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Last update: 2013-04-21

How to play Just Give Me a Reason by Pink and Nate Ruess on piano

2013-04-21 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)

"Just Give Me a Reason" by Pink and Nate Ruess from fun. Video tutorial on how to play the piano part to the intro. …

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Basic Chord Symbols at the Piano

2013-03-28 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)

I explain how to play some basic chords often used in piano music and what it means when there is a slash symbol in it. …

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How to Clone Yourself with a Yamaha Disklavier Piano and ScreenFlow

2013-03-20 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)

I show how to "clone" your musical self with a Yamaha Disklavier Piano and ScreenFlow video editing software. …

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It's Autumn All Right

2013-02-27 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)

It's Autumn All Right by Marti Lunn and Lois Brownsey performed by the Ajero twins. From page 86 of Alfred's Group Piano for Adults Book 2 by E.L. Lancaster and Kenon Renfrow. …

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Mozart Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 570 (I. Allegro)

2012-12-10 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)

8-year old pianist Antonio "Nio" Ajero performs the first movement (Allegro) of the Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 570 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). Recorded in Cole Concert Hall at the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music in Nacogdoches, Texas. …

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Olivia's First Piano Recital

2012-12-03 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)

4-year old pianist, Olivia Ajero plays in her first piano recital with Deck the Halls and Jolly Old St. Nicholas accompanied by her brother, Antonio "Nio" Ajero. …

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Winter Scene by William Gillock

2012-11-29 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)

8-year old pianist, Antonio "Nio" Ajero performs "Winter Scene" by William Gillock. …

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Kabalevsky Sonatina in C Major, Op. 13, No. 1 (3rd mvt.)

2012-11-22 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)

8-year old pianist, Antonio "Nio" Ajero performs the 3rd movement (Presto) from the Sonatina in C Major, Op. 13, No. 1 by Dmitri Kabalevsky. …

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Alameda Piano Duet by Christopher Norton

2012-11-03 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)

With the help of the iPad and Yamaha Disklavier, Antonio "Nio" Ajero performs the 4-hand piano duet entitled "Alameda" from the American Popular Piano Repertoire 7 book by Christopher Norton. …

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Angry Birds on Piano

2012-10-28 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)

Antonio "Nio" Ajero and his sister Olivia Ajero play the theme from Angry Birds by Ari Pulkkinen - http://www.aripulkkinen.com

Happy Halloween! …

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Yamaha Visual Performer for iPad connected to Disklavier Piano

2012-10-22 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)

Just downloaded the Yamaha Visual Performer app for the iPad and connected it to my Disklavier Mark IV Grand Piano. As you can see, it works very well with it and any other MIDI device.

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Olivia Disklavier Demo

2012-10-02 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)

We received a RemoteLive broadcast of Sarah McLachlan on September 29, 2012 at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Before the concert, I delivered a pre-concert talk/demo on the Yamaha Disklavier piano with the help of my 3-year old daughter, Olivia. She performed "Old MacDonald Had a Band" from the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library Piano Lessons Book 1 on the Disklavier piano as it was connected to an iPad running Home Concert Xtreme. …

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Piano Help with "Read All About It: Part III" by Emeli Sande

2012-08-21 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)

Mark from London, England asked how to distribute the piano part between the two hands for the song "Read All About It: Part III" by Emeli Sande. …

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How to play It Will Rain by Bruno Mars on piano

2012-08-06 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)

I teach how to play the opening piano part to "It Will Rain" by Bruno Mars. This arrangement comes from the NoteStar App for iPad by Yamaha. …

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Invention No. 8 in F Major by J.S. Bach

2012-07-18 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)

Two-Part Invention No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) performed by Antonio "Nio" Ajero, pianist. …

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Sonatina in C Major, Op. 13, No. 1 by Kabalevsky

2012-05-07 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)

7-year old pianist, Antonio "Nio" Ajero performs the 1st movement (Allegro assai e lusingando) from the Sonatina in C Major, Op. 13, No. 1 by Dmitri Kabalevsky.

