New music!

This morning I woke up to these birds chirping a sweet little melody, and I got all inspired! I pulled out my iPod and composed this little ditty while in bed 🙂 I even took a sample of the birds and used it in the recording. Hope you enjoy it!

 

Sunday Student Features: William T.

Hello and Happy Halloween!

This week for my Sunday Student Feature, I present to you my classical piano student, William (Will)! He’s a very intelligent, eager, headstrong and talented 13-year-old. He’s been taking piano with me for about 6 months. He’s one of the few students I have that genuinely love Classical music. He’s very eager to learn as much as he can about it. He had already taught himself quite a bit before we met and he’s also great at playing by ear. What we mostly work on in our lessons are technique and reading music. Will has also expressed an interest in composing, which I am very excited to work on more with him as time goes on. This young man is a very hard worker and has an insane amount of potential. As I say about all my students, it’s truly a privilege to be a part of his musical journey, and I hope it takes him far 🙂

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William chose to play an excerpt from the First Movement of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”. He only had the piece for a couple of weeks prior to filming this video. Being a student in all AP classes and balancing piano lessons, is not an easy task. But Will rose to the occasion, and I am very proud of him and the progress he’s made!

– Bri

 

Welcome!

Hey there, and welcome to my first blog post!

I started this blog to have a place to write about all the crazy, funny, inspiring, and sometimes a bit disappointing experiences I have had teaching music lessons and working in music here in Los Angeles. I figured this was a better venue than typing out Facebook statuses that are 5 paragraphs long haha.I also wanted a place to feature my amazing and talented students! Be on the look out for the first student feature videos within the next few weeks. I will also post various projects I’m working on.

I absolutely love music, it is my passion. It’s about 90% of my life, really. The other 10% is pop culture, hair, crochet/knitting, and food 🙂 I have been surrounded by music since before I was born. I started singing in choirs from age 3, piano at 7, and joined the school band in 5th grade and began my journey into percussion. I graduated from North Central College with a B.A. in music. My emphasis was in Music Composition and Percussion Performance.  I have been teaching music lessons (voice, piano, drums/percussion, and music theory) for a little over 2 years. I started a few months before  I moved to Los Angeles from Chicago. Since then, I have been fortunate enough to gain and keep students, several composition and vocal recording gigs, an internship at Comma Music, and a spot in the Cinema Scoring program playing percussion. I love my work, and I feel so blessed and grateful to have been able to accomplish what I have so far.

I’ve recently started a Facebook and Youtube channel where I’ll post updates and various pieces and projects I work on. I will try to post weekly, if not every 2 weeks. You can also find a link to my website where you can find more info on me and book a lesson with me.

Last week, I put out a cover of an Adele song that is my new favorite from her new album, “All I Ask”. It’s such a pretty song and she has so much passion and power behind her voice. I had to cover it! I decided to arrange my own track as well. It’s a simple arrangement (much like the original) with piano, strings, and some synth in the bass. I arranged, recorded, and mixed it all using Ableton Live 9. Check out the audio from my Soundcloud and the video via YouTube!

All I Ask – Adele (Cover by Bri Simmons)

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– Bri