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Understanding Parents and Caregivers

This blog post is taken from my book “The Happiest Piano Teacher in Town”. Chapter 14 – Understanding Parents and Caregivers “Expect the best and people will rise to the…

Teaching Piano Students to be “Let Go” Players

Piano Students Need to Let Go! Nicholas was playing the Beethoven Minuet in G Major when he suddenly lost his place in the trio section. “Ms. Hall where am I?”…

Overachieving Piano Students

The Overachieving Student Overachieving piano students, We love them! In fact, most of the piano teachers are overachievers so we can relate to them. Students who are willing to practice…

10 Tips For Accurate Piano Playing

 Accurate Piano Playing “Ms. Doreen, which instrument is the easiest to play?” I get this question quite often. Though I’m not sure why my students want to know. A few…

Playing Piano Over the Summer

I posted this article about why students should continue playing piano over the summer last year I am reposting it with a few changes. Feel free to share it with…

Piano Students Dealing With Disappointment

 Disappointment Back in November, I wrote a blog post entitled “How to Have a Confident Audition”. This post was inspired by the fact that four of my best students were…

The Best Piano Teacher in Town

We would all like to be THAT teacher. The best piano teacher. The fun one that everybody talks about. The teacher who’s got great students who are awesome players. The…

The Perfectionistic Piano Student

Have you ever had an experience with a student that just doesn’t compute? You know the child is smart. She’s in the gifted program at school yet she doesn’t seem…

Overcoming Stage Fright

Stage Fright Stage fright anyone? Or should I say stage fright, everyone? We’ve all been there. Those sweaty palms and sick stomachs are things all performers experience. And I do…

The Highs and Lows of a Piano Teaching Mom

The Highs and Lows of a Piano Teaching Mom It’s a dream come true, right? Not only can you play the piano, but you make money teaching piano lessons, from…

Learning Piano Scales and Arpeggios the Easy Way

Learning Piano Scales and Arpeggios the Easy Way In the last blog post “Convincing Kids to Play Piano Scales & Arpeggios” I wrote about explaining to students why playing scales…

Convincing Kids to Play Piano Scales and Arpeggios

Let me start by being perfectly honest. I don’t like teaching scales or arpeggios. Come to think of it, I don’t like playing them either. I don’t know of many…

The Piano As a Second Instrument

Learning the Piano The piano isn’t just for pianists. Why not consider the piano as a second instrument? Did you know that the world’s most popular instrument is also the…

Easy Music Theory

Music Theory doesn’t have to consist of boring drills and endless busy work. Easy Music theory is in every piece so why not teach it as you go? I majored…

How to Get Free Pianos for Students?

 I have been presented with a new problem in my studio over the last few years. That is, people signing up for lessons who don’t have pianos. Of course, I…

Convincing Students to Count Rhythm

To Count rhythm? or Not to Count rhythm? Convincing students to count rhythm. Here I go again trying to cajole a student into counting aloud. I can tell what she’s…

Piano Method Books – A Brief History

I have been doing some research on the history of piano method books. Who taught the great composers of the past to play? and what materials were used to teach…

Choosing Piano Repertoire

The Never Ending “I Can’t Find a Piece I Like” Continuum Have you ever heard something like this while choosing piano repertoire? “Sarah doesn’t practice much because she really doesn’t…

The 30 Minute Piano Lesson

The Thirty Minute Piano Lesson Have you ever wondered why the 30-minute, private piano lesson is the standard for piano pedagogy? I have. I have tried different approaches yet I…

10 Activities for Preschool Piano Students

I love teaching preschool piano students, but in order to keep the little ones engaged it is important to keep things moving. Here are 10 activities I use during preschool…

Free Online Piano Books and Materials

Paloma Piano offers Free online piano books and materials, What are the advantages of being able to print your piano method books? I have been teaching piano lessons for over…

10 Benefits of Listening to Classical Music

Let’s face it; convincing your students that classical music is “cool” can be difficult. Most students would rather learn more contemporary songs. What these students fail to realize, however, is…

Starting a Home Piano Studio

  Many people aspire to have a home business, After all, what’s not to like? No overhead, no commute, no boss. I have taught piano lessons at music stores, in…

Piano Lessons For Adults

Piano lessons aren’t just for kids anymore, and that’s great news! So many people who missed out on the opportunity to take lessons as children are signing up for piano…

Dance and Music a Great Combination

“Dance like music is the expression of the human spirit. Dance is visual music” – S.Janaki.   Dance and Music a Great Combination Dance and music. Last Saturday I attended…

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