Recorded May 5, 2012 in Cole Concert Hall at the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music in Nacogdoches, Texas. …

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Divertimento in C Major by Joseph Haydn

2012-05-01 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)

7-year old pianist, Antonio "Nio" Ajero plays the first movement of the Divertimento in C Major, Hob. XIV:4 by Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) as part of the Yamaha Disklavier Piano Concerto Festival at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas.

The orchestration and optimization for Home Concert Xtreme and the Garritan Personal Orchestra was created by Dr. Stella Branzburg Sick: www.stellarpiano.com …

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How to Practice Piano Concerti with a Yamaha Disklavier Piano

2012-04-09 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)



Dr. Mario Ajero and his son and piano student, Antonio "Nio" Ajero, demonstrate how to practice piano concertos using a Yamaha Disklavier Piano in conjunction with software programs such as Home Concert Xtreme and the Garritan Personal Orchestra. Nio performs the 1st movement from one of Joseph Haydn's Divertimentos in C Major, Hob. XIV:4 to illustrate. …

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How to Start Piano Lessons for Pre-School Aged Children

2012-03-21 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)


In this video, I demonstrate some initial piano activities that professional piano teachers or even parents can introduce to their pre-school aged children with the help of my 3-year old daughter, Olivia Ajero. …

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How to play Someone Like You by Adele on piano

2012-01-31 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)



This lesson goes over the main chord progression for the beginning of the song "Someone Like You" by Adele and how to play it as a piano accompaniment. …

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Auld Lang Syne

2012-01-01 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)


Antonio (Nio) Ajero plays "Auld Lang Syne" arranged for piano by Phillip Keveren.

From "More Christmas Piano Solos" Level 5 courtesy of the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library:
http://www.halleonard.com/piano

Happy New Year from the Ajero Family! …

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Somewhere in My Memory from Home Alone

2011-12-13 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)



"Somewhere in My Memory" Music by John Williams, Arranged by Mona Rejino, and performed by Antonio Ajero, pianist.


From "More Christmas Piano Solos" Level 5 courtesy of the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library: http://www.halleonard.com/piano

Merry Christmas from Mario and Nio Ajero!

Home Concert Xtreme is available on Mac, Windows, and iPad from Zenph Sound Innovations: http://www.zenph.com …

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Carol of the Bells arranged by Carol Klose

2011-12-05 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)

Carol of the Bells arranged by Carol Klose performed by Antonio Ajero, pianist.

From "More Christmas Piano Solos" Level 5 courtesy of the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library: http://www.halleonard.com/piano

Merry Christmas from Mario and Nio Ajero!

Home Concert Xtreme is available on Mac, Windows, and iPad from Zenph Sound Innovations: http://www.zenph.com …

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Schubert Piano Sonata in A Major, D. 664

2011-09-12 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)


Piano Sonata in A Major, D. 664 by Franz Schubert (I. Allegro Moderato) performed by Mario Ajero. Recorded September 6, 2011 in Cole Concert Hall at the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music in Nacogdoches, Texas. …

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Don't Get Around Much Anymore by Duke Ellington

2011-07-18 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)


"Don't Get Around Much Anymore", Music by Duke Ellington, performed by Nio Ajero, pianist.



From "Duke Ellington - 2nd edition" published by the Hal Leonard Corporation.

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The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa

2011-06-30 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)


The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa (1854-1932), arranged by Mark Wilberg. Played on four pianos by sixteen hands. Recorded from the 2011 Keyboard Scholarship Fundraiser concert at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. For more information on piano studies at SFA, visit: http://music.sfasu.edu …

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How to Encourage Piano Students to Play in Rhythm

2011-03-22 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)


In this piano pedagogy tip of the day, Mario Ajero shares some tips to piano teachers who have students that have difficulty playing in rhythm or at a steady tempo. One suggestion is for piano teachers to play along more with students so they hear and feel immediately when their rhythm is out-of-sync with the teacher. …

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Rossini Overture to Barber of Seville (4 pianos, 16 hands)

2011-03-09 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)



The Overture to The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) performed on four pianos by sixteen hands. Recorded from the 2011 Keyboard Scholarship Fundraiser Concert at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Conducted by Gene Moon.

