April 2, 2020 | Benefits

How Online Lessons are GROWING Our Music Lesson Students

After a few weeks now of online lessons, we are definitely enjoying staying connected with our PCS students, and we’d like to share how we see them growing in new and exciting ways. Here are a few ways that online lessons are GROWING our students here at PCS: Students are taking more responsibility for their own learning!  In prior months your lesson ...

March 21, 2020 | Online Music Lessons

Will Online Music Lessons Really Work?

As we transition to teaching our music lessons online while our local schools remain closed, you might have concerns like: Will this really be like regular in-person lessons? Is it even possible that online music lessons can be as good as in-person lessons? Why should we continue lessons when things are so unsettled and uncertain? Don’t online lessons ...

March 19, 2020 | Kindermusik

Why Your Young Child Needs Rituals and Routines

Routine.  Ritual.  Often the words are used interchangeably, but they have slightly different nuances.  Routines are every day. More commonplace. Things we do at the same time in the same way.  Rituals are special and meaningful, memory builders, if you will. They have purpose and are carried out with intentionality.  Your child needs and thrives o ...

March 19, 2020 | Uncategorized

Virtual Online Music Lessons: Tips for Parents

We believe in the power of music to make a difference in people’s lives, and that’s never been more true than in these uncertain times.  Music gives us hope… and music teachers help put music in their students’ hearts and homes. We are so thankful that online music lessons give us the opportunity to stay connected and to keep making music together! ...

March 19, 2020 | Practice

5 Tips for Incorporating Home Practice into Your New Routines

Here are our five best tips for incorporating home practice into your new routines. Set aside time each day that will always be “music practice time”.  Post a schedule on your fridge and stick to it as best you can. Your children will appreciate a predictable routine right now. Practice is more likely to happen if it takes place at the same time each ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

COVID19 UPDATE: You have options! Choose to be either in-person or online for Kindermusik classes and music lessons.