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Recital (Catching-Up)

Recital (Catching-Up)

Baylor Music Studio Spring Recital–cookies, kids, parents, music–always somewhat the same, but always new too!

Nathan and Katya played a duet together for the first time, and Nathan’s clarinet teacher came for one of the performances to play a clarinet duet with him as well.  We sure heard some good music from so many students!

Oh, and in case you are wondering, the cookie selections included…

Meringues

Coconut Macaroons

Sugar Cookie Sandwiches with Strawberry Icing

Pecan Brownies

Raspberry Oatmeal Squares

Toffee Peanut Butter Sandwiches

Orange Ricotta Cookies

Almond Cream Cheese Bars

Classic Chocolate Chippers with Walnuts

The End of Book 1

The End of Book 1

After many years of practice and hard work, Katya was able to play all the songs from Suzuki Book 1 for her graduation recital.  We were grateful for the encouraging audience that gathered to patiently listen, and to enjoy treats afterwards!  This is a big milestone, and one that both mother and daughter are proud to have accomplished.

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Time for Lessons

Time for Lessons

Well, the Baylor Music Studio has been busy since September with a record-breaking 19 lessons each week!  I’m glad for students new and old, and also am enjoying some cool new teaching supplies…

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If you haven’t already, you should follow Baylor Music Studio on Facebook for the occasional music quote, cool video, or bit of musical humor.  Mr. Whooooodle, my new owl timer, might even make the occasional surprise appearance!

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The best musical event this fall, however, has been the beginning of Nathan’s new music endeavors!  He is part of a choir at school, and also every week he walks around the corner for his private clarinet lessons.  My dad always said the clarinet was the one instrument we were not allowed to play, and now here I am with a son who is doing it instead.  I can see why dad wasn’t thrilled with the idea of a just-figuring-it-out woodwind player, but it isn’t any worse than the beginning violinists that fill my house!  Nathan is really doing quite well, and I am so thankful for his teacher who patiently helps, directs, and gives him this new experience of music.  It is a rich addition to the oh-so-very-familiar piano teacher that he lives with and practices with every day!!

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Benny Goodman didn’t pick up his instrument until age 11, so who knows what could happen!

Only a Month…

Only a Month…

Last Christmas, our family purchased tickets to go see The Piano Guys at Red Rocks Amphitheater.  Knowing it was a group we loved at an amazing venue, we went out on a limb and got a ticket for my brother and for his as-yet-unidentified date.  Who could have guessed that, eight months later, we’d be there not just with my brother and a girl, but with my brother and his fiancee!

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It is a blurry picture to be sure, but the evening was a wonderful one of great music and a big group of family–10 of us, all together, since my parents and Than’s parents also came.

Since everyone was in town for the concert, we seized the weekend and did lots of other fun things together too.  I was having too much fun to be a very good photographer, but here is a shot from the White Fence Farm where my grandpa hosted a celebration dinner to recognize the happy couple.  (Notice my son, photo bombing in the bright blue shirt!)

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We also spent a morning together at the Denver Zoo, which is currently displaying huge Lego animals set around the grounds.  We’ll have to go back, since we didn’t get to see them all!

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I love that impish wink from Kerry while Nate tries to take a selfie…

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So much silliness, and so much anticipation of good times yet to come.

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Thanks, everybody, for visiting.  Thanks, God, for continuing to grow our family both in numbers and in love for You.  I am grateful!

 

A Spoonful of Sugar

A Spoonful of Sugar

Our house has been humming recently, snatches of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “A Spoonful of Sugar” floating through the air.  Always big Mary Poppins fans, we were excited by the treat of a family outing with the rest of the Baylors to see the Mary Poppins musical at the Boulder dinner theatre.

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I forgot to bring my camera to the show, so I’m putting in these pics of my kids instead.  A few days later a trip to IKEA produced these Mary-Poppins-style umbrellas, which have sparked plenty of creative re-enactments of what we saw.

