Pictures From The 2014 Student Recital

I would like to congratulate all of my piano and cello students on another successful student recital. Everyone worked very hard to prepare their performance pieces and were very courageous to forge ahead and play through their nervousness.

We’re all very grateful to all of the parents, family members and friends who have supported the students throughout the year by encouraging them to practice and making sure that they get to their lessons every week. We definitely couldn’t have done any of this without you! I also have to give a big THANK YOU to the Yamaha Piano Distributors for allowing my pianists to play on their $74,000 hybrid piano. It sounded amazing, and the students really enjoyed the experience.

I tried something different with the student introductions this year. In addition to announcing the students’ songs and talking about their accomplishments in their lessons, I decided to make the introductions more personal by mentioning fun facts such as their hobbies and activities outside of music. I really enjoyed getting to know my students better, and I’m sure that the audience felt a more personal connection with each of the musicians.

Last but not least, I want to acknowledge all of the moms who donated food and set up the reception table. Many thanks to Juanita Washington, Pam Walker, Melissa Hein and Wallace Underwood!! I appreciate all that you do.

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Music Terms and Symbols For Pianists


8va if located above the staff, then play the indicated notes an octave higher;  if located below the staff, then play the indicated notes an octave lower
A Temporesume original speed of playing; usually found after a ritardando or other tempo change marking
Accenta symbol placed either above or below a note indicating that the note should be emphasized by playing with more force
Agitatoto play in a restless, agitated manner
Allegroplay fast, quick and lively
Allegrettoa little lively, moderately fast (same as allegro moderato and slower than allegro) 
Allegro Moderatoplay a little slower than allegro (same as allegretto) 
Andanteplay at a medium slow speed (slower than moderato and faster than adagio)
Arpeggiated chordnotated by a symbol meaning to play the lowest note first on beat and quickly adding the next higher notes one at a time until the chord is complete
Caesurshort silence; a complete break in sound; known as railroad tracks due to its appearance
Cantabile to play in a smooth, lyrical, flowing and singing style
Con forzato play passage with force and vigor
Crescendo (cresc.)to gradually get louder
D.C. al Fine (Da Capo al Fine)go back to the beginning and play to the Fine
D.S. al Fine (Dal Segno al Fine)go back to the sign (Segno) and play to the Fine
Diminuendo (dim.)gradually get softer/quiet
Dolciss. (dolcissimo)superlative of dolce; means to play especially sweetly and delicately
Fermataa symbol indicating to hold the indicated note or rest beyond it’s value
Finethe end
f (forte)play loud
ff (fortissimo)play very loud
Il canto marcatomeans to execute passage in a clear, distinct and strongly accented manner
Largoto play at a slow tempo and in a dignified style
Legatoplay notes smoothly and connected; indicated by a curved line connecting multiple notes in a musical phrase
Lentoto play slowly
Ma non troppobut not too much
Maestosoplay in a stately, majestic manner
Measured Tremolonotated by either 1 or 2 slanted lines between two notes; 1 lines means to play a measured eighth note tremolo; 2 lines means to play a measured 16th note tremolo
mp (mezzo piano)play medium soft/quiet
mf (mezzo forte)play medium loud
Moderatoplay at a medium speed (slower than allegro and faster than adagio)
Pesanteplay passage in a heavy, weighty and impressive style
Pick-up notea note that appears before the first full measure with the remaining beats being found in the last measure 
Poco a pocolittle by little; gradually
Poco Rit.gradually slow down a little
p (piano)play soft/quiet
pp (pianissimo)play very soft/quiet
Prestoto play very quickly; faster than allegro but slower than prestissimo
Rallentando (rall.)gradually decrease in tempo
Ritardando (rit.)gradually slow down
Ritenuto (riten.)gradually decreasing in tempo; another term for rallentando
Rubatoa temporary disregard for a strict tempo to allow for an expressive quickening or slowing of the tempo
Segnoa symbol used in music to indicate the beginning or ending of a repeated section
Sempreplay indicated style throughout section
Senza tempoto play freely with tempo restriction; timeless
Sforzando (sfz)this marking is usually attached to one note or chord indicating that it needs to be played loudly with sudden emphasis and then back off immediately for the next note
Similecontinue playing in the same manner or style
Slura curved line connecting notes of different pitches meaning to play legato
Smorzando (smorz.)to gradually slow down and soften notes until nothing is heard
Sotto Vocelower the dynamic level for emphasis
Staccatoindicated by a dot above or below the note meaning to play short, detached and choppy
Strettoin quicker time
Syncopationemphasis or an accent placed on the natural weak beat or unaccented beat
Tenutoa stress mark indicating that note(s) should be sustained and played broadly holding each note for its full value
Tiea curved line connecting two or more notes of the same pitch; a single note is played for the combined value of the tied notes
Trillthe rapid alternating between two different notes
Unmeasured Tremolonotated by 3 slanted lines between 2 notes; means to alternate between the 2 notes very quickly an unmeasured number of times

You may also find these links helpful:
Suzuki Method For Piano
Parts of The Piano
Piano Pedals
Piano G Position
Piano C Position