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    Keep a Song of Joy in your Heart
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - August 1, 2018 - 7:42 PM

    Keep a Song of Joy in your Heart
    ADVENTURES IN MUSIC·WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2018
    Music is the best outlet to find peace, serenity and fill your mind with joy, and get into a space where there is no chaos. But even better, is to be able to play a musical instrument...now you not only are experiencing the above but your creativeness starts to soar. Playing the PIANO can give you all these and so much more. Young or older, it does not matter, only your desire and passion are needed to participate. I encourage everyone that feels the calling to play a musical instrument to allow themselves to embark in the fulfilling and beautiful journey that is music.

    When music calls...
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - May 22, 2017 - 10:20 AM

    How wonderful it is to be able to sit at a piano and play a song...or many. It does not matter if by memory or with the sheet music in front of you. The heart does not care, it just listens and feels the sounds. Sometimes to make us relax,and soothe the soul. Sometimes to help us decide on some issue that is tugging at our hearts. And, sometimes just for pure fun and entertainment. Whatever the reason, or no reason at all, it is something that gives so much pleasure and sense of accomplishment.
    There is no age limit! we all can make and enjoy beautiful sounds. Enjoy the music and smile....because you being able to play is a great thing. Yes, be proud and when Music calls, you will know how to answer.

    Never too old...
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - March 22, 2017 - 8:25 AM

    Good Ideas
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - March 21, 2017 - 9:55 PM

    Benefits of playing the Piano.
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - March 15, 2017 - 3:25 PM

    Studio on the Spotlight! 🎹🎹🎹🎹🎹🎹🎹🎹🎹🎹🎹🎹🎹🎹🎹🎹🎹
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - September 29, 2015 - 6:13 PM

    Thumbtack Spotlight
    Music Lessons
    Provided by: Adventures in Music
    What do you love about your job?

    I love the children. Each of them are so different, but all are coming together for the love of music! I love to see them grow into wonderful adults. It is very gratifying when many of them stay year-after-year until they are off to college. They write me letters that are so touching. As teachers, we don't realize at times, what an impact we can have on some lives. It humbles you and it fills your heart with joy to know that music can be such a strong soul healer, and we can be the connecting link.

    What or who inspired you to start your own business?

    My last teacher inspired me to start my business. She saw in me the ability to teach and relate to kids. She offered me my first 5 students, while I was in college. I have been teaching ever since.

    Describe your most memorable project.

    Every project is memorable. Our piano recitals are more like talent shows. My students love it. It is hard work, but at the end of the day, it is a sweet success. Exams are also special times. I love it when they get high grades and get encouraging comments. The students who go to special music camps like Interlochen make me feel accomplished. They come back pumped up! When a students takes it upon himself/herself to go play at assisted living homes or when they compete a solo ensemble at school, every single event is memorable.

    Excellent advice ...from key-notes.com
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - July 15, 2015 - 8:16 PM

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    Sharing Good Information.
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - January 2, 2014 - 8:16 PM

    Registered Students...Welcome!
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - August 7, 2013 - 1:05 PM





    Hello! I am glad you registered and can now access all the features here.
    If you are able to read this blog entry, I would like for you to tell me the following words next time you come to class:



    Piano Rocks

    Posted by Marta E. Soto - May 7, 2013 - 6:21 AM

    GUILD EXAMS
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - November 23, 2012 - 9:49 PM

    The following students are registered for the 2013 Auditions:

    Dedi Ho INT. B
    Mary Herran INT. A
    Jillian Brennan INT. B
    Claire Brennan INT. A
    Allison Bell INT. A
    Andrew Bell ELEM. E
    Megan E. INT. B
    Jenna Vartoogian ELEM. E
    Dylan T. ELEM. E





    Registration will close Dec. 10th

    NEW CONTEST!
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - November 23, 2012 - 9:46 PM



    What was Beethoven's favorite food?

    Bring me the answer by Dec. 8th and win $2.00 play money

    Recitals
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - November 19, 2012 - 5:20 AM

    Wow! I have heard my students play their Recital songs for months now, but when I hearrd them play at the show it was like some magic had fallen on them! They sounded amazing...

    So proud of all of them. Special Trophies for the Outstanding Piano Student 2012 went to Samantha Suelo and Emily Paras.

    Every one loved their trophies. I am blessed.

    Winner!
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - November 8, 2012 - 8:23 PM


    Sal Biondo won the contest! Congratulations buddy.;-)

    Contest #2
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - November 1, 2012 - 4:05 PM



    Bring me all the required information and earn $2.00 play money.

    When were the following composers born? and Where?

    1. Mozart
    2.Chopin
    3.Beethoven
    4.Bach
    5.Clementi
    6.Haydn
    7.Schumann
    8.Lecuona

    Contest is good until Nov. 16,2012.

