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Monthly Newsletter of the Tuning Note Music Studio

January 2023



Welcome to my 1st monthly newsletter, "The Tuning Note Times"!
I m excited to present all kinds of useful information in the newsletter format to all those with whom I do business. This newsletter is sent to students, as well as those I've worked with regarding piano tunings, performances, audio transcription, and more. The titles of most of the sections are various musical names  Prelude, Exposition, Development, Virtuoso, Interlude, Recapitulation, Caesura, Cadenza and Postlude - do you know what they all mean? The answers will be explained over the next few newsletters. The remaining sections include 'The Tuning Hammer', and 'Biography Spotlight'. As my teaching studio covers piano, trumpet and jazz, I will include information related to each in each newsletter.

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(News from the teacher's piano!)

Happy Summer to all! I am very excited about 2014 and the many opportunites that are available, from a wide variety of concerts to see, master classes I'll be presenting, and more. This past year I joined the Music Teacher's Association of California (Sacramento Branch), and membership provides several opportunites for students to learn, including participation in or simply attending various performances, as well as participation in the Certificate of Merit Program.

Summer Vacations:
[making up time]....

Announcing The Tuning Note Coloring Book!:


(A Student Summary)

This is where I d like to share with you a little about what some of my students are working on. This month I ll summarize with a listing of some of the composers whose music my students are playing:
     - Classical:  Bach, Berens, Faber, Gurlitt, Kohler, Kuffner, Mozart
     - Jazz:  Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham, Jerome Kern, Romberg, Wynton Kelly, John Coltrane, Larry Minsky, Charlie Parker
     - Popular Music: Bobby Darin/Jean Murray

One Minute Club News!
I want to welcome Jordan (piano student) to the One Minute Club! He focused very well and made it in at 0:56!
(The members of the One Minute Club are students that have named the main 24 notes of the treble clef and bass clef staves in 60 seconds or less (including all notes of the 5 lines and 4 spaces, both middle C's, and the four space notes below and above each staff).)

Upcoming Classes: I'm excited to begin my Master Class series. More information to follow.

The Virtuoso
(Recital News)

I'm proud to announce that this year will be my studio's fifth annual recital! The last two years we've enjoyed a successful potluck, so I would like to do the same this year. Regarding a date, I would very much like to have it Saturday, May 12 starting at 3PM (also my birthday!).
This year awards will include the Practice Times Award (given to the student who has consistently written down their practice times at the bottom of their lesson sheets and has shown the most pratice), a Most Improved Award, and the Art in Jazz Award (award for jazz improvisation).
I want to thank in advance the Polish American Club for providing the folding chairs.
The Interlude
(NOTE-worthy Calendar Events)

The following are performance dates to consider, including The Tuning Note annual studio recital, personal performances, local community symphony, and more! (Please note some dates may be subject to change.)
February 11 3-4PM TTN Jazz Improvisation Workshop
TTN Music Studio, Folsom, CA
$10 Students, $15 Non-students
February 11 7:30pm Music of the Heart
Folsom Lake Symphony Orchestra @ Three Stages
February 25 3:00pm Music of our Ancestors, A Celebration in Sprituals and Hymns, featuring Marlynn Smith
Christ Unity Church, Sacramento, CA
March 10 3-4PM TTN Jazz Improvisation Workshop
TTN Music Studio, Folsom, CA
$10 Students, $15 Non-students
March 10 7:00pm A Tribute to Classic Jazz, featuring Chet Chwalik
Christ Unity Church, Sacramento, CA
March 24 7:30pm Glorious Beethoven!
Folsom Lake Symphony Orchestra @ Three Stages
May 12 3:00pm Annual Studio Recital
TTN Music Studio, Folsom, CA

* Just some of the performance Venues to watch for:
The Tuning Note Studio, Three Stages (Folsom, CA), Christ Unity Church, Sac State, Mondavi Center (Davis, CA)

The Tuning Hammer
(Piano Tuning News)

Did you know that the intonation between tones when tuning is measured in cents? Most pianos I ve tuned are generally 10 to 20 cents flat, with several strings needing further adjustment. So it s best to keep that piano regularly tuned!
All existing students receive a 10% discount on piano tuning, making it only $90.00! (regularly $100, depending on travel distance). The more you keep your piano in tune, the easier it will be for it to keep itself in tune longer. A tuned piano is a happy piano!

Important Upcoming Dates to Remember:
February 11, 2012TTN Jazz Improvisation Workshop ($10 for students, $15 for non-students). 3-4PM.
March 27-29, 2012Mr. Chwalik goes back to Ohio...Mom turns 82!

Biography Spotlight
Here is an opportunity to learn more about a particular composer or performer. For January, let s look at two composers, who's birthdays are in January: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose birthday is January 27, and Franz Schubert, whose birthday is January 31.
       Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria and lived from 1756 to 1791. He wrote music in the Classical Period of music and asdfasdfasdf. Notable works include: asdf, asdf, ansdf his Requiem.
       Franz Schubert was born in Himmelpfortgrund, Vienna (Austria) and lived from 1797 to 1828. He is associated with the Romantic Period of music and asdfasdfasdf. Notable works include: asdf, asdf, ansdf his Requiem.

Visit the Composer Spotlight page online for more audio clips of Mozart's music!
(The Composer Spotlight page . When I was perhaps in middle school, I began collecting the little statuettes of several music composers.

(Tips and Trivia)

This section shares practice tips and trivia, as taken from the Note-A-Day Calendar Series.
From 365 Piano Lessons :

From 365 Trumpet Lessons :
The Caesura
(Music videos worth 'stopping' to check out)

The internet provides a wealth of knowledge, and there is no exception when it comes to unique and sometimes rare performances. With this section I share a link to some very good music, giving us the opportunity to not only hear the music but watch how it is being performed. I sure wish I had this available to me when I was learning music!

This month I highlight the performance of a wonderful pianist, Jennifer Lin, who was 14 years old at the time of this performance. Her performance was part of the T.E.D. Conference series. Here s a little about their company:
TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with the annual TED Conference in Long Beach, California, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK, TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Program, the new TEDx community program, this year's TEDIndia Conference and the annual TED Prize.

Here s the link: enjoy! (about 24 min.)
T.E.D. Conference - Jennifer Lin

The Cadenza
(Solos and Jazz Transcriptions)

This month s solo focuses on a solo by jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, on his tune The Intrepid Fox. You can listen and follow along with the transcription of his trumpet solo by clicking here.
You can hear the full sample of this amazing solo by going to the following link:
Intrepid Fox

The Postlude
(Ending On A High Note! words of motivation)

On a parting note, here are some words of encouragement for daily living.
This month s Postlude is from www.charityfocus.com: asdfasdf. click here for more.

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