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These were the questions submitted this week:
Friends ask Friday #4
1. Stacy asks:
I read your ‘You are not alone’ article and then saw on one of your social media sites (I don’t remember which one) that you are currently using Essential Oils to treat it. What exactly are you using and did you ever go back to get your numbers retested?
Stacy, I DO use Essential Oils and LOVE them! Please note that they are therapeutic grade, though. It is imperative to use high quality Essential Oils. I am currently using Peppermint, Frankincense, Myrrh, Lemon Grass, and Clove by DoTerra. Young Living is another brand that is great quality. I apply a few drops of each, 2-3 times per day, diluting as recommended with a carrier oil and layering them directly over my thyroid. I have an appointment to retest my levels but the appointment isn’t until mid July. My energy levels are a lot more balanced, I’m sleeping much better, and my cycles have drastically… normalized!!! (This is HUGE for me!) I’ll be happy to share more in a PM if you’d like to know more! I’m always happy to help!
2. Amy asks:
I just love your blog! I’ve been thinking about starting my own blog for a while now but haven’t quite made that leap because of time concerns. I’m just curious how much time you put into blogging.
Amy, Thank you so much for your kind words! I love getting reader feedback so that just put a huge grin on my face! Before you are ready to commit and start blogging I would ask yourself why? Pin point the reason behind it and it will help guide you in your process and expectations. You can put as little or as much into blogging as you’d like. BUT, I will say that for me it is very time consuming. It is basically a full time job. However; my goal IS to make it a career. At least that’s the goal as of now! 😉 A great article that I’ve been referring to recently is by Grounded & Surrounded. You can find it here. On the other hand, if your desire is to blog as a hobby, you can blog as little or as much as you’d like! I say go for it!
This week’s feature!
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Georgiana Teohari Vidican
Playing the piano beautifully is not one “mouse click” away. It requires patience, perseverance, a strong will, and the desire to be better than you were two minutes ago.
– Georgiana Teohari Vidican
I truly feel incredibly blessed to have met you, nevertheless TRAIN under you!! (For those of you that don’t know, my boys and I have been taking lessons from Georgiana for about 1 year now. I am BEYOND excited to introduce her to all of you)! Though growing up around the piano, your talent and professionalism leaves me speechless, and your story is fascinating!
Give us a little insight into what it was like growing up as ‘Georgiana’. How has music influenced your life, and from what age?
I was born in Arad – A city in the west part of Romania. For the first 10 years of my life I lived in communistic country led by dictatorship. Those first years had a huge impact on my perspective of life. In those times I discovered the piano, and it was an escape from all the ugliness that was around me. My parents (father a professional violinist & member of a symphonic orchestra, and my mother a math teacher) were trying to make my childhood as beautiful as possible… but when you have food rationalized and the electricity only two hours a day… and the warm water only one hour a day in the evening and sometimes only on weekends… and you know that no matter what career your child will have, he or she will never be able to leave Romania because one was not allowed to have a passport… Well, as a parent when you live all these things it’s hard to find a way to make your child happy. We had no TV channels. My only entertainment was reading, playing outside with the other kids, and playing the piano. My parents put me in piano classes at the age of 6 1/2, and after I passed an aptitude exam, I was excepted into a program for children with musical talent.
What inspired you to pursue music?
In the first years of playing the piano, music was the equivalence of happiness for me. I could dream while playing the piano about the places/countries that I learned in geography and, in that time, I was sure that I will never be able to see those places. Every day it was a competition with me to get better and better. When I was eight I was invited to perform as a soloist with the professionals symphonic orchestra in one of the most beautiful concert halls in Romania. That is when I realized that I love to be on stage. That I loved to share the music that I was playing with other people. That all the hours I spent practicing the same measure over and over again were totally worth it.
After the fall of the communism in Eastern Europe in 1989, I was finally able to travel! After my parents took me to Germany to play for one of the most important pianist and professors in Berlin and I’ve got my international recognition, I knew that this is something that I have to do for the rest of my life.
More and more schools are receiving funding cuts for ‘ART’ programs – music being lumped into that category. How do you feel about that and why?
Ever since I was a little kid (and now even more as an adult since I understand the exact meaning of it) the expression “child prodigy” is something I totally hated. It was the label that people put on me, although they had no idea how hard I worked for the few minutes that I was on stage playing beautifully. Every child has a certain inclination and it’s the teacher’s role to discover it. If the child has no access to art in school, how are you going to know if he or she has the potential to become a great artist, for example? As a musician and a piano teacher I can only say that music should play a very important role in every child’s education.
- Music is math- If you don’t understand the rhythm exactly it’s like saying that 1+1=1.99.