For more information about piano studies at SFA, go to:
http://music.sfasu.edu …

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Canon in D Major by Johann Pachelbel

2011-02-22 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)

Nio Ajero performs "Canon in D" by Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706), arranged by Fred Kern. ;
This arrangement comes from the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library Piano Lessons Book 5:http://www.halleonard.com/piano
MIDI accompaniment is played through a beta version of Home Concert on the iPad controlling the tone generator on a Yamaha Disklavier Mark IV Pro Grand Piano:http://www.timewarptech.com
Formats available: MPEG-4 Video (.m4v), Quicktime (.mov) …

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Common Problems of Elementary Piano Students

2011-02-03 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)

Piano pedagogy students at Stephen F. Austin State University created this video project aimed at teachers of elementary piano students. Their purpose was to discuss common problems teachers may face with young students and illustrate possible solutions for them. To learn more about the School of Music at Stephen F. Austin State University, go to: http://music.sfasu.eduFormats available: Quicktime (.mov), MPEG-4 Video (.m4v), MPEG-4 Video (.m4v)

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Review of Alicia's Keys for Clavier Companion

2010-12-22 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)

Video Review of "Alicia's Keys" piano software by Native Instruments for Clavier Companion magazine.
To read the full review, read the January/February 2011 edition of Clavier Companion:http://www.claviercompanion.comFormats available: MPEG-4 Video (.m4v)

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How to play Christmas Lights by Coldplay on piano

2010-12-08 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)

Piano tutorial on how to play some of the opening measures of the song "Christmas Lights" by Coldplay. ;Formats available: MPEG-4 Video (.m4v), Quicktime (.mov), MPEG-4 Video (.m4v)Tags: coldplay, christmas lights, piano, lesson, how to, play, tutorial, music, education, chris martin, yamaha, disklavier, screenflow, classroom maestro, clocks

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How to play the Hanukkah Song by Adam Sandler

2010-12-02 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)


Santa Claus teaches the first part of "Adam's Hanukkah Song" by Adam Sandler on the pianoFormats available: Quicktime (.mov), MPEG-4 Video (.m4v), MPEG-4 Video (.m4v)Tags: hanukkah, song, piano, lesson, tutorial, adam sandler, music, education, holiday, christmas

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Prairie School Rag by Fred Kern

2010-11-22 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)

Nio Ajero performs "Prairie School Rag" composed by Fred Kern on the piano at the Nacogdoches Music Teachers Association Teachers' Choice Recital at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. ;
"Prairie School Rag" by Fred Kern comes from the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library Piano Solos Book 5, courtesy of the Hal Leonard Corporation.
http://www.halleonard.com/pianoFormats available: MPEG-4 Video (.m4v), Quicktime (.mov)Tags: piano, recital, kids, children, pedagogy, hal leonard, ragtime, prairie school rag, fred kern

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Nio Ajero's 1st Solo Piano Recital (Part 4 of 4)

2010-08-25 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)

Video 4 of 4 of Nio Ajero's 1st solo piano recital at the SFA Music Prep House at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas: http://music.sfasu.edu/prep ;
Secret Agent by Pete JutrasArabesque by Johann Friedrich Burgmüller
from Hal Leonard Student Piano LibraryFormats available: MPEG-4 Video (.m4v), Quicktime (.mov)Tags: piano, recital, kids, children, music, education, pedagogy, mario ajero, hal leonard, frederick harris, pete jutras, johann friedrich burgmüller, christopher norton connections, yamaha, clavinova, cvp, home concert xtreme

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Nio Ajero's 1st Solo Piano Recital (Part 3 of 4)

2010-08-23 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)

Video 3 of 4 from Nio Ajero's 1st solo piano recital at the SFA Music Prep House at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas: http://music.sfasu.edu/prep

Allegro from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Doo Wop Ditty by Phillip Keveren
Rhapsody by Jennifer Linn

from Hal Leonard Student Piano Library
Piano Lessons Book 4

Courtesy of the Hal Leonard Corporation
http://www.halleonard.com/pianoFormats available: MPEG-4 Video (.m4v), Quicktime (.mov)Tags: piano, recital, kids, children, music, education, pedagogy, mario ajero, hal leonard, phillip keveren, wolfgang amadeus mozart, fred kern, jennifer linn, yamaha, clavinova, cvp, home concert xtreme