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Katya even created her own Mary Poppins hat with homemade cherries and a daisy!

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If you get a chance to see the musical, I highly recommend it.  Plenty of threads from the Disney movie to satisfy fans, but also some new songs and spins on the story that connect more to the book and give a new slant to keep things interesting.  Practically perfect in every way…

Spring Recital

Spring Recital

Here is the stage for the Baylor Music Studio spring recital.

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Starring almost all of my students, with proud parents as the audience, we enjoyed an evening of good music together following a year of hard work.  I am always so proud of each performer, and I even remembered to take pictures of my own!

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And of course, it wouldn’t be a Baylor recital without an array of cookies.  Here’s what we had…

Oatmeal Carmelitas

Funfetti Sugar Cookies

Rosemary Butter Cookies

Orange Meringues

Lemon Sandwich Cookies

Molasses Crinkles17

S’mores Krispie Treats

Chocolate Cherry Almond Bars

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It was a good evening (amidst a very hectic few weeks for our family 🙂

Baylor Music Opens Again

Baylor Music Opens Again

A new school year means a new studio year too!  I welcomed my piano and violin students back this week, happy for lots of familiar faces as well as a few new ones.

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Shameless plug–if you haven’t liked “Baylor Music Studio” on Facebook, do it!  You will see reminders about my studio schedule, but also the occasional fun post of a cool YouTube video, recital pics or music-related trivia.

Spring Recital

Spring Recital

The Baylor Music Studio proudly hosted its annual spring recital recently.

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Spread out over two nights, we enjoyed listening to a wide variety of music played by 13 different students (including Nathan and Katya).

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Moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, and friends cozied together in our living room to listen and support the students.  And, of course, to head for the dining room afterwards for the annual cookie buffet.

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Here are my kids playing–sorry the photos are so fuzzy!  You’ll just have to come in person to hear Katya do Lightly Row and Be Thou My Vision, and Nathan playing The Happy Farmer and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.  Perhaps I will even play my recital piece for you too!

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Catching Up-Christmas Performances

Catching Up-Christmas Performances

Trying to avoid being a star-struck mommy who posts full-length videos of every performance my kids ever do, but there were some nice stage moments over the Christmas season.

Katya’s kindergarten class puts on a cute little holiday show–incidentally, the first performance on our new school’s stage!

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Nathan participated in the annual Baylor Music Studio play-in, performing Silent Night and participating enthusiastically in all the silly game-events that go with that evening:)

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The kids’ gingerbread house provided a nice centerpiece for our play-in refreshment table.

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Not quite a public performance, but Katya created this block “picture” on the floor and begged me to send the picture to her grandmas, so I will put it here in fulfillment of that request.

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Finally, my favorite performance by far, the annual children’s Christmas Pageant at church.

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Nathan played his Silent Night again as part of the prelude, and one of my violin students also performed her piece.

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Katya worked and worked to proudly say her line loud and clear: “And Mary knew these things were precious and pondered them in her heart.”

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Nathan said, “And Mary went up to the hill country to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who was also with child.  And when Elizabeth saw her, the baby inside Elizabeth leaped for joy.  And in a loud voice, Elizabeth said…”  He also sang a verse of “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night.”

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Than, of course, did his usual stellar job of being behind the scenes, directing lights and tech crew and all kinds of moving parts.  The story is always worth watching, familiar as it is, and we were honored to have so many great-grandparents able to attend, as well as grandparents and aunts.  Thanks, supportive family!

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Baylor Music Open for Business

Baylor Music Open for Business

September is well underway, and so are lessons at the Baylor Music Studio!  Here’s how the studio looked on opening day…

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You can’t tell, but I hung my brand new “Baylor Music” banner over the front window and I’ve got some new teaching tools out on the piano too.  I’m excited about seeing my students, getting back to work, and trying out some new ideas.  Summer break is always good fuel for a fresh wind of enthusiasm!

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