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Steinway Factory Tour

2/28/2014 1:08 PM

Steinway Factory Tour

The Steinway & Sons Factory is located about half an hour’s drive from Manhattan in a city called Astoria near Queens.   As we were late due to traffic, the staff was kind enough to bring us through a shortcut to catch up with the rest of the touring guests.

The tour guide, who was a retired engineer from the Steinway factory, gave us an insightful tour from his first-hand experience by showing us each step involved in the production of a Steinway grand piano. The process began with combining thin sheets of wood, laminating them and then bending them to the shape of a grand piano.  It is left to dry in a temperature controlled room. When it is ready, we followed closely each step involved in the hand crafting of the piano.  With so much attention given to detailed craftsmanship, I can appreciate now why Steinway’s hand-made pianos are the world’s finest pianos! It was one of the highlights of our New York trip.

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The following letter is a parent from our Junior Music Program addressing to our teacher Ms. Debbie Cave.  It is very touchy and would like to share with everybody.

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Yes, you have signed up for the examination and in a week, it will be the big day.  Now your adrenaline starts pumping, your stress level is starting to elevate.  The anxiety of getting it over with increases.  You just want to do it, whatever!!!

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The Joy of Playing Ensembles

1/3/2014 11:32 AM

Music learning may be more interesting when you learn with friends and play together.  When children play in ensembles, they have individual responsibilities but also share the experience of making music with the other players. The size of the ensemble, whether a duet or a small combo, or larger groups like a chorus or an orchestra, really does not matter. It’s just great for kids to be with other kids who understand the language of music and share a particular musical interest. There is a common experience of what a rehearsal is, what practicing means, or what a good or bad performance feels like.

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