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Let it Go – easy piano version – C major

Let it Go….  Let it Go…..

it seems like everyone fall in love with this song. I also got some requests from my younger student, so I decided to make the easy-piano-version, written in the key of C major, aimed for student sitting on grade 1. It still has some of the syncopations but with a simpler grouping of notes and rhythm.

Since I still dont’ know how to put a link to be downloaded in this page, then for anyone who would like to download it, I’ll be happy to share it with you guys. Just email me: astrid.anggraeni@gmail.com and I’ll sent it to you right away 🙂

Here is the preview:



Masterclass by Jacqueline Leung

Masterclass by Jacqueline Leung

Jacqueline Leung is one of the most active pianists in Hong Kong. Described as a player who possesses ‘musicality, intelligence and technical finesse’, recent engagements have taken her to festivals, concerto premieres and recitals in South and Central America, the USA and Thailand in the past year. If you wany to read more about Jacqueline Leung, go to her website: http://www.jacquelineleung.com/

Summer Course 2013: Kodaly Methodology and Choral Techniques

It’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog! I’ve been busy with the semi-annual student concert at Music Republicain and final exams on my campus.

Now I want to share my experience about summer course that I took last April. Just like last year, I took Kodaly Method and Choral Techniques (level 2) at the University of the Philippines. I stayed for 3 weeks in the UP campus at Diliman. My roommates were also music teachers, Tanti and Dessy). I took 5 subjects (Conducting, Choir, Methodology, Materials, and Musicianship). Well I must admit, this year is way more hectic than last year. Almost every day, we have to submit writing assignments and lesson plans. Things got crazier towards the end of the workshops, since there were also assessments in musicianship and conducting class, as well as written examination for Methodology! Hahaha oh wow! So we’re not just learning materials given from the lecturer, but the most important thing of all, we’re also learning about time management and how to be as efficient as possible in the limited given time.

What challenge me the most, are tasks that were given in the Musicianship classes. On the beginning we were asked to practice a 2-part contrapuntal texture piece (two independent melodies sounded together, in this case it was a canon). It can be either played in the piano both hands (Right hand vs Left hand), or we can sing 1 part and play the other one.

Haydn, Canon, no 108 in G minor.

Well at first it felt like you force your brain to do 2 completely different acts at the same time hahaha! Similar to what I felt when I practicing Bach Well Tempered Clavier Prelude/Fugue :p ) After we manage to do a 2-part canon, then  we add 1 more part so it become a 3-part contrapuntal texture piece. Now that’s what I called a challenge! After more or less 3 hours of practice, eventually me and Tanti (my roommate) were able to do it. At the musicianship class we also learnt so many things about tonality, modes, and inner hearing. And of course, all of them are learnt through singing and handsigns.

Musicianship Classmates with Reka Csernyik (instructor)

Choir classes are also so much exciting and lovely. Sadly, i lost my voice because a very horrible cold that I suffered on the first week L. It’s always a good experience to sing in a good choir, said one of my friend, which I totally agree 🙂

Asides from all of those classes I mentioned before, we were also given a chance to learn more about Philippine Traditional Music with Sir Earl, a passionate ethnomusicologist.

I would like to thank Kodaly Society of the Philippines who done an excellent job in managing this summer courses. Looking forward to go back again to the Philippines next year, for the Final level of Kodaly! 🙂

Lagrima Aneja (Carel Kraayenhof)

Dwiani Indraningsri – Flute (@indridwiani) http://dwianiindraningsri.com

Nanin Wardhani – Accordion (@naninwardhani) http://naninwardhani.com

Astrid Anggraeni – Piano (@aureliaastrid) https://astridanggraeni.wordpress.com

Carel Kraayenhof  is one of the best Bandoneon Player in the world! I was so thrilled to watch him play with his tango ensemble on Festival Salihara last year.

Me, Nanin and Indri were so excited that we came up with this idea to play this song together. Lagrima Aneja, composed by Carel himself.

Since none of us are violinists, then we decided to use flute instead. Me and Nanin are both pianists, and Nanin would like to learn how to play Accordion. The accordion is so big and heavy I can’t even lift if for the whole 30 minutes by myself hahaha! Indri, the flutist was the one who transcribed the whole music, thanks Indri!

We also added a little “Indonesian twist” in the middle part.