Borodin, the Lesser Known Russian Composer

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Alexander Porfirievich Borodin was born on, November 12th, in 1833, and died February 27th, 1887, being born to a commoner Russian woman and illegitimate son of a Georgian noble. You might not recognize his name right away, but you might have heard of the group of better-know Romantic-era Russian composers known as the “Mighty Five” or “Mighty Handful.” This group consisted of the founder and leader, Balakirev, as well as other composers Cui, Mussorgsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov and their main ...

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How to Introduce Music Theory in a 30 minute lesson

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Musical Performance is built upon a solid foundation of Music Theory. Without the knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts of theory, a performer cannot play a piece well. They would simply be playing the notes on the page without adding any expression or character to the piece, much like an actor on stage. If the actor said the words of a play without any facial expression or in a monotone voice, his performance would be very ...

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Guest Blogger: The Most Efficient Way to Practice

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The following entry was written by Joseph Mook, one of our piano teachers in Columbus. Joseph graduated from the Ohio State University, with his degree in Music Education with Piano as his primary focus, but also plays trumpet and violin. His enthusiasm for music is contagious, and his knowledge invaluable. Please enjoy the following entry about getting the most out of your practice time!


When students first begin to take music lessons, it’s only natural that they really ...

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Why We Value Music…

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The following is an entry from n Cathy Grimes, long time piano teacher and musician.

Cathy took a few moments to share with our readers why music is so very important to her, and how important she feels it should be to each of our lives. Thank you for sharing, Cathy, and to our readers- enjoy!

“Music is not just something I do, it is what I am… from the age of 3,
music was the most important ...

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How to Better Work With Busy Students and Their Families

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Fellow teachers, we’ve all been through this before: a last-minute cancellation (like a couple of hours before), because Suzie has a special after-school program that her parents forgot to tell you about at last week’s lesson. Or a whole string of cancellations because little Johnny has a super jam-packed schedule of baseball, or soccer, or basketball, or all three! Or a family decided they would like to take their annual summer getaway…for 2-3 months!! We’ve all been frustrated/disappointed to some ...

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Another “Which Came First- The Chicken or the Egg?”

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We’ve all heard this before- People who learn to play an instrument and maintain in practice are smarter and possess sharper a memory throughout their schooling and career. Maybe not everyone has heard this, but most parents, adult students, professional athletes, and intellectuals have encountered, if not sought after, this statement. At least admit you’ve seen it on Pinterest or Huffington Post during your facebook meanderings. Teachers, doctors and historians have studied musicians and intellectuals alike, ad nauseam, and ...

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Everyone is NOT a Winner

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As we find ourselves upon the beginning of another school year, and another season of fall sports, recitals, and competitions, I think we, as parents, should take a moment to bite our tongues and check our posture, as fans.

Take a moment to ponder this: “The object of competition is not to be mean to the losers but to find a winner. The process makes you ‘mean’ because you get frustrated. Kids turn up unrehearsed, wearing the wrong clothes, singing ...

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The Young Performer’s Awards: An Affirmation of Progress

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The Young Performers Awards: An Affirmation of Progress

Each year, Piano Lessons in Your Home schools host special events to expand a student’s opportunity to grow musically and intellectually. Generally speaking there seem to be two fractions of beliefs about the value of programs like these which can be simply be labeled as 1) it’s either important that the student has this experience, or 2) it isn’t important that a student has this experience.

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Finding the Right Teacher Match

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Finding the Right Teacher Match

Being the director of a music school for so many years has afforded me the opportunity to see more facets of learning music than perhaps I even realized were possible. As a teacher, I can share with you first hand that it is absolutely a thrill seeing the potential of a young pianist when they are 6, but it’s an incredible privilege to watch them overcome challenge after challenge until the time they leave us for ...

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What do I Practice?

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9-22-14What exactly do I practice?
All teachers have had this question. which usually results in the look of “did you really just ask me that?” Followed by your teacher handing you your notebook and saying, “Read it back to me.” Chances are, if it’s in the notebook, you are supposed to practice it. Piano teachers, sometimes unlike our school teachers, understand that we have other things to ...

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