Northampton Massachusetts Piano Teacher Hosts “Piano Party” to Show off Students’ Original Compositions

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As Northampton Massachusetts piano instructor Jeff Olmsted teaches Bach, Beethoven and other classics, the teacher also encourages students to compose new music through an annual recital that showcases students’ original works. This December, Olmsted will host “Piano Party”, a special showcase presentation of students’ composition to entertain friends and family.

Northampton Massachusetts piano instructor will host “Piano Party” on December 12 at 3:00 p.m. at the Haydenville Congressional Church

Northampton Massachusetts piano instructor will host “Piano Party” on December 12 at 3:00 p.m. at the Haydenville Congressional Church

With “Simply Music,” students begin to read music only after extensive playing experience, which includes improvisation and composition. This is the way we learn to read and spell—after we’ve been speaking and listening for some time.

Northampton Massachusetts piano teacher, Jeff Olmsted takes on a unique approach to instruction. Through a method called “Simply Music”, developed by Australian educator Neil Moore, the piano instructor teaches students of all ages to play music first by ear, rather than by reading music on a technical level. This process allows for an easier transition into reading music, but also encourages students to learn to love to play through a more creative way of expressing the music, including the creation of original compositions. To showcase the Olmsted’s students’ talents, the Northampton Massachusetts piano instructor will host “Piano Party” on December 12 at 3:00 p.m. at the Haydenville Congressional Church, 142 Main Street, Haydenville, MA. During the event, friends and family will gather to listen to students’ original compositions.

While most recitals are strictly the classics, Olmsted is supporting the creative process by giving students a platform to truly express music that speaks to them. Students playing during the recital range in technical skill and age.

In terms of the line-up, Olmsted shares, “The youngest, Thomas, is seven, and has been playing for less than a year. Thomas composed ‘Volcano’ for the piano party. Jenny, a student who has played much longer, wrote ‘Satie Blues’ to combine the 12-bar blues structure with the limpid sonorities of the French composer Erik Satie.”

Olmsted adds, “Other blues-based pieces to be showcased include Dana’s “Sweaty Blues” and Cole’s “Long Line Blues”, titles inspired by the elementary-school childrens’ summer experiences. Mia composed ‘These Are Not My Walls’.”

Olmsted will play “Monkey Do” a piece composed in the style of jazz innovator Thelonious Monk. The audience will also hear Beethoven, Bach, and Burgmuller.

An advocate of the “Simply Music” method, Olmsted explains, “Most traditional music instruction begins with reading music notation, which is quite a complex system. With “Simply Music,” students begin to read music only after extensive playing experience, which includes improvisation and composition. This is the way we learn to read and spell—after we’ve been speaking and listening for some time. It works for piano, too.”

For more information on the Piano Party or Northampton MA piano lessons, contact Jeff Olmsted via http://www.jeffopiano.net or call 413-586-0165.

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Seasoned piano player, Jeff Olmsted has been performing, singing, and producing music for about 50 years. Olmsted now teaches students, including kids, teens, and adults the piano through a method called “Simply Music.” Olmsted teaches in the Smith College neighborhood.

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