Hello there! Thanks for stopping by. Today I wanted to share a super quick blog post outlining my process as a teacher during piano lessons and lesson planning.
When I first started teaching piano, I relied heavily upon the lesson books. They are extremely important and not only provide the information that each student needs, but does so in an organized and timely manner. That being said, since then I’ve made a lot of discoveries, and have come to the conclusion that the lesson book should not create the lesson plan for each student. The teacher should.
When I got to about thirty students in Salt Lake City, this became pretty difficult. Even with my much smaller studio of twelve in Evanston, I can tell you that keeping track of everyone and what they need has proven to be a challenge. I want to make sure that each student’s individual personality is being catered to, that I’m effective at getting them the information they need, and that they’re having a good time along the way!
I am not a person that can remember everything about each individual lesson, and that’s why this next resource I’m going to share has been a lifesaver in a lot of ways! Since implementing this into my studio, my lessons have been far more effective and organized, and my brain doesn’t feel like it’s going to fall out.
So if you’re a parent wondering what goes on for me on the “teacher-side” during lessons, or a teacher looking to improve their own studio – this information might be interesting to you.
Found on the following link: https://www.theplayfulpiano.com/?p=113 is a great “Teacher Tracker” that has changed my life! This resource allows me to track the dates each student attended their lessons, (and when they missed if any) keep lesson notes about what I’m working on with that student, list materials needed for the following week, and track tuition owed/payed. I have a separate sheet in a small folder for each student, so I can keep all of their information in one accessible place, and get their printouts or handouts ready for their next lesson.
This resource has helped my lesson planning to come a long ways since I began as a teacher. Instead of just taking things as they came up during the lesson, I’m able to review my notes on each student at the end of the week and make a plan for what we need to cover during the next lesson. Whereas before I may have had a vague idea that “so-and-so” needs to practice their note-reading, I now have a way to plan ahead for that, and a huge library of physical and online resources to support each of these plans. I’m also able to look ahead and notate that, (for instance) during lessons on the week of February 14, each student will have level-appropriate and personalized Valentines Day-themed music activities.
So for those piano parents who sit-in during lessons – that’s what I’m always writing on during the lesson! Outside of the student’s assignment notebook that is.
Thanks for stopping by! Hop on next week to read for information about the Young Musician’s Festival – taking place in Evanston on March 28, and for some helpful information about how to prepare your student for music competitions and adjudications!
Hello! Welcome back. This week I’ll be doing a quick studio news update, reviewing some useful information for my current piano families, and chat a bit about plans for the New Year. I hope you all had a great holiday season, and I’m excited to get these new things up and going!
Student Goal-Setting Binder Insert:
My first thing to show off is a wonderful resource I picked up from the blog The Playful Piano, (https://www.theplayfulpiano.com/?product=piano-goals-worksheet ). Those who take lessons from me quickly learn that this is one of my favorite resources. This month, she shared a Piano Goals worksheet that I’m inserting into each of my student’s binders, (with the exception of my preschool students, since I think this might be a bit mature for them.) It’s a great printable that teaches the importance of setting goals and mapping out an action plan. To some, this is a somewhat new concept, so we’ll be working on it together over the next couple of weeks. Not only does this help the students set their goals and map out a plan, but it also includes space to record what they are already good at. I still have more students to do this activity with, but so far it’s been a really positive thing to spend a few minutes on. I find that, if I’m not careful, it becomes easy to only focus on the elements the student needs to improve upon in their music. This activity has allowed us to press pause on that and identify the things they’re doing right already, which is a positive catalyst into work on their new goals.
I love how piano teaches us more than how to read notes! We learn about goal-setting, time-management, and so much more!
For anyone interested, (or piano parents who's students may have misplaced their goal sheet) here is a copy ;)
If you have missed or know that you will be missing a piano lesson, I have a calendar linked to my website which shows exactly the times at which I’m available to teach. This is also available to you should you wish to reschedule your weekly lesson time and day. If you do not want to go online for either of these reasons, that is completely fine and I’m happy to take a call from you. This is just a nice shortcut to where you can see my schedule right away.
To view the calendar, click the tab above that says “schedule.” Scroll to the button that says “click to schedule a lesson” and click it.
