Stacey McDonald Piano Studio

Stacey McDonald Piano Studio One-on-one piano instruction focused on children ages 4-18. Serving the University City/West Philly neighborhood of Philadelphia. The Piano Studio of Stacey McDonald is currently accepting students!

Visit the studio website (www.staceymcdonaldmusic.com)
for more detailed information regarding lessons & pricing. Under Stacey's teaching, students experience firsthand that music is a creative art as well as an interpretive art. They learn not only how to express themselves through artistic performances of various styles of music, but they also learn how to make their own music through improvisat

Visit the studio website (www.staceymcdonaldmusic.com)
for more detailed information regarding lessons & pricing. Under Stacey's teaching, students experience firsthand that music is a creative art as well as an interpretive art. They learn not only how to express themselves through artistic performances of various styles of music, but they also learn how to make their own music through improvisat

Operating as usual

11/04/2018
Iva plays "The Haunted Harp"

A little late for Halloween, but feels like the perfect song for Fall. This is Iva playing "The Haunted Harp" at our recital last year.

2018 Spring Recital
10/17/2018

2018 Spring Recital

Mark your calendars! And invite your family & friends!
04/11/2018

Mark your calendars! And invite your family & friends!

What a whirlwind week it's been! Despite the weather, five (out of six) group lessons were able to take place this week!...
03/24/2018

What a whirlwind week it's been!

Despite the weather, five (out of six) group lessons were able to take place this week! I hope the kids learned something new. Everyone had the chance to hear their peers perform and we all got to participate in some fun activities together.

Now it's time for Spring Break! No lessons next week (March 26-30). I'll see everyone the first week of April!

03/21/2018

Due to weather conditions: all group lessons are CANCELLED this evening. :( We'll do our best to reschedule! :)

03/18/2018
"Ruby Skies" by Jennifer Eklund

Found this sheet music for one of my 8th grade students and wanted to give her a little "demo" video so she can listen to it at home. It's one of those beautiful and therapeutic pieces that you just want to keep playing over and over again... :)

Thanks Jennifer Eklund Piano Music for writing such gorgeous music!

JUST A FEW ANNOUNCEMENTS:1.) Group lessons are taking place next week (March 19-24)! No individual lessons ALL week--onl...
03/15/2018
Calendar |Piano Lessons in Philadelphia| Stacey McDonald Piano Studio

JUST A FEW ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1.) Group lessons are taking place next week (March 19-24)! No individual lessons ALL week--only come at your assigned group time.

2.) Spring Break is the following week (March 26-30). No lessons! We'll resume as usual the first week of April. :)

3.) Spring Recital is Saturday, May 26

Check the studio calendar for more information:
https://www.staceymcdonaldmusic.com/schedule

Piano Lessons for Kids in West Philly. Stacey McDonald, piano teacher.

Two basic ideas concerning piano technique: 1.) how to make sure the bench is in the correct position (student Sojourner...
03/04/2018

Two basic ideas concerning piano technique: 1.) how to make sure the bench is in the correct position (student Sojourner demonstrates) and 2.) having the perfect hand shape (Zachary demonstrates by making a "Fuzzy Home"). Students learn these ideas very early on in their piano studies and it makes a world of difference in their playing ability!

02/28/2018
Mara plays "Riding the Wind"

Isn't this a beautiful little piece? I love Mara's performance of it! (And just a touch of silliness at the very end!)

Two student recitals this past weekend: Lucas (age 8) & Eliana (age 7) both performed for crowds of their families & fri...
02/26/2018

Two student recitals this past weekend: Lucas (age 8) & Eliana (age 7) both performed for crowds of their families & friends. Both kids prepared 11 songs each--that's a lot of music! Very proud of all their hard work!

02/20/2018
Cydney & Ms. Stacey play "Safari Friends"

Here's a fun little video of Cydney & I playing a song called "Safari Friends." Every section of the song is about a different animal (Lion, Zebra, Giraffe, etc.) and focuses on a different piano technique. Cydney's worked really hard on her technique this year and keeps improving! Great work!

Just a few smiling faces at their piano lessons! :)
01/18/2018

Just a few smiling faces at their piano lessons! :)

01/17/2018
Iva & Ms. Stacey play "Old MacDonald"

Iva just started lessons a few months ago and she's been flying through her music! She comes to lessons prepared and excited to learn every week! Here's the two of us playing the classic tune "Old MacDonald" together last night.

Here's a short (30 second) recording of nine-year old Jadyn's new composition "Winter Detective!" I'm always so excited ...
12/28/2017
"Winter Detective" written & performed by Jadyn

Here's a short (30 second) recording of nine-year old Jadyn's new composition "Winter Detective!" I'm always so excited when students come to their lesson with ideas for writing their own songs. We worked on it together for 2 weeks and here's the duet we came up with!

Listen to "Winter Detective" written & performed by Jadyn by Stacey McDonald #np on #SoundCloud

Thank you to my beautiful students who colored in these musical ornaments over the past few weeks! You have given me the...
12/22/2017

Thank you to my beautiful students who colored in these musical ornaments over the past few weeks! You have given me the most special Christmas tree this year! Each "snowflake" is so unique and precious to me! Merry Christmas!

Thank you to my beautiful students who colored in these musical ornaments over the past few weeks! You have given me the most special Christmas tree this year! Each "snowflake" is so unique and precious to me! Merry Christmas!

