How To Teach 4-Year-Old Piano Students

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10 years ago, I would have said no to any parent wanting me to teach their 4 year old. How is that possible? Don’t they wiggle around constantly? Aren’t their brains merely capable of understanding shapes and some alphabet letters? Boy, was I wrong. I can’t take much credit at all for this. The reason I feel… Read more »

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

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by Jamey Mann Often students and professionals find themselves at a plateau that can be difficult to work out of. Just like athletes need to change up their workouts to make gains in sports, musicians need to get out of comfort zones to make gains musically. At a certain point everyone’s routine begins to get… Read more »

Teenage Piano Students Need To Find Their Musical Style

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Does anyone else out there notice their long time students starting to lose enthusiasm once they reach 12 or 13? Maybe even younger at age 11? Many teachers I speak with say the same thing. It’s a tough age. Many of those kids have been with you since they were very young. It’s really amazing,… Read more »

Be Prepared

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Be Prepared Being prepared is something that I have been taught since I was young. This was reiterated all my life by family, teachers, coaches, and scout leaders. Not only has this help me immensely in my musical career, but often in many other day to day life situations. In music as many other careers… Read more »

How To Teach While Rehearsing

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Rehearsal is an important aspect (at least it should be!) to all musicians, performers and teachers. It’s something we have spent countless hours doing throughout our careers. Whether it’s with a band, orchestra, or solo in a quiet place, it takes practice to develop good rehearsal skills. Something I ask of my students often is… Read more »

Parental Involvement

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by Jamey Mann When a child is taking music lessons the role the parent needs to play cannot be overstated. The younger the student the more important this role becomes. In the Suzuki method the parent is referred to as the home teacher. In this role the parent is taking lessons with the student; taking… Read more »

Recording For Practice and Auditions

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by Wayne Estes Just recently, I spent an entire weekend video recording and editing the videos for a few of my advanced students to submit for college auditions. We discovered a few things that I feel are worth sharing… It is never too early to start to record yourself performing and practicing with audio and… Read more »

Goal Setting For Teachers

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Now that the new school year has started, it’s time to start setting goals for yourself and your studio. So when you get a moment, sit down (or walk with your phone’s recording app open!) and reflect on last year. What were your proudest moments as a teacher? What were some situations that could have… Read more »