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Plans June 21, 2013

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Posted by Lena Green.

New piano student

The summer is beginning and most of the schools have already celebrated their ‘last day of the school year’! Kudos to all of the teachers and responsible parents who made it!
What does summer mean for the majority of caring parents worldwide? It means traveling with their family, finding a summer school for kids, a new high school or a college, a soccer team, a teen fitness camp or a private teacher to make the best out of the summer time!

When I recently met one of my new piano students, I asked him why he wanted to spend time playing piano in the summer, while other kids are playing lacrosse, swimming and taking karate lessons.
The answer was unique: “Because I like Led Zeppelin, Phil Collins and I want to study how to play the guitar and the piano this summer so that I can audition and play in the school band next year.
WOW, such a big dream for a 7 year old! I was inspired, I like these musicians myself! But my next thought was -” I should make a customized curriculum for this pianist so that some of his beloved melodies will be included in our lessons”.

When I spoke to the parent of the student and he asked me about the books and our program, I mentioned that there is no such thing as “one size fits all “in my approach. I do not appreciate the method when the instructor offers his only book to all of the students. This kind of approach is scholastic machinery. It does not reflect on the student’s personality. We all are different and what is brilliant for one, maybe hated, ridiculed or ignored by another.

So, following my humane views, I am making customized packets for each of my students. They include samples from different books of different publishers, my own improvisational sketches, and some theory notebooks that are essential for music practices worldwide. I am making sure that my student can practice or listen to an easy version of Phil Collins during the lesson, since this singer had such an impact on my newbies’ music taste, creativity, his future plans and perhaps, his future career or path in life.

And one more thing that I mentioned to that parent and that I want to share with other ladies and gentlemen. “I never take a student who wants to practice only one simple song, like “Old McDonald had a farm”. This “lesson plan B” seems ridiculous to me. Surely with this attitude, this student does not belong to the cast of my little versatile geniuses, with their big dreams and smart hearts, that I love to deal with.

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Creativity Takes Flight May 17, 2013

Filed under: Art and Movement,Beauty and Fashion,Body and Spirit — skyscraperyoga @ 1:58 am
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Posted by SY.

Hello Everybody and Welcome to our Newsroom!

We are happy to announce the beginning of our “Perfect Pitch Media” Discussion Forum where you will meet our friends, colleagues and inspirational people from all over the World. We believe that all of our guests –from musicians, composers, or music recording studio owners to fashion designers, filmmakers, wellness professionals or ethical business developers are a truly moving creative force and are exemplary across borders, cultures and generations.

Our first guest is designer Daria Razumikhina- Russian born, London based Fashion Designer who was trained at Central St Martins, London (1995-1998) and launched her own label in 1999.We are grateful for an opportunity to introduce Daria and her fascinating enterprise to our readers and to share about our conversations that started about two months ago, and that will continue in the future.

Razumihina

I came across Daria’s fashionable skirts and tops when I was searching for an outfit, for my ongoing music recording sessions and for my upcoming (second) charity concert. I felt inspired by Daria’s work and some of the folkloric motifs that are an essential part of her clothes. Her creative design reminds me some familiar landscapes and colors from my childhood, and it speaks to me in the language of fairy tales and songs that I heard when I was a little girl.

” What Daria’s creativity made of” and “How she become an Artist and a Fashion Designer after having a prestigious education and a sound career in Journalism?”
Daria: “I grew up in Russia and I was educated in the Russian public school system in late 70s and early 80s when fashion design, sewing and cooking class was mandatory and was included in school curriculums countrywide. So, I created my “first sewing ‘project’ – my first skirt when I was 10 years old. Then I continued sewing throughout my following school years and into the University without naming it “Fashion Design” or my “Future Career”. After I graduated from the University with my PhD in Linguistics (1991) I start working as a political Journalist, often going to Chechnya and other areas to make my reports. I felt that I wouldn’t like doing this kind of work for a long period of time. So the change came when I got to London and when I was luckily accepted into the one of the most brilliant schools of Fashion Design- Central St Martins.

Me: “There are plenty of upcoming questions about your style, inspirational sources, your future plans and shows. When will I hear from you again?
Daria : “As soon as I am back from Spain “

Daria is Russian and was born in Moscow in 1965. She studied at Moscow State University and has a PhD in Linguistics (1991). She worked as an interpreter and journalist for foreign TV channels and newspapers before going to London to study Fashion Design. She was admitted to Central St Martins to study Fashion Print. After returning to Russia in 1998 she created her own label Razu Mikhina, her surname split in two. Her first show was held in Moscow in January 1999. Daria stages all her shows in Moscow.

Razu Mikhina exhibited at Pret-a-Porter Paris (Atmoshere sector), WHO’S NEXT and INDIGO (Paris), at London Designer’s Exhibition (London), WHITE (Milan), JFW International Fashion Fair (Tokyo) etc From 2000 to 2006 Razu MIkhina collaborated with the show room Glenos, Milan. (Stockists included Barneys NY, SAKS, Takashimaya NY (USA), 2Link and Cavalli&Nastri (Milan), Joyce (Hong Kong), Liberty and Browns (London), Victoire (Paris), The Bay (Canada), Barneys Japan, Aquagirl, Epoca, Isetan, Shiseido The Ginza (Japan), OFF& CO (Germany), Podium and Tsvetnoy (Moscow) etc… ) From 2007 Razu Mikhina concentrates on the Russian market.
For more info go to -http://www.razumikhina.com/en/about/

 

All Wonder Women of the World – Come Together! April 12, 2013

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Posted by SY.

All Wonder Women of the World – Come Together!

(Do not forget to invite your significant folks, boyfriends and husbands!)

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Brief Announcement:

Kelcey Edwards’s movie “Wonder Women! The  Untold Story of  American  Superheroines ” airs on the PBS series Independent Lens, on Monday, April 15 at 10 p.m.

“The film  traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, ” WONDER WOMEN!” looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation”.

 

A Holiday Gift from Lola Astanova, New York December 21, 2011

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Jingle bells, jingle all the way.. How much do we love the Holidays? It depends. If our Holidays are filled with the thoughtful and heartfelt greetings of our true friends, soul mates, immediate or distant relatives, as well as happy surprises, sweets, music and creativity then we cling to the Holidays, and we are attached to them just like we attached to any other Goodness in our life. Enjoy this “Gift” from Lola Astanova who recently starred in the $1.6 Million Classical Superstar Fantasy Concert along with Valery Gergiev, the Kirov Orchestra and hosted by ABC’s Regis Philbin.

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