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Live Performance Audio in Zoom

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Hi Lessonface Students and Teachers!

A recent Zoom update added a feature called Live Performance Audio that enables musicians to play together online. It works for private lessons and larger groups. We’re excited about it and think you’ll enjoy using it in lessons! Here’s how to make the most of this new option.

What would happen if you commit to 12 weeks of lessons?

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A three month routine of lessons (and practicing for those lessons) can create powerful habits for our futures, and great habits help us toward our long term goals. Focusing on what you’re trying to achieve and why can inspire and motivate you to keep going long enough to create the new habits or routine you envision.

 

And a teacher who supports you every step of the way can be a very important part in keeping you on track towards reaching your goals!

 

LESSONFEST Starts Monday, April 17!

Our third annual LESSONFEST begins tomorrow, Monday April 17th. The 2023 LESSONFEST is a week of over fifty free live classes taught by incredible teachers covering a variety of music and arts topics. LESSONFEST classes are for a variety of ages and levels, with the details on each class page about the intended audience. While there have already been more enrollments this year than last, there are seats available in many of the classes.

Celebrating Student Success: Steve and All About the ABRSM

Recently, one of Donovan Kwan’s current piano students of Lessonface, Steve Hubbard, passed his fourth, ABRSM Grade 3 Piano Exam with distinction. Donovan has been teaching Steve the piano since March 2022, from the beginner level onwards. From then, Donovan has coached & helped Steve to pass all of his four ABRSM Piano Exams with flying colours! In addition, they are now working towards the fifth ABRSM Piano Exam Award, Grade 4!

Here is what Steve had to say about his experience with Lessonface: 

Meet the Violin with MET Orchestra Violinist Katherine Fong

Meet the Violin with Kat Fong

Earlier this year, Grammy award winning music educator and Lessonface Teacher Melissa Salguero sat down with MET Orchestra violinist Katherine Fong for a fun and lively introduction to the violin. The talk was filmed at a concert venue in New York City and was sponsored by Southwest Strings. The full video appears below this article. 

Celtic Harp for St. Patrick’s Day!

Lorinda Jones came to Lessonface through our wonderful partnership with John C. Campbell Folk School. Lorinda has been a student favorite on Lessonface since 2020, teaching both Harp and Dulcimer, and is our teacher spotlight for the month of March. She has also very graciously put together a Celtic Harp tutorial just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. 

2000+ Free Seats for a Medley of Live Music and Arts Classes Now Enrolling for April 17-23

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Today enrollment opens for LESSONFEST Spring 2023, a week of live online music, language, and arts classes happening April 17-23. In this third year of hosting LESSONFEST, Lessonface has again coordinated with great instructors and co-sponsors to offer more than 50 live group classes on fascinating topics from beginner guitar to whale music.

Dulcimer and Harp with Lorinda Jones

Lorinda Jones grew up in the small town of Tompkinsville, Kentucky surrounded by old-time, gospel, shape-note and bluegrass music. But it was when she met the “friendly cardboard dulcimer” as an adult music educator and began teaching and sharing the traditional music that she felt she had “come back home” to her roots. Lorinda has taught the dulcimer in schools, at festivals across the country and came to Lessonface in 2020 through our partnership with the John C. Campbell Folk School.

What do you love about your instrument?

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked Lessonface Teachers to share what they love about their instrument! We received so many wonderful responses and wanted to share a few below.

Katrina Zosseder wrote a poem about everything she loves about the violin:

When we first met, I was drawn in by her depth and darkness; I had left a harsh sound.

Teacher Spotlight: Flavio Silva

Flavio Silva is a musician who is part of a new generation of Brazilian composers and instrumentalists that has been breaking through the musical scene of different places, such as Brazil, The Netherlands and most recently, New York. In 2019 he was named "best guitarist" by Hot House Jazz Magazine and later this year will be releasing a new album. Silva has taught on Lessonface since 2018 and has quickly become a student favorite. We interviewed this month's Teacher Spotlight from his home in New York City.

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