Also, if you’re concerned about scheduling a make-up too close to the standard lesson – let me put your mind at ease. These are my favorite lessons to teach because we get time to do the supplemental material that I feel like I never have time to get to! If I have just a little bit of notice, I will create a lesson plan that will be catered specifically to your child. I have access to several music packs with different themes, fun websites where I can get the student on an activity specific to concepts they’re working on, a TON of music history resources, and other nerdy music teacher stuff.
Piano Facebook Page and Website
My second bit of business is two-fold, and it’s about helping with my online presence. If you’re on Facebook, I have a business page called Piano with Mindee K. If you have not yet liked or shared this page, I would love it if you could! There is also a space to write reviews on my teaching. I often post music jokes, pics and videos of activities we’re doing in my studio, and information I find that can be helpful for parents who want to know how to best help their kids with practice at home. The second half of this is: if you would like to follow my piano teacher blog, I will continue posting supplemental music information that can be fun for the students such as music history, online music theory sites that are fun for kids, things we’re doing in our studio for the month, etc. You can hop on occasionally to read the blog or subscribe. I post once a week.
2020 Spring Recital
Third and final bit of information for now – there is a recital in the works for Spring quarter. So far I have looked into the Presbyterian and Catholic churches in Downtown, Evanston and Mountain Music – just waiting to hear back from a couple of those. I also heard that if we have a small crowd, the library might be able to host. As of right now, we may have as many as ten students for the first recital. I’m open to learning about good recital venues in town if you have any ideas. I’m also a little snobby about recital venues. In the end, we’ll go with what we can get – but it makes a big difference in the whole recital experience for the kids if it can be a somewhat formal, special dealJ. More news on that to come – once I know the venue I’ll send out a poll about which dates and times work best and I’ll be surprised if I can’t find one that works for everyone since there’s so few of us for this first oneJ. After that, I’ll make sure you’re informed of the date and time, what to wear, what to expect, and I will also make sure your kids feel so ready with their songs they could play them in their sleep.
Thanks for reading! Hop on next week to see the quarterly personal assessment sheet and teacher-tracker I’ll be using for 2020. This can give you a good idea for what you’re student is doing in lessons that goes a bit beyond the scope of your typical piano lesson. Talk to you soon!
Below are a few more pictures of some of the goings-on around here over the last week. The baby Yoda pics are courtesy of a sweet set of sisters I teach – one sister and their mom took these while I taught the younger sibling and I couldn’t help but share! Baby Yoda had designs on those muffins I had out for my piano families today, but don't worry - he didn't get away with it:)
The piano popsicle sticks are an activity I tried with one of my preschool piano students to help her identify where all of the ‘C’s’ were on the piano – and it was a huge success! Once she identified the patterns of the keys with the groups of two, she could find each ‘C’ in no time! It also helps that she’s pretty brilliant.
Welcome back! In this blog post, I’ll do a quick recap on December, a tiny preview of my plans for the new year, and shamelessly plug my piano teaching services and encourage you to help me spread the word:D
To start off, December was a great month for piano. This year, I finally added some of the holiday cheer into my teaching that is ever so available through amazing online resources, and had an absolute blast doing it. Some of these turned into such big hits that I’ll be using them again next December, while others will be tweaked and personalized according to the flavor of the students in my studio.
The first thing from this year that I absolutely loved was our Piano Practice Elf, found through the following link:
After an introduction to their practice elf through an adorable short Christmas story, each of my students went home with their very own Piano Practice Elf. The elf, (a cute bookmark with a picture of either Melody or Forte – Santa’s music elves) showed up in a new place in their piano books every day. If the student found their elf and practiced the page, Melody or Forte could then report back to Santa that the student was doing their piano practice! I was so excited to find this idea, and I think the kids really liked it. Before introducing this idea to the kids, I checked with each of my piano parents to make sure this would be something they enjoyed in their homes. What with everyone having an Elf on the Shelf these days, (plus everything else you have to do around Christmas) I didn’t want to stress anyone out. And, at the moment, none of my piano students really know each other – so there was no concern about some families not receiving a practice elf while others did.
I am absolutely kicking myself about the second December treat because I didn’t take a picture of what I did with it! But through the following link: https://www.theplayfulpiano.com/?product=a-merry-musical-christmas-piano-advent-calendar I found a Piano Practice Advent Calendar that added some extra incentive to practice. This project could be adapted in a few ways, but in my studio everyone received small Christmas buckets with chocolate kisses and the days to the advent calendar inside. Each day listed had a different task associated with their practice routine in order to make things a little more interesting and offer some variation in their standard practice routine. (Not to mention, the added incentive to get some chocolate if they practiced that day). While I didn’t get a picture of the cute little buckets before sending them out, I do have a pic of the free printable advent calendar from the website The Playful Piano.
