From Adult Students

The Best Gifts For Music Lovers

The holiday shopping period is here. Are you ready? Me neither.   I was shopping at Marshalls a little over a week ago and it hit me that in just one week, people are going to be creating chaos in that very same store as well as many other stores across America… THAT is when I…

Intro To Pop/Rock Chords Is HERE!

Well… I’ve been talking about creating a course and IT IS HERE!   Can’t believe it!   I started working on this thing forever ago it seems. Ok, really it was just 6 months or so, but all the planning and research started at least 6 months before that. So it feels like ages since…

A Family Affair: Why Piano Lessons Can Benefit The WHOLE Family

  We all know that piano lessons can help boost physical development for kids and we also know that playing piano can help keep an adults brain active.   Research shows that kids as little as four years old can enjoy a lifetime advantage from timely exposure to guitar, piano, singing and other kinds of…

Lessons On Patience From A Full Time Piano Teacher

A lot of people comment on how patient I must be in order to be a piano teacher.   Well. It’s true. You have to be patient to teach any musical instrument. But patience is not a natural thing for me. It took a lot of practice and patience with myself to make this a… natural trait.…

Terms Every Piano Beginner Needs To Know

Music is a language, that’s for sure.   But it’s different from languages like English, Spanish, Chinese, Pig Latin, etcetera etcetera. It’s mathematical and symbolic and it also includes a vocabulary list.   Having to memorize all those secret codes we call “notes” as well as math formulas we call “harmony” can be so overwhelming.…

How To Play Old Time Rock & Roll

    Sometimes you hit a plateau in your practice and you feel a little bored with the songs you’re practicing. That’s totally normal! Everything we do in life can feel a little stale after doing it for a while, so don’t beat yourself up when this happens.   Over the years, I’ve hit these walls myself,…

Video Diary

Whew!! It’s been a busy few weeks.   NYC for 10 days. Santa Barbara for my birthday. Italian cousin visiting me for a week.   No wonder I’m behind schedule!   But I’m busy getting back to work, so I decided to take a little break to record a new video diary. I decided to…

How To Learn Piano For Free (All On This Blog!)

  I’ve been working this blog for a little over 7 months now, so I’ve built up quite a collection of informative articles and lessons! I thought it would be fun to put together a compilation of the best posts to help any beginner get started. With this list, anyone can get a piano practice…

The Perfectionist’s Dilemma

There’s a stereotype of the laid back musician who wakes up at noon everyday, works a laid back job (usually the service industry) and then plays music until 3 in the morning. They’re described as chill and easy going. The snarkier term could be “lazy.”   But this is just a stereotype.   There are…

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…