Last Updated on 2023-11-16 | Originally Posted on 2023-07-19
My second long-form blog post for the Colourful Keys blog is based on the Pros and Cons of Music Memorization. I grew up in traditional piano lessons where a fair amount of your repertoire was not only expected, but required to be memorized. After working a number of years as a piano instructor, my view has changed quite a bit. Continue reading “Pros and Cons of Music Memorization”
Last Updated on 2023-07-19 | Originally Posted on 2023-04-09
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This past Saturday, April 1st, we had our second annual Late Patrick’s Day Piano Party. I’ve typically held a springmusic festival warm-up event, but it was only recently that I added the fun components. This year, an extremely warm sunny day plus a lack of written communication from me meant that we had fewer participants than normal. Those that attended seemed to have fun. Continue reading “Late Patrick’s Day Piano Party 2023”
Last Updated on 2023-04-09 | Originally Posted on 2023-03-06
Music theory is important to the study of piano because it describes the language of music composition. It’s comparable to teaching English as a comprehensive subject versus just having a period of silent reading with no analysis. Continue reading “Music Theory Is Important”
Last Updated on 2023-03-05 | Originally Posted on 2023-02-01
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This a slim-down of my original online lesson guide that I wrote during the early days of Covid isolation in the spring of 2020. Please read the original article if you want more information on optimizing your connection or to see a variety of equipment you can buy to make online lessons a better experience. Continue reading “Quick Start Guide for Online Lessons”
Last Updated on 2023-03-05 | Originally Posted on 2023-01-19
Let’s face it: Kids don’t always look forward to practice, even if they enjoy playing piano. Parents can easily get overwhelmed and forget to check if daily practice occurs. The result? Piano progress sometimes comes to a grinding halt. That is where you can guide your child to independent practice. Continue reading “Guide Your Child to Independent Practice”
Last Updated on 2022-12-07 | Originally Posted on 2022-10-25
This past Saturday, October 22nd, we had our fourth annual Halloween Piano Party. The event debuted in 2018, but we skipped it entirely in 2020 due to Covid-19 concerns. Each year I try to do something a little different and learn along the way what worked and what didn’t! The participants had a good time, including the chance to play a piece or two in a low-stress environment. Continue reading “Halloween Piano Party 2022”
Last Updated on 2022-11-27 | Originally Posted on 2021-11-22
“Never good enough” was the original title I proposed for this post. That along with “How to discourage and demoralize a piano student” as the short description. I hope it’s obvious I don’t endorse any of this “never good enough” stuff. However, I experienced it first hand during my first two years of piano study at music school. I noticed a lot of this, across many students and teachers, during the six years I spent earning my BFA and MM degrees.
I realize that I had a lot to learn and that constructive criticism is key to learning how to make a piece better. However, spending an inordinate amount of time on a piece and picking it to death is not the road to success. Continue reading “Good Enough”
Last Updated on 2022-11-27 | Originally Posted on 2021-10-29
This past Saturday, October 23rd, we had our third annual Halloween Piano Party. The event made its debut in 2018 but skipped last year due to the pandemic. I decided to do things a little bit differently this year. Instead of doing one event for all, I set up four rolling start times each half-hour so that people wouldn’t have to stay for the entire event. It enabled folks to rotate people in and out of the room so that we had adequate social distance. We all wore masks (the Covid-19 type) except during photos and playing. Continue reading “Halloween Piano Party 2021”
Last Updated on 2022-11-27 | Originally Posted on 2021-10-08
Many prospective piano parents ask me how I teach. I prefer to answer with what a lesson looks like since that removes a lot of the variables that go into this very loaded question. Just to simplify this a bit, I’m going to describe here what a lesson looks like for a beginner. I teach intermediate and advanced students as well, but they tend to be much more customized since they involve older students. Continue reading “What A Lesson Looks Like”
Last Updated on 2022-11-27 | Originally Posted on 2021-01-29
As a piano teacher, I find myself doing lots of things besides teaching lessons. For instance, I’ve added sanitizing skills to my arsenal! That includes supplying hydrogen peroxide and clean clothes to make sure the piano keys stay Covid-free! One of the more normal side activities is to speak to parents about teaching their kids. This happens a lot at the beginning of each semester. Turnover is part of the business due to the number of families that move into and out of our area each year. Continue reading “Two Tough Conversations with Prospective Piano Parents”