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How to Choose a Recital Song

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by Lara Levitan Choosing a recital song is a big commitment. You’ll be practicing it over and over again before the performance, so you don’t want to pick something you feel “just okay” about. Nor do you want something too easy, or that you already play very well, because where’s the fun in that?! Here… Read more »

What I Look for in a Music Teacher

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By Abraham Levitan Since starting Piano Power in 2007 I’ve interviewed dozens of would-be teachers and hired a small handful of them. To score a job with Piano Power, one quality wins over musical expertise, awards, or degrees from prestigious programs. That quality is emotional intelligence, or the awareness of your own emotions and the… Read more »

6 Reasons Why You’re Awesome for Giving Your Kids Music Lessons

by Lara Levitan Don’t think twice about giving your kids the gift of music! Kids who take music lessons reap benefits that cross into several developmental areas. Here are 6 important ways that music education for children enriches your child’s life. Download the infographic! 1. It supports academic growth. Music is filled with math lessons…. Read more »

Our Teachers’ Share Their Favorite Holiday Songs

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How do we get into the holiday spirit here at Piano Power? By sharing our favorite Christmas songs, of course! Whether or not you celebrate– or even like — Christmas, there’s something for everyone in this warm-hearted genre. Here, our teachers share their favorite holiday tunes. Winter Wonderland “I love the imagery in the song… Read more »

Video: How to Buy a Piano

In this short video, Abraham recommends quality, affordable acoustic and digital pianos, and discusses whether you should snag that freebie from Craigslist. Once you’ve found the right piano, find the right teacher.

How to Inspire a Bored Music Student

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by Abraham Levitan No one is good at something all of the time. Writers, artists, athletes, business owners and employees all go through dry spells– we’re uninspired, our work stinks, our performance suffers, we dread practicing. In short, we’re just not feeling it. This is “The Dip” as characterized by Seth Godin in his popular… Read more »

How to Decide Between Private and Group Music Lessons

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by Lara Levitan You might assume, since we at Piano Power offer private music lessons exclusively, that we’re all about the the glorious benefits of one-on-one instruction. Well, you’re right. But regardless, even we must admit that sometimes, group music lessons are more appropriate for certain students or circumstances. Two major variables to consider if… Read more »

The Best Way to Improve Student Retention

Student retention requires more than a great relationship with your student. In this short video, Abraham Levitan reveals an underrated strategy for nurturing longevity with your clients. Want to develop a practicing strategy you can share with parents? Check out Teaching Music Students How to Practice: A Step-by-Step Guide for Teachers.

11 Spooky Songs to Learn this Halloween

by Lara Levitan 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… Read more »

Video: 9 Easy Ways to Care for Your Voice

Teacher & performer Sarah Diller shares advice on how to pamper your pipes for healthy singing Prefer to read this content? Check out the article!