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At what age should my child start piano lessons?

At what age should my child start piano lessons?

by Abraham Levitan The right age to start lessons varies by child. Even if your preschooler exhibits a startling ability to rock her Fisher-Price piano, private music lessons may not be the best option. Before you start experimenting, here's some advice. Piano lessons...

5 Creative Ways to Enjoy Music as a Family

5 Creative Ways to Enjoy Music as a Family

Car sing-alongs and kitchen dance parties are par for the course. We asked Piano Power parents and friends to share their unique music-sharing traditions. Read on for some fun musical inspiration. 1. Two words: family karaoke. Parent Beth Kurtzweil, whose sons are 13,...

7 Fun Ways to Replace Screen Time With Music Time

7 Fun Ways to Replace Screen Time With Music Time

by Lara Levitan For many parents, limiting screen time is a never-ending battle. We know that too much can be alienating and addictive, but to our kids it's just plain fun. Really fun. Because on average, tweens spend an average of 4.5 hours a day on screen media. For...

Music lessons & cerebral palsy: Sophia & Audie’s story

Music lessons & cerebral palsy: Sophia & Audie’s story

by Lara Levitan Audie, Sophia, and Sophia's brother Finn at a recital Piano Power instructor Audie Lomboy had never worked with a special needs student. So when it came time for his first lesson with Sophia, a then nine-year-old with cerebral palsy, he didn't know...

The time I quit music lessons

The time I quit music lessons

by Abraham Levitan I often hear from parents who are concerned about their kid losing interest in music lessons, or whose kids are wanting to switch instruments for the third (or tenth) time. Truth be told, I hit a wall with piano myself halfway through seventh grade,...

Teaching the First Drum Lesson

Teaching the First Drum Lesson

A Simple Plan for Finding Rhythm with Your New Student by Lucas Gillan First Lesson With an Experienced Student For a student with some drumming experience, start off with some time-keeping. Whether the student is a beginner or advanced, ask them to “rock out” on a...

Teaching the First Voice Lesson

Teaching the First Voice Lesson

by Emily Volz First voice lesson with an experienced student For a student you “inherit” from another teacher, begin by asking the student about their singing background and what they were last working on in lessons. Have the student sing something they're comfortable...