So, He Wants to Quit…

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“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 […]

Igniting Passion

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Recently, I posed this question on social media: “What do you want to know about piano lessons?” This conversation began with another question, “How do you make a student practice?”   Quickly, however, the discussion spiraled into the topic of ‘igniting passion’ for playing the piano. One adult commented, “I think this is an age-old […]

So He’s in it Only for the drums

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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, […]