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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PPP070: Ten Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Piano Teacher

PPP070: Ten Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Piano Teacher

Podcast, Tenth Episode List
[caption id="attachment_1048" align="alignnone" width="410"] Infographic designed by Dawn Ivers[/caption] 'Tis the season for gift giving and letting your teacher know how much you appreciate the influence they are having on your child's life.  On this 70th episode of the Piano Parent Podcast, I will share with you some of my favorite Christmas gifts and why some piano teacher might prefer something else. (more…)
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PPP068: When it Comes to Piano Practicing, the Best Defense is a Good Offense

PPP068: When it Comes to Piano Practicing, the Best Defense is a Good Offense

Podcast, Practicing and Motivation
Newsflash: Parenting is hard Piano Parenting doesn't make things easier. When it comes to piano practicing, a good piano parent is prepared when their piano kid puts up an argument. The next time your piano kid tries to get out of piano practice, give these offensive maneuvers a try. State the Facts Because you've listened to past episodes, you know that it's best to schedule piano practice ahead of time. When practice time rolls around, simply tell your piano kid, "It's time to practice." There is no need for argument, no need to negotiate. Expect them to push back and try to get you to wait until later. Don't fall for it. You know that "later" will only bring more complaints and stalling. Do the practicing now and enjoy other activities…
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PPP066: Major and Minor – The Powerful Effect Music has on Our Emotions

PPP066: Major and Minor – The Powerful Effect Music has on Our Emotions

Music Theory, Podcast
Music is everywhere and it has a powerful affect on our emotions This time of year, unusual sounding music is all over shopping malls, television shows, and even commercials. Those sounds can be frightening for young children. While I am not a child psychologist, I do want to share, mom to mom, some of my experiences working with children and music. Parents are the filter for their children First of all, you must decide what types of music you allow your child to hear. Protect them from sounds and lyrics that will be too frightening for them. Even when you share music that you feel is safe for your child to hear, they may still shudder at eerie and unusual sounds. They will take their cues from you. If you…
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