The Best Age to Start Piano Lessons

“What is the best age to start piano lessons?” this is a question I am often asked by parents who dream of giving their child the life long gift of playing the piano. I believe that it is good to start learning the piano at a young age, but how young is too young? and, is it ever too late to begin learning to play the piano? If you ask ten different teachers, you’ll probably get ten different answers, but here are my thoughts about when to begin piano. Continue reading

Preparing Children for Life With Piano Lessons

Piano Teachers and Piano Parents Take Heart! Encouraging kids to keep going with piano lessons is no easy task. But the benefits of music study are beyond measure. I recently came across a fantastic article on the American Music Parents website. The article is entitled “Preparing children for the Creative Economy” I found it very interesting.

We all know that the worldwide economy is changing, This isn’t the first time, the last change was from a largely agrarian work environment to an industrial one. The work paradigm that Boomers and Gen-xérs grew up with is quickly evaporating. The idea that you study hard go to college and immediately come out and find the job you had been training for is now no guarantee. Today’s young people are entering a new economy, “The Creative Economy”. Continue reading

The True Cost of Learning the Piano

 

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The true cost of learning the piano is…(drum roll)…are you ready for this? You’ll be amazed. The true cost of learning the piano is $169.95!! How do I know this? It popped up while I was online. In fact I see this ad everywhere. It seems the internet gremlins know that I’m a piano enthusiast so I am constantly solicited by people selling piano stuff: on my Facebook page, in my email, everywhere. Everyday I see this ad! It says “Master the Piano in 4 Weeks”.* Really? 4 weeks? And it only costs $169.95. Sounds too good to be true. Continue reading

“Thanks, Mom and Dad” 10 Reasons Your Child is Thankful for Muisc Lessons.

smilingI love it when families make a big deal out of their child’s first music lesson. Because, it is a big deal. Giving you son or daughter music lessons is giving them a gift that will last a lifetime. It isn’t easy or inexpensive, but it is in a word…wonderful! I know kids don’t always appreciate having to practice, come to weekly lessons and participate in recitals but you should feel great about being a “music  parent”. I obviously took lessons as a young girl and at that time it didn’t dawn on me to say thank you to my mom and dad for taking me to music lessons. But I sure am grateful now! I’ll tell you why I’m thankful for my music lessons, and why your child is too. Continue reading

Welcome to PianoParents.net

 

10888578_10152962179618255_8852601201919063317_nHello and welcome to PianoParents.net.Whether you are just beginning on your piano parent journey or are a seasoned piano parent I hope you will enjoy this website.

I have another website and blog for piano teachers. I love writing for my piano teacher blog, but as a parent myself I found myself  writing a lot about things that are of interest piano parents. So I decided to start a blog just for the parents of piano students.

Piano lessons are a gift that can be enjoy for a lifetime.. Playing the piano is truly a wonderful thing but it isn’t easy. It’s one of the most intense projects that can be taken on. It takes years to learn to play.  There are bound to be ups and downs but it is well worth the time and effort.

Piano Parents are super special people. I know. I see parents just like you bringing their kids week after week, year after year into my studio for lessons. Making a huge sacrifice of time and money so that their kids can learn to play.

So I’d like to say thank you. Not only to the parents of my students but to piano parents everywhere. I know that kids may not always appreciate taking piano lessons but I can tell you that I almost never meet someone who doesn’t wish they could play. and I never have had anyone say they were sorry they learned to play the piano.

Enjoy the blog. Feel free to contact me with any questions or post ideas. If you like the content please go ahead and share it.

Thanks a million for reading,

Doreen