Our third and final bit of piano Christmas cheer comes from the wonderful Susan Paradis. Through her website, (https://susanparadis.com/product/pre-reading-christmas-music/ ) and for only $7.99, I was able to purchase unlimited prints of fun, pre-reading Christmas music for my beginning piano students. At the moment, I have only absolute beginners who are not yet able to read the music on the staff. For these students in particular, being able to play songs they recognize is key in keeping them interested in piano. Finding the appropriate level of said songs can prove to be very difficult, but Ms. Paradis makes it easy! Thanks to her, each of my students were able to take home more Christmas music than we had time to learn, at a level that was very attainable for them to play.
This was, by far, the most successful Christmas season I’ve ever had in my studio, and I honestly can’t wait for next year! So much so that I already have plans in the works for 2020. Seriously. I’m a total nut-job for piano and Christmas.
In addition to planning WAY too far in advance, I’ve also begun the preliminaries for New Year’s songs and activities, Valentines, and a Spring Recital. Stay tuned for more info to come, and, if you like what you read here – jump on board and click below for you or your child's New Year of piano lessons:D
Time to start up again with my piano teacher blog and updates! It’s pretty overdue to be honest, but better late than never.
After a whirlwind of an August, (my husband got a sports announcer job working for My Local Radio in Wyoming and we had to find a place and move within about two weeks!) October came and gave us our first lesson on just how cold it gets here, (a couple of weeks into the month, we actually reached negative seventeen degrees Fahrenheit. Welcome to Wyoming).
Sadly, I had to finish things out with my students in Salt Lake, (that part was hard!) head to Evanston, and establish our new home base. So far, we absolutely love it here and hope to stay for a very long time! We’ve been looking for a place to call a permanent home, and (crossing our fingers!) I think we found it! Ok, I really need to cool it with the exclamation points and parenthesis.
Since moving here, I’ve been able to get a handful of new piano students, and they are absolutely perfect. I’ve been blessed to get some very hard-working and dedicated kids who come to lessons with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn that I believe is largely a credit to their great parents. I’m so excited to keep teaching these amazing kids, growing my studio, and hopefully become a better teacher with every lesson.
This week, as I ease back into my teacher blogging, I thought I’d share a pic of my piano all decorated for Christmas. Hope you’re having a very Merry season and if you haven’t already – make sure to hop onto my Scheduling calendar and sign up for your free trial lesson!
Welcome back! Last time I covered a lot of information regarding the relationship between emotion and music. In the post, I talked about how music can be a wonderful outlet and coping mechanism for musicians and listeners alike. This week, I’m covering the less common topic of: music and its relationship with our memories.
If you think about it, you’ve likely experienced music’s effect on memory every day of your life without really realizing it. For instance, if I said to you: “Charmin Ultra, less is more.” You just might sing it;). People in advertising are very familiar with the concept that music has a remarkable way of helping people remember things. If you ever had to memorize something in school, you may have had a teacher use this technique. (Shout out to the Animaniacs for their songs about the countries, states and capitals when I was in school).
In addition, the brain is essentially a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger its abilities. When someone listens to or plays music, the memory center of the brain lights up completely, (and more so for the musician than for the listener). I taught seven piano lessons today, and I can tell you that this is clearly evident during the lesson. Let me explain:
During a lesson, one of the first things your piano teacher will do with the student is have them “sight-read” the song. This simply means playing at first sight. In my lessons and depending on the student, we generally spend a lot of time looking over the music and determining what to prepare for throughout the song. Once they begin to play, the first time through the piece is generally pretty rough. (As it is for me the first time I play a difficult piece.) Throughout the sight-reading process, the student is absorbing as much information about the piece as they possibly can. The notes, counts, dynamics, articulations, fingering, and tempo are just a few of the things on a student’s mind when they’re doing their first run-through. There’s a lot to absorb. After the first painful time through the piece, I can see the exhaustion manifest itself in each student. In some, they check out and want to do something else, (sometimes halfway through the piece or less) others physically sigh and slump over, announcing “PHEW!”
