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“Perfect but not perfect” tuning of the piano

Here is a topic worth exploring for the scientists among us: piano tuning.
These days, pianos are tuned with “Equal Temperament.” However, Bach wrote two books of Preludes and Fugues for
“Well-Tempered Clavier”
Here’s a cute 4 min video that goes very fast, but gets into the math of it! Kind of fun to think about.
When tuned with “Equal Temperament,” pianos are permanently out of tune! See this for more information.

Cello Master Class with Alex Croxton

Suzuki Division at BKCM is excited to host a cello Master Class with Alex Croxton on Sunday, March 26, 2017.

12:45-1:30pm Master Class
1:30-2:15pm Combined Group Class (All students Books One and above are welcome and encouraged to participate)
2:15-3:00pm Master Class

Alex Croxton
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Alex Croxton began his cello studies at the age of twelve. Alex went on to continue his studies at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase. Alex has received awards from the Atlanta Music Club, American String Teachers’ Association and Peabody Career Grant. Alex served as an Artist in Residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts Chamber Music Residency as well as Assistant Principal of the Maryland Symphony. As a chamber musician, Alex has studied with musicians such as Leon Fleisher, Laurence Lesser and Lorand Fenyves. A winner of the Artists International Special Presentation Award, Alex made his Carnegie/ Weill Hall debut to a sold out audience in April of 2008.

As a mentor to young musicians, Alex has studied Suzuki pedagogy with Pamela Devenport, Sally Gross, Tanya Carey, Gilda Barston and Carey Cheney and has taught at workshops and institutes in New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Washington D.C, Maryland, Kentucky, Alabama, Texas, Utah, Massachusetts and Georgia. Alex is a faculty member at the Mannes College The New School for Music, Special Music School and The School for Strings, NYC.

Suzuki Benefit Photos and Thank You!

Suzuki Benefit Photos and Thank You!

Our first Suzuki Celebration & Benefit was a terrific success!

Thank you for your enthusiasm and generosity.

This Suzuki Benefit & Celebration is a great new initiative for the Conservatory and for our flagship Suzuki program – we’re already thinking of ideas for next year! We are so lucky to have your energy, your devotion, and your commitment. Thank you.

Enjoy excellent photos from the event, thanks to our Suzuki parent Desiree Walters:

Christmas Eve Concert at St. John’s Episcopal Church

Christmas Eve Concert at St. John’s Episcopal Church

Suzuki violin students will be performing at Christmas Eve mass at St. John’s Episcopal Church. The concert will be led by Nora Friedman. The students will perform Christmas-themed pieces as well as few pieces from the Suzuki reportoire. The mass starts at 5pm and will last for just over an hour.
Performing students arrive at 4PM to warm up and tune.