This guy just gave his very first Solo Recital this afternoon and he did a MARVELOUS job! Thank you to his family & frie...
11/18/2017

This guy just gave his very first Solo Recital this afternoon and he did a MARVELOUS job! Thank you to his family & friends for coming and making it such a warm and lovely afternoon of music.

"Learning involves experimentation and 'it might not work.' There might be failures or less-than-successes. Mistakes."Le...
10/28/2017

"Learning involves experimentation and 'it might not work.' There might be failures or less-than-successes. Mistakes.

"Learning also involves possibility. The possibility of being able to do something you couldn’t do before. The possibility of insight, new skill, more ease." -Joy Morin, pianist & teacher

Today, Lawrence the Lion helped Aimon learn a new piano song! It included lots of ROARS! and a hand drum!
10/18/2017

Today, Lawrence the Lion helped Aimon learn a new piano song! It included lots of ROARS! and a hand drum!

Friday piano lessons. One with a sprained ankle. The other a broken arm.... 😳
10/13/2017

Friday piano lessons. One with a sprained ankle. The other a broken arm.... 😳

A few new teaching tools to get piano lessons started off on the right foot this new school year! Hope the students love...
09/11/2017

A few new teaching tools to get piano lessons started off on the right foot this new school year! Hope the students love these as much as I do. ;)

08/29/2017
Cydney plays "Swans on the Lake" (Piano Safari)

Here's a video of Cydney playing one of my favorite songs from Piano Safari Level 1 called "Swans on the Lake". :)

Our Fall Schedule starts back up next week!

There are just a few remaining spots left in my schedule. I'd love to fill those spots with some new students who are eager to play and learn!

06/21/2017
Maya plays "Hawk on the Mountain Peak"

So sad to say goodbye!

Maya's been taking lessons for about a year & a half and she has been SUCH A PLEASURE to teach! Her family's moving out of the area and so we had our very last lesson together yesterday evening. Of course, we decided to make a video of the latest song that she learned!

Happy Trails, Maya! I will miss you so much!

What a wonderful Spring Piano Recital we had yesterday!A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to all of my students on a job well done th...
06/04/2017

What a wonderful Spring Piano Recital we had yesterday!

A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to all of my students on a job well done this year! I am so proud of all of you!

And, of course, a huge thank you to all of the parents & families for helping to make yesterday happen!

What a wonderful Spring Piano Recital we had yesterday!A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to all of my students on a job well done th...
06/04/2017

What a wonderful Spring Piano Recital we had yesterday!

A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to all of my students on a job well done this year! I am so proud of all of you!

And, of course, a huge thank you to all of the parents & families for helping to make yesterday happen!

Piano Lessons in West Philadelphia
www.staceymcdonaldmusic.com

06/02/2017
Cydney & Ms. Stacey make up their own song....

It's finally here!

Our Spring Recital is tomorrow at 2:00pm!

West Catholic Preparatory High School
in the "Music House"
4501 Chestnut Street
***use the Parking Lot entrance on 46th Street***

(Here's a short clip of Cydney & I making up our own song yesterday, just for fun!)

Join us for our Spring Recital on June 3rd!
05/22/2017

Join us for our Spring Recital on June 3rd!

05/17/2017

All of the kids are working hard on their recital pieces and excited to share what they've been working on!

Here's a super short snippet of how tedious our practicing can sometimes feel. But IT'S ALWAYS WORTH IT in the end!

Can't wait for you to experience all of the hard work that the students have been putting into their pieces!

Just a few more weeks till the recital on June 3!

Congratulations to Maya (2nd grade) for performing her first solo piano recital today! She prepared 12 pieces in total: ...
04/23/2017

Congratulations to Maya (2nd grade) for performing her first solo piano recital today!

She prepared 12 pieces in total: 6 reading pieces & 6 from memory. Brava, Maya!

Sometimes it's just more fun to play the piano when it's all decorated and colorful! Locating the musical alphabet and l...
04/21/2017

Sometimes it's just more fun to play the piano when it's all decorated and colorful!

Locating the musical alphabet and learning how it relates to the black keys is just one of those things that we all have to drill until it becomes second-nature. We don't always use the "fuzzies" to drill note names, but sometimes it's a fun deviation!

When Eliana walked inside for her piano lesson this evening, she was so excited to show me her stuffed giraffe. She also...
04/21/2017

When Eliana walked inside for her piano lesson this evening, she was so excited to show me her stuffed giraffe. She also brought a sheet of paper on which her mom had written the lyrics to "Ode to Joy", one of the songs that she's learning.

After we played through the song saying the finger numbers out loud, we went back and sang it with the words instead. I'm always so impressed with Eliana's desire to know (and her ability to recall) the lyrics.

There's no right or wrong, but some kids LOVE lyrics and other kids just couldn't care less about them! :)

Parents of new students-- I recently updated my website with some useful information about what equipment & materials (l...
04/09/2017
Stacey McDonald Piano Studio in Philadelphia | Equipment & Materials

Parents of new students-- I recently updated my website with some useful information about what equipment & materials (links included) your child will need upon starting lessons. Please take a look!

Creative, engaging....FUN! Piano Lessons for Kids in Philadelphia. Stacey McDonald Piano Studio.

Lucas started lessons about a month ago and is super eager to learn! LOVE that!
04/04/2017

Lucas started lessons about a month ago and is super eager to learn! LOVE that!

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