From November, 2015

Why Play Music? Plus A Chance To Win A Free Lesson

THIS PAST week I have been practicing like crazy with all of my piano students in preparation for our Holiday Sing Along party. Oh—what’s that, you ask? Well- it’s an idea I’ve had for many years and I am just now making it happen. All of my students learn a holiday song or – a classic rock…

Pros and Cons of Online Piano Lessons

A little over a year ago, I read an article in the New York Times about a man who had been teaching lessons online for a few years. He had several students who were all over the country! I was very impressed. His set up was quite sophisticated. He had a camera rigged to his…

Book Review: Showtime Piano Jazz & Blues

I remember when I first started playing, I had no idea how to play Jazz. I loved the sound though, as I’m sure many of you do too! Faber and Faber’s Showtime Piano: Jazz & Blues Level 2a is a good start. It helps if you’ve been reading music consistently for at least 6 months…

Learning to Trust Yourself

“An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail” -Edwin Land   THERE are many parallels between piano practice and self-growth. Fearing the leap between chords in a song prevents you from landing on time if you let the fear overwhelm you. Fear of not landing on time has to do with trusting yourself……

How to Read Music: Intervals

  READING music is tricky for most people. As I mentioned in a previous post, I pretty much struggled all through my own early education. With my young students, I like to call it a “secret code”. I’m not too far off. It’s a bunch of dots and foreign symbols placed onto tiny spaces and…

What is the Adult Piano Student’s Greatest Obstacle?

TIME. That’s all.   After 10 years of teaching both children and adults, I can confidently tell you it simply isn’t true when people say adults can’t learn to play piano. I’ve taught lots of adults to play and in fact, they tend to learn much faster than children! With their long history of learning, adult brains…