14 Fun Halloween Songs to Learn This Year!

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It’s that creepy crawly time of year again, and we don’t know about you, but we think nothing says Halloween like a good–but ghoulish!–new song to learn on your instrument. Halloween season is also a great time to talk about diminished chords, dissonance, and strange or eerie sounds that your instrument can make. If you… Read more »

7 Things All Musicians New to Chicago Should Know

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The characteristics that make this city so great for musicians — it’s huge, multifarious, and full of opportunity– can also make it a tad overwhelming. That’s why we compiled this advice for musicians new to Chicago. The recommendations come straight from our amazing teachers, many of whom started out as Chicago newbies themselves, and range… Read more »

Let’s Sing About National Arts in Education Week!

National Arts in Education Week

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We at Piano Power have always been proponents of Arts Education at school, home, and beyond. National Arts in Education Week (Sept. 9-15) is the perfect time to remember the many benefits that learning music, art, and drama bring to our children. Not only does Arts Education provide kids with the possibility of discovering a… Read more »

How to Effectively Restart Music Lessons After Summer

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Just like starting school after summer break, restarting music lessons after summer requires a little adjusting. Even for students who remained in lessons, practice may have lagged because of summer camp, vacations, and the well-deserved relaxation of summer. The most important thing for parents to remember Go easy on your student, and keep realistic expectations…. Read more »

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 »