    GUILD EXAMS
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - May 6, 2012 - 7:55 PM

    Wishing all the Guild Exam candidates a great time tomorrow. Relax, smile and let your fingers do the magic. Feel the music in your heart and your songs will sound beautifully. I am very proud of all of you, and I LOVE you all!


    Good Friday
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - April 5, 2012 - 8:21 PM



    NO PIANO LESSONS APRIL 6th, 2012.

    HAVE A BLESSED GOOD FRIDAY.

    Guild Exams
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - March 18, 2012 - 6:50 PM

    Guild Exams are scheduled for May 7th, 2012. Marshall's Music in Lansing, MI.

    Happy Valentine's Day!
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - February 14, 2012 - 5:17 AM


    Wishing everyone a wonderful day, full of love and joy. Let everyone you love know that you love them. Brighten the day of everyone you meet with a smile...Comfort the hurting with a hug or a listening ear...Show gratitude for even the tiniest of blessings...Forgive...forget...renew...heal...and be ready with an open heart for God's Blessings in your life. Remember that the Best is yet to come. Hope, Faith and Love are three great things, but the greatest of all is LOVE.

    Substitute Teacher
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - January 29, 2012 - 12:02 PM

    Adventures in Music is proud to introduce Jessica Dailey as our Substitute Teacher.

    Miss Jessica is a 2011 piano graduate of Adventures in Music Piano Studio. She has experience working with children and young adults.

    Welcome aboard Jess!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - December 19, 2011 - 6:17 PM


    Joy to the World the Lord is come....Wishing every one reading this, a Merry Christmas filled with joy, hope and peace. May 2012 bring many happy events to your lives.

    "Glory to God in the Highest" ~~~Luke 2:14

    Thanksgiving
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - November 24, 2011 - 7:34 AM

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    I am so Thankful for being able to have a business that always keeps me busy with the most wonderful students and parents. I am Blessed to be able to share my love of music with the people I love the most, CHILDREN! I am Blessed with the opportunity to be able to encourage and give advice when asked or needed to my teenagers. I am Blessed with small, sweet voices that tell me I Rock, I Love You, or just give me a look of, thanks.

    Thank you God for loving me and allowing me to do what I love so much. Let's keep the joy of music in our hearts. And, let us all be thankful for God's blessings.

    Smile.

    Piano Recitals
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - November 2, 2011 - 6:05 PM

    Last Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 we had two Piano Shows. We had 21 young and beginning students playing in Show One. The Rhythm Ensemble was great! The second show had 25 participants, including one graduating student ; Jessica Dailey, who played Mozart's Sonata in C Major. I am very proud of all the students. Congratulations!

    Quotes by Suzanne W. Guy
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - September 14, 2011 - 6:07 AM

    "First, the good news: the piano is the easiest instrument to play. Now the bad news: the piano is the easiest instrument to play unmusically".
    "There are 88 little trap doors waiting to spring into action. Now how do we make music out of all the mechanical levers of the piano? The sound is in the piano...The music is in us."

    "The piano responds to stroking better than poking...just like people."

    "It is possible to play the piano without passion. But WHY?"


    wonderful quotes and thoughts from all over!
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - July 4, 2011 - 8:47 PM

    * I'VE LEARNED THAT EVERYONE IS GIFTED BUT SOME PEOPLE NEVER OPEN THEIR PACKAGE* * The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground* * IT'S NOT WHO YOU ARE THAT HOLDS YOU BACK ! IT'S WHO YOU THINK YOU ARE NOT. SO,START BELIEVING IN YOURSELF!

    Guild Exams
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - May 10, 2011 - 5:29 PM



    Done with that!!! HA HA! The exams went well. Everyone did a terrific job. I am very proud of all the students that
    participated. Lots of high scores and two PERFECT scores!!!

    The young piano student...
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - April 9, 2011 - 6:23 AM



    Full of wonder and creativity! Very curious and full of anticipation!

    Teaching a child that is 4-5 years old is much different than teaching an older one or an adult. Their world is quite different. We as teachers need to
    "enter their world" and adapt to it to be able to accomplish much. So, what is their world??? Fantasy, Fun, Exploration, Adventure.
    Children this age want and need to PLAY! So, the best way to teach them is to have them enter the playground of piano playing and learning.

    Engage them in fun games, with characters, activities that have them think and move, Encourage them gently to learn the composure that
    piano playing requires . Praise them when they can sit still, and wait for others to play, when they follow directions, when they do not talk
    when it is not their turn.

    One of the words that I use the most with my Preschoolers is LISTEN... Who can listen the best? Most of them tell me ME! but there are
    a few who flat out tell me, "I don't listen" or "not me".... So funny! but listening is a skill and we all have to work at it. So, we engage in
    activities that require them to listen or be totally lost....most of them do not want to be the odd one out, so little by little they start LISTENING
    so they don't miss out. And, at times, you hear some of the other children telling them...you must LISTEN to know what to do. Precious!

