PPP079: Hear Music, Play Music, Read Music

PPP079: Hear Music, Play Music, Read Music

Podcast, Practicing and Motivation
Hear Music, Play Music, Read Music I was reading this article on Psychology Today about whether music is a universal language or not. Here is the checklist I found at the National Institute of Health. You can compare your young child's development with the typical progression of skills. Music is a language in the sense that it helps convey emotions by changing pitch, rhythm, and tempo.  Like any language, it can be learned by hearing and experiencing before it is read or written. Piano lessons often get this progression backward. We, teachers, tend to gravitate toward reading music, using books. Here is the episode I mentioned, Episode 075: Piano Doodling. Tips for Supplementing Hearing and Playing Music Listen to music in the car Sing in the car Listen to Episode 010:…
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PPP076: Helping Your Child Deal with Anxiety

PPP076: Helping Your Child Deal with Anxiety

Podcast, Practicing and Motivation
How can you help your child when they are dealing with anxiety, particularly performance anxiety? Part of the learning experience for musicians is performing before an audience. We might sign our piano kid up for a piano recital, playing for grandparents, a piano audition or festival, a talent show at school or even playing for church. Anytime there is a performance opportunity, it stands to reason that your child will be a little anxious. In fact, public speaking or performing is one of the top fears for most adults. You can read more about this in this article. As parents, how do we know how far to push our children? Are we asking them to do more than they are capable of doing? How do we strike a balance between pushing…
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PPP075: Piano Doodling can be more beneficial than you might think

PPP075: Piano Doodling can be more beneficial than you might think

Podcast, Practicing and Motivation
[caption id="attachment_1133" align="alignleft" width="800"] #pianodoodles[/caption] Giving your child freedom to doodle at the piano is more beneficial than you might think The next time you hear your piano kid creating and improvising on the piano keys consider giving them more time to do that before you redirect them back to their assigned pieces. Creativity & Discovery Learning to read a piece of music begins externally. Creating sounds on the piano begins internally. Stumble upon familiar melodies and play pieces by ear - melodies at first and then harmonies to go along with the melody. Create your own fun and you'll never be bored Improvement Listening - creating original sounds at the piano helps your piano kid develop a stronger sense of listening Hand efficiency - students learn to use their hands…
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PPP074: Music Makes Beautiful Children

PPP074: Music Makes Beautiful Children

Podcast, Practicing and Motivation
  Welcome back and Happy New Year 2018! This is the time of year when we evaluate our lives and see where there is room for improvement. It is also a great time to set goals or set a new determination to reach goals we've already set. My goal for my children as they grow and mature and become independent adults is for them to be happy, healthy, and contributing members of society. Learning to play the piano and make music was a big factor in achieving that goal. (more…)
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PPP071: Is There Hope for Your Non-practicing Piano Kid? Piano Teacher, Nicola Cantan, says Yes!

PPP071: Is There Hope for Your Non-practicing Piano Kid? Piano Teacher, Nicola Cantan, says Yes!

Podcast, Teacher Interviews
Is there hope for your non-practicing piano kid? Are they going through a season of no motivation to practice? Are they needing some new music that they are passionate about learning? Nicola Cantan shares the value of great music and encouraging parents in today's show. Nicola Cantan is a piano teacher from Dublin, Ireland. Nicola readily admits that there was a time in her younger years as a piano student that she didn't practice as much as she should have. This should be music to the ears of piano parents with children who are struggling to get to the piano. Help them get through this season and spur them on with engaging music and positive feedback. In addition to being a passionate piano teacher, Nicola is also a blogger who…
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