
Festival Fantastico
[pg. 54]

 

To view even more videos from the Alfred Premier Piano Course, including selections from the entire Performance series, as well as Technique Tips, go to our YouTube Channel Playlist, or visit our Facebook Fan Page, and click on the YouTube Tab.