    We must recognize when attention is engaged and when it is not. If attention wanes during an activity, change to another one. It might require to
    change from a visual activity to an auditory one, or kinesthetic action! And when you have their complete attention, reap all the rewards of this
    wonderful "teachable moment".

    Patience is necessary with this age group. Not only from the teachers but from the parents. Progress can be very slow...but given it time,
    beautiful miracles can occur.

    Learning to play the piano is an amazing journey for both young and old . For the very young, it is an enchanted musical adventure.

    " Keep a Song of Joy in Your Heart."










    Posted by Marta E. Soto - March 15, 2011 - 8:19 AM

    Musical Quotes...
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - January 10, 2011 - 7:35 PM


    "How powerful is your magic sound." ~~~Mozart, the Magic Flute

    "First of all we must use our ears to take some of the burden from our eyes. We have been using our eyes to judge the world since the time we were born. We talk to others and to ourselves mainly about what we see. A warrior always listens to the sounds of the world." ~~ Carlos Castaneda.

    "The power of music is to integrate and cure...is quite fundamental. It is the profoundest non chemical medication."~~ Oliver Sacks, Awakening.

    The Mozart Effect...
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - January 10, 2011 - 7:00 PM


    The information shared here is from the book The Mozart Effect by Don Campbell Copyright 2001,1997 by Don Campbell.


    I find this book fascinating!


    "The world is inherently musical. Music speaks to everyone." "interestingly, the word HEALTH comes from the Old English ( HAL) a root word signifying whole, healing, hale, and inhaling. HEAL, in Northern Middle English, means to ~to make a sound~, to become healthy again. We use the word ~sound~ --a synonym for health and wholeness-to signify basic vitality and the unshakable foundation for whatever we do. Thus we speak of sound judgment, sound advice, sound investments, and sound business procedures. When things are going smoothly, we are ~in tune and in harmony~ with others and the world around us. When things are stuck, we are ~out of tune~ and ~out of sync~. In romance or relationships of any kind, we hope to set the right ~tone~, ~strike a sympathetic chord~, or ~communicate on the same wavelength~. When the unexpected happens, we decide to ~play it by ear~. We admire the executive who can ~orchestrate a deal~ , and cheer the team that can administer the opposition a ~sound beating~. We commonly crave or shun an ~audience~, from the root ~audio~ to hear. Bombarded from morning until evening with modern advertising, we put up with the ~pitches~ of salespeople and commercials that are aired (all too successfully) at drumming images and rhythmic jingles into our psyches. When we need a lawyer to navigate through the complexities of modern life, we want one who doesn't miss ~a beat~ . On the psychiatrist's couch, the board of the local PTA, or at a job interview, we strive to assert our identity as strong, independent persons, train ourselves to develop our personalities, and carefully construct our persona or public mask--all from the Greek roots --per son, or ~~~the sound passes through~~~. Although we may not see ourselves as particularly musical, music metaphors and sonic imagery permeate our lives."

    Quotes...
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - January 5, 2011 - 7:11 PM

    Don't dream your life, Live your Dream!

    Don't be eager to be well known, be instead the kind of person worthy of knowing.

    We become old too soon, and wise too late, Just as...There is no time...

    Happiness is a personal conquest!

    It's not what you gather but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.

    Life is a Coin, you can spend it anyway you wish, but you can only spend it once.

    "Prayer is weakness leaning on omnipotence." ~~ W.S. Bowden

    Worry looks around, Sorry looks back, FAITH looks up! Have Faith!

    "Optimism is the Faith that leads to achievement. nothing can be done without hope and confidence." ~~ Helen Keller

    "The cause not the suffering makes a genuine martyr." ~~St. Agustine

    "Change always comes bearing gifts." ~~ Price Pritchett

    Musical Quote Winner!
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - December 26, 2010 - 5:07 PM


    My piano students had a special assignment this month. They had to fill in the blanks and complete a paper with their likes and dislikes about different sounds.

    I enjoyed reading their responses since it gave me a better idea of how they think, and many times I was surprised by some of their answers.

    Part of the assignment was to write an original musical quote. The students would vote on the one they liked the best and the winner would
    receive $1.00.

    We had a lot of fun reading the quotes. Here is the musical quote that won;

    "Piano is like chocolate, you can't just get enough of it." Patrick DeLeon (14 yrs. old)

    Congratulations to Patrick!!!

    Livingston got Talent
    Posted by Marta E. Soto - November 26, 2010 - 2:29 PM


    On Nov. 16, 2010 a Talent Show took place at Crystal Gardens in Howell,MI. It was to benefit The Connection, a group that assists youth in crisis from ages
    12-21.

    Four students from Adventures in Music Piano Studio participated. They all did very well, with one of them Tyler Schnute winning First Place!

    Tyler played the piano and sang to the song Iris. He played his improvisation of the song which was amazing!!! We are very proud of

    Julia Lemke, GIllian Lemke, Jillian Brennan and Tyler Schnute! Great young pianists and great young individuals.

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