“How early do you recommend starting piano lessons? 3 years old? Kindergarten?” Music teachers hear this question over and over. It’s normally asked by parents who have just journeyed through the transformation of baby stages to toddlers and on to the brink of school days. A grandparent buys a toy piano as a Christmas gift, […]
Should You Become a Collaborative Pianist or Accompanist?
For pianists, working as a collaborative pianist can be a well-paying and flexible job option. Accompanying gives you the opportunity to experience various performance settings without being front and center. Apart from the experience, collaborating can become a successful career or side-hustle. Before deciding to jump into accompanying, here are a few things to consider. […]
How To Play The Piano Faster and More Accurately
Every pianist wants to play fast, but it takes a tremendous amount of discipline to reach that point. Or, more accurately, it takes a tremendous amount of discipline to play the piano fast and well. You must play evenly, with dynamics, with correct hand position, and more, so here are few practice techniques to keep […]
Can Learning Music Help Your Child Read Better?
When you get your child into music, you likely do it for one of several reasons. You might have been a musician or participated in music programs in school. Your child might want to follow in your footsteps and play your instrument, or you might regret not learning an instrument—therefore, you want your kid to […]
The Best Classical Piano Music For Beginner Pianists
Learning to play the piano should be fun, but practicing gets boring if you do not have variety in your repertoire. Because of this, you should look for a way to move past method books or supplement your practice. Teachers often mix in “real” classical pieces to keep their students interested. Parents might wonder if […]
How do You Practice Arpeggios on the Piano?
Arpeggios – they can be the bane of a musician’s existence. Yes, ask us to play scales, and we will play them with verve and confidence because we’ve been playing them our whole lives. Ask us to play arpeggios, and you will likely get a different response. But how do you practice arpeggios in a […]
Is Learning The Piano Harder For Adults Than Children?
Learning to play the piano and signing up for piano lessons in West Chester is a great idea for kids and adults. However, adults might feel like learning to play the piano is too difficult, it is too late, or they just do not have the neuroplasticity required to learn an instrument or to read music. This could not be further from the truth. Is it harder for adults to learn to play piano? Yes and no – and there are a few things you must consider. You might want to learn during your retirement, learn as a pastime, or learn because you are a musician who never had time to try piano in the past. Read through each step and remember that anyone can learn to play if they are determined and disciplined.
How Long Does It Take To Learn The Piano?
When you sign up for piano lessons in West Chester, PA or even just consider it, you might ask yourself how long it will take to learn the piano. Everyone is different, and every player starts at a different place because of their previous knowledge, age, and goals. As you read through this blog, remember […]
How Do You Play Scales Evenly On The Piano?
The piano is a beautiful instrument, and it’s popularity is no surprise. But it’s only beautiful if you focus on the fundamentals, and whether you’re just starting piano lessons in West Chester, PA or have been playing for years, knowing and practicing your scales is vital. If you’re looking for tips to play the scales […]
Where To Buy a Piano in West Chester, PA
Are you interested in buying your first acoustic piano, are you trying to upgrade, or do you need to try out different digital pianos to find the right fit? I teach West Chester, PA piano lessons, so I’m often asked about where students should buy a piano – this blog serves as a bit of […]