Archive for April, 2009

piano etude III

April 29, 2009

here’s an etude focused on right hand chromatic scales!!

it’s mischievous.

piano etude number II

April 25, 2009

the second in a series of 7 (so far), this etude is a funny mix of mystery and classical scale/chord work.  it’s a short, fun one.

i’ve been making sheet music for these as well, so please let me know if you or anyone you know would want to perform them anywhere (student recital maybe?).  🙂  i have one student of my own working on one already!

more coming soon!

thanks for listening,


Piano Etudes! number 1

April 17, 2009

hey friends,

i’m writing a set of piano etudes!  here’s the first one:

an etude is sort of a teaching piece, often focusing on a specific technique or skill.  some of my etudes (7 so far) stray from the textbook definition a bit, and some are more specifically focused.  i’m approaching them also as recital pieces, so making them fun and performable is important to me.

this one is sort of the Russian of the set, and it’s character requires a certain amount of gusto and articulation. jumpy left hand work, a little rubato in the transitions, and nice crisp staccatos.

more to come!  thanks for listening.

also, VISIT MAMA STEINY at for amazing knitted hats and scarves.  She loves you after all.


April 15, 2009

hey friends,

My dear mother now has a website for her handmade knittery.  it’s terrific, quality stuff, and it’s available at!

Mama will continue to update the site with new products, and is able to take requests for style and color as well.  drop her a line!