Forte Piano Studio

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Enriching lives through piano study in Beacon NY, NYC, and surrounding areas. Instructors are Akiko Sasaki and Jesse Stacken.

http://www.fortepianostudio.net/

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PIANO INSPIRATION!

Keys to the City!  We are honored to be involved in the Keys to the City project with @beaconarts .  Donated pianos are collected and painted, then placed in public locations around town.  It was so inspiring to see and hear the community out making music!  The inaugural installation happened last September and October, and we窶决e gearing up for another one this Fall.  We窶冤l see you out there! -
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PIANO INSPIRATION!

A most inspiring pianist is Keith Jarrett.  Keith plays both classical and jazz at the highest level.  Some favorite recordings of ours are the Complete Live at the Blue Note Recordings (jazz trio with Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette) and his recording of the Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues.  Also his solo piano recording La Scala is some of the most amazingly beautiful music ever.  Speaking of solo improv concerts, Keith is playing at Carnegie Hall on March 21! -
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PIANO INSPIRATION!

One of our favorite classical pianists is Pierre-Laurent Aimard.  Not only is he a great pianist, but he puts together very interesting programs - often centered around one composer, but including earlier pieces that might have influenced the composer, and later pieces that he or she might have inspired. -
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Introducing 窶弃IANO INSPIRATION!窶 We窶冤l be sharing some of our favorite pianists, recordings, videos, etc. - Basically anything that makes us want to practice!  Starting with an important jazz piano record 窶弋he Amazing Bud Powell Vol 1窶. Bud was the quintessential bebop pianist.  Taking a serious listen to a Bud Powell solo is a great lesson in bebop line construction.  Have a listen yourself!  #pianoinspiration #jazzpiano #budpowell #fortepianostudio #inspiration #hardworkpaysoff #dicipline #piano #pianolessons #beaconny #hudsonvalleymusic
Using slow motion video so students see what their hands are doing!  Here窶冱 a 11yr old student working on his arm drops!  #pianolessons #practice #practicing #practicingpiano #technique #beaconny #repetition #patience #details #analyzing #progress #hardwork #hardworkpaysoff #dicipline #focus #fortepianostudio
TOP TEN REASONS TO STUDY PIANO! 
#1) PLAYING MUSIC IS AWESOME!

Music is awesome!  Enough said!  There are many good reasons to learn piano.  But above all, it窶冱 a just good thing to do.  It窶冱 fun.  It窶冱 expressive.  It窶冱 just awesome!  Music is special.  The piano is special.  Music for the sake of music! 
That concludes our top 10 reasons to study piano!  Thanks for following along.  What do you think?  What did we miss?  What are YOUR favorite reasons to study piano? 
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Before a recital we sometimes record students to help them learn how to 窶很eep going窶 even if there is a mistake or distractions.  Here窶冱 a recital practice video with a cute hat! Fun!  #fortepianostudio #beginnerstudents #pianolessons  #cutehat #littlehands #practicedaily #practice #beaconny #hudsonvalleymusic #musiclessons #musiceducation #winterfashion #littlepianists #readingmusic #learningtoreadmusic
TOP TEN REASONS TO STUDY PIANO! 
#2) STUDYING PIANO CONNECTS YOU TO THE MUSIC-MAKING TRADITION! 
Humans have been making music for millennia.  There isn窶冲 a culture on earth that doesn窶冲 have music of some kind.  We play music for celebration.  We play music to get us through tough times.  We play it with others, we play it alone. 
Not so long ago there was a piano in nearly every house.  And every family had at least one member who played that piano.  This was how music was heard. 
By studying piano you become part of the lineage of these important human traditions.  You窶决e connecting to your ancestry.  You窶决e connecting to life!

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TOP TEN REASONS TO STUDY PIANO! 
#3) PIANO IS A GOOD GATEWAY INSTRUMENT! 
The piano is a very visual instrument. You have all the notes neatly organized right in front of you.  It窶冱 easy to see how harmony is constructed and how it moves on the piano.  It窶冱 easy to make a sound on the piano right at the beginning.  These attributes and more make the piano a good gateway instrument; meaning it窶冱 easier to learn a new instrument after you窶况e learned some piano. 
Also, piano skills are very handy to have when composing.  Many composers first work their pieces out at the piano.  It can be your whole orchestra! 
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TOP TEN REASONS TO STUDY PIANO! 
#4) STUDYING PIANO TEACHES HISTORY!

Did you know that classical music history closely parallels European and American art history?  And did you know that jazz music is an integral part of American history? 
When our students get into playing classical and jazz repertoire, we emphasize knowing the dates of the composer, where she or he is from, and some things that were happening around the time the piece was written or recorded, if only to deepen the understanding of the piece itself. Piano study is a fun and interesting way to tap into our past, our present, and even our future!

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A clip from our Brooklyn recital last weekend!  Song for My Father by Horace Silver.  #horacesilver #piano #pianorecital #duet #performance #middleschool #recital #jazz #jazzpiano #improv #imagination #learningbydoing #learning
TOP TEN REASONS TO STUDY PIANO! 
#5) STUDYING PIANO IMPROVES MEMORY! 
We start most of our beginning students with a method in which songs are first learned by wrote.  With this method we witness huge growth of memory skills during the first few months of piano lessons. 
And it doesn窶冲 stop there! 
Piano study is a 窶徼riple threat窶 teaching mind memory, muscle memory, and ear memory all at once! - Important skills to develop when you窶决e young, and valuable skills to hold onto in your adult life!

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