Piano Lessons

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Welcome Back Music Students!

As the exciting and heartwarming memories of the holidays linger in our homes, I would like to thank each new and returning music student for their lesson dedication.  As you perform the music you practiced over the Christmas season, there is a new sense of purpose and direction in your style.  It is exciting to see improvement each week and know that you love to learn.  I want to help each new piece become easy for you by the end of the lesson, so your focus can remain on improvements throughout the week.  As you lay a good foundation in note reading, timing, and lyric study, the interpretation, color, and expressiveness of style begins to glow.  Each practice day has led to improved musicianship, and there are remarkable jumps of skill on a weekly basis.  I am excited to be a part of your musical journey and look forward to working with you in 2016.




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Christmas Carol Songbook for SATB Voice 22 Free Christmas Songs

Enjoy these twenty-two Christmas carols in full SATB sheet music for free from Cantorion: no email address or subscription required.

Christmas Songbook List
1) Angels we have heard on high
2) Away in a manger
3) Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light
4) Coventry Carol
5) Deck the halls
6) Ding dong merilly
7) God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
8) Good King Wenceslas
9) Hark the herald angels sing
10) In the bleak midwinter
11) It came opon a midnight clear
12) Joy to the world
13) Lo, how a rose e’er blooming
14) O Little Town of Bethlehem
15) O Come, All Ye Faithful
16) Riu, Riu, Chiu
17) Silent night
18) The Angel Gabriel
19) The First Nowell
20) The Holly and the Ivy
21) We Three Kings
22)What Child is This

Christmas Carol Songbook Voice, SATB – Voice, SATB – Sheet music – Cantorion – Free sheet music, free scores.

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Music Resources

Sheet Music RoseAlfred’s Music Publishing http://www.alfred.com/

Amazon.com:  Edna Mae Burnam’s Step By Step Piano Course

Bill Rice Ranch CDs, Sheet Music, Music Books:


http://bluebookofpianos.com/  Blue Book of Pianos: Find your piano’s age from the serial number.

Classical Sheet Music: One yearly subscription for $29.95 covers unlimited printing, downloads, and Scorch.


Dampp Chaser: Home of the Piano Life Saver  http://dampp-chaser.com/

Ebay: Find used and new sheet music and instruments  http://www.ebay.com/

Hal Leonard:  Edna Mae Burnam’s Step By Step Piano Course http://www.halleonard.com

J.W. Pepper Sheet Music http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/welcome.jsp

Majesty Music Christian Music http://www.majestymusic.com/

Magnify the Lord-CD with Ray, Ann, & Christina Gibbs http://www.majestymusic.com/new-items/magnify-the-lord-cd.html

MAT Electronics http://matelectronics.com/prestashop/en/

Old Fashioned Christian Music on Internet Radio http://www.oldchristianradio.com/

Piano Adoption: Free Pianos in the United States http://www.pianoadoption.com/

PianoMart: Shop for a piano http://www.pianomart.com/

Soundforth Christian Music http://www.soundforthmusic.com/

Winning Warm-ups for the Voice http://domenicoproducts.com/Winning.shtml

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Piano Lessons with Julia

Playing PianoJulia Race offers piano lessons in Lock Haven, P.A.  A 2005 graduate of Faith Baptist School of Theology, Julia holds bachelor’s diplomas in Sacred Music and Elementary Education.  She has a passion for training competent, dedicated, pianists who enjoy serving others.  She has participated in recordings and has a small recording studio that features digital and acoustic pianos.  Some concepts addressed through lessons include:

Note reading

  • Arranging
  • Following a Director
  • Counting Time
  • Technique
  • Theory
  • History
  • Performance
  • Healthy Practice
  • Repertoire
  • Technology
  • Recording

Julia enjoys using the following materials in her lessons:

  • Edna Mae Burnam’s Step by Step lessons.
  • Alfred’s Piano Course
  • Theory worksheets
  • Music downloads
  • Acoustic and Electric pianos
  • Various hymn books
  • Various repertoire and lesson books available

Lesson prices are as follows:

  • $10.00 per half hour (recommended for juniors and younger children)
  • $15.00 per 45 minutes (recommended for young teens)
  • $20.00 per hour (recommended for older teens and adults.

Call Julia at (570) 295-0371 to schedule a free first lesson, with no commitment to continue further lessons.

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Transposing, Major & Minor Keys, and Left Hand Chords with Mary’s Little Lamb

A music teacher shows how chords, major and minor keys, and transposition can be easily introduced with “Mary Had a Little Lamb”.

Mary Had a Little Lamb for Beginner Piano — How to Add Chords.

via Mary Had a Little Lamb for Beginner Piano — How to Add Chords.

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The Juilliard Manuscript Collection Website

View this amazing collection of rare, composer-edited sheet music from the Julliard School here: The Juilliard Manuscript Collection Website.

