The Priceless Quality I Look For in a Music Teacher

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By Abraham Levitan Since starting Piano Power in 2007 I’ve interviewed hundreds of would-be teachers. I’ve hired a small percentage of them. Over the course of a decade plus, one quality in a music teacher stands out. It isn’t musical expertise, numerous awards, or a degree from a prestigious program. That quality that really matters… Read more »

17 Things Every Parent Should Know About Music Practice

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The topic of music practice never gets old! Even after your kid has taken lessons for years, new challenges arise with the fluctuations of childhood and adolescence. We polled our teachers, and garnered recommendations from the National Association for Music Education, to create this list of 17 things every parent should know about music practice…. Read more »

Digital Pianos: What to Look For and Top 3 Picks for 2018

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Maybe you don’t have room for an acoustic piano. Or maybe you’re a new piano student who isn’t ready to commit to buying a full-sized piano. Whatever your reason, you can rest assured that a digital piano is a reliable alternative. Because of their weighted keys and full-sized keyboards, digital pianos offer great sound and… Read more »

Why Summer Music Lessons with Your Kid Will Make You Happy

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by Lara Levitan So…what are you doing this summer? Summer camps, vacations, and trips to the beach aside, summer could offer a chance to really bond with your kid, and perhaps try something new yourself. The best way to do that? Maybe we’re biased, but taking music lessons with your kid has enough benefits to… Read more »

How To Introduce Your Kids To The Joy Of Music

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Today we feature a guest post from Jenny Silverstone of Mom Loves Best, a blog featuring tons of great advice and recommendations for taking care of your baby and kids. Here she outlines why music is so beneficial, and gives tips for how to start instilling a love of music at a (very!) young age…. Read more »

How to Make Your Music Student Happy this Summer

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by Lara Levitan For many music students, summer means no school, fewer obligations, and a more relaxed attitude toward music practice. Rather than fight summer’s chill vibe, why not go with it and have a little fun with a new project? Whether you’re a teacher, or a parent, or a student yourself, you can put… Read more »

How to Play the Guitar for Beginners

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This week’s guest post is from Marc-Andre Seguin of, in which he breaks down the basic of learning guitar in plain, easy-to-follow language. For beginning students, this is a great guide to help you practice and/or discuss with your teacher. And for teachers, you can use this article to help structure your first lesson,… Read more »

How to Encourage your Reluctant Student to Play a Recital

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by Lara Levitan For most kids, learning to work with performance anxiety under the guidance of a great teacher can be a wonderful life lesson. But “learning life lessons” isn’t exactly on the top of every kid’s list of priorities– especially when that requires leaving their comfort zone. So how do you convince your kid… Read more »

How to Tackle Your Biggest Music Teaching Problem

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by Lara Levitan Despite being awesome and rewarding, teaching music to kids has its challenges. One of the most common is working with the disinterested student. You know, the one who takes lessons only because her parents make her? In this situation, shifting the focus of your teaching from technical accomplishment to simple enjoyment of… Read more »

How to Practice in the Recital Home Stretch

How to Practice for a Recital in the Home Stretch

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by Lara Levitan It’s the last few weeks before recitals and chances are, you have a pretty nervous/excited student on your hands! Courtesy of our teacher Adrienne Schroeder (and a few other other helpful sources!), here are some excellent tips for practicing in the recital home stretch, including advice on healthy performance and practice mindset,… Read more »