Entertaining Facts You Might Not Have Known About Classical Composers

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I love finding out about the personal lives of some of my favorite composers. Some of them are so funny and bizarre, you have to ask yourself, “Really, they were like that?” or “He/she did WHAT?!?” Well, here is a brief list of composer’s oddities:
Mozart: loved to play practical jokes on family and friends, and was mischievous. Enjoyed impressing royalty by performing piano in non-traditional ways, like blind-folded and backwards!

Liszt: was a ladies’ man! Even when he was well ...

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The Best Apps for Music Teachers

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Music technology has definitely come a long way since the first days of MIDI and keyboards in the 1980s. Below are some useful tips, tricks, programs, and apps that are a must-have for today’s modern music teacher!

1. Tuning apps-You can get these for free on your smart phone or tablet, and a good recommendation is DaTunerLite. It accurately shows the concert pitch you’re playing chromatically, to within a tenth of a cent! The app will change from orange to green if ...

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What to expect when preparing for an ABRSM exam.

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Studying piano in England can be a very different experience than taking lessons in the USA. In my experience I never did recitals as I was always preparing for the next exam. There are positives and negatives to both approaches. Exams do not prepare you for performing to a large audience but they do teach you how to become a well-rounded musician. I attribute my sight-reading skills to having to learn this for an exam. I ...

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How taking piano lessons benefits your child

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There are many different articles on the internet about the benefits of musical instruction. There are scientific studies and correlations between academic subjects and music that highlight the importance of learning a musical instrument. They tell us that there are physical, emotional and cognitive attributes, which would all be beneficial to the learner. This blog will explore some of these attributes and compare them to the experience of parents and teachers observations.

First, let us link some academic ...

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Arranging Music to Fit Your Students’ Needs

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Every piano student will get tired of typical lesson book songs or classical pieces that we use to teach them. Sometimes they want to learn that catchy Top 40s song they heard on the radio the other day, or they are obsessed with the instrumental soundtrack from their favorite movie, or maybe their parents want them to learn an ethnic folk song that reconnects their child to their heritage. When you get said song or piece, it turns out that ...

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