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”