Piano Lessons

Classical vs. Pop: What’s the Best Way to Learn Piano?

Posted by on Jan 18, 2018 in Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | 0 comments

Classical vs. Pop: What’s the Best Way to Learn Piano?

Sometimes prospective piano parents come to us and ask what the “best” way is for their child to learn piano – classical music or pop music? Many piano teachers take only one approach or the other, and every student’s needs will be a little bit different. But here at the Piano Academy, we say . . . why not learn BOTH? Learning to play classical music is definitely different than learning to play pop songs, but each style can teach a piano student some great things! Here are some of the concepts you could learn from each type of music – no matter what type of...

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SMART Musical Goals

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Our Conservatory Community, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons, Private Music Lessons, Uncategorized | 0 comments

SMART Musical Goals

What is the number one most commonly discussed subject this time of year? Goal setting! People are making goals to eat less, read more, increase their organization and decrease their debt. Hopefully, all of our students are thinking about what they want to accomplish in their piano studies this year. Goal setting is important for youth because it gives them something to work for as well as a sense of confidence when they reach what they set out to do!i We want 2018 to be a year of focus and progress for everyone! However, goal-setting and goal-keeping can be kind of tricky, particularly for...

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Piano Events Coming Up at UPC

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Events, Our Conservatory Community, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | 0 comments

Piano Events Coming Up at UPC

We’ve got lots of piano events coming up in the next couple of months at Piano Academy! Here’s what you can put on your calendar (*events with an asterisk are for Honors Piano Academy students – click here to learn more): January 2-31: 30-Day Sight Reading Challenge (click here for more info) January 9: Piano Tutor Training, 7 PM January 20: Honors Masterclass, 10:30 AM (all students/parents welcome to observe – more info coming soon) *Every Friday-Saturday in February: NFMC Jr. Festival Performance Evaluations (schedule a slot on one of the weekends with your solo...

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Christmas Music from Piano Academy

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in Events, Our Conservatory Community, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | Comments Off on Christmas Music from Piano Academy

Christmas Music from Piano Academy

For as long as I can remember, the rule in my house growing up was that Christmas decorations went up the day after Thanksgiving. While some of us kids got grumpy about it once in a while (sorry, Mom), we all helped to put together the Christmas tree, add lights and ornaments, and place other various decorations around the house. But the thing that always came out of the box first was the Christmas music! It didn’t feel like Christmas until we were dancing and singing to “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree.” Although I haven’t been home for the decorating part for...

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Practice Competition 2018: 30-Day Sight-Reading Challenge

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017 in Events, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | Comments Off on Practice Competition 2018: 30-Day Sight-Reading Challenge

Practice Competition 2018: 30-Day Sight-Reading Challenge

Every so often at the Piano Academy, we have some kind of practice-focused event (like our PianOlympics or this practice competition) to help keep practicing fun and engaging for our piano students. This year’s event will come in the form of a sight-reading challenge! For the month of January, students are encouraged to take the SASR as many times as possible. (Not familiar with the SASR? It’s one of the tools in the software we use at piano lessons called Piano Marvel. You can watch this intro video to get a feel for how it works.) Students can take the test both during weekly...

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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 | Comments Off on Thank Goodness for Piano Lessons!

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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