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Interstate Piano Moving

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Part of my moving adventure has been figuring out how to get my Baby Grand from Southern California to our new home in Kansas.

So just in case anyone will need this in the future, here are the few piano movers I was referred to by the local piano technician in our new town who are in fact able to move instruments across state lines. One thing to keep in mind is that because they are interstate piano movers, you have to be flexible with your schedule to accommodate pick-up & delivery when they are in your area. 


Modern Piano Movers

Walters Piano Transport

Keyboard Carriage
Note that Keyboard Carriage will only ship between commercial locations. 

After getting some qutoes & looking at reviews, I decided to go with Modern Piano Movers. I wanted someone who would be able to pick up & deliver to a residential. And while their quote was a little higher than Walters, the reviews were glowing! 

Update: My piano arrived in great shape. They packaged it well, and were capable, friendl…

On My Way!

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We had our final recital as Dawn's Piano in Pasadena yesterday. It was an absolutely moving & terrific show. Thank you to all the performers who participated in our grand finale, and gave us all a good send-off to wherever our next stop may be. Be fore-warned, this post is going to be a little nostalgic.

As I prepare to start driving to Kansas, I know it will be a big adjustment for a city girl like me, and I remember each of the relationships built in SoCal with care, especially my piano families. I remember the students who've overcome stage fright, the ones who are fearless, the ones who have been with me for 10+ years and the ones I just started teaching in the past year. The ones who love getting brag photos taken at every accomplishment, and the ones who laugh and say no thanks to photos. The ones who practice diligently, and the ones who just play whenever they remember to, just for the joy of playing. You are all musicians in your own right. You all have your own st…

Broken Arms & Sprained Wrists

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Injuries happen, especially to kids. Bumps & bruises, broken arms, sprained wrists & jammed fingers are all a part of life. They also make it hard to play the piano, or do they? 

This post is all about why I continue lessons even when a student has an injury preventing one hand from being able to play. You are probably wondering, but how can a student still benefit from lessons if they can only play with one hand? 

Lots of ways! We cover so much in lessons besides 2-handed coordination. Music education has so many aspects that it is actually easy to find elements that we can re-direct focus to. Here are just some of the things we can continue to progress in:
Sight Reading - All piano students should be practicing sight reading regularly. Most do it intermittently, or only when the teacher tells them to in lessons. Using this time to improve on a student's sight reading skills can be so beneficial!One-Handed Solos & Technic - Did you know that there's a lot of one-han…

Setting up for Online Lessons

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Online lessons will be provided for long distance students, when there is Inclement Weather, or when a student is contagious but feeling well enough to take a lesson. If you are unable to make your normal lesson time, I will use your slot to record a video lesson for you with some new assignments, or you are invited to attend the monthly Group Class. 

So for online lessons, here's what you need to know for your set up so lessons will run smoothly. FaceTime: Use an iPad, Mac or iPhone. (Larger screens are better!) Text me your number or email address used for FaceTime. Skype: Make sure Skype is downloaded onto your preferred device. Text me your username. Add dawnspiano to your contacts list. Google Hangouts: Log into your Gmail account & make sure that your status is active. Text me your Gmail address. Add dawnivers.piano@gmail.com to your contacts.

Online lesson procedures.
Set up your device ahead of time. You want the teacher to be able to see your face AND hands so a side-v…

What Does My Tuition Cover?

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Thank you for considering piano lessons with Dawn's Piano! There are so many cognitive & emotional benefits of music study, I am sure that it will be an enriching experience for your student. This article is here to help you know what you can expect from me in your piano study, and all the things that your tuition covers. I adapted much of this list from Wendy Stevens' brochure on the ComposeCreate website, please feel free to check that out if you want to hear about piano tuition from someone other than me.

Most of the time when we think about the tuition for piano lessons, we account for the time taken to give the lessons, maybe a little of the teacher's education or experience, and probably not too much else. So I just wanted to let you know where your tuition really goes, beyond the teacher's take home pay:
Time in lessons - this is the obvious one.Lesson Prep - for every hour in lessons, I spend time doing prep work. Professional music journals have stated tha…