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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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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PPP065: A Chat with Note Rush App Developer, Thomas Grayston

PPP065: A Chat with Note Rush App Developer, Thomas Grayston

Motivation, Podcast, Practicing and Motivation, Staff, Technology
[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignleft" width="660"] Graphic created by Dawn Ivers[/caption] Thomas Grayston is a software developer from Tasmania, Australia. He has produced an excellent app to help piano students learn to associate notes on the staff with specific keys on the piano. Tell us a bit about your background. Are you a musician or a teacher? Thomas plays piano and was a music director for church. His wife, Kylie, teaches piano and Thomas helps in her studio from time to time. (more…)
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PPP063: PIANOVEMBER Practice Challenge

PPP063: PIANOVEMBER Practice Challenge

Podcast, Practice Challenge, Practicing and Motivation
#3020 September Practice Challenge Recap Before I jump into our next piano practice challenge, I wanted to share the ups and downs of the September Practice Challenge. Ups: There was a lot of positive feedback from parents and teachers alike. I received wonderful videos and photos of students working toward their practice goals. 27% of my own students met the challenge with success! I even met the challenge myself!! (I wouldn't have if I hadn't taken time to plan my practices and put them on my schedule.) Downs: Several of my students not only missed the goal of 20 days practice, they hardly practiced 10 days for the whole month. No wonder they're not progressing like they could. Some students were traveling and had other family outings that made getting all their…
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