“In 2006 Juilliard received a trove of precious music manuscripts from the billionaire collector and financier Bruce Kovner. The collection includes autograph scores, sketches, composer-emended proofs and first editions of major works by Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Chopin, Schubert, Liszt, Ravel, Stravinsky, Copland and other masters of the classical music canon. Many of the manuscripts had been unavailable for generations. Among the items are the printer’s manuscript of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, complete with Beethoven’s hand-written amendments, that was used for the first performance in Vienna in 1824; Mozart’s autograph of the wind parts of the final scene of The Marriage of Figaro; Beethoven’s arrangement of his monumental Große Fuge for piano four hands; Schumann’s working draft of his Symphony No. 2; and manuscripts of Brahms’s Symphony No. 2 and Piano Concerto No. 2. The entire collection has since been digitized and can be viewed online.[10]”  Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juilliard_School

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Piano Recital

Julia is excited to announce a recital featuring the work of her students to be held at:

Faith Baptist Church

305 Cider Press Road,

Lock Haven, P.A. 17745


Join us on February 10, 2014 at 6:30 P.M. to enjoy some of her students’ favorite music.

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Labor Day with family

Girls at PianoYesterday, we enjoyed a beautiful day with Dr. Olin and Mrs. Elsie Race at their newly refurbished home.  The day dawned misty and cool as we traveled westward, but the rain held off until after grandma’s home-cooked prize-winning dinner.  It was great to brainstorm about musical ideas, books, music teaching techniques and tools, and psychology with my aunts and mother, all of whom are teachers.  Harold Street was cheerful with young voices squealing for joy in the arms of their aunts and uncles from “far away”.  Cousins chatted about current interests.  Of course, pictures must be taken as well…those pictures you hope to fondly remember, but also seem to exaggerate your frizzled hair, plump waistline and tired eyes.  Well, maybe someday they will be beloved.  Listening to grandpa’s memories of old times are some of my treasured moments.  His wealth of history about Pennsylvania people, churches, organizations, ideas, politics, and, most of all, his devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ, have shaped my own ideas and have helped me see present situations with a perspective more matured than my own.  His guidance is not a pushy, demanding one, but influential, nonetheless.  Both of his sons volunteered to attend Bible college and, finding their life’s purpose, have served as ordained ministers of the Gospel for decades.  His daughter has been devoted to the teaching and promotion of the Lord through uplifting Christian music.  Her joy of teaching shines through her eyes, voice, and face and her students have seen success in their musical endeavors.  It has been a long time since so many parts of the family have united, but even in the face of the long journeys home, we are thankful for the extra efforts we have made to be together.

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The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra Performs Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, Alexander Schimpf performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, and the Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra Joins for a Great Evening

“Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique is without doubt a turning point in the history of orchestral music. Written only four years after Beethoven’s death, it’s the first programmatic symphony of the Romantic period and tells the story of a young artist who is madly in love but unfortunately his desires are not reciprocated. Berlioz’s cyclic use of the music motifs along with a large and lush orchestration makes him a very distinctive composer of the early 19th century.

If Berlioz is revolutionary with his orchestral music, then surely Beethoven is with his Piano Concertos as well!

Alexander Schimpf, a winner of last year’s Cleveland International Piano Competition will perform the intricate and fabulous Concerto No. 4 which is considered to be one of the central works of the piano concerto literature.

In addition, the Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra will join us for a “side by side” treat that will showcase their talent.”


Student Tickets
Tickets for students aged 4-23 are free in the upper balcony. Seats in the orchestra section are $5.00. Student seating is not available in the Sterling Circle, Loge and first row of the balcony. College students must present a valid college ID at the time of purchase.”

May 7, 2013
Start time:
Sterling Seating: $50
Orchestra, Loge and First row of the balcony Seating: $40
Upper Balcony: $15
Student tickets are free in the upper balcony, $5 in the Orchestra section and not available in the the Sterling Section, Loge section, and first row of the balcony. College students must present a valid ID at the time of purchase or at the door if purchased online.
Public tickets on sale:

Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique

via The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra.

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Classical sheet music, for all instruments and abilities.

Enjoy one of my favorite sheet music sources  at http://www.music-scores.com/instruments.php

As a member, you have unlimited free sheet music downloads and printing for many instruments  with the purchase of a one-year membership.  Returning members get a membership renewal for $20.00!  Classical sheet music, for all instruments and abilities.  You also get a chance to hear the music via Quick Time Midi or Scorch player (my preference) so you can hear as well as see what you are about to print.

Membership statement: “We currently have 3,655 items available for download (and growing!). We calculate that if you were to pay $1.49 each, then the value of sheet music on this site is currently worth $5,4445.95!

Members only pay a fraction of that cost for a year’s access, currently ony USD $29.95. We accept payments in several currencies including USD$, GBP and €uro. Payment is for 12 months membership and renewal is not automatic.”

Wind Instrument Sheet Music:

Alto Flute

Alto Recorder

Alto Sax

Alto Sax Ensemble

Baritone Saxophone

Bass Clarinet


Bassoon Ensemble


Clarinet Ensemble

Contrabass Clarinet


Cor Anglais

Ensemble wind


Flute Ensemble


Oboe Ensemble



Saxophone Ensemble

Soprano Saxophone

Tenor Sax

Treble Recorder

Brass Instrument Sheet Music:

Baritone Horn

Bb Trombone


Eb Bass

Ensemble brass


French Horn

French Horn Ensemble


Trombone Ensemble


Trumpet Ensemble


String Instrument Sheet Music:

Bass guitar


Cello Ensemble


Ensemble strings



String Quartet


Viola Ensemble


Violin Ensemble

Violin solo

Keyboard Sheet Music:





Piano Duet

Piano Duo

Other Instrumental Sheet Music:

Ensemble mixed

Ensemble voice



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