The truth is, learning a piece takes a lot of brain power, and most of us feel the brain fry! This kind of mental exhaustion is largely due to the fact that the memory center of the brain is working at full capacity. But here’s the cool part: after playing through the piece for the first time, I have my students play it just one more time, (sometimes with a break in-between). From the first time to the second time through, I cannot express just how drastically their ability to play the song increases. It is honestly so much fun to watch. Afterwards, the student always seems much less intimidated by the song and much more ready to go for the week.
Exercising this portion of the brain so efficiently spills into a number of other subjects. In fact, reputable experiments have shown that musicians demonstrate more advanced abilities when it comes to the memorization involved in several academic subjects. Feel free to read my main reference below for this blog post – it goes into further detail with some fascinating examples. To keep this short and sweet, I’ll just let you know that it’s absolutely real and so stinking cool.
Thank you so much for reading this week! Join me next time where I’ll delve into the relationship between music and its effect on, believe it or not, our physical movements! (That is, beyond making us want to dance).
Talk to you soon!
Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed the Rock Your Socks Off Composer Series! I hope to throw those in pretty frequently, and I had a lot of fun doing the first one. Following that series, we’ll be covering some of the positive effects that music has on those who listen and play. You have already taken the first steps to making your home a musical one, now I’m going to show you some of the wonderful things coming your way – not just for your child who is learning to play, but for everyone who listens as well!
When someone listens to or creates music, there are three main areas in the brain that really light up. Today, I’ll be introducing all three, and honing in on one for the week. So let’s get started.
It’s no secret that sound travels in waves. When we hear any noise, those sound waves pass through our bodies. When the sound first enters into your ear, your brain then processes the information in the auditory cortex, and spits back the knowledge of what you’re hearing. You probably covered this in third grade science.J What you may not have learned is the brain lights up more than just the auditory cortex when it hears music. Unlike most sounds, music can create flashes of electrical currents through other areas of the brain such as the areas where we process emotion, memory and even physical movement! (https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2018/01/sound-health) Incredible, right?
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be delving in with some insight on how each area of the brain is affected, and some ways in which you can maximize these positive effects in your home. Today, I’m discussing that area of the brain where we process emotion.
Emotion Through Music
You’re probably familiar with the idea that music can inspire an emotional reaction. For children who learn to play and instrument or dance, those emotional reactions through music can serve as a therapeutic pathway for those who deal with anxiety, depression, and a myriad of other mental ailments. Even if the student doesn’t have an official diagnoses, every human experiences difficult emotions at one point or another. Whether they are aware of it or not, by taking music lessons, your developing child has opened a new window of self-discovery and self-treatment which they may not have been able to access otherwise. I know from firsthand experience that playing my favorite pieces on the piano when I am upset help me to slow down, relax, and maybe even consider more creative solutions to my problems. As I become a more educated music teacher, I hope to be able to delve into the actual biological reasons for this event, but for now, I can just tell you that it does happen, and it’s a pretty incredible thing when it does. Even from a very young age and early on in my piano lessons, I struggled with feeling anxious about school and had issues with my self-esteem. During these fairly frequent phases of time, I would sit at the piano, choose my favorite song, and play it repeatedly. I learned my new pieces as well, but I remember spending a lot of time on the ones I already knew and enjoyed playing. Somehow, being able to just “rock-out” on a song I knew by memory would help me to just be able to play without thinking very hard; a meditation for my little over-worked, anxious brain.
Not only does music affect the creator, but the listener as well. This is why I strongly recommend introducing a wide variety of music into your home, including the time-periods and genres you may not have considered previously such as Classical, Baroque, Romantic, New Age, Modern, movie scores, meditation music – seriously, whatever you can think of that isn’t played on the radio every day. J And, while it may sound a little artsy and abstract, (you’re welcome) I would recommend paying attention to how the music makes you feel. Even if you’re listening on-the-go, taking a quick moment to observe how the music affects you can have a huge impact on your life. You may find yourself drawn to certain kinds of music for different situations. At other times, you might decide you feel nothing. That’s ok tooJ. Either way, exposing yourself and your child to different kinds of music broadens both of your horizons and enhances your ability to process emotions through a very healthy outlet.
An article written by Lecia Bushak with Medical Daily recalls a study performed at Stanford University. It reads:
“Despite our idiosyncrasies in listening, the brain experiences music in a very consistent fashion across subjects,” Daniel Abrams, an author of the study and a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University School of Medicine, told CNN. Participants in the study, who had no formal musical training, listened to four symphonies by William Boyce, while undergoing an fMRI brain scan. The researchers found that among all the participants, the music had an almost identical effect in their brains; it activated brain regions that are involved in movement, planning, attention, and memory — which means that when we listen to music, we aren’t just simply processing sound, like background noise or the sound of a car engine. Music is more meaningful to our brains than just any sound: It's repetitive, melodious, organized.”
