Showing posts from March, 2018

Online Piano Lessons

Wondering about online lessons and if they are a good choice for you or your piano kid? Whether you are a complete beginner, or an intermediate student looking to refine some skills & advance your playing level, online lessons can be a great option to consider. I understand this may sound daunting to some (it sure did to me when I first heard professional peers talking about online lessons several years ago!) But not to worry! For students who would like to give this a try, I am more than happy to help you find the best camera set up for your space, get the necessary video software set up, and do trial mini sessions online so you can see how these lessons will work before you commit. So here’s what you need to know:  You will need: 1 Piano 1 motivated piano student A tablet/computer with a camera, (phones are ok in a pinch, but larger screens are better) Internet access Zoom installed on your device. Before your lesson you will:  Upload photos of

Flashnote Derby

By now you all know I'm a huge fan of gamification. So here's another great app you can use to supplement your piano student's practice time at home and grow their sight reading skills. Flash Note Derby is a race where your horse runs faster when you play the correct notes. If you get too many wrong, you may fall behind. I really like this app because it rewards careful consideration, and 'guessing' will end up hurting your chances in the game.  Another great thing is that you can customize which notes will be used, AND those customizatons can even be shared by email. This means I as the teacher can send you a preset each week with a specialized set of notes that you can practice at home. Just open the email on your device with the app, tap the link in the email, and you are good to go!  If you are able to use this app in your home practice time, please let me (or your teacher) know so we can be sure to help you get set up each week, and create presets that

Practice Challenges - In Review

It seems like we just launched our practice challenges in the fall, and already our studio year is wrapping up as we move towards recital season in the Spring! I applaud every one of my students who signed up for a practice challenge, and learned lessons in time management, consistency and perseverance. And I'll bet you noticed that when you were able to stick to a practice plan, you saw real growth and improvement. The saying goes: Practice makes progress , and we definitely proved that this year. Now, I wasn't just sitting on the sidelines cheering, I did the 100 day challenge too. Let me tell you, some days it was not easy, and there may have been a few midnight practice sessions just so I wouldn't have to start over. But I set myself the challenge too because I felt it was really important to share in this experience alongside my students. So here's how it went so far! [insert drumroll] In the 100 day challenge, congratulations to: Tyler D. Addyson D. 

Spring Recital - Save the Date!

Save the date for our next Recital!  When: Sunday, April 22nd between 1:00-5:00 pm. Showtimes available at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 & 4:00. Please confirm your preferred showtime with your teacher. Where: The recital will be held at the Pasadena Central Library at 285 E Walnut in the Donald R Wright Auditorium.  Performance opportunities are such an important part of a young musician's growth, to learn more about why we love recitals so much click here .  The library asks that we leave the library lot available for their patrons. There is free parking on weekends at he Phoenix University lot adjacent to the library lot, as well as metered street parking.   This recital will be particularly special, and bittersweet, as it will be my last teaching from Southern California. Hopefully you have all heard by now that Kevin and I have purchased a home in Kansas and will be moving there at the end of April. This doesn’t mean that lessons must end, as I wil