- Music is history- After the annoying process of learning the music alphabet, the notes, you start playing original compositions written by important composers. When you play Beethoven you need to know exactly when he wrote the piece. In which century? In which country? Were there any political major conflicts in those times, like a war or revolution that inspired him to write it? Or was it for a special occasion, like the crowning of royalty?
It’s not just notes! If you understand what you’re playing, only then you can send an accurate message to your public. Playing an instrument is also related to sports. Except for opera singers, have you seen an overweight pianist or violinist? After practicing for hours or being on stage, you feel like you’ve run a marathon. An important role is also the diet: you cannot expect to perform with a full stomach or after you eat or drink something that makes you tired. This diet discipline was built in time by my parents and my piano teacher and it plays a very important role in every day life, too. Music is a very complex subject and all children should have the possibility to experience it, even if just for a little time. Learning an instrument teaches you to have patience and to persevere. The results can be beautiful! Not just for you but also for the people who listen to you playing.
What advice would you give parents that aren’t quite ready to commit their children to a music program?
I know that providing music lessons, private piano lessons or a different instrument lessons, can be very expensive. In my opinion if the school doesn’t provide music for the children, the parents should invest in offering the child just a little contact with this beautiful art. I strongly believe that it can only help the child and not harm him!
How do you feel children can benefit from music knowledge in their daily life?
In their daily life as children, if they have contact with music every day, they have contact with a different universe. Every song, every piece of music is saying a different story. The impact is even stronger if they are the ones that play the music and not just listen to it, and that is why learning an instrument is so important. The child’s imagination is stimulated by playing beautiful sounds. You can either get into the world that the song presents, or create your own world in your mind. I always encourage my students to come up with their own story regarding a certain melody that they’re learning. It’s like a theater play, with characters, and conflicts, and all kinds of scenes… Later on, in their adult life, the children who had musical experience can benefit in so many ways! I once read that a racecar pilot in one of his interviews said how much it helped taking piano lessons as a child and learning to coordinate the legs with his hands when he was only 6! If you experienced playing on stage as a child, you practice public appearance and you will be less stressed about giving a speech or presenting your case in court as a lawyer or prosecutor. I know three surgeons who took piano lessons when they were children, and all three of them recognize how important it was to learn how to play correctly, to try to avoid pressing the wrong key, to follow the notes and learn the discipline of reading the text. And if you reach a high level in your career, it doesn’t matter what career it is, and you receive an invitation to a symphony orchestra concert, is important to know that you can only clap at the end and not in between the movements of the piece… or you will be the only one clapping! This, too, is something that you learn in music classes.
I am a HUGE fan of yours and am in awe of all that you have and continue to accomplish! To my readers, there is still so much more to her story that I did not have time to cover! I’m thinking an encore feature sounds good! Georgiana, again, I am so thankful to have met you and to have the opportunity to study under you! Thank you for taking the time to reach out to my readers, and for sharing your incredible journey and your valued opinions with us! I hope to have you back soon!
Georgiana Alina Teohari-Teohari was born in Arad, a city in the west of Romania. With a native musical inclination and a tendency toward exact sciences, the former from her father who is a professional violinist and the latter from her mother who is a mathematics teacher, it is no wonder that Georgiana showed a keen interest in music at an early age. After long years of censorship due to the Romanian communistic regime, in 1989, the artistic life in Romania was enriched by the creation of several national musical competitions. Every year from then on, Georgiana’s participation in most of them, but also in International Piano Competitions, was finalized with the winning of numerous prizes all over Europe.
In 2003, she graduated with the highest grade from West University of Timisoara, Music Department, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree as a Concert Pianist, class of Prof. Dr. Felicia Stancovici. She graduated the Hochschule fur Musik un Darstellende Kunst Mannheim, in 2007, class of Prof. Paul Dan, in specialty “Postgraduale studium-Kammermusik fur Pianisten”.
Georgiana has performed piano recitals in Europe (Hungary, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland), and also in the United States (New York and Los Angeles), and as a soloist with famous Romanian orchestras.
A constant stage presence brought her the public’s love and appreciation in her country-Romania, especially among children. At the age of 19, parallel with university studies, she accepted a piano teaching position at “Sabin Dragoi” School of Arts-Arad, Romania. In 2003 Georgiana obtained tenure as an assistant professor at the Music Department-West University Timisoara, Romania. One year later, she married and moved to Germany. As a spouse of a member of the American Armed Forces, Georgiana was welcomed into the American military community where she is now teaching students in American Installations. She offered her musical service to the US Army and was honored to perform for different events, in solo recitals, but also alongside with her father, Marius Teohari, a Romanian classical violinist.
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