Being a piano teacher, I think most people expect me love classical music. Generally, I do enjoy it, but it is not my “go-to” genre. The California Conservatory of Music (https://www.thecaliforniaconservatory.com), gives an excellent list of reasons why we study classical music: “1) Classical music is the basic building block for all other genres. Think […]
In 4 summer sessions (and a lot of work at home), Dorian learned the basics of composition, created his piece, wrote it in Musescore, and recorded it in Garage Band. Dorian is a rising 8th grader and an intermediate level pianist. Great job!
TEN THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PERFORMANCE BUTTERFLIES Thank you Shelly Davis @pianoparentpodcast for this article on Recital Butterflies. Listen to the podcast here: http://www.pianoparentpodcast.com/140-2/ “Today I am aiming my comments toward the piano kids so I really encourage parents to listen to this one with them. If you are a teacher listening, consider […]
Today, I want to repost (in large part) the text from a podcast that I frequent, the Piano Parent Podcast by Shelly Davis. http://www.pianoparentpodcast.com/139-2/ I know that Spring is a busy time for all of us – sports, graduations, weddings, and end of school events abound – and yet a culminating Spring Piano is important. […]
Summer is coming…finally! And, I know some of you are thinking, “YES!!! I get a break from taxi service to piano lessons.” In fact, historically, I know that about 60-70% of you must be feeling that way! But, what a break from piano lessons became more of an exploration project for your student? What if […]
Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi Ahhh, all of those words of wisdom about practice! Practice is defined as follows: Prac·tice /ˈpraktəs/verb perform (an activity) or exercise (a skill) repeatedly or regularly in order to improve or maintain one’s proficiency. carry out or perform (a particular activity, method, or […]
You’re a parent. I’m a parent. But, I am not your kids’ parent. I’m the piano teacher. (“Really?,” I can hear you say.) But, as a teacher/coach, I see my role as piano teacher as an extension of parenting; and, my role changes with each student’s life stage. Let’s categorize students into three stages: Elementary […]
What: Christmas Piano Recital @ Floyd Piano Studios When: December 20 @ 6:30 Where: Brighton Nazarene Church Why: Let’s Celebrate Christmas!
True Confession: In the past, I have suffered from HBPHD: Happy Birthday Public Humiliation Disorder. I have been asked to play Happy Birthday in public settings only to be totally humiliated by not knowing what to do without a piece of music in front of me. NO MORE! I am committed this year to not letting that happen to […]