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The Story Behind O Holy Night

The Story Behind “O Holy Night”

It’s one of the most loved Christmas songs throughout the world, but the traditional song was anything but when it was written in 1847.

Deep in the heart of a small french town lived a wine salesman and poet named, Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure. Placide was not known for his strong church attendance, but the church priest asked Placide to pen a poem for the upcoming Christmas Mass.

While on his way to Paris,  Placide began to draw upon the inspiration of the story of Jesus’ birth. By the time he arrived in the capital city, the poem, “Cantique De Noel” had been penned.

Being moved by his own work, Placide thought that his new poem would be even more moving if it was set to beautiful music. However, Placide was only a poet, and by no means a musician, so he asked his accomplished musical friend to help him.

From Jewish descent, Adolphe Adam did not celebrate Christmas, nor did he believe that Jesus was the son of God; but he agreed to compose the music for his friend.

On Christmas eve, the blended work of a poetic wine salesman, and a Jewish musician made its way into a Catholic Mass.

The new song quickly gained popularity throughout the French Catholic churches, but because the song didn’t clearly speak of the birth of Jesus, the heads of the church started a movement to ban the song being sung, and almost succeeded.

Even though the song was absent of any clear religious context and Placide and Adolphe were less than model church goers, the French people continued to sing it at home, and decades later an American writer identified with it.

It wasn’t just the birth of Christ that moved American writer John Dwight to find a love for the song, but Dwight found support in the lyrics for his views on abolishing slavery as well. Pretty soon, the song was popular in America with Civil War Soldiers.

Rumor has it that “O Holy Night” even stopped the fighting between German and French soldiers in the Franco-Prussian War!

And there ya have it. A brief history of the birth of one of the most popular Christmas Songs in history!

 

 

 

Piano and Voice Lesson Times Open Fridays

Due to the influx of requests for piano and voice lessons in North Little Rock, and the increasing presence of the studio; Friday Lesson times are now open beginning December 1, 2016.

Piano and Voice lessons are located in the private home studio of Lena Adams, and are available by appointment only.

Times that are now open are from 3 to 7 pm.

Please contact (501)747-1870 for more info

Starting Children In Guitar Lessons

Starting children in guitar lessons is something that we get a lot here at the studio.

In today’s pop culture, lots of children are seeing their favorite pop stars playing the guitar. Before you start your child in guitar lessons, here a few things you need to know.

Children learn differently than adults

Finding the right teacher for your child will be the first step in ensuring the success at learning to play guitar. Find one that has experience with children, and that your child enjoys taking lessons from. The student/teacher relationship is an important one, and if your child has a hard time understanding the teaching methods of their guitar teacher, or the personalities don’t match, then the student will less likely enjoy lessons.

Mr. Adams, the guitar teacher associated with us, has a Masters Degree in Education, and has been teaching in the public school system for many years.

Children need positive reinforcement, and achievement recognition

Taking guitar lessons should be an engaging way for your child to get positive reinforcement when they’ve got in some good practice before their lesson.  Find a teacher that recognizes that, and your child will be more excited to practice.

Children need guitars that will be best suited for them

Just like not all guitar teachers are the same, the instruments themselves aren’t either.  If you have an old guitar stuffed away in the closet, it might be too big for your child to comfortably play, so check with your teacher on the best options for guitars for children. Dogtown Sound is a great instrument store in North Little Rock to get a start on shopping local. Don’t always trust what you find online. Guitars need special setting up for making playing easier.

Now that you know just few things you need for your child to get started in guitar lessons, we’d like to invite you to reach out to Mr. Adams, and learn more about getting your child started! He can be contacted directly at (501)416-3594

 

Park Hill Piano Studio Accepting Applications for Voice Lessons 2016-2017

Park Hill Piano Studio located at 3720 JFK Blvd in North Little Rock, Arkansas is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year for new students interested in voice lessons.

We have quite a standard for the type of students we are looking for. There is a lot of work on the teacher’s part in setting a student up for success in voice lessons. So, we are looking for students that are absolutely serious about learning to play, committing to practice, and achieving their goals in voice study.

If you would like for yourself or your child to be considered for interview, please apply by clicking here

Park Hill Piano Studio Accepting Applications for Violin Students for 2016-2017

Park Hill Piano Studio located at 3720 JFK Blvd in North Little Rock, Arkansas is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year for new students interested in violin lessons.

We have quite a standard for the type of students we are looking for. There is a lot of work on the teacher’s part in setting a student up for success in violin lessons. So, we are looking for students that are absolutely serious about learning to play, committing to practice, and achieving their goals in violin study.

If you would like for yourself or your child to be considered for interview, please apply by clicking here

Park Hill Piano Studio Accepting Applications for Cello Students 2016-2016

Park Hill Piano Studio located at 3720 JFK Blvd in North Little Rock, Arkansas is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year for new students interested in cello lessons.

We have quite a standard for the type of students we are looking for. There is a lot of work on the teacher’s part in setting a student up for success in cello lessons. So, we are looking for students that are absolutely serious about learning to play, committing to practice, and achieving their goals in cello study.

If you would like for yourself or your child to be considered for interview, please apply by clicking here

Park Hill Piano Studio Accepting Applications for Guitar Students 2016-2017

Park Hill Piano Studio located at 3720 JFK Blvd in North Little Rock, Arkansas is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year for new students interested in guitar lessons.

We have quite a standard for the type of students we are looking for. There is a lot of work on the teacher’s part in setting a student up for success in guitar lessons. So, we are looking for students that are absolutely serious about learning to play, committing to practice, and achieving their goals in guitar study.

If you would like for yourself or your child to be considered for interview, please apply by clicking here

Park Hill Piano Studio Accepting Applications For Flute Students 2016-2017

Park Hill Piano Studio located at 3720 JFK Blvd in North Little Rock, Arkansas is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year for new students interested in flute lessons.

We have quite a standard for the type of students we are looking for. There is a lot of work on the teacher’s part in setting a student up for success in flute lessons. So, we are looking for students that are absolutely serious about learning to play, committing to practice, and achieving their goals in flute study.

If you would like for yourself or your child to be considered for interview, please apply by clicking here

Park Hill Piano Studio Accepting Applications for Piano Students 2016-2017

Park Hill Piano Studio located at 3720 JFK Blvd in North Little Rock, Arkansas is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year for new students interested in piano lessons.

We have quite a standard for the type of students we are looking for. There is a lot of work on the teacher’s part in setting a student up for success in piano lessons. So, we are looking for students that are absolutely serious about learning to play, committing to practice, and achieving their goals in piano study.

If you would like for yourself or your child to be considered for interview, please apply by clicking here

How an 11 Year Old Became a Great French Composer

Francois Couperin was born to be a musician.

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Born in Paris in 1668, Francois was born into a long line of good fortune and historical ties to the greatest kings of France.

For over 200 years his family held the coveted position as the chief appointed organist to the King!

He was only 11 years old when his father died, leaving Francois the duties of being the church organist, although he didn’t assume the duties until he was 18 years old.

Secretly, Francois had an inclination to compose music, but had yet to admit publicly, so he published his earliest compositions under an Italian name.  He eventually claimed those compositions as his own.

By age 27 Francois had made a finally made a mark as a gifted composer having written compositions for church, chamber and the king’s enjoyment.

Are you looking to expand your composition or songwriting skills?
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