From Inspiration

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…

It’s normal to get bored or hit a plateau or just feel over all resistance to practice! So when this happens, what should you do?   I have a few ideas. After 20 something years of playing piano, I’m often amazed that I still enjoy playing. But if I’m totally honest with you, I can’t say it’s…

How To Save Money On Piano Lessons: 6 Ways

Piano lessons are expensive. Even if you have a student-teacher who charges half the going rate, it’s still quite an investment to make each month. Here are some surprising (and not so surprising) ways to save money.   1. Know what you want to learn.    Most students jump into piano lessons because they simply…

Do You Have Piano Anxiety?

In high school, my Math grades were the WORST. I could barely pass my classes. I can’t explain why, but for some reason I panicked every time I had to do my Math homework. Of course, that didn’t help things. If someone tried to help me understand something I couldn’t really listen. It was like they…

9 Ways Playing Piano Helps With Self-Growth

When I’m teaching piano lessons, I always catch myself saying something in relation to music that I realize could also be applied to life. I often use the analogy of transitions in music being similar to transitions in life. Music students have to learn how to be graceful about it which can be tough. It…

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……

The Self Taught Pianist

“I’M SELF TAUGHT” or “I’m untrained” or “I never had formal lessons” and of course “I had a few lessons once, but I’m mostly self-taught.” That last one describes me. I’m sure if you’re reading this, you’ve probably said one of these statements before. There are many self-starters in the music world.   I remember…