Have you ever practiced the piano and felt pain, tension or fatigue during or after your practice session? Maybe your hands or arms felt tight. Or, your neck or shoulders were sore afterwards. Perhaps your back was tired. Pain and tension are very normal body responses to any type of repetitive activity, especially when we use too much effort or or don't take into consideration how the body … [Read more...] about Playing The Piano With Ease: How To Avoid Injury and Discomfort
I’m super excited to share with you a huge project I’ve been working on for almost 1.5 years! Pianissimo is launching a brand new video tutorial library for kids called SmartKidsPiano. Think of it as the Netflix of piano tutorials, designed especially for kids! When you and your kids log in, you’ll have access to over 100 easy piano tutorials. I’ve hand picked and arranged every song so that … [Read more...] about Introducing SmartKidsPiano
It can be hard to get piano students excited about playing scales. They can be messy, confusing and complicated. But, once they start making sense, most piano students take off with their piano playing. Sight reading skills, technique, understanding of music theory and many more musical skills all start coming together when students master scales. As a piano teacher, playing scales can get … [Read more...] about 5 Ways To Learn Piano Scales
A common first question from new piano students is, “What do the pedals do?” The pedal on the right clearly changes the sound of the piano, but the other pedals might not seem to sound very different. Let's learn about the purpose of the pedals, starting with the pedal on the right. Sustain Pedal The sustain pedal, also called the damper pedal, is the pedal you will use the most at the … [Read more...] about What Do The Piano Pedals Do?
Assignment books have become a staple part of my piano studio. Each year, I create and print a new assignment book for my students to use all year long. If you're looking for an assignment book to use with your students, I want to invite you to subscribe to my email list and I'll send you a free reproducible copy of my monster-themed assignment book. Just click here to subscribe and … [Read more...] about Free Monster-Themed Piano Assignment Book
Most piano methods start out with students playing only the black keys of the piano. However, after a brief introduction to playing on the black keys, it's common to head over to the white keys and spend the next several years playing only white keys. This kind of makes sense since the key of C with no sharps or flats is the most common starting point on the piano. But, there are a lot of … [Read more...] about 5 Reasons To Learn Tons Of Black Key Piano Songs