Piano Parent Portal


This page is the new organizing page for resources that are specific to my piano parents and adult piano students, but not restricted to public viewing.

Secure pages will be added over time – all will share the same password that is provided through the studio newsletter.

MyMusicStaff Access

Choose or Change Your Lesson Time

Permanent Lesson Time Selector – Currently open to returning and new students

One-Time Lesson Change – Now Available for Spring 2020 Semester

Important Links

Piano Lessons – Calendar

Piano Lessons – Checklist

Piano Lessons – Books

Monthly Practice Corner and Other PPP Posts

Piano Parent Posts – This section of the blog includes the new Practice Corner

Piano Festivals

Piano Festivals – General information about the Fall Sonatina Celebration and the Spring ASMTA Regional Festival

ASMTA Regional Festival Preparation – If you want to participate in 2020, please read this now!

Piano Safari

Piano Safari is a relatively new piano method introduced by Katherine Fisher and Julie Knerr. The children’s series includes rote learning and eases the pace at which children learn note reading, which works great for young children. There is also an older student series that uses some of the same pedagogical concepts. However, rote pieces like Hungry Herbie Hippo are replaced by pieces like Wind Chimes.

My mentor, Nicola Cantan, has created three YouTube videos below that discuss various aspects of Piano Safari. The children’s series requires regular parent involvement, so I like for the parents to decide if this series is for them. You will probably know by the end of the first video if it’s for you. Don’t worry, if it is not, I can choose a more traditional method book that doesn’t include this heavy dose of rote learning.

Pre-Register as a New SMS Student

SMS Pre-Registration – If you’re enrolling in Shepherd, you can pre-populate your information using this link

Website and Social Media Survey

Website and Social Media Survey – Please let me know your preferences before photos get taken!

Good to Know Information

Recommended Music Apps – I mentioned these in the August 2019 Studio Newsletter.

Binder Tabs – Once you purchase them, here’s how to name them.