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Summer Listening June 2024

6/1 Gabriel’s Oboe 6/2 Mr.Sandman 6/3 Lachrimae 6/4 Ice Dance 6/5 Gnomus 6/6 Baroque and Blue 6/7 Holberg Suite 6/8 Shiva 6/9 Homeward Bound 6/10 The Sick Doll 6/11 Elegie…

Travel Piano Teaching, is It Worth It?

I am old enough to remember one time when I was sick our family doctor came to my house. ‘House call’ that was what they used to call it. Can…

My Case for Formal Recitals

My Case for Formal Recitals I have heard a lot of stories about piano teachers and their horror stories about recitals.” The stress, anxiety, stage fright, and more. But here’s…

Focus on the Classics!

Focus on the Classics! I love the piano! It is so versatile. We can play almost every style and genre of music imaginable. My students enjoy lots of different types…

The Never-Ending I Want a New Piano Piece Continuum

The Never-Ending I Want a New Piano Piece Continuum It goes like this; I assign a piece and after two weeks my student doesn’t want to learn it. So, I…

The Piano Teacher’s Peaceful Holiday Season

Today is December 18th and I am actually having a pretty peaceful holiday season this year. But it wasn’t always that way. I can remember some years when there was…

Find Peace During the Holidays

“You can’t have everything…Where would you put it?” I can’t remember who said that but it’s true. In years gone by, I was the woman who had everything, but I…

Building Trust with Piano Parents

Building Trust with Piano Parents “When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective.” –Stephen R. Covey   To do my job effectively my students and their parents…

A Tour of Paloma Piano’s Website

Welcome to Paloma Piano! We are so glad that you are here! This post will show you everything you need to get started using our website and help you understand…

New Website – What is New for Our Gold, Platinum Basic, and Platinum Users?

Paloma Piano is 8 Years Old Paloma Piano had another birthday this year and we are celebrating with a new website. We have been growing and we have definitely outgrown…

Want a Full and Flourishing Studio? Go All In

It’s a sunny Saturday morning here in Cleveland Ohio USA and I’m sitting here at the Academy of Irish Dance. It’s not a fancy place. Just a small waiting room,…

11 Tips to Navigate Piano Studio Spring Fever

Yay! It’s Springtime.   The weather is getting warmer, the sun is shining a bit more, and it’s time to play ball.   What’s not to like?   Right?  …

The Dilemma of Kids with Great Ears.

I have seen this subject come up quite a bit in piano teacher groups. So I’ll tell you all a story. I have a student. The kid is brilliant. Not…

12 Games You Can Play With Online or In Person Students of Any Age 

30 minutes can feel like a long time for students. Especially online students. About mid-lesson, I like to take a two to four-minute break and play a game. These games…

Are Piano Lessons Really Worth It?

Are Piano Lessons Really Worth Your Time and Money?   If your walk by my house on any given evening, you can hear me annoy my neighbors with my piano…

Sounds all Around

There are all kinds of opportunities to train your ear just walking down the street. I was out in Seattle a couple of weeks ago walking around when I heard…

9 Ways to Make More Money Without Raising Lesson Prices

I get it. I totally get it. Things are crazy right now and with inflation driving prices higher every week everyone is squeezed. Sticker shock at the gas pump and…

Free Music??

Free Music?? Ok, confession time… I know the title of this post is a bit of an attention-getter. But I doubt anyone would click on a boring title like “The…

Tips for Student Retention

The best way to keep your studio healthy and thriving is to keep your students coming back year after year. The fact is, that it is easier to retain your…

Piano Lesson Humor

“You may not be able to change a situation, but with humor, you can change your attitude about it”. Allen Klein Piano Lesson Humor I remember my very first piano…

The Pre-Recorded Holiday Recital

My last studio recital was supposed to be in-person but several people tested positive for COVID and two, it was moved to Zoom. It was OK but a few of…

Age-related Practice Guidelines

  Keeping in mind that the ultimate goal is to create lifelong musicians and keeping in mind that I want my students to grow to love the piano, my objective…

What Is Happiness?

“Happiness is that feeling that comes over you when you know life is good and you can’t help but smile. It’s the opposite of sadness. Happiness is a sense of well-being, joy, or contentment. When people are successful, or safe, or lucky, they feel happy.”

Help! My Child Doesn’t Like Piano Lessons

Fact no.1 – Learning to play the piano is something so many people dream of doing. Fact no.2 – Learning to play the piano or any musical instrument takes a…

Help! My Student Isn’t Practicing!!

This is a summer like no other. The airports are packed, national parks are over full, and everyone is out and about. It’s no wonder, we pretty much lost last…

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