Saturday, December 23, 2006

How to play "Alone in the Ring" by Bill Conti from ROCKY

With the new Rocky Balboa movie out in theaters, I thought it would be fitting to allow you to look over my shoulder and see how to play this short yet beautiful piano melody composed by Bill Conti for the Rocky movie franchise.

Click on this iTunes button to purchase the piece from the iTunes Store:
Bill Conti - Rocky Balboa: The Best of Rocky - Alone In the Ring

Bill Conti - Alone In the Ring - Sheet Music (Digital Download)
Next time we'll get back to our piano pedagogy podcasts with my piano pedagogy students, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Chris Reeves Christmas Medley Duet

Over the next several episodes, my piano pedagogy class at Stephen F. Austin State University will present their own podcast episodes.

In this first episode, Chris Reeves talks about a piece he composed for his student. It is a student-teacher duet featuring familiar Christmas melodies that you may recognize.

I hope you enjoy and have a wonderful Christmas!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor - mvt. 3

Here is the final movement of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18 performed by Amy Cheng, pianist, and the Orchestra of the Pines directed by Gene Moon.

If you're viewing the embedded YouTube video here on my blog, this is a compilation of all 3 movements along with the interview with Moon and Cheng. If you want to skip to the finale, click on the 4th thumbnail or go directly to:

If you've enjoyed these performances and are interested in making a donation to the Orchestra of the Pines, contact the music office at Stephen F. Austin State University at

Monday, December 04, 2006