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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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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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