If you are interested in listening to some classical music but are not sure where to begin, I would recommend checking out any of my blog posts called the “Rock-Your-Socks-Off Composers” Series. Any one of those composers can get you off to a great start! Otherwise, Spotify, Google Play and Apple Music have some really great playlists as well. If you know you’re not really interested in classical music, try some New Age or popular movie scores. Some of my favorite New Age music includes Martin Jacoby, Laura Sullivan and yes, I admit it, The Piano Guys. Great movie scores include anything done by James Horner, John Williams and Hanz Zimmer.
Thank you so much for joining me this week and learning a bit about how music activates the emotional center of your brain. Next week, I’m going to spend some time specifically on the effects of music on the limbic system of the brain, particularly with regards to memory.
See you guys next week!
Welcome back for the fourth and final installment of this “Rock Your Socks Off” composer series. I’m so glad you stopped by, and I hope you like what I’ve put together for this week’s amazing female composer!
Delving into the world of fantastic composers throughout history, it was actually difficult to narrow it down to just four for a month’s worth of blogs. I’m excited for the next time I get to throw in a composer series, because there really are many more composers worth mentioning and listening to.
This week, I’m covering an Austrian composer born in 1759 named Maria Theresa von Paradis. Throughout her life, she wrote two piano concertos, two piano sonatas, five operas, and many, many more pieces. A large portion of her works have unfortunately been lost, though while alive she was one of the only female composers who was able to gain popularity across Europe. Unlike many female composers born in the eighteenth century, Paradis had the opportunity to tour France, England and Germany. She even caught the attention of Amadeus Mozart, who is rumored to have written his Piano Concerto no. 18 in her honor. Maria was also permitted to study with renowned piano teachers of the time in order to further her musical education. Pretty incredible, considering that the level of opportunity afforded her was virtually unheard of for women at the time.
Paradis was not without struggles, however. Around two years old, she began losing her eyesight and was completely blind by the age of five. Even at such a young age and without being able to see, Paradis was a musical prodigy, well-known by the age of seventeen. At the time, transcribing original compositions while blind was a very difficult task. With the help of a man named Johann Reidinger, Paradis could use a special composition board which was tailored to her needs, and she was able to record her musical genius.
Later in life, Maria founded a music school for girls in Vienna, Austria where she taught voice, piano and music theory.
If you like what you learned about Maria Theresa von Paradis, make sure to check out one of her most famous pieces - Sicilienne, (my favorite is the arrangement written for cello and piano).
Thanks for stopping by! Since this is the last of my composer posts for a while, I’d love to hear your ideas on what you may like to see for the next composer series, (any specific genres or groups that you’re interested in).
See you next week!
Welcome back for week three of the “Rock Your Socks” composer series! In case this is your first week on my blog, make sure to check out my previous blog posts about Amy Beach and Fanny Mendelssohn. Both were truly incredible composers that few have heard about. Throughout the course of my blog, I’ll be inserting the occasional four-week series about different composers you should know about. This month, I’ve been writing about female composers in history in honor of Women’s History month.
To introduce the next composer of this series, I have to do a little bit of a preface. Without trying to diminish neither Fanny Mendelssohn’s nor Amy Beach’s incredible compositions, I have to admit that their particular styles are not my first choice when I want to listen to classical music. For the most part, I have a few favorite pieces from each that are on my classical music playlist. Cecile Chaminade, however, makes the top five in my list of favorite composers. Her flute and piano compositions are not only impressive when it comes to the technical elements of the music, but each piece feels like it takes the listener on an emotional journey or tells a story. (And, in fact, much of what she wrote was for ballets and operas, so I guess I’m not far off). They have almost a cinematic quality to them that keeps me riveted through the whole piece, and leaves me wanting more at the end! So, basically, Cecile Chaminade knows how to use magic. There’s no other explanation.
