Learn How to Play the Bassline from The Pink Panther!

This is a short video tutorial of the LH bassline for the music from The Pink Panther by Henry Mancini.

There are many hand positions for this bassline. I have broken it down into small phrases by hand position.

Give it a try!

Piano Maestro Summer Camp!

  Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by Melanie Burke | Uncategorized

Hello everyone!

Happy summer to you! I hope everyone is having a fun and safe summer. 

You've probably seen a new button in Piano Maestro that says "Summer Camp". The song is actually "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynard Skynard.

Joytunes is giving away a $20 gift card (issued in a drawing) to a lucky student who has mastered this song. All the info is on the flyer below.

In addition to the info below, I am conducting a little contest myself! Demonstrate to me (either in lesson - or by video uploaded to your Google Drive folder) that you have acheived 3 stars on the 2A level version of the song, and I will send you some music stickers for your piano books! :D

Have fun with this - this song is super fun!

See you piano class! 

Ms. Mel

The Peanuts Gang sing Don't Stop Believin'!

  Wednesday, April 8, 2020 by Melanie Burke | Uncategorized

Many of my students are working on "Don't Stop Believin'" in our online lessons. This is a fantastic song to learn on the piano, not only because the riff is so fabulous, but there are many learning skills involved.

  • Harmonic 3rds with the pinky and 3rd finger are notoriously difficult to play! The riff for this song does just that!
  • The steady 8th-note rhythm of the right hand is offset with the bassline. It is easy to play when you know how to count your 8th notes!
  • This is a great opportunity to learn Roman numerals and tonal harmony. If you like to play contemporary songs, this is a must!

I loved The Peanuts and Charles Schultz when I was growing up. My best friend in elementary school knew how to draw them really well, and he also played piano. So I have many fond memories growing up with The Peanuts Gang. (Of course, Schroeder was my favorite!)

Someone put this Journey song to clips of The Peanuts and it is AWESOME! I wanted to share it with you here. I hope you find it as inspiring and uplifting as I have!

Practice your Don't Stop Believin' riff so you can play it as well as The Peanuts Gang!  :D

Click on the link below to view!

The Peanuts Gang Performs Don't Stop Believin (by Journey)

Cookie Sheet Staff and Keyboard - A project to do at home with your Young Learners!

  Thursday, April 2, 2020 by Melanie Burke | Uncategorized

Here is a cool project you can do at home with your young children who are just beginning to learn their notes!

You will need the following items:

  • An old (or new) cookie sheet
  • Contact paper
  • Templates (locate in the Downloads section > file folder: Music Education Accessories)
    8.5" x 14" (legal size) paper for printing
    • [8.5" x 11" paper will work - but it will be smaller, and you must adjust the formatting in Word]
  • Disc Magnets

If you want to make the "No-H-in-Snake cards:

  • Card stock
  • Template

I laminated my cards, of course, this is an option.

I have given instructions in my goofy, yet short video. Reach out to me if you have any questions! (You may see me using these in our online lessons! )♫