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Parents face countless challenges day in and day out.   We all know them-- juggling the schedule, preparing food, paying the bills, getting the kids dressed for school, etc. You would think (or rather, hope) that getting the kids to practice the piano would not be the hardest part of the day.  Quite often, it is something that becomes so challenging for parents that their kids end up dropping their piano education. A PBS articl...

A growing trend—and one that we love to see—is more and more adults taking up the piano.  In some instances, they are revisiting the music playing of their youth.  In other instances this is an entirely brand new hobby.  Either way, it’s a wonderful hobby to pick back up and it is one that will pay off greatly with your successes. The BBC ran an article recently documenting this trend also.  One of the reasons they note for this...

It depends. (Probably not the answer you were looking for, was it?) First, for those unfamiliar, a metronome is used to keep time and develop rhythm.  Plenty of musicians use them as a guide or in a supplemental way to assist them in maintaining a tempo. Let’s get back to the question though. Yes, you do need a metronome.  According to Brandy Kraemer, a metronome can help with: “…the memorization of piano scales, because the playe...

Have you heard enough about the upcoming election? We still have a few weeks to go, too! While most, if not all of the coverage deals with issues of policy, we thought it would be a good idea to educate the public on the history of US President’s that have played the piano. There are two President’s who were both proficient in the piano. The first is Harry S. Truman. According to the Truman Library: “One youngster who never needed ...

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