A little about me

Uncategorized Aug 04, 2020

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.

In 1996...

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Teach your kids the notes on the piano in 4 easy steps!

 

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...

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We finally got our saddle fixed

 

My oldest girl, liz, loves her horse. But her horse is lazy and would get mad anytime she’d ride it and would throw her off.

Literally. Everyday. For 3 moths. Liz was thrown to the ground.

Today Liz rode for the first time without being thrown!

It’s just like piano. Sometimes it’s hard to play, a song seems impossible to learn, it’s boring to practice. Don’t give up on those times! Stick with it; the end result is so worth it!

What made today different for Liz?...

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Why We Give Our Kids Piano Lessons

Why do we give our kids piano lesson? Is it so that they will play like Bethoveen and Bach? Wow, that would be awesome if that was the result, and it CAN be the result. Realistically though most kids won’t achieve that level of success. So then why lesson?

We give lessons to our kids for 4 reason.

The first reason is it is gives them a lifelong hobby. I love sports. They are so much fun and they teach so many good character traits like good sportsmanship and team building. However, I...

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Groups of 2 and 3 black notes

black notes piano lessons Jul 09, 2020
 

The first step in figuring out the notes on the piano is to understand the black notes. The black notes are separated into two different groups. Groups of 3 black notes and groups of 2 blacks notes. Those 2 groups alternate back and forth. When you look at the piano you will see a group of 3, 2, 3, 2, 3 etc. Take a moment and see if you can see the groups of 2 or 3 black notes on the piano. 

EXERCISE 1:

Now try and play, with curved fingers, all of the groups of 2 black notes...

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Welcome to Parker Music Academy

 

Have you wanted your child to take piano lessons, but couldn’t? Maybe the weekly cost was too much, or maybe there was no time in the schedule for another commitment. 

Whatever your reason for postponing lessons, it is time to put the reasons aside and start today. 

There is a false idea that in order for your child to learn to play piano you must pay hundreds of dollars each month for private instruction and piano materials. Granted, once a student reaches a certain...

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