News and Updates

HOLE NOTE GOES ONLINE

  Thursday, April 2, 2020 by Christy Marsteller | Uncategorized

CLOSED FOR SPRING BREAK - REOPEN APRIL 6

Friday, March 13, 2020 by Christy Marsteller | Uncategorized

ENJOY YOUR BREAK!

We will see you back at the studio starting Monday, April 6.


MARCH COMPOSER OF THE MONTH

Friday, March 6, 2020 by Christy Marsteller | Uncategorized

IRVING BERLIN 

(1888-1989)



A bit about Irving:

Irving was born in Russia and moved to the United States at the age of 5. He was an amazing songwriter who became famous for his Broadway musicals and fun jazzy songs. His musical career began as a teen when he worked as a street singer. Some of his most famous songs are: White Christmas, Annie Get Your Gun, God Bless America, Always, and Puttin on the Ritz.

Meet Irving and see his very unique transcribing keyboard:

Irving and transcribing keyboard

And listen to "Puttin on the Ritz here!

PUTTIN ON THE RITZ

JANUARY COMPOSER OF THE MONTH

Saturday, January 11, 2020 by Christy Marsteller | Uncategorized

Camille Saint-Saens

(1835-1921)

Camille Saint-Saens was a French composer, organist, and pianist. He was considered a child prodigy on the piano - playing in his first concert at around age 10. He played and toured all over the world and is particularly beloved for his composition "The Carnival of Animals", known for its humorous approach that has won many a child's heart for classical music. You will recognize MUCH of this!

The Carnival of Animals has 14 short movements - each representing a different animal or animals (1 - Lion, 2- Hens & Roosters, 3 - Wild Donkeys, 4-Tortoises, 5-Elephant, 6 - Kangaroos, 7 - Aquarium, 8- Characters with long ears, 9 - the cuckoo in the depths of the woods, 10-aviary, 11- pianists, 12-fossils, 13-the swan, and 14-finale). Can you imagine each animal as you hear the different sections? 

TRIVIA: Can anyone identify a movie that has used the music from 7-Aquarium? Which section sounds like someone is practicing Hanon exercises or scales? What movement was the only publication of this work in Saint-Saen's lifetime (one of the MOST beautiful!)?

♫Listen here♬: Carnival of Animals