HeliStudio, een muzikalerevolutie in de Spillemansstraat!
Wie de geschiedenis van de Baltische staten een beetje kent, heeft vast al wel eens van de Zingende Revolutie gehoord. Voor Estland, Letland en Litouwen is dit een voorbeeld hoe muziek kracht en moed aan mensen kan geven.
Heli Jakobson en Triin Tamm hebben deze bijzondere jaren beleefd als jonge kinderen en hebben hierdoor geleerd hoe muziek je kan helpen om je eigen weg te vinden in het leven
Two pianists are better than one, right? So, save the date already and treat yourself to double concerto in Helistudio 18/8 with composer Peter Pazmany @peter.pazmany.music and myself @helijakobson. Together we will share our latest piano solo pieces and also some new music. More details coming soon!
There are many beautiful moments to choose for my last post about this school year and there is so much to say… We came ‘out’ from corona times enjoyed the first concerts together again and soon after the war started in Ukraine. Moving from one darkness to the other…
Music is a luxury thing to do for some and a big necessity for others. I’m very aware of both of these ends. The older i become the more i notice the big extremes in life - the painful issues we can’t change immediately, but i do believe we should live with even more awareness. Helistudio benefit concerts for Ukrainian students in Alberreke primary school @bartjonckers this spring were one of those ‘deep awareness’ moments. I’m very grateful for this experience.
Music is vitamine M - this is my belief - it doesn’t bring instant happiness, but it adds very valuable breathing space to our mind - this is why we should play piano every day. It helps to balance out all dissonances of life itself. Through music we learn to expand our horizons.
The last video i share of this school year is Robin-Aare’s first piano performance. It happened out of the blue about 2 weeks ago. He asked to join the student concert 10 minutes before it started. My mama-heart was not prepared at all, but what matters the most is that he felt he was ready to do this. So, this time the best advice comes from Robin-Aare himself: step up and be more of who you are!
Thank you for another memorable school year! Mission completed with many beautiful memories to cherish.
The most important takeaway from Finne’s pianolesson this week: never forget that the best finishing touch is your smile!
I’m always extra inspired by adult students - we all multitask more than we’d like, i think… and taking care of others comes always first. So, when you make it to your piano, let it be your time, your world and SMILE !
Student concert nr.2 met la pianista Mia @mia.et.moi - dit schooljaar heb ik alleen maar bewondering gehad voor haar grote tijgersprongen. Corona-tijd heeft elke leerling even in mineur modus gebracht, maar dit schooljaar heeft iedereen hun superpowers 1-2-3 terug gevonden! La pianista Mia heeft voorbeeldige sterke piano vingers en die komen alleen door met aandacht te oefenen en niet zomaar af en toe te spelen!
Hiernaast is Mia haar superpower ook grote optimisme - vrolijk zijn zoals een vliender, zo heb ik haar hele schooljaar ervaren.
Proficiat met je top 🎹jaar Mia! 🦋🦋🦋
Only joy to play Piazzolla with Sarah!
It’s still work in progress - for me ‘the practicing process’ is actually more interesting to witness than flashy-fiery end result. Hope it’ll inspire other students as well to dare to sometimes choose a piece which is a little bit out of their comfort zone!
There’s no way to happiness, happiness is the way and in the piano lesson wonders happen note by note!
First year piano lessons with Nona @noortje_van_bourgognie is almost over. Wish i could look into the future and see if i’m right - already today i feel here is a real musician in becoming!
The seriousness and ease how she creates her little tunes is very special. Most kids need to learn to read the notes and they start playing a bit later. More musical expression comes when reading the notes feels more comfortable.
It seems to me that Nona is kind of an old soul who comes to the piano lesson to simply freshen up everything she already knows…
Last week she said: i really like to practice, because the pieces are finally more difficult! Her ‘finally’ touched me very deeply… her eagerness - something i can’t teach, it’s her own inner fire speaking out loud.
Nona’s piano piece is called ‘Vrolijk’ / ‘Glad’. Nice recap from yesterday’s concert!
Beautiful moment from today’s student concert in Helistudio.
Here are two of my great favourites - Toon @sofiepoppe74 and Beethoven!
My piano teacher heart is very happy, because it sounds like Toon himself starts to like Beethoven as well.
Mission completed 🙂
The end of this school year is in sight and in Helistudio we celebrate it with double concerto weekend in our class room.
Concerto nr.1 is tomorrow at 13:00. ‘Mozarts and Mozardina’s’ are ready to share their piano magic and there are couple of bigger works coming up as well - a ‘LUXurious version’ of Maximilian’s Masterplan @pieterdegraafmusic with Lux @luxashley_
Here’s just a little teaser 🙂 because music sounds better live @ Helistudio!
Do we have doctors in Helistudio who play piano before they start their day with patients - yes we do - Dr. Natalie Loomans @lolonatalie18 @face.ahead.
The morning when she came to the lesson in her ‘doc suit’ i finally understood how adult students have to carve out their me-time to do something for themselves before they do everything for someone else…
When Natalie was playing her Bach prelude i thought: do her patients realise how lucky they are to have a doc like this…
It’s so important to take your time and do what makes you happy first, after that we can go and save someone else’s world.
Lux @luxashley_ is not just la pianista but as you can see - also a very cool fashionista 🙂
So excited to see what her future will be! Today we ‘re-visited’ our 2 piano version of Maximillians Masterplan by @pieterdegraafmusic.
Concerto weekends in Helistudio are coming up 4/6 and 11/6! 👋
Bram Vervliet is associate professor @kuleuven and also one of many outstanding students in my adult piano class @helistudio_be. Yesterday i attended the presentation of his first book “Waarom we bang zijn” - intriguing title, even more intriguing topic!
So far i’ve seen Bram unravel piano scores note by note, now i’ll discover his ideas word by word. I guess life is kind of a dance between when to be fearless and to learn how it’d also be okay to fear a bit less. As piano teacher i believe we need fear to some degree, to keep us alert, but it shouldn’t take over our mindset. Like Shakespeare said: extreme fear can neither fight nor fly.
So, keep up your piano practice and for extra inspiration discover Bram’s book “waarom we bang zijn” @pelckmans.be