Music Speaks to Me

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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 […]

Ages & Stages: Piano Lessons Through the Years

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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 […]

H.B.P.H.D.: True Confession

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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 […]

So, He Wants to Quit…

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in frontal cortex, lessons, parents, passion, quit, self worth, student, studio, teens

“We taking a ‘break’ from piano lessons.”  Note:  ‘break’ is code word for ‘quit’. “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” This is my head and heart’s reaction when I hear these words from a parent whose child is giving up on piano lessons before I am ready to give the student up.  You see, as a teacher, it’s *all about […]

Teen Students: A Heart Wants What a Heart Wants

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I have people in my house that sleep in my beds, yet refuse to make them; eat my food at midnight, and leave dishes in the sink; and, have strong opinions about literally everything.  Yet, these people can be the most delightful individuals, except when they’re not!  TEENS! Teens. They are my favorite students. They’ve […]

The Practice PACT: it’s a lot like life.

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Have you ever made a pact with yourself, only to find that a few weeks later you have broken it already? How about that New Year’s diet resolution? Or, remember that exercise faze you started before Spring Break, and then fell out of last summer? Exercise is one habit, however, that I have not broken […]

Practice 101: Scrapping it All.

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A few weeks ago I penned the article I intended to post today. This morning, however, I scrapped it all.  I didn’t like it. It didn’t feel right.  It didn’t fit me; it didn’t fit my style. Sometimes, music is like this.  No matter how much I would like a student to learn a particular […]

Practice 101: Consistency & Responsibility

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I pillow my head at night with visions of students willingly practicing for hours at a time, each and every night. That’s right.  I’m dreaming. You may have heard it said, “Practice is a lonely task.” “A little encouragement goes a long way.” “Parents:  your role is to be present physically, mentally, emotionally as beginners […]

So He’s in it Only for the drums

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in band, blog, instrument, lessons, parents, student

About six years ago, a little boy entered my studio with this goal, and only this goal. Drums. He wanted to play drums.  Today he is one of my brightest and most promising young piano students. And yes, today he plays the drums in his school band. In my mind, it is perfectly acceptable for […]

baseball, hotdogs, apple pie and piano lessons.

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Search the web. In your quest, you’ll uncover, quip upon quip, quote upon quote, and a quiddle of Froggie Goes to School-type books this time of year.  As parents, we’re often found eagerly anticipating what our kids will learn this school year.  But, it got me thinking … amongst thoughts of, “Come back summer!”… but, as a teacher, […]