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January 28, 2020 | Good Habits

10 Things to do Before Starting Piano

Ever wonder what you should do before your child starts piano lessons? For the parent coming from a non-musical background, this can be a completely new world. To clear things up and keep it simple, here is a list of 9 things to do BEFORE your child starts lessons this fall. 1. Purchase an Instrument Whether you choose an acoustic or digital piano, h ...

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January 28, 2020 | Good Habits

In’s and Out’s of Recital Etiquette

With teachers putting programs together, recital dates being marked on the calendars and PCS students practicing hard to finish learning recital pieces, all the signs of quickly approaching recitals are becoming more apparent! An important part of recitals, however, is being aware of proper recital etiquette. This etiquette applies not only to the ...

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January 28, 2020 | Benefits

Kindermusik and Cognitive Skills

One of the best things about Kindermusik is that it isn’t solely about music and movement . It is about developing the whole child , using music and movement to engage their cognition. Cognitive skills are those involved in the process of thinking .  Most of our Kindermusik students, those from ages 2 to 7 are preoperational thinkers, according to Piag ...

January 28, 2020 | Good Habits

Don’t Dread those Piano Scales

Practicing scales brings a host of thoughts and feelings to mind for any pianist. For some it’s enjoyable, for others not so much–frustration and annoyance better describes their personal opinion. No matter which camp you find yourself, there’s always room to change things up and introduce a new aid into your scale practice routine. PDF Scale Diagra ...

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January 28, 2020 | Good Habits

Do’s and Don’ts of Recital Preparation

The night before your recital, particularly if you tend to have performance anxiety, can be a rather nerve-wracking evening. What are some ways to help prepare yourself for the performance? Check out the following do’s and don’ts as you look forward to the big day: Do Not… Stay up late with friends, watching movies, reading books, talking, etc. You d ...

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January 28, 2020 | Benefits

Your Brain on Music: The Corpus Callosum

Did you know that musicians have a bigger corpus callosum than non-musicians? The corpus callosum is the part of our brains that connects the right hemisphere to the left. It allows both sides to communicate with each other, and is responsible for eye movement and helping us maintain our balance. It also holds the largest amount of white matter in t ...

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January 28, 2020 | Benefits

7 Benefits to Private Music Lessons

When a child’s school already offers music as part of its regular curriculum, some may wonder what the point is in paying for private lessons. Are there really any added benefits from taking private lessons in addition to music class? While music class definitely impacts a child’s development, private lessons offer so much more than any school musi ...

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January 28, 2020 | Good Habits

6 Words to Say to Your Child After a Music Recital

We found an article recently that We absolutely loved. It talked very directly about what a parent should say to a child after a performance. Contrary to what you might expect, what you say to your child after they perform is almost more important than what you say before! Why? It’s because your words create a lasting memory for them, and can either ...

January 28, 2020 | Good Habits

Finger Nails on the Piano: Why Shorter is Best

Clickety, Clickety, Clickety…it’s similar to nails on a chalkboard, just a little bit worse. For any piano teacher, the sound of nails clicking on the keys as a student plays ranks as one of the worst sounds known to man. Maybe that’s a bit extreme, but you get the picture. In truth, nail length is more than just your instructor’s personal preferen ...

January 28, 2020 | Good Habits

12 Reasons Why Recitals Are So Important

Some great insights from our friends at Teach Piano Today … 1.  Recitals provide a tangible goal to work towards. In having a set date and a pre-planned performance selection, your child learns how to manage their practice time and what it feels like to polish and perfect a piece. 2.  Recitals provide an opportunity to feel successful. Learning the pi ...

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