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River Flows in You

“River Flows in You” is a popular piano piece among the middle and high school students.  Jessica, 7th grade, recorded this tonight.  Awesome job Jessica! River Flows in You


Someone get this girl an agent!

I love this student.  She started taking with me when she was just itty bitty, zooming though the method books.  She quickly became the student that all teachers love–one that arrives to lesson with an awesome smile and attitude, with a binder full of music, more than we could ever cover in one lesson.  I […]

Teaching my students how to fish.

I often get asked from prospective students what I teach, and how I teach. It’s quite simple:  I teach skills.  I teach students how to fish. A couple of months ago, I was hired as a substitute organist at a very big church in town.  You know, the ones with the massive organs front and […]

More student recordings!

More student recordings! [mp3j track=”https://velocitymusicacademy.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Raul.mp3″]This is from Raul, one of our adult students.  Nicole recorded him on her cell phone!  He’s playing Schumann’s Kinderszenen (Scenes from childhood)  No. 1 [mp3j track=”https://velocitymusicacademy.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Tristan.mp3″] Another one of Nicole’s students, Tristan.  Also recorded on Nicole’s cell phone 🙂 [mp3j track=”https://velocitymusicacademy.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Dream-Memories.mp3″] And here’s a piece called “Dream Memories”.  Megan (a 7th grader) […]

Student composition

I believe in the well rounded music student–one that can read music, understand music theory, transpose, harmonize, and compose.  Yes compose!  Many of my students see composition as a terribly difficult task until they actually sit down and do it.  It is a wonderful way to integrate theory skills and performance skills–after all, they have […]


Why we make recordings

For the past 10 years or so in my own personal teaching, I’ve always given my students the opportunity to record their pieces.  We do this one lesson at a time, one piece at a time.  It’s become an event that the students look forward to.  If a piece is polished, they slap a sticker […]

A wonderful surprise!

Last week I had a wonderful surprise: one of my students that I taught seven years ago came back to visit me! I taught him when he was 4 and 5 years old. We worked together diligently, yet had a lot of fun during the lessons. I myself didn’t have any children 7 years ago, […]

Spring 2011 Recital

I know it’s July, but things have finally settled down and I can do a recap of our Spring 2011 recital in May.  A big thank you to all of the hard work from the students, teachers who taught them, and parents who supported their work!  Velocity hosted 3 recitals on a Sunday afternoon in […]