Motivational Monday - Beethoven

posted May 26, 2014, 1:05 AM by Kelsey Anderson

One of the most famous classical compositions in the word, beautifully arranged for piano and orchestra. Stewie and I are using this in the wedding for when we sign the register.
Beethoven wrote the Bagatelle No 24 in A Minor (commonly known as Für Elise) in 1810 however it was not published until 1867 - 40 years after his death! The true identity of 'Elise' is only known by Beethoven himself however one theory is that her name is actually Therese Malfatti von Rohrenbach zu Dezza who turned down Beethoven's marriage proposal in favour of an Austrian nobleman. Beethoven is well known for continuing to compose music even after the loss of his hearing relying solely on the music inside of his imagination and the vibrations he could sense throug
h the piano and floor!

Throwback Thursday

posted Apr 2, 2014, 6:27 PM by Kelsey Anderson   [ updated Apr 2, 2014, 6:37 PM ]

A crazy look back to Kelsey playing the piano at her grade 12 music night. She also played the guitar and the saxophone 9but not at the same time!)

Some more about Kelsey...

posted Mar 26, 2014, 6:54 PM by Kelsey Anderson   [ updated Mar 26, 2014, 6:54 PM ]

I thought it might be good to share 10 interesting facts about me and my musical journey!

1. Were you named after anyone?
My mother heard my name in a movie and liked it :)

2. Do you like your handwriting?
Not as much as I should! I need to be careful to write clearly so my students can understand.

3. What is your favourite ice cream flavour?

4. If you were a crayon, what colour?
ORANGE cant you tell?

5. When did you start playing piano?
9 years old

6. When you started playing what was the piece you desperately wanted to learn?
Beethoven's Fur Elise, then later Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring.

7. What is your favourite joke?
What do you call an alligator in a vest?
An Investigator

8. What brand is your piano?
A Yamaha - I love the brilliant sound quality they have

9. Do you prefer tea or coffee?
I don't drink either!

10. Do you have any siblings?
Yes, a younger sister and brother.

New Year and a New Student!

posted Feb 24, 2014, 7:17 PM by Kelsey Anderson   [ updated Feb 24, 2014, 7:17 PM ]

Welcome to the New Year! and what better way to celebrate it than by welcoming a new student to the team! This year we are joined by Andy and Edie's little brother Lew. Lew and I have been working on clapping rhythm patterns and fun songs like 'Mary had a Little Lamb'. Games of Musical Bingo have certainly gone up a level now that there are 4 people to play!

There are still lesson times available for anybody wishing to begin (or continue) their musical journey. Just contact Kelsey to find out more!


posted Feb 24, 2014, 4:17 PM by Kelsey Anderson   [ updated Feb 24, 2014, 4:17 PM ]

What A year!

2013 had us welcome two new students to the Brillante Piano Company.

Emilee joined us first - deciding to return to learning the piano after a few years absence we're taking a FUN approach to learning together. The extra curricular musical learning is also helping her with her musical studies at school and she now enjoys playing her piano pieces on recorder and vice-versa!

Hugo joined us later in the year after also having lessons previously. He managed to pull all his old pieces up to scratch in record time and was playing with confidence again by the end of year concert!

Speaking OF the end of year Concert...
What a fantastic performance it was by all of our students! Edie very bravely volunteered to go first on the day and everyone listened keenly as she played thee fun songs including "When the Saints Go Marching In" which is always a crowd pleaser. Next us was Hugo who wowed us all with his comeback to the piano after just two short months of learning with us. Up next was Emilee who managed to get everyone singing along to a smashing rendition of "Jingle Bells". Last but certainly not least was Andy who had us on the edge of our seats with his dramatic concert pieces. After the playing everyone was presented with their yearly awards and gifts and then we feasted on delicious baked goods, fresh juice, fruit and yummy cake!

Well done everyone, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

posted Dec 18, 2012, 10:19 PM by Kelsey Anderson   [ updated Dec 18, 2012, 10:19 PM ]

To everyone who has supported the Brillante Piano Company throughout the year 2012 THANK YO
U from the bottom
of my heart. I Want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a splendid New Year. Now I just hope some of your New Years resolutions might be to learn piano ;).
Travel safely and don't eat too much!
Kelsey Jackson

Term 4 Ends

posted Dec 18, 2012, 9:59 PM by Kelsey Anderson   [ updated Dec 18, 2012, 9:59 PM ]

Last week marked the end of Term 4 and for lessons for 2012. Lessons will resume in Term 1 2013 on Tuesday 29 January. BUT you DONT have to WAIT until then to enrol. Enrol now and secure your most convenient timeslot!

End of Year Concert

posted Dec 18, 2012, 9:49 PM by Kelsey Anderson   [ updated Dec 18, 2012, 9:49 PM ]

17 November 2012
Today two students, Andy and Edie Russell gave a wonderful performance to gathered friends and relatives in their home. It was a fantastic way to show off their achievements. Among the guests were included the lady who had generously donated her old piano to the family in the first place and hence opening their pathway to learn. Andy and Edie each played 3 songs, applause was abundant and so too was pride from their teacher!

New Student

posted Oct 11, 2012, 11:35 PM by Kelsey Jackson   [ updated Oct 11, 2012, 11:35 PM by Kelsey Anderson ]

Welcome Amanda!  Glorious proof that anyone of any age can enjoy music. We most certainly can work on getting a music grade to your name. We shall first work on the Australian Guild of music's 'Level One'. This has all the flexibility to make sure that - though we're just beginning - we dont have to play songs that are arranged for children. Im sure we will be making progress very soon!

Term 4 Already

posted Oct 11, 2012, 11:22 PM by Kelsey Jackson   [ updated Oct 11, 2012, 11:26 PM by Kelsey Anderson ]

Its not too late to secure your place for term 4. We can have you playing the family Christmas Carols just in time!

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