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Announcement! More free resources now available.

I’ve been slowly working on my website the past few weeks and decided that I no longer needed a password protected page just for my students.

So now, if you follow this link, you will find online exercises, recommended supplies, worksheets, and more for your leisurely perusal.

FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

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My Piano Studio Is Raising Money for a sexual violence aid and advocacy organization for #ADayWithoutAWoman. Join us!

My piano studio is raising money to donate to a local organization called S.T.A.R. or Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response.  It’s this great organization that provides no cost counseling, support, and legal aid to survivors of sexual violence and also raises awareness of the unique challenges and issues facing survivors.

I decided to do this after realizing that on March 8, 2017, when the feminists and allies of this country are organizing a strike called A Day Without A Woman, which is officially described as:

On International Women’s Day, March 8th, women and our allies will act together for equity, justice and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people, through a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity.

Putting aside whatever issues there may be with the planned strike (only accessible to privileged, etc), I thought about it and realized it was impractical for me to refuse to teach lessons on Wednesday because all but one of my students that day are women!  Rather than punishing a bunch of women for women’s rights, I decided instead to fundraise for an organization devoted to women’s issues.  Thus, I chose S.T.A.R.

To incentivize donations, I’m offering free or discounted piano lessons to donors at certain levels.

I realize that I’m in a traditionally gendered career (teacher of music), but I want to show that even those who do work not considered exceptionally valuable by society can make an economic impact through her actions.  Ladies, we have more tools available to us than we may think, so, to quote Queen Bey, “get in formation.”

To donate, follow this link.

To learn more about S.T.A.R., please follow this link.

 

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To contact me about starting a similar campaign or give your thoughts, follow this link or fill out this form:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Operalia Competition Final Round Available to Stream for free!

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Renowned tenor, Placido Domingo’s opera competition designed to encourage rising young singers, held its final round over the weekend in Verona.  Presumably, youweren’t there (and neither was I), but never fear, we can watch the entire final round online!

For the entire performance and a list of the results, click here (via medicitv).

For info about the competition, click here.

Curiously, I wasn’t able to find competitor bios.  If you happen to stumble upon them, please share!

Here’s photos of the 1st prize winners, soprano Aida Garifullina and bass-baritone Ao Li.

Ao Li, bass-baritone from China

Ao Li, bass-baritone from China

Aida Garifullina, soprano from Russia

Aida Garifullina, soprano from Russia

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Another invadeNOLA article featuring yours truly

New post up. Please check it out at

http://invadenola.com/2012/04/music-focus-greg-banks/

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New Article in InvadeNOLA’s current magazine issue!

 

Hey everyone!

Please check out my new article in InvadeNOLA’s newest issue.  I’m this month’s Music Contributor.  You can find it by following the link here.

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Check Me Out on InvadeNOLA

Piano teachers like popular music too!  Check out this article I published over at InvadeNOLA on local artist Julie Odell.  She’s great!

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