15 #MusicHumor Tweets to Get You Through this Week

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I love music humor! They say that laughter is the best medicine, and in this social-media-centric world we live in, we can find a little bit of humor everywhere! You don’t have to go very far to find the latest funny cat video or trending memes.  Which means that we … Read More

Obstacles Students Face in Piano Lessons

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It can be really discouraging to students when they face obstacles in studying piano. Let’s face it, learning to play an instrument can be very difficult! There’s a lot of time and energy involved, and many times there are things that can get in the way of progress. But, it … Read More

Questions Parents Should Ask about Practicing

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There are a lot of questions that parents should ask their teacher when their child is taking piano lessons. Particularly, when it comes to helping their student’s practice at home. Here are a few questions about practicing that you should consider asking your child’s teacher: How long should my child … Read More

What is it about music that moves us?

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What is it about music that moves us? This is the age-old question. Certainly, music speaks to hearts the way that nothing else does. It has the ability to change lives. Isn’t that interesting? Something that is just calculated sounds projected through different objects has the capability of completely changing … Read More

3 Basic Things Students Forget

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When a student begins lessons, there are many basic fundamentals that they learn.  These things set the foundation for a life-long adventure with the piano. While some basic things are easily remembered by students, sometimes it is very helpful to be reminded of basic, fundamental things. Here are 3 basic … Read More

Digital and Acoustic Pianos: Which One Do I Buy? Part 2

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You’ve decided that you would like to get an acoustic piano for your child!  I think this is a GREAT decision! Buying an acoustic piano is different from a digital piano, that’s for sure!  Although you certainly need to still consider the three questions we asked in Part 1, there … Read More

Digital and Acoustic Pianos: Which One Do I Buy? Part 1

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So, your child is taking piano lessons, and now you need to buy them an acoustic or digital instrument to practice on? Great!  They will be so excited! But, I know that there are always questions and concerns about investing in a new piano.  They can take up a lot … Read More

Away from the Piano? Students Can Still Practice!

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There are many reasons why a pianist may need to practice away from the piano.  One may be that they are traveling and are unable to have access to an instrument.  If a student is in the process of moving or on vacation, having other ways to practice during these … Read More

Quick Guide: Learning Styles

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Learning styles. Do you know which one your child prefers? You should!  As a matter of fact, all students need to know their learning styles, too! According to Dictionary.com, a learning style is “an individual’s mode of gaining knowledge, esp. a preferred or best method.” There are three different learning … Read More

I Put a Spell on You: Emotion in Music

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Humans are emotional beings, and somehow music stirs up emotion within us. There is something about the combination of the elements of music (i.e. rhythm, harmony, melody, texture, etc.) that creates an amazing avenue of expression for us.  So, how does it all work? What if we could easily unlock … Read More

3 Tips for Memorization

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Memorization has a lot of benefits for students, but sometimes it can be a lot of work!  As with everything in life, some students find memorization easy, and some may struggle with it.  Every student is different! Students may find these 3 memorization tips to be helpful: Tip 1:  Make … Read More

Why memorize piano music?

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Why should piano students memorize their music?  In the pianists’ world, playing from memory is a traditional expectation. Some students find memorization to come naturally to them while others may find it to be more of a challenge. But will students really benefit from taking the time to memorize their pieces?  … Read More

Rockin’ Playlists: Songs to Encourage your Heart

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We all need some encouragement for our hearts every now and then. There’s something about music that speaks to our hearts. Music has proven to be a wonderful outlet for those whose hearts need a little boost. For me, playing the piano and finding song lyrics I identify with has … Read More

Benefits of Studying the Piano

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When I began studying the piano at age 11, I made the decision to learn how to play because I enjoyed it not because of its benefits. Now as an adult I am able to look back and see how studying an instrument really shaped who I am as a … Read More

Rockin’ Playlists: Beginner Classical Part 3

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We’ve already explored some classical keyboard works for beginners that illustrate some elements of music. Let’s now take a look at some iconic composers and pieces from different periods in music history: Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th Century.   Baroque, 1600-1750 We cannot explore the Baroque period of music without … Read More

3 Books to Celebrate America

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It’s the 4th of July! The day that we celebrate America’s birth and independence with family, friends, fireworks and food. Have you ever considered adding musical books to your patriotic birthday celebration?  What better way to celebrate than with some great books that have a music connection! Here are 3 … Read More

Rockin’ Playlists: Beginner Classical Part 2

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It’s time for another Rockin’ Playlist: Beginner Classical Part 2!  If you haven’t already, be sure to check out part one here. Otherwise, time for some listening! Three Preludes for Piano, Prelude 2 – George Gershwin Starting at 1:45 in this video, you hear the second of Gershwin’s Three Preludes … Read More

Rockin’ Playlists: Beginner Classical Part 1

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It’s never too early to begin listening to classical piano works of the great composers!  In fact, listening is essential to developing technique.  The best way to get the body to respond to producing specific musical ideas is to have a clear mental picture of the idea in the first … Read More

My Favorite Classical Music Websites for Kids

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Let’s face it, technology is essential to life, and kids spend a LOT of their time using it! Because of this, I love integrating technology into music education, and I have some favorite websites that I recommend! Although these websites may not be specific to piano lessons (we will get … Read More

10 Easy Practice Tips for Beginners

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Practicing takes practice – it’s true!  Practicing also must be taught.  The unspoken question for beginning piano students is “How do I practice?”  Here are some easy tips to help! 1. Schedule consistent daily practice times. First of all, practicing needs to be daily and consistent.  For some students, this … Read More

How to Know If Your Child is Ready for Piano Lessons

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It is the on-going question from parents and a question of high debate among piano teachers: Is my child too young for piano lessons?  We’ve all seen videos like the one of the 4 year old who was featured on the show Little Big Shots, but how young is too … Read More