Reading music might seem unattainable. It is literally like a different language. How can we expect a child to master such a difficult skill?
By small incremental steps. Just like a child immersed in a multilingual home learns to master a second language, so too can a child who learns to read music learn to master the language of the piano.
In fact, a child is far more likely to become proficient at the piano if they learn to read notes than if take the short cut way of putting stickies on the...
If you missed my article on Homeschool Piano Hacks Part 1, click here to read now!
One of the most important things when learning to play piano is proper hand and wrist position.
It is one reason why I really cringe when I hear a student learned to play piano through youtube tutorials or some other such method. Those methods of learning don’t address proper hand posture.
If a child doesn’t learn to play correctly it can literally cause them...
Kids are going back to school, but many activities have been cancelled. So now that kids are at home, parents are scrambling trying to find extracurriculars to enrich their kids' lives in this new normal. Many people are turning to piano lessons.
As a piano teacher, I hear it a lot, What’s the best age to start piano lessons for my child?
Well, it depends...
Is it important to you that piano is something they love or is just another activity to fill their day?
Let me tell you a story....
Learning the notes in music is SO important. Sure you can learn to play by ear and just copy songs from youtube tutorials, but this will severely limit how far you can go in piano. You might have a couple of quick wins, but then you will hit a plateau and not be able to progress further.
There are exceptions to every rule with this. I’m sure you could google right now some amazing people who play solely by ear, but for the vast majority of the population it is a limiting way to learn...
I just thought I’d get personal with you and tell you something that most people DON’T know about me.
The truth is I used to not enjoy teaching piano. There was no materials that made it easy to teach. Nothing showed what to teach or when and how to teach it.
So what changed?
I created my course that made teaching easy and immediately I began absolutely loving teaching my students.
Not long after that I began teaching my own children piano and the clouds parted and the angels...
I’ve been getting a bunch of questions from people so I thought I would lay them all out for you here in one email
I want to share a quick story with you.
It’s about WHY I do what I do, and why I’d like to help YOU learn to teach your child piano.
I am naturally a very quiet person and used to struggle with being insecure at times.
However, the confidence that I have gained over my years of instruction has been invaluable. It has helped a shy little girl come out of her shell and have confidence.
It has helped in times of sadness or in times of joy to have an outlet to express...
I wanted to take a second and give you a glimpse into who I am, because you might be able to relate to my story.
I’m a homeschool mom to 8 kids.
I’ve been married for 21 years.
I’ve played classical piano for 35 years
I’ve taught music for 25 years to over 400 students.
Though I’m so grateful for all the Lord has blessed me with, I have to be honest:
Most days I feel like a total mess.
Of my 8 kids, 3 are adopted. I love those kids more...
I'm a wife, mom, homeschooler, and piano teacher based in Florida.
Music has always been a huge passion in my life. I started playing piano when I was 4 and eventually led me to go to Florida State University College of Music with a concentration in piano.
Many years ago, a mentor asked me what my dream was. I told them that I wanted to impact people through music and educate as many people as I could to pursue their dream with music.
So, I set out on that journey.
It’s a lot easier than it sounds. If your child wants to learn to play one of the first things they should do is learn the keys on the piano.
Don’t use those stickers that tell you the keys. It is a huge handicap for kids that learn with stickers on the keys.
If you already have them on your piano/keyboard go ahead and take them off… Right now.
Ok, now that you’re back here is how to teach them the notes on the piano the right way :-)
Step 1: Have them identify the...
Imagine your child 1 year from today playing piano! What greater gift can you give your child than the gift of music!