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Nio Ajero's 1st Solo Piano Recital (Part 2 of 4)

2010-08-19 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)

Video 2 of 4 from Nio Ajero's 1st solo piano recital at the SFA Music Prep House at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas: http://music.sfasu.edu/prep

Allegro by Cornelius Gurlitt
The Bass Singer by Ludvig Schytte
Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho by Phillip Keveren
Longing by Barbara Kreader
The Bear by Vladimir Rebikov
Formats available: MPEG-4 Video (.m4v), Quicktime (.mov)Tags: piano, recital, kids, children, music, education, pedagogy, mario ajero, hal leonard, phillip keveren, cornelius gurlitt, ludvig schytte, barbara kreader, vladimir rebikov

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Nio Ajero's 1st Solo Piano Recital (Part 1 of 4)

2010-08-17 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)

Video 1 of 4 from Nio Ajero's 1st solo piano recital at the SFA Music Prep House at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas: http://music.sfasu.edu/prep

Carpet Ride & Calypso Cat by Phillip Keveren
Two-Four-Six-Eight by Bill Boyd
Wandering by Fred Kern
Relay Race by Carl Czerny

from Hal Leonard Student Piano Library
Piano Lessons Book 4

Courtesy of the Hal Leonard Corporation
http://www.halleonard.com/pianoFormats available: iPod MPEG-4 Video (.m4v), HD Quicktime (.mov), Flash Video (.flv)Tags: piano, recital, kids, children, music, education, pedagogy, mario ajero, hal leonard, phillip keveren, bill boyd, fred kern, carl czerny

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How to play Empire State of Mind (Part II) by Alicia Keys

2010-04-21 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)


Piano lesson on how to play the first page and the main three chords for "Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down" by Alicia Keys.Formats available: iPod MPEG-4 Video (.m4v), HD Quicktime (.mov), Mobile MPEG-4 Video (.m4v)Tags: piano, lesson, tutorial, empire state of mind, alicia keys, jay-z, classroom maestro, screenflow, yamaha disklavier

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Piano Pedagogy Lecture

2010-03-14 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)


Olivia Ajero presents a 5-minute piano pedagogy lecture on the benefits of exposing your young children to the piano early in their musical development.Formats available: iPod MPEG-4 Video (.m4v), mobile MPEG-4 Video (.m4v)Tags: piano, pedagogy, early, childhood, music, education, baby, mozart, lesson

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How to play Stuff We Did from UP on piano

2010-03-01 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)


How to play "Stuff We Did" from Disney/Pixar's motion picture, "UP", on piano. Composed by Michael Giacchino.Formats available: iPod MPEG-4 Video (.m4v), HD Quicktime (.mov), mobile MPEG-4 Video (.m4v)Tags: piano, lesson, tutorial, disney, pixar, up, stuff, we did, michael, giacchino, yamaha disklavier

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Happy 200th Birthday Chopin

2010-02-22 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)


Happy 200th Birthday for Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849). Variation on Chopin's Ballade in F Minor, Op.52 by Mario Ajero, pianist.Formats available: iPod MPEG-4 Video (.m4v), HD Quicktime (.mov), Mobile MPEG-4 Video (.m4v)Tags: piano, chopin, happy birthday, ballade, classical, romantic, steinway

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The Piano Podcast Trailer

2007-01-25 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)

A little sample of MarioCast - The Piano Podcast. Lessons, tips, and guest performances all related to the piano.…

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Nio Ajero's 1st Solo Piano Recital (Part 4 of 4)

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Length: 7m 41s

Video 4 of 4 from Nio Ajero's 1st solo piano recital at the SFA Music Prep House at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas: http://music.sfasu.edu/prep Secret Agent by Pete Jutras Arabesque by Johann Friedrich Burgmüller from H…

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Nio Ajero's 1st Solo Piano Recital (Part 3 of 4)

