Episode 025: Parent Interview with Melissa Cornelison

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Melissa Cornelison is the mom of two boys who have been studying piano since they were very young children. Her family recently moved and had to transfer to a new piano teacher.  Learn about how they made a smooth transition for their boys in this episode.

How do you schedule practice at home?

Treat home practice like homework, chores, or any other responsibility.

Kyle, Melissa’s older son, practices three hours each day.  He hopes to make music part of his profession some day.  While Kaden isn’t as passionate about music as Kyle, he still practices piano 30-45 minutes daily.

What struggles have your guys overcome through piano study?

Kaden struggled with self confidence, especially with the shadow cast by his older brother’s musical talent and passion. Pursuing different music opportunities has helped him to find his own musical voice.

Mountaintop Experiences through piano study –

Kaden participated in Summer Jam through Stephen Hughes studio, Musical Accents.

Kyle was a finalist in the Dallas Piano Solo competition through his preparation with the McDonald Music Studios.

A word of advice for new piano parents:

Start little and stay consistent.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Stephanie Johnson’s Piano Studio

Stephen Hughes at Musical Accents Studio

Stephen Hughes’ Summer Jam

Alex McDonald at McDonald Music Studios

Dallas Piano Solo Competition

Texas Music Teachers Association

East Texas Music Teachers Association

Find a piano teacher in the United States through Music Teachers National Association

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