Music Advocacy

Every child should receive some form of education on a musical instrument of his or her choice. Piano remains the most popular choice, but there are many other instruments that can provide the same educational benefits.

This section of the blog lists links related to the importance of music education.

Talking about Family Music Curriculum

Piano teachers can help parents by introducing the idea of the family music curriculum. Talk about it with parents.

A Piano Tuner is A Music Educator

I cannot imagine how many different kinds of music educators are out there working to help people discover music, but I am guessing that most people would not immediately consider a piano tuner as a music educator.

Ten Famous Rules Ninety-four Years After

This list was compiled in 1909 by The Etude, “a monthly journal for the musician, the music student, and all music lovers.”

Ten Things to Teach Your Piano Students

I often have an opportunity to show young piano students how their piano works. The range of topics I present to children is fairly broad and largely based on what I think will inspire them. In retrospect though it really surprises me what they have not yet been taught.

How to Recommend a Piano (for Piano Teachers)

Sure, you are a piano teacher, which means the parents of your young students expect you to know EVERYTHING about pianos. Let me help you.

We Are All Teachers

During a scheduled maintenance and tuning, I was able to learn from my client that she had always wanted to learn how to play the piano. She was born in China and told me a story of how the Revolutionaries had entered her parent’s home and had destroyed the piano as part of the “cultural revolution” of Mao Zedong.

Teaching: If Not Reason, Then Use a Big Stick.

There is something about me which motivates me to play. I do not understand it, nor will I ever understand it. At age thirty I was very aware that I lacked a tremendous amount of skill simple because I had not enjoyed the pleasure of taking piano lessons.

Teaching: Temperament in Piano Students

I think most trained teachers already know the answer because the knowledge gained from years of research into type-testing has long influenced the design of curricula, the presentation of materials, and all other aspects of teaching. The first kernel of truth is that different types of students learn in different ways. The second addresses the need to use different approaches to material for different types of students.

Why Do Children Drop Out of Piano Lessons?

Pianos sit idle in homes all across America because most students stop playing. Why? What can teachers do to keep students engaged in playing piano?

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