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May 15, 2010

Saturday, May 15, 2010


I have to say that doing these interviews is a real bright spot in my life. And this next interview you are going to hear is very inspirational.

Lou Siani lives in Staten Island and is 83 years old and still gigging! He has performed in clubs, restaurants, parties since he was 16 years old. He taught junior high for 31 years, directing numerous musicals and teaching private piano. He has a Master of Music degree which he payed for through the GI Bill and gigging. He is a charming, intelligent and upbeat person who I am sure you will get a big kick out of.

The interview is 19 minutes long. I hope you enjoy listening to it!
Interview with Lou Siani

UPCOMING CLASSES(lots more scheduled for June and July, will update next week)

You Can Play the Blues
Monday, May 17, 6:30-9:30PM
4 more open spots. Every student gets their own 76-key electronic keyboard. You will learn the blues scale, 12-bar blues form, boogie-woogie patterns for the left hand and how to invent right hand riffs. Lots of fun and very applicable to playing popular and jazz music.

The Brookline Adult and Community Education

Shower Singing in Public
Saturday, May 22, 10AM-1PM

Playing With Style
This class uses my Playing with Style program for the class text. You will learn over 12 different ways to embellish on chords in an accompaniment style. 5 registered. 5 more openings! I'll teach you how to easily have a sing-a-long in your home.
Saturday, May 22, 2-5PM

The Cambridge Center for Adult Education

New Additions to Website

1)You can now download the mp3's and pdf files for the Playing With Style program. That is, the book and 2 CD's all digitally sent to you. If you go to the product page and scroll all the way down, you will see the For IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD paragraph at the bottom. Just $29 (rather than $44 for the physical item including shipping). Once I receive your order, I will send it directly to you through YouSendIt. Here's the link to the page.

Playing With Style - digital download now!

2)I put a video on the home page when you first go to What do you think of it? Should I keep it? Not sure.

Next week, we'll have an audio piano lesson. Getting very close to getting this video figured out so that the mini piano lessons can be in video format. Yahoo!! Stay tuned. Talk soon.....

All the best,
Debbie Gruber, B.M., M.M.

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