Practice Challenge

Are you ready?  This is the last week of the practice challenge.  Get those hats filled in for every time that you practice to win the challenge.  You’ve still got a week left to add some extra practice time to your total.

Winners will be announced during the Christmas Holiday!  Let’s get on that instrument or listen to lesson book CD’s.  Let’s win!!

 

Music Notation Give Away

 Imagine composing your own music and being able to see the written version.  There are many software programs that will give you the tools to do just that!  Forte Notation is one of those programs that are easy to use.  And they are temporarily having a free Give Way of the basic App.

Usually FORTE Basic is $ 24, but until September 14 you can download it for FREE. No strings attached whatsoever.  Download here– Forte Notation Software and start writing your own scores today!

Digital Sheet Music

What is better than having instant access to the music that you want to play?  I love the accessibility of the digital download sites.  You have instant downloads – and – you can load it on your tablet to use during lessons.  This is great for sight reading exercises, but also when trying to find new repertoire for a student who just doesn’t know what they want to study!  This is a link to one of the sites that I use.  They have a lot of “freebie” things and you can earn points towards future purchases.  It’s a win win music site!

Chopin

It’s the month of the famous piano composer’s birthday!  Check out this site’s great resources for Chopin’s music. They have so much interesting information gathered in one spot – and it changes every month!

Music as Medicine

“Music boosts the body’s immune system and is more effective than prescription drugs in reducing anxiety before a surgery…  “I think the promise of music as medicine is that it’s natural and it’s cheap and it doesn’t have the unwanted side effects that many pharmaceutical products do,” said Daniel Levitin” Read more of this interesting article HERE

Recipe for Success: The first 6 months of piano lessons

1. Timetable practice into your daily schedule

2. Sit down once a week with your child for an intensive practice session together

3. Lavish praise and encouragement

4. Use bribes 🙂

View the complete article for more ideas- Diary of a Piano Mama

Diary of a Piano Mama

1. Timetable practice into your daily schedule
Seriously.

Nothing but nothing but nothing (but nothing) will replace actual time spent on the piano, each day.

With any luck your child will have a lovely time spending 30 mins each week with a piano teacher – piano teachers are notoriously lovely people, after all. If you have chosen the right piano teacher who chooses the right piano method for your child, your child is bound to have fun and look forward to going along to lessons each week.

Any student is likely to be able to move along and progress through a method book just by playing once or twice each week – it’s not rocket science, after all.

However, no one is born with “piano hands.” And prodigy is developed and nurtured – not some kind of divine blessing.

If you have decided to make the investment in piano lessons…

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