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Length: 7m 30s

Video 3 of 4 from Nio Ajero's 1st solo piano recital at the SFA Music Prep House at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas: http://music.sfasu.edu/prepAllegro from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Doo Wop Ditty by P…

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Nio Ajero's 1st Solo Piano Recital (Part 2 of 4)

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Length: 6m 23s

Video 2 of 4 from Nio Ajero's 1st solo piano recital at the SFA Music Prep House at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas: http://music.sfasu.edu/prepAllegro by Cornelius Gurlitt The Bass Singer by Ludvig Schytte Joshua Fit the Bat…

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Nio Ajero's 1st Solo Piano Recital (Part 1 of 4)

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Length: 6m 37s

Video 1 of 4 from Nio Ajero's 1st solo piano recital at the SFA Music Prep House at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas: http://music.sfasu.edu/prepCarpet Ride & Calypso Cat by Phillip Keveren Two-Four-Six-Eight by Bill Boyd …

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How to play Empire State of Mind (Part II) by Alicia Keys

0000-00-00 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)
Length: 14m 26s

Piano lesson on how to play the first page and the main three chords for "Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down" by Alicia Keys.

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Piano Pedagogy Lecture

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Length: 4m 42s

Olivia Ajero presents a 5-minute piano pedagogy lecture on the benefits of exposing your young children to the piano early in their musical development.

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How to play Stuff We Did from UP on piano

0000-00-00 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)
Length: 13m 17s

How to play "Stuff We Did" from Disney/Pixar's motion picture, "UP", on piano. Composed by Michael Giacchino.

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Happy 200th Birthday Chopin

0000-00-00 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)
Length: 1m 21s

Happy 200th Birthday for Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849). Variation on Chopin's Ballade in F Minor, Op.52 by Mario Ajero, pianist.

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Technology in the Group Piano Lab

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Length: 4m 33s

This is a supplementary video for Mario Ajero's article "Technology in the Group Piano Lab and Beyond" for the November/December 2009 issue of Clavier Companion magazine. Subscription information for Clavier Companion can be found at:http:/…

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AirTurn Review for Clavier Companion

0000-00-00 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)
Length: 6m 5s

Video Review of the AirTurn AT-104 Wireless Page Turner for Clavier Companion magazine. To read the full review, go to: http://www.claviercompanion.com

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How to play Falling Slowly from Once on piano

0000-00-00 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)
Length: 8m 59s

This video piano lesson by Mario Ajero teaches how to play the beginning of the song, "Falling Slowly" by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova from the movie "Once". This song won an Oscar for Best Original Song at the 80th Annual Academy …

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Playing Arpeggios on the Piano

0000-00-00 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)
Length: 9m 59s

This is a video lesson that I originally prepared for my class piano students at Stephen F. Austin State University. For more information about studying music at SFA, visit: http://music.sfasu.eduTools used to make this video include: 1. Yamaha Disklavier…

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Solfeggio for Beginner Piano Students

0000-00-00 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)
Length: 5m 34s

This piano podcast by SFA Piano Pedagogy students will discuss how solfege can be a beneficial tool for piano teachers to use in their lessons with students.To learn more about studying piano and piano pedagogy at Stephen F. Austin State University, visit…

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Practice Tips for Piano Students

0000-00-00 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)
Length: 7m 45s

This piano podcast by SFA Piano Pedagogy students will highlight various techniques that piano teachers can share with their piano students in order to improve efficiency in practicing piano. To learn more about studying piano and piano pedagogy at Stephe…

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Rhythmic Games for Piano Students

0000-00-00 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)
Length: 8m 1s

This piano podcast by SFA Piano Pedagogy students will demonstrate supplemental activities that piano teachers can incorporate into their lessons with piano students in order to reinforce rhythmic concepts. To learn more about studying piano and piano ped…

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Jingle Bells

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Length: 1m 59s

Merry Christmas! Jingle Bells by James Pierpont arranged by Mario and Nio Ajero F Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, F Jingle all the way... Bb--------- F Oh what fun it is to ride ----G------------C7 in a one horse open sleigh...HEY! F Jingle Bells, Jingle Bell…

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Audition to study piano with Mario Ajero

0000-00-00 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)
Length: 8m 53s

This is a video invitation for anyone interested in receiving personalized video piano lessons from Mario Ajero. View the video to find out how to be considered as an online piano student. The YouTube version of this podcast where you can submit your vide…

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2008 OU Graduation

0000-00-00 :: mario.ajero@gmail.com (Mario Ajero)
Length: 9m 51s

Highlights from the 2008 University of Oklahoma Commencement ceremony at The Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Includes doctoral hooding of me and some friends from the school of music and fireworks. Boomer Sooner!

