Leonie Thompson

Melbourne Piano Teacher and Pianist

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Sources of Free Sheet Music Online

Posted by leonie.thompson on May 21, 2014 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (2)

Here is an ongoing list of the best online resources for free sheet music (and recordings) to print and play.

BEGINNERS: 

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SIGHTREADING Adventure Board

Posted by leonie.thompson on July 24, 2012 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The more new music you read, the better your sightreading will become!


And having good sightreading skills means you can read more new music and learn your music faster (by speading up the long note learning process). Think of it as a key to unlock any music you've ever wanted to play!


SO! Why not turn sightreading into a game!


I made a

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Ongoing BOOK LIST to inform and inspire

Posted by leonie.thompson on July 24, 2012 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I am creating a list of music-related books that I've read, or plan to read. I will continue accumulating good reads, so please keep checking the blog!


Reading about pianists and composers is so inspiring - It's almost like getting to know them as a friend (well, almost). You can experience music as much more than practice each day. Reading about the composers, the musical periods, the music itself, and those astounding concert pianists (who are so interesting to learn abou...

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Rhythm Activity

Posted by leonie.thompson on July 20, 2012 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

This is an activity you can print and cut out, to play on a table or spread out on the floor.


The semibreves go for 4 beats, minims for 2, crotchets for 1, and quavers for 1/2. All values are depicted by their size, so each bar of 4 beats can be tested by measuring it with a 4 beat semibreve card.


How many levels high can you make a tower, if it can only have 4 beats on each le...

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Online Music Games

Posted by leonie.thompson on July 20, 2012 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (1)

Interactive music games are great for younger students. They can have fun playing a colourful game whilst learning important musical concepts, like note naming, rhythms, key placement, time signatures and more.


Below are a few FREE games I found online (some would look like fun if I were 5 again!)


Test yourself!


How did you go?


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Leonie Thompson performing Grieg Piano Concerto with Orchestra

Posted by leonie.thompson on July 18, 2012 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Very exciting news!


SAVE THE DATE 1st September 2013 - 2:30pm


 

SAVE THE DATE: 1st September 2013 @ 2:30pm

 

I'll be performing my first concerto with orchestra, am very excited, and would love you to come along....


 

VENUE:

George Wood Performing Ar...

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Duets are FUN

Posted by leonie.thompson on July 15, 2012 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Duets are a great way for friends or siblings to share their piano skills together, or parents to get involved with their childrens' interests. It's always encouraging and fun for students to play duets with each other.


As an added bonus, it aids in developing their aural skills in listening for the beat, listening to and playing together with their partner, and can lend to musical discussion on what dynamics t...

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