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Moms Share the Benefits, Challenges of Taking Music Lessons

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Music Lessons Keep Moms Cool, Connected, and Creative by Lara Levitan When Gaea Gomez Fidler was a kid, she loved music, but she found her lessons boring. “I focused on getting things perfect for recitals, which I could never do,” Gaea says. “My four brothers and sisters also took piano — two ended up being… Read more »

3 Reasons Why Summer Music Lessons are Awesome

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The pros of continuing lessons throughout the summer, and what to do when you can’t by Abraham Levitan When I was a kid, summers were some of my most fun, fruitful times with piano lessons. Because I took school very seriously, I often felt pressed for practice time during the school year. Summer, on the… Read more »

Can I Take Piano Lessons Without a Piano?

What to do When You’re not Ready to Commit to a Piano Have more questions about Piano Power? Check out our FAQ section, send us a message, or call Abraham at 773-547-2426.

How to Find the Right Music Teacher

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7 Must-Ask Questions– and One Golden Rule– for Finding the Perfect Teacher/Student Match By Abraham Levitan First, the Golden Rule: Amazing musicians don’t necessarily make amazing teachers. Some incredible pianists make lackluster teachers, while some less-than-amazing pianists make incredible teachers. I have hired for talent and been let down, and I have hired for personality… Read more »

Why Summer Music Lessons with Your Kid Will Make You Happy

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Studying Music Together Increases Bonding, Understanding 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… Read more »

How to Prepare for Your Kid’s First Music Lesson

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8 Tips for Getting Off to a Good Start with Your New Music Teacher by Lara Levitan First and foremost, what an exciting time! First lessons mark the beginning of a new era in your kid’s life, whether they’re completely new to music lessons, or resuming their study with a new teacher. Talking with your… Read more »

The Best Travel Mug for Traveling Music Teachers

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An entire blog post on the thermos that will protect your beverage, because you must have hot caffeine by Lara Levitan When work requires you to spend lots of time in a car, a few things are essential: a respectable stream of music and/or podcasts, functional heating and cooling, and perhaps most importantly, a damn… Read more »

Teaching Music Students How to Practice: A Step-by-Step Guide for Teachers

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Use this precise method to resolve problem areas, plus advice for parents! by Adrienne Schroeder In my 5 years of teaching piano and horn, I’ve noticed a trend among students: many of them have no idea how to practice. If you’re a teacher, you may discover poor practice habits when you start to experience “same… Read more »

Can Theater Make the World a Better Place?

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One Teacher Shares Views on Theater and the Power of Empathy by Lara Levitan The iconic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! may have developed a campy reputation over the years, but it— along with subsequent musicals that carry its torch— delivers a powerful message Americans need to hear, says Piano Power teacher Sarah Diller. That… Read more »

Can We Manipulate Brain Function to Improve Singing?

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Piano Power Parent Releases Book on Unique Vocal Method by Lara Levitan While in a Qigong class, Piano Power parent and voice teacher Meredith Colby had a realization. “It occurred to me that for the past ten years I’ve been teaching the same [vocal] techniques, for the same reasons, and getting predictable results. It occurred… Read more »