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Adult Student Profile: Julie Bromley

Adult Student Profile: Julie Bromley

"It's great to be able to do something just because you love it." After student Julie Bromley and her husband inherited a beautiful piano from a relative, she knew the moment had come. It was time for music again. Julie took lessons from childhood throughout college....

6 Strategies for Convincing Your Kid Not To Quit Music Lessons

6 Strategies for Convincing Your Kid Not To Quit Music Lessons

Your student loves to sing and dance around the house, and she's just getting the hang of piano. Suddenly she announces, "I quit!" Especially if you've invested many years and dollars in your student's music lessons, hearing those words can be devastating. You know...

Why I Love Piano Power Recitals

Why I Love Piano Power Recitals

by Abraham Levitan I've been hosting recitals since before Piano Power existed, when I was a twenty-something independent teacher whose primary focus was not screwing up. (In a way, that hasn't changed.) But even then, as now, I've always tried to make the recitals a...

Can I Take Piano Lessons Without a Piano?

Can I Take Piano Lessons Without a Piano?

Yes, you can take piano lessons without a piano! 1. Digital pianos are a great alternative to acoustic pianos. Unlike keyboards, they have fully weighted keys that provide a full range of expression, from soft to loud. They provide a smooth transition to acoustic...

16 Benefits of Playing an Instrument

16 Benefits of Playing an Instrument

Today we have a guest post from Mike Levitsky of DrumsandGuitar.com, a site that offers guitar and drum lessons, gear reviews, and other helpful music info. Written with the help of one of his high school students, the article serves as a great reminder of the myriad...

8 Reasons You’ll Never Regret Taking Adult Music Lessons

8 Reasons You’ll Never Regret Taking Adult Music Lessons

Many folks take adult music lessons because they're retired and have more time on their hands. That's a great reason, but you don't need all the time in the world to invest in something that's just so good for you. For your consideration, here are eight great reasons...

How to Encourage your Kid to Play in a Recital

How to Encourage your Kid to Play in a Recital

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...

How Music Improves the Life of Student with Alzheimer’s

How Music Improves the Life of Student with Alzheimer’s

Brigitte Matsoukas was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease ten years ago. Earlier this year she suffered multiple strokes that left her aphasic -- unable to talk. But that hasn’t stopped her from taking piano lessons. “My mom [is a] strong woman,” said her daughter...

14 Fun Halloween Songs to Learn This Year!

14 Fun Halloween Songs to Learn This Year!

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...

The Priceless Quality I Look For in a Music Teacher

The Priceless Quality I Look For in a Music Teacher

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...

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

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

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...