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
Good piano pieces don’t only sound great, but sometimes they have intriguing titles also like “A Minor Story” by Pieter De Graaf @pieterdegraafmusic
Is it about being inspired by a-minor key or just a minor story? Don’t know…
What i do find out with every student over and over again, is that few bars in the end of the 2nd and in the beginning of 3rd page of this piece ask MAJOR amount of time to practice! These days Elena is this fierce person @de.kunstfabriek who tries to get through few tricky bars.
Take a moment to realise that the process of learning a new piece is also a way to work on how to be patient and simply more present in life. Every moment matters. Learning piano (or any other instrument) always teaches us more than just new melodies.
Thank you for the beautiful puzzle @pieterdegraafmusic!
Whatever you do, play some Bach first! It clears your mind faster than a walk in the park 🙂
I’m always happy when i suggest Bach to my students and they take on the challenge. It’s a true experience of ‘attraversiamo’ - there’s piano playing before and after your first Bach - we discover completely new and different side of music making.
Ayla @ayla_zargar, so proud of you! 🙏
Milestone moment @ Helistudio: Wonne @wonnevanhoutte started @ Jazz Studio today!
Now there are things to look forward to in Belgian jazz music - Wonne Vanhoutte with his own music hiding around the corner! Yet, for a piano teacher nothing feels sweeter than the memories of those fragile beginnings - teaching any person the first notes on the piano. I never forget the first lesson of any student. What unfolds later is always an unexpected journey and it becomes only more beautiful note by note and year by year.
Wonne is the first kiddo growing up overnight in my piano class and taking off to the big world of music!
Nothing but very proud and happy that he follows his calling!
Good luck Wonne!
On a personal note: Robin-Aare, my drummer boy, watch it, don’t grow up as fast as Wonne, because it does make me “teary weary” to see how time flies… 🥲
De Notenspotters zijn er weer! Nieuwe nieuwsgierige gezichten en kleine stemmen die binnenkort van les tot les luider zullen klinken. Ook voor mezelf een hele nieuwe begin samen met deze helden van morgen!
De Notenspotters @ Helistudio zijn letterlijk een voorbeeld van het idee “there’s no way to happiness - happiness is the way”.
In plaats van te wachten tot eerste grote succes, deel ik hier onze prille nieuwe begin.
Vanaf volgende week klinkt het extra vrolijk in Helistudio: de jongste Amadeussen en Mozardina’s zijn er weer! Groepsles De Notenspotters is voor nieuwsgierige kids die hun stembereik willen uittesten, hun eigen muziek maken met M&M’s op xylofoon en tot slot zin hebben al hun muzikale ontdekkingen ook op podium te laten zien.
Na 10 groepslessen is het allemaal vanzelfsprekend 😉
Boss, bossier, bossiest figure in Helistudio is Queen Neboela. Why? Well… Notenspotters will return next week and i’m working on translating Estonian children’s song about a dog called Muki. It’s a challenging mix for Queen Neboela - to meditate here in her personal piano chair and hear a song about some dog as background music 🙂
About last night: Open Door Concert @ Helistudio. Finally a heartwarming get together playing for live audience. Instead of calm and mindful pianolessons, finally there was more adrenaline and excitement in the air! Jana Gilis @wearethereckless caught all those beautiful moments with her camera. Learning piano is not easy, but it’s very rewarding and for some of us it becomes a life-long journey.
Music is vitamin M.
I sincerely hope this is the biggest take-away for every student from each lesson and for every one in the audience after one of Helistudio student recitals.
Thank you all for a very special afternoon. It was worth waiting for during all those long and silent months…
Hier zijn Julie @liesbethbeirinckx , Aimée @sannevanlooy en Lux @luxashley_ 3 geweldige La Pianista’s die morgen @ Helistudio opendeurconcert spelen. Welkom tussen 14-15 uur @ Helistudio, Spillemansstraat 1 in Borgerhout! 👋 🎹🎶
Helistudio Open Door Concert is coming up @ saturday 11/9 at 14:00! It’s one of those special occasions to come and take a look inside our pianostudio. We’ll offer you some vitamine M - live music! And Jeroen @velogelato comes to our doorstep with best ice cream in town!
See you on saturday! 👋🎹🎶🍦
Evening hours @helistudio_be are very special. Lessons with kids consist of high energy and lots of discoveries. Starting piano lessons as adults, we literally dedicate our selves to something new. The will power to learn is much bigger and the process of practicing very different. I think music is the best mirror of who we are - the blind spots we try to hide come to surface. The best piano lessons are often the ones which students actually want to cancel, because they feel ‘i haven’t practiced enough’ but then they just show up and we cross this difficult moment over together.
And then come lessons where your hard work is rewarded - those special soulful moments when it all comes together. It has very little to do with me as a teacher, but very much with your dedication practicing through every learning curve.
Sarah’s @sarah_faict lesson yesterday was one of those special moments.
Mia @mia.et.moi started her 4th piano-year yesterday with lesson book nr.5 and finally it’s also in her favourite color: red! 💃❤️ Her previous lesson book was 💚so i stay kind of behind now because i don’t have anything red in my wardrobe! 😉
Sometimes #girlsjustwannahavefun and it’s all good! 🎹🎶💃🙃
New school year has started and we’re getting ready for Helistudio Open Door Concert next weekend 11/9 at 14:00.
Playing together with Lux @luxashley_ is my favourite ‘we-time’ and Maximilian’s Masterplan @pieterdegraafmusic is literally a masterpiece.
Helistudio version is on 2 piano’s because Lux & i both love this piece equally much 🙂