Piano Tuning

We all know that we need to keep our acoustic pianos tuned, but do you know the reasons WHY acoustic pianos need to be tuned?  It’s much like a car…We have to get the oil changed regularly in order for the car to run smoothly.  Otherwise, we will have all kinds of problems.  The same goes for regularly tuning of an acoustic piano.  Without regular tunings, there can be all of kinds of problems with the piano itself, but it can also begin to effect the person PLAYING the piano.  Pianos will last a lot longer when they are kept maintained.  It is recommended to have them tuned once if not twice a year to help them have a good, long life and keep the musician playing the piano “well tuned” themselves.  Even if the piano is not being played it’s very important to keep it tuned.

A piano teacher from Pennsylvania (who I have only met through online piano teaching forums) recently obtained a Yamaha piano that was terribly out of tune.  She made videos of her new piano before and after tunings and the videos are quite telling of what happens to the sound quality of a piano when it is not kept maintained.  You can view her blog post and videos here.

I hope this has enlightened you to the importance of piano maintenance.  For more information about why it’s important to keep your piano tuned, check out the links below.  Happy playing…Hopefully on a tuned piano!  🙂

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Learning Music in Groups

Once each quarter Music With Sarah Piano & Voice Studio provides “piano party” opportunities for our students.  While it might seem as though these piano parties are just for students to have fun, there are a lot more reasons behind this concept than one might realize.  One of the obvious reasons is that it provides an opportunity to make up lessons that have been missed.  Piano parties are also included in the cost of monthly tuition as an optional bonus.

In addition to the reasons laid out above, there are so many other wonderful advantages to receiving music instruction in group settings.  Studies have actually shown that group instruction is effective in developing both performance and musicianship skills.  Here are some of the advantages of learning in groups:

  • Provides confidence in playing for others.
  • Aids students in developing rhythmic security.
  • Provides opportunities for supervised practice.
  • Stimulates critical listening as students hear other students perform and comment on these performances.
  • Allows students to broaden their musical experiences.
  • Exposes students to a variety of piano materials.
  • Provides a friendly-competitive atmosphere.
  • Allows the teacher to present music fundamentals in a shorter time than if he/she were making the presentation to individual students.
  • Fosters an atmosphere that is conducive to effective teaching of functional skills such as sight-reading, transposition, harmonization, improvisation, and composition.
  • Facilitates the performance of ensembles including duets, trios, quartets, and multiple piano ensembles.
  • Encourages students to develop skills in solving their own problems.
  • Establishes a sense of group spirit and group dynamics that increases motivation.
  • Fosters the development of communication skills.
  • Allows students to learn from peers as well as from the teacher.
  • Provides a setting where drills and exercises can be more interesting and motivating.
  • Increases attention span allowing the lesson time to be longer than private lessons.

Source:  Kowalchyk, Gayle & Lancaster, E.L.  Alfred’s Basic Piano Library: Group Piano Course Teacher’s Handbook, Books 1 & 2.  Alfred Publishing Co., 1997.

So there you have it!  Private lessons may have their own benefits, but learning in group settings can be just as valuable.  Many of the points displayed above are just not things that can be gained from a private lesson experience.  It is our number one goal at Music With Sarah Piano & Voice Studio to give our students the most thorough, comprehensive music education we can provide for them…And have some fun while we’re at it!  🙂

Practice Tips for Preschoolers

Our preschool piano readiness lessons are very different from traditional piano lessons.  They have to be different in order to meet the unique needs of a preschool student and the way their developing brain works.  So what are some ways that you can help your preschooler practice at home?

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Here are the top 5 practice tips to help parents assist their preschool student during at-home practice time.  Using these suggestions can help your preschool student be extremely successful during their time in the WunderKeys program.

Top 5 Practice Tips for WunderKeys Students  |  WunderKeys

When Are Older Children & Adults Ready For Piano Lessons?

Last week, I posted a blog about questions to ask to determine whether or not your preschool child is ready to begin piano readiness lessons.  But how do you know if your older child is ready?  And when are adult students ready?  The following article has LOTS of fantastic tips and general guidelines.  If you’re in the process of determining whether or not you or your child is ready for piano lessons, this article should leave no doubt in your mind.

When Is My Child Ready For Lessons?  |  Music Teacher’s Helper

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Is Your Preschooler Ready for Piano Lessons?

Many people are shocked when they learn that I teach children as young as 3-years old.  Most teachers don’t want to teach such young children because of the lack of focus among many other reasons.  However, teaching preschoolers is what I absolutely LOVE!  They are so much fun!  And FUN is exactly what the WunderKeys preschool piano readiness lessons are all about!

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Is your preschooler ready for piano lessons?  This is a question that I’m sure many parents have in the back of their minds…In fact, I KNOW this is a question that parents struggle with.  To be totally honest, many parents contact me to get their 3-year old started with lessons only to decide NOT to enroll after considering it in detail.  Although, there is a HUGE difference in maturity, focus, learning ability, etc. between 3-year olds, 4-year olds, and 5-year olds, the WunderKeys program is designed for these ages in particular…But not every child is ready for it.  How do you know if your preschooler is or is not ready?  Below are some questions to ask yourself to assess whether or not your preschool child is ready for piano readiness lessons.

Is My Child Ready For WunderKeys Piano Lessons?  |  WunderKeys

Many preschoolers are not yet ready to learn the piano and that’s okay!  Parents may find that a child who is not ready now will be more mature in 6 months or so.  Parents are always welcome to add their preschool child to the waiting list at the studio as they mature.  This will ensure that there will be a spot for them when they are ready to begin!