I insist that my students take lessons and practice over the summer because students who study and practice over the summer turn out to be the most successful students. Summer is a time when students can devote more time to the piano without the pressures of school and homework. In my many years of teaching, (I stopped counting after 30) I have seen that students who continue piano study throughout the year stick with piano longer and play better than those that take breaks from playing.
One of the ways I keep my students motivated to practice, is to institute a “Summer Piano Practice Challenge”. While summer is traditionally a time when advanced students tackle Sonatas and longer repertoire, I ask my beginning and intermediate student to try to learn five fun, short pieces. Continue reading
When to Hold Off on Piano Lessons
What! A post on when not to take piano lessons? If you been following me for a while you know that I think that music education is the best thing ever for people! Especially piano education. There are hundreds of reasons to take up the piano, it’s awesome! Ninety eight percent of students start piano and do just fine, however there are times when when I recommend that parents hold off on piano lessons. Continue reading
I 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