As a piano teacher, a big part of my job is to coach my students and their parents on how to make the most of their practice time at home. I think most people understand that it's their job to go home and play their music in between lessons. This is a really good start, but it turns out that practicing music is a multi-faceted activity. Yes, playing music is the goal. But, there's a … [Read more...] about Peeling Away The Piano Practice Layers
I've recently had some deliveries of new music to try out in my studio and I wanted to highlight some of the recent additions to my teaching repertoire. Play Mormon Hymns I ordered all 3 books in this series. I have quite a few mormon students and they all like to work on hymns. I've come to really enjoy teaching their collection of hymns, but pedagogically, there can be some challenges … [Read more...] about New Music Finds This Month
Piano Practice Pads are an awesome tool to have in your studio and for your students to have access to at home. Students instantly feel comfortable using them because there is no risk of playing a wrong note. They can work with a keyboard kinesthetically without the worry of if they are right or wrong. And, they are small and light, so they are so easy to pull out and use in almost any situation … [Read more...] about 15 Ways To Use Piano Practice Pads
Happy Holidays from Pianissimo! I want to share with you some adorable holiday greeting cards that are perfect for music students, music fans, or just for you to add your own personality as you spread holiday cheer. Just enter your email address below and I'll email the cards straight to your inbox. You'll get 3 designs and each design can print as a foldable card or a postcard. I've … [Read more...] about A Christmas Gift For YOU!
I've challenged my students to practice piano everyday over Christmas break with our #28daysofpianopractice incentive. I know a lot of students really need the break, and honestly, the holidays are kind a distracting time of year. With this in mind, I've told my students that it's ok if their practicing over Christmas break doesn't necessarily look the same as their practicing during the rest … [Read more...] about 30 Ways To Practice Piano Over Christmas Break
Do you have a piano student or piano fan you're shopping for this holiday season? I've come up with a list of gifts that are perfect for any piano-loving person in your life! Keyboard If Santa is going big this year, pianos and keyboards are such fun gifts that keep on giving. I highly recommend the Yamaha P115. (I have 2 in my studio and tons of my students have this keyboard.) This is the … [Read more...] about Christmas Gifts For Piano Fans