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Thank Goodness for Piano Lessons!

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Faculty, Our Conservatory Community, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons, Virtues for Virtuosos | 0 comments

Thank Goodness for Piano Lessons!

  by McKenna Rammell, Assistant Director This month during piano lessons, our ‘ Virtue for Virtuosos is GRATITUDE. This virtue is a perfect one to focus on this month because of Thanksgiving! People naturally are thinking of what they are grateful for. My thoughts go to why I am grateful for piano lessons. A frequent question I get asked when I say I play the piano is, “Have you played all your life?” I probably started when I was 7 or 8, and had lessons off and on until college. In response, many people say, “I wish I had taken piano lessons.” I often...

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Student Savers: Ideas for When Your Child Wants to Quit

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | 0 comments

Student Savers: Ideas for When Your Child Wants to Quit

Let’s face it, every piano student has their ups and downs. As with anything worth doing, learning to play the piano can be downright difficult and it’s highly unlikely that your child will ALWAYS jump at the chance to get their practicing done. So what do you do when your child comes to you and asks to quit piano lessons? Before throwing in the towel, try a few of these ideas to help your child find their love of music again. First of all, involve your child’s piano teacher! Whether or not the teacher is aware that your child isn’t loving piano anymore, they will be...

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Gathering Families Around the Piano

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in Larson Family, Musical Moments, Our Conservatory Community, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | 0 comments

Gathering Families Around the Piano

As a follow up to our earlier blog post from this week, we wanted to share this family musical experience! One way to have positive family musical experiences is to gather as a family around a piano. The Larson family shared this endearing video with us this week of their family gathering around a piano to sing together! There are lots of ways to facilitate family musical experiences! An article we found this week listed at least five: Family Karaoke: Whether at a fun Karaoke place or in your home, doing Karoake is fun! It can be nerve-racking at first to sing in front of people, but once...

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Compliment Cards: A New Piano Recital Tradition

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Events, Our Conservatory Community, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Compliment Cards: A New Piano Recital Tradition

Recitals last weekend were SO much fun! We had almost 70 students perform, as well as several of our piano teachers. We heard lots of amazing performances – but today we want to share something we did a little differently this time around: compliment cards! We got this idea from a fellow teacher (click here to read her original post) and had so much fun with it. The idea is for each students and parent to write a quick note or two to other performers at the recital sharing what they liked about their piece or performance. We had each student write to the person who played before them;...

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The High Scorer at Today’s Piano Lesson 

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in Larson Family, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | 0 comments

The High Scorer at Today’s Piano Lesson 

Brigham scored 550 on the SASR today during piano lessons! The SASR, short for Standard Assessment of Sight Reading, is one of the many features students use on Piano Marvel at Piano Academy. Piano Marvel is an application that uses a computer or iPad, and a digital piano to aid in learning the piano. Students get instant feedback on how correctly they played notes and rhythms, as well as tests their ability to play with a metronome (Set up Piano Marvel in your home). Many of our students have used the sight reading assessment on Piano Marvel at piano lessons. The SASR, which can take around...

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Congrats to Jo-Jo on Completing Piano Safari Book One!

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in Larson Family, Our Conservatory Community, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | 0 comments

Congrats to Jo-Jo on Completing Piano Safari Book One!

This week was a big one for Jo-Jo – he completed his LAST piece in the first Piano Safari book! Jo-Jo has been working on this book as part of the Preschool Piano Academy curriculum for a little over a year, and had to learn and perfect almost 80 pieces to complete it! Check out Jo-Jo’s happy moment: We love the Piano Safari books for so many reasons! Here are some of our favorite features: Students learn both by rote (by ear/example) and by reading, so they develop both skills simultaneously. Because of those rote pieces, students are able to play music much harder than what...

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