How to Combat Imposter Syndrome For Crazy Good Recitals

Beware Of The Fraud Police  Did you ever have the feeling that even though you are achieving your goals, perhaps you have gone further than you should have?  That at some moment in the very near future you are going to be found out?  That the “fraud police” would come knocking and expose you for…

How to sing and perform better with spirit

“I almost never listen to music for my own enjoyment…” This is a quote from a music teacher posting in a forum for music teachers.  There was a consensus among the hundreds of posters that they were just too burnt out from playing, singing and teaching all day, more music was just too much after…

How to make music practice effective – it can change your life

Men Wearing Makeup Playing Loud Guitars When I was 12, I discovered something so fantastic, larger-than-life, and electrifying! It was the rock band KISS. It was colorful, loud, and crazy. But maybe even more, my parents hated it! All of a sudden, everything else faded away and I wanted to be one of these super-hero-like…

Seinfeld’s Simple Technique Is How To Practice Music

“My child loves the lessons but just doesn’t want to practice.”   It’s probably the number one challenge of every music teacher, parent, and music student:  how to make practice part of a daily routine. For young preschoolers, this is something that has to be taught and externally monitored by the parent.  It’s highly unusual…

How Do I Get My Students To Practice?

“I didn’t have time to practice!” “Really?” “What happened?”   Choose one of the following: “Well my aunt came to visit and…” “We went to Zimbabwe and we brought the keyboard, but we forgot the books…” “The elephants in Thailand are amazing…” “We just moved and can’t find my books yet.” “The keyboard broke and my…

Why Every Child Should Learn Music With Tips, Strategies and Resources

We had a lovely Parents Curriculum Meeting this morning. It was wonderful to see so many of you.  Here’s a summary of what we covered. The Benefits of Music Lessons My philosophy of teaching music is to impart an enjoyment, appreciation and ability to create and perform music while having fun. I don’t expect all…

Why Daily Practice For Piano Is So Important And Some Tips

When learning any new skill or endeavor, creating a rhythm of daily practice is the most important.  Why?  By having the same pattern everyday, you create a habit and that’s hard to break – even when you don’t feel like it.  Think about brushing your teeth.  Because you started this routine every morning since you…

Top 10 Practice Tips for Young Piano Students

Location! Location! Location!  – put the keyboard or piano in a central part of your home where everyone spends most of their time.  You will be amazed at how your child will want to show you what they’ve learned!  Family concerts and impromptu practice is still practice and time enjoying the instrument.  So many times…

10 Tips For Parents To Help Their Children Learn Music

Many parents have expressed their frustration at getting their child to practice their musical instrument.  Here’s some tips to help. Re-frame the notion of practice from chore to a fun activity or even a reward.  Don’t force them to practice, it will only drive them away from it. Place the piano in a central part…