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How to play Comptine d’un autre été: L’apres midi

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Length: 10m 0s

This piano piece was composed by Yann Tiersen and was featured in the French film, "Amelie". Link to buy the sheet music at:http://marioajero.blogspot.com ScreenFlow: http://www.varasoftware.com/products/screenflow Home Concert Xtreme and Classr…

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How to play Apologize by OneRepublic

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Length: 9m 12s

How to play the piano part for "Apologize" by OneRepublic or the remix by Timbaland.Timbaland - Apologize - Music Book Download OneRepublic's "Apologize" from their album "Dreaming Out Loud": Download Timbaland's re…

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How to Play Christmas Time is Here by Vince Guaraldi

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Length: 8m 21s

Santa Claus demonstrates how to play "Christmas Time is Here by Vince Guaraldi from "A Charlie Brown Christmas".Vince Guaraldi - Christmas Time Is Here - from A Charlie Brown Christmas - Sheet Music (Digital Download)

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How to play Bubbly by Colbie Caillat

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Length: 9m 20s

How to play "Bubbly" by Colbie Caillat on the piano.Colbie Caillat - Bubbly - Sheet Music (Digital Download)

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Synthesia the Video Game

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Length: 5m 31s

Synthesia is a video game much like Guitar Hero that utilizes MIDI keyboards in conjunction with MIDI files. It is a free download at:http://www.synthesiagame.com Also featured is "Jane's Song" by Christopher Norton published by Frederick H…

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Piano Lab Teaching Tips with India

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Length: 9m 13s

SFA Piano Pedagogy Student, India Aquino shares some teaching tips in group piano through the digital piano lab. Included is an excerpt of her teaching a piano class for non-keyboard music majors. To learn more about studying piano pedagogy at Stephen F. …

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2008 Schmidbauer Piano Competition Invitation

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Length: 3m 50s

An invitation to all eligible pianists to enter the inaugural 2008 Schmidbauer International Young Artists Piano Competition.http://www.schmidbauercompetition.org

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Reduced-Size Keyboards Part 2

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Length: 9m 12s

Part 2 covers reactions and testimonials from pianists who have used the 7/8 reduced size keyboard, including Dr. Anita Renfroe from Millersville University. In addition, Sarah Evans and Peter Davis from Bob Jones University share their results from a res…

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Reduced-Size Keyboards Part 1

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Length: 9m 6s

From the 2007 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Dr. Carol Leone demonstrates the benefits of the 7/8 Reduced Size Keyboard, including preventing injuries and allowing pianists with smaller hands the ability to play repertoire that they were incapa…

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Intermediate Piano Repertoire

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Length: 5m 42s

Heather and Jordan review two series of intermediate piano repertoire collections. One is "Piano Literature from The Developing Artist Library by Nancy and Randall Faber. The other is "The Festival Collection" edited by Helen Marlais. To le…

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Arranging Hymns for Piano Students

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Length: 3m 6s

Hyera Kim takes over The Piano Podcast to discuss arranging church hymns for your beginner piano students. To learn more about studying piano pedagogy at Stephen F. Austin State University, go to: http://music.sfasu.edu

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Triads and Inversions

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Length: 9m 57s

In this video piano lesson, I cover triads and inversions along with fingering in the right hand. We apply that knowledge to playing an arrangement of the first few bars of "Let It Be" by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Here's a link to one…

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Sabre Dance

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Length: 4m 46s

Sabre Dance by Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978). Originally recorded on October 27, 2006. Performed by Mario Ajero, Mary Cooper, Gene Moon, and Ron Petti from Stephen F. Austin State University. This 2-piano version is a 1991 copyright of N. Jane Tan, publis…

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How to Play Trouble by Coldplay

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Length: 9m 54s

This is a re-podcast of how to play the first few measures of the song "Trouble" by Coldplay on piano. It was originally recorded in May 2006. If you find the lesson helpful, below you will find links to buy recordings and sheet music for the so…

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Alone in the Ring

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Length: 1m 18s

This short piano piece is entitled "Alone in the Ring" composed by Bill Conti. It was featured in the "Rocky" movies that my dad used to take me to as a kid.

