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Play Piano For Kids, Volume 1 iPad interactive book app is now available

By on May 21, 2012 in Announcements, Music Lesson, News, Teaching Methods | 0 comments

As many of you know, I’ve been working hard on an interactive iPad iBook for quite some time.  Today Play Piano For Kids, Volume 1 (Penguins Don’t Play Piano, But You Can!) is officially live in 32 countries around the world in the Apple iTunes Bookstore.  It’s on sale for the next week for only 99 cents after which it will go up to $6.99.  Pleases...

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Glenn Gould’s Finger Tapping Exercise for Piano Technique

By on Feb 9, 2011 in Blog, Music Lesson, Teaching Methods | 0 comments

Many of you are struggling with playing cleanly and smoothly. This simple technique can help you to relax your fingers to pay more fluidly. Developed by Glenn Gould’s mentor and longtime teacher Chilean pianist Alberto Guerrero, it aims to retain a relaxed muscle memory. You can learn more about this in the wonderful documentary Genius Within: The Inner Life...

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Winter Semester for Music Lessons

By on Nov 8, 2010 in Announcements, Blog, Music Lesson, News | 0 comments

The Fall semester is fast coming to an end with the last lesson on Saturday November 20, 2010. We’ll have a break for Thanksgiving with the new Winter session starting Tuesday November 30, 2010 and running until Saturday February 19, 2010. The cost for the new semester is $550 with an early bird discount of $50 if paid before November 15, 2010. There will be...

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How To Read Music: Rhythm using Stick Notation

By on Oct 26, 2010 in Blog, Music Lesson, Teaching Methods | 0 comments

When teaching to read traditional music notation, I separate the 2 parts of pitch and rhythm.  Rhythm is easy to teach using stick notation. [update-12-3-12] Stick notation is taking traditional notes and removing the note-head.  The note-head is the round dot at the bottom of the stick.  The dot is placed on the 5 lines of the staff and depending on where it is,...

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John Lennon’s Imagine

By on Jul 13, 2010 in Blog, Music Lesson | 0 comments

This is from a concert at Madison Square Garden in 1972.  Essential listening for anyone! Imagine there’s no Heaven It’s easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today Imagine there’s no countries It isn’t hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people Living life...

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Free Piano Checklist for Beginners

By on Jun 3, 2010 in Blog, Music Lesson, Teaching Methods | 0 comments

Many of my students have been forgetting some of the basics around technique.  Here’s a handy chart that you can post by the piano or on the first page of your music notebook.  Probably the most important one I’m finding is sitting the proper distance away from the piano.  Many kids like to sit almost with their bellies touching the piano.  This makes it...

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