"Music on the Brain" Piano Studio in northeast Overland Park, Johnson County, KS offers piano and voice lessons for adults and children as young as 4 years old (10+ for voice students) from all parts of the Kansas City metro. Weekly individual lessons are periodically enhanced with small group lessons, providing a fun collaborative environment in which to perform for each other, reinforce theory knowledge, and learn more about music and the piano.
During the month of April, we’re learning about German composer Richard Wagner.Wagner was born in Leipzig, Germany in 1813, and is said to have lived one of the romantic period's most controversial, exciting and bizarre lives.
Wagner’s primary musical legacy is his output of ground-breaking operas, which have had a lasting impact on Western music.Perhaps his most famous piece, Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring), is a massive work of four smaller operas, which total 16 hours long! He also wrote the famous opera Tristan and Isolde, a tragic love story.
It’s March, and we’re back into the swing of celebrating historic composers!This month, we’re learning about Johann Strauss, the Younger.
Strauss was born in 1825 just outside of Vienna, Austria as the eldest son of the self-taught musician and composer “Johann Strauss, the Elder.”Strauss wrote more than 500 musical compositions, far surpassing his father not only in productivity but also in popularity.He was known for writing light music, primarily dances and operettas.Compositions such as The Blue Danube earned Strauss the nickname "the Waltz King.” He died in Vienna in June 1899 from a form of pneumonia.
During the month of November, the studio is buzzing with the music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. These days, we refer to him as C.P.E. Bach in order to distinguish him from his father, famous composer Johann Sebastian Bach (“J.S. Bach”) and three of his brothers, who were also gifted musicians and composers:Wilhelm Friedemann (W.F. Bach), Johann Christoph Friedrich (J.C.F. Bach,) and Johann Christian (J.C. Bach.)
CPE Bach was born in the family’s hometown of Weimar, Germany in 1714.He was a very influential composer who lived and composed during a time when music was transitioning from the baroque style (his father’s style) to the classical and, later, the romantic style. To learn more, look for the discussion about CPE Bach on our Facebook page and check out the CPE Bach playlist.