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Piano Duets with Kimberly Dreisbach

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Length: 9m 49s

Originally recorded in the summer of 2006, Mario Ajero talks with Kimberly Dreisbach about some of the benefits of piano teachers and students playing duets. He also plays some duets with Kimberly and his student, Shawn Chambers, from a series called &quo…

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Group Piano Ideas with Julie Knerr - RR

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Length: 15m 58s

This is a re-run of one of my favorite episodes with Julie Knerr, who shares her expertise in the area of group piano lessons. Included are video clips of her teaching, and I hope that many of you piano teachers out there find some inspiration from these …

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Piano Sonata by Aaron Copland

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Length: 9m 1s

As I approach the end of the semester here, time is really tight to produce any new episodes of The Piano Podcast. So I've decided to go into "re-run" mode for a little bit and upload some of my old episodes that I had not uploaded to blip.…

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Gershwin Piano Concerto in F

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Length: 15m 41s

Here's the performance of the first movement of George Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F featuring piano soloist, Chris Reeves, and the Orchestra of the Pines directed by Gene Moon. For more info on studying piano at Stephen F. Austin State Univers…

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Chris Reeves Interview

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Length: 9m 30s

This a bit of a video blog mixed with an interview segment with one of my pedagogy students, Chris Reeves. We give a sneak preview of his performance of George Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F with The Orchestra of the Pines which will be featured on t…

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Dalcroze Eurhythmics with Jordan and Heather

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Length: 6m 57s

As part of my ongoing series with my piano pedagogy class, Jordan Yerkes and Heather Nolan give an introduction to Dalcroze Eurhythmics and share some activities that can be used in a piano class or lesson. If you're interested in learning more about…

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Digital Keyboards with Craig Reeves

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Length: 8m 17s

As part of my ongoing podcasts with my piano pedagogy students, Craig Reeves demonstrates the benefits of using a digital keyboard. In this case, he is using a Yamaha Clavinova CVP-207. If you're interested in studying piano at Stephen F. Austin Stat…

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Blues Piano with Kelly Carstens

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Length: 8m 49s

One of my pedagogy students, Kelly Carstens, gives an introductory lesson to blues-style piano playing.

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How to Play Clocks by Coldplay on Piano

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Length: 4m 35s

In this video podcast, I show how to play the piano part to the song, "Clocks", by Coldplay.

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Home Concert Xtreme Demo

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Length: 13m 17s

In this video podcast, I demonstrate "Home Concert Xtreme", one of my favorite software programs. It is a learning, practice, and performance environment for pianists. It creates a "smart" accompaniment for any general MIDI file loaded…

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Images in Music by Emily Lawlace

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Length: 4m 59s

As part of my ongoing series of video podcasts with my piano pedagogy students at Stephen F. Austin State University, Emily Lawlace shares tips on how to spark piano students imaginations with imagery in the pieces that they are learning.

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Prairie School Rag by Fred Kern

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Length: 2m 52s

Nio Ajero performs "Prairie School Rag" composed by Fred Kern on the piano at the Nacogdoches Music Teachers Association Teachers' Choice Recital at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. ;"Prairie School Rag" b…

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How to play Christmas Lights by Coldplay on piano

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Length: 10m 1s

Piano tutorial on how to play some of the opening measures of the song "Christmas Lights" by Coldplay. ;

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How to play the Hanukkah Song by Adam Sandler

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Length: 9m 44s

Santa Claus teaches the first part of "Adam's Hanukkah Song" by Adam Sandler on the piano

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The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa

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Length: 7m 2s

The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa (1854-1932), arranged by Mark Wilberg. Played on four pianos by sixteen hands. Recorded from the 2011 Keyboard Scholarship Fundraiser concert at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. F…

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William Tell Overture by Rossini (4 pianos, 16 hands)

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Length: 12m 35s

The Overture to William Tell by Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) performed on four pianos by sixteen hands. Recorded from the 2011 Keyboard Scholarship Fundraiser Concert at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Conducted by Gene Moon.

