"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 enhanced with small group lessons every 6 to 8 weeks, providing a fun environment in which to perform for each other and learn more about music and the piano.  Click here to learn more!

Now accepting new piano and voice students for the 2018-2019 studio year. Contact the studio for more details.

2018-2019 "Composer of the Month" Project

  Monday, August 20, 2018 by Sarah Folkerts | Composer of the Month

2018-2019 "Composer of the Month" Project

Each month, you will receive a "Composer Card" displaying the name of the composer, the music period, dates lived, place born, famous works, "composing superpower," and "performance superpower."  From there, it's up to you to learn about the composer and contribute to the collective studio blog!  Once you have a unique/ distinct fact to contribute, ask me or a parent to add it to our facebook page discussion about that composer. We'll also have a running list in the studio so everyone can learn what others discovered.

In addition, I'll provide a playlist for you of the famous works listed on the Composer Card.  You don't have to listen to the entire list (some pieces are very long!), but I encourage you to listen to several minutes.  You might even consider playing the music during dinner or in the car, so the whole family can enjoy!  (Note:  If there are videos with the music, you aren't required to watch; it's more important to listen to the music even if you aren't watching performers.)

You can use any (credible) reference material available, including books I have in the studio library.  Here are links to a few of my favorite web resources:

  • Classics for Kids is my favorite resource for composers, with bite-sized podcasts perfect for playing in the car.
  • Meet the Composer from Making Music Fun has some fantastic biographies and activity pages, often with videos and audio files to enjoy.
  • Kids Music Corner is a great British resource with a wide variety of composers.
  • KidzSearch, aka Safe Wikipedia For Kids, is a great place to get the basics.  Just remember that not everything you read on Wikipedia is true--take it with a grain of salt!

July composer of the month: YOU!!!

Sunday, July 1, 2018 by Sarah Folkerts | Composer of the Month

This month, the studio is wrapping up it's focus on composition.  What better composer to celebrate than our own students?  Each and every one of these students can be proud of the piece they have written.  The circus-inspired collection is being professionally typeset with colorful graphics, and I'm excited to see the book each student will take home after the final lesson in July!  

May's Composer of the Month: Ian Axel

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 by Sarah Folkerts | Composer of the Month

Ian Axel was born in New Jersey in 1985, and showed musical talent almost from the very beginning.  He was composing short songs on the piano when he was only 3 years old!

Ian went to NYU after high school to study music business, where he met classmate Chad Vaccarino. Chad loved Ian’s piano music, and encouraged Ian to sing—he even paid for Ian's first voice lesson.  They wrote songs together, and in 2006 Ian began performing them around New York.  Soon after, Ian recorded an album with all of the songs co-written by Chad.  In 2012, they joined forces and formed a band together called A Great Big World.

A Great Big World has won numerous awards, including a Grammy in 2015 for Best Pop Duo/ Group Performance (with Christina Aguilera.)  Their music is often featured on television, including GLEE!, One Tree Hill, MTV, The Amazing Race, ESPN, Good Morning America, the Rachael Ray Show, and more.

 Ian lives in New Jersey with his wife Lina and their son Bowie. 

Students, log in to the portal to access the playlist!