Now for the facts: Cecile Chaminade was born in France in 1857. She received her first music lessons from her mother, who was an accomplished pianist and singer. Cecile began composing at seven years old. When she was of age, her father would not allow her to study at the Paris Conservatory of Music, but she was allowed to study privately with Conservatory professors. She later toured the United States, (including performances at the historic Carnegie Hall) and Europe, frequently performing for Queen Victoria. She was the first female to be awarded a position in the the Legion of Honor, and even inspired women across the United States to form musical societies called “Chaminade Clubs.” Throughout her life, Chaminade is speculated to have written approximately 400 pieces, publishing around 200 of them during her lifetime. Cecile died on April 13, 1944
If you’re looking for a fantastic piece from the late Romantic period, I would recommend Chaminade’s Arabesque no. 1, Opus 61. You will not regret it. The motive and sequences she uses throughout elicited an emotional response when I first heard it, (my eyes fogged up ok? It happens. I'm sure it was just allergies or something....) Really though, it is so, so beautiful. For any piano families reading this blog, I strongly encourage you to check out more of Chaminade’s work, maybe share some facts you learned about her with your family, and spread the word! There really are very few who know about these accomplished composers, and I would love to do my part in helping others discover their amazing contributions to classical music!
Thanks so much for joining me as I geek out about these stunning composers. I hope you can join me next week for the fourth and final installment of this little series. See you next time!
Welcome back to my blog for week two of this four week composer series! For my first time through this series, (I’ll be throwing in four weeks of great composers a couple of times throughout the year) I’m focusing on female composers in honor of Women’s History Month. I’m so excited you’re back and I’m thrilled to be able to write to you today about a composer who will completely rock your socks off. Seriously, this is one lady you’ll never want to forget.
Many music enthusiasts have heard of a man named Felix Mendelssohn, famous for many pieces during the Romantic Era including A Midsummer Night’s Dream Scherzo and the traditional Wedding March. Far fewer have heard of Fanny Mendelssohn, Felix’s older sister.
Like many of the composers I’m including in this series, Fanny was a talented musician from a very young age. She was first taught by her mother, (who was taught by a student of J.S. Bach) and by the age of thirteen she could play all twenty-three of the preludes from The Well-Tempered Clavier by Bach. Despite her natural talent and love for music, Fanny had a difficult start with very little support from her father. He told her, “Music will perhaps become his [Felix’s] profession, while for you it can and must be only an ornament.”
Fortunately, Fanny’s mother, her brother Felix, (and later her husband Wilhelm Hensel) encouraged her to pursue music, and she didn’t disappoint.
Fanny often composed privately, publishing some of her pieces under Felix’s name. One of which, Italien, was chosen by Queen Victoria as her favorite. When the queen made this announcement, Felix disclosed that it was one of his sister’s compositions. In addition, Fanny Mendelssohn is now speculated to be the creator of the musical genre dubbed Songs Without Words, a category in which she and her brother both composed a number of beautiful pieces.
Throughout her lifetime, Fanny Mendelssohn composed over 460 of her own songs, as well as composed collaboratively with her brother. She did eventually perform publically at the age of thirty-three, finally published a piece under her own name in 1846, and passed away in 1847.
If you haven’t heard any of Fanny’s music just yet, I would encourage you to check out some of my favorites: Capriccio in A-Flat and Piano Trio in D minor. No, I didn’t have those titles memorized. But they have made it to my favorite classical playlist;). Don’t you just love those people who can spout off titles of obscure classical pieces? I’m not one of them. Yet.
I hope you enjoyed learning a bit about Fanny Mendelssohn! We’re already halfway through the first composer series of this blog. Make sure to hop on next week for the third composer of the month, and feel free to post any comments, like or share. See you next week!
Welcome music teachers and parents! I’m so excited you stopped by. As a piano teacher, I get really enthusiastic about music blogs, lessons, and other teaching aids. There are so many online resources that I reap the benefits from on the daily. This blog, however, is primarily for the parents with kids in piano. My goal is to instill in every home a more comprehensive music knowledge-base, a deeper understanding of what your kid is doing every week in lessons, the benefits they reap beyond the bench, and more. Many of these posts will be applicable to adults in lessons as well - so stay tuned for some great tips and information!
First Thing’s First: I’m not a child psychologist, and I’m definitely not a parenting expert. My opinions on many of these topics are based off of my experience as a teacher thus far. Occasionally, I’m going to throw suggestions to you as the parents in order to help you have more success with the little musicians in your home. Ultimately, this is your home we’re talking about. You’re the boss. I’m just getting your professional parental juices flowing and offering some ideas you might like.
Thank you for bringing me along on your music-learning journey!
I’ll see you on Monday!