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Rossini Overture to Barber of Seville (4 pianos, 16 hands)

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Length: 9m 50s

The Overture to The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) performed on four pianos by sixteen hands. Recorded from the 2011 Keyboard Scholarship Fundraiser Concert at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Conducted by Gene…

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How to Encourage Piano Students to Play in Rhythm

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Length: 8m 1s

In this piano pedagogy tip of the day, Mario Ajero shares some tips to piano teachers who have students that have difficulty playing in rhythm or at a steady tempo. ;One suggestion is for piano teachers to play along more with students so they hear and fe…

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Canon in D Major by Johann Pachelbel

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Length: 3m 13s

Nio Ajero performs "Canon in D" by Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706), arranged by Fred Kern. ; This arrangement comes from the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library Piano Lessons Book 5:http://www.halleonard.com/piano MIDI accompaniment is played through…

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The Bass Man Walketh by Bill Boyd

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Length: 3m 56s

Nio Ajero performs two renditions of "The Bass Man Walketh" by Bill Boyd from the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library Piano Solos Book 5. Version 1: Unaccompanied acoustic piano Version 2: With MIDI accompaniment on Yamaha Clavinova CVP-407 with t…

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Group 1 Harmonic Minor Scales

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Length: 3m 29s

Nio Ajero demonstrates the fingering for playing Group 1 (cgdae) Harmonic Minor scales, two octaves up and down, hands together in parallel motion.

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Common Problems of Elementary Piano Students

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Length: 8m 2s

Piano pedagogy students at Stephen F. Austin State University created this video project aimed at teachers of elementary piano students. Their purpose was to discuss common problems teachers may face with young students and illustrate possible solutions f…

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Review of Alicia's Keys for Clavier Companion

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Length: 8m 42s

Video Review of "Alicia's Keys" piano software by Native Instruments for Clavier Companion magazine. To read the full review, read the January/February 2011 edition of Clavier Companion:http://www.claviercompanion.com

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Don't Get Around Much Anymore by Duke Ellington

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Length: 3m 41s

Don't Get Around Much Anymore by Duke Ellington performed by Nio Ajero, pianist. From Duke Ellington Piano Solo 2nd edition published by the Hal Leonard Corporation: http://www.halleonard.com

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Schubert Piano Sonata in A Major, D. 664

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Length: 5m 40s

Piano Sonata in A Major, D. 664 by Franz Schubert (I. Allegro Moderato) performed by Mario Ajero. Recorded September 6, 2011 in Cole Concert Hall at the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music in Nacogdoches, Texas.

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Somewhere in My Memory from "Home Alone"

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Length: 2m 58s

"Somewhere in My Memory" Music by John Williams, Arranged by Mona Rejino, and performed by Antonio Ajero, pianist. From "More Christmas Piano Solos" Level 5 courtesy of the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library: http://www.halleonard.com/p…

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Carol of the Bells arranged by Carol Klose

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Length: 1m 58s

Carol of the Bells arranged by Carol Klose performed by Antonio Ajero, pianist. From "More Christmas Piano Solos" Level 5 courtesy of the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library: http://www.halleonard.com/piano Merry Christmas from Mario and Nio Ajero…

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Auld Lang Syne

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Length: 2m 16s

Antonio (Nio) Ajero plays "Auld Lang Syne" arranged for piano by Phillip Keveren. From "More Christmas Piano Solos" Level 5 courtesy of the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library: http://www.halleonard.com/piano Happy New Year from the Ajer…

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Technology in the Group Piano Lab

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This is a supplementary video for Mario Ajero's article "Technology in the Group Piano Lab and Beyond" for the November/December 2009 issue of Clavier Companion magazine. Subscription information for Clavier Companion can be found at:htt…

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