Certificate of Merit year 2019 results

Congratulations to CM2019 students! CM2019 results - CMTop5Scholarship receiver - Zara, Casey, Tannush, Jade, Mia (will start July 2019) Last year was - Zara, Sara, Zane, Abhi, Leah (will discontinue July 2019) Special Congratulations to Ayushi, Jared and Jade for completing CM Level 10 (Advanced). It is not easy!!! Thank you for being dedicated students! State Honor for Ayushi Casey Jade Mei Mia Shyanne Tannush Teddy Zara Branch Honor for Mia and Jade Advanced Medallion - Jade Hi Teacher Sue, Joyce and I believe that if it’s not for you, we don’t think Jade can reach this accomplishment.  This is why we know Mei will be the same. So, thank you for your dedication and hard work. It takes a special kind of person to do what you do and our family is blessed to find your business card in 99 ranch more than a decade ago. As discussed, we will have Jade continue on with Piano.  Joyce and I are also think

Prepare for Annual Recital

Piano recitals are a valuable tool for helping piano students to achieve their musical dreams. Too frequently, however, parents mistakenly believe their child's upcoming piano recital is some kind of an initiation test, and sadly project this attitude to their children. But nothing could be further from the truth. Here is the real truth about piano recitals parents need to know. Piano recitals helps children succeed in piano, because they establish a goal that gives students power and direction. What would it be like if your child could walk up to the recital piano and play their best simply because they know they can? Of course it would be wonderful! So why not let them? Here is the most common explanation parents give for not wanting their children to participate in piano recitals, and an alternative to this perspective. "I'm afraid my child will be embarrassed if they don't perform well." Okay, so you're afraid. That's understandable, but is it


The advantages of taking summer lessons: Students are not in school, and there is more time to practice on the piano.  If summer break is only 2 months long, the improvement in skills on the piano should feel like 4 months. No worry about skill atrophy. The disadvantages of taking summer vacation: Skill atrophy during the summer.  Students typically fall behind by about a month from where they left off at the beginning of the summer.  Your teacher has to start from materials learned in May and slowly review them. The teacher will try very hard to bring the student back to their previous level of proficiency, but the experience will be frustrating for students.  The teacher has to help the student stumble through things that they used to play with ease, having to re-teach old things without demoralizing the student. Your piano progress will be 6 months behind those who stay for lessons during the summer months.  Those who stay are “+4”, those who take vacation are “-2”, so, a

How can I tell if my child has musical talent?

1.) Definition of "talent" Merriam-Webster defines talent as "the abilities, powers, and gifts bestowed upon man (natural endowments), thought of as divine trait". For example, Mozart evidenced amazing talent at the age of six; his ability to plan and compose sophisticated pieces was quite miraculous, and he was exhibited all over Europe as a child prodigy! This kind of musical talent is given to precious few. Special talent (innate ability) such as this is, in all probability, an inherited trait. To what extent, however, is not known. 2.) Talent is hard to assess and measure, even between piano teacher themselves has different opinions For children with no previous musical training, talent is almost impossible to assess. Indeed, few authorities can agree on what talent is, every piano teacher has their own opinions. The average child may not evidence a natural ability for the piano up to this point. You may exclaim, "That is for sure, our child is no Mozart!&q

By Products of taking piano lessons

The vast majority of my students won't go on to become professional musicians in any sense of the word (teaching, performing, composing, etc.) but will not only become adults that will hopefully have an outlet for stress be being able to play piano in leisure time. In piano lessons, they learn...... -They learn the skills necessary to have discipline to see a project through to the end -They learn important problem-solving skills and the use of  creativity  in effective problem-solving skills, a skill necessary for a successful leader -They get the undivided, one-on-one attention of a caring adult for 30 or 45 minutes per week. While it's not much, it's something that kids really appreciate. No matter the age, students some to me and sometimes they just need to talk about whatever is on their mind. I let them, listen, and respond. And then once they vent they are able to concentrate on the music and leave the studio feeling refreshed. -They learn how to act under pressu

How important is a good beginning piano teacher?

Adapted from "A Parent's Guide to Piano Lessons" by James W. Bastien, page 20 A first grade teacher has most of the responsibility for teaching your child to read.  Much of what a child is able to accomplish in school is depended on how well he can read . Thus, the teaching of correct beginning reading habits is very important. Likewise, a "beginning" piano teacher must impart all basic music information to your child, such as beginning technical skills, notation, rhythm, and sight-reading habits. Much of what your child will be able to accomplish in music will be based on a solid foundation in beginning fundamentals. In most cases the beginning years are critical, because first impressions, good or bad, persist. Don't be misled into judging teachers by the  level  of students they teach.  For example, a university professor who teaches advanced college students is often thought to be better than a teacher who specializes in working with beginners. This de

Who is the Boss?

This article is written by Janet  Behning If you want to read the whole book, please support her at her website with only $7.00 to buy the book. Thank you! CHAPTER 5 Who’s The Boss? I often have parents tell me that they have trouble getting their children to practice and I find that I must be polite and simply give them tips on encouraging their children. But my gut reaction to their dilemma is to simply say, “Who’s the boss?” Does your child run your house? Does your child have a choice about going to school? Do you let them neglect their homework? Do you substitute lollipops for vegetables? Most parents’ immediate reaction to these questions will be no. Why then would you let your child decide not to practice their piano lesson? Set down the ground rules from the beginning - piano practice is not an option. If they want to take piano lessons they will practice, no ifs, ands or buts. You are paying a lot of mone