“The Piano Student of Mrs McAlfrey” teaches children to practice piano

“The Piano Student of Mrs McAlfrey”, created by Kalamazoo pianist and arranger Rich Ridenour, is a new child-friendly musical whose primary message is that to get from “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” to George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”, and beyond, you have to practice, practice, practice.

In the one-hour program, geared for children ages 5 to 12, the piano student (Ridenour) loves baseball and sports. But then he discovers that playing the piano can be just as much fun as hitting a home run with the bases loaded.

“Our goal is to turn kids on to playing the piano and expose them to the different levels of learning,” Ridenour said. Youngsters who attend the program will get a head start on stardom by receiving a free starter packet of piano music.

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