Playing Duets With Your Students

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Having our students practice and then show us their solo work during a lesson is a great way to check on their progress, and has been a standard way of doing this for decades, even centuries. But as suggested by a previous blog, “Keeping the Interest ALIVE Part 2” by PLIYH teacher Amanda Munson, it is a worthwhile idea to engage in duet work with our students. This definitely shows that we are willing to put in the effort of ...

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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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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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Keeping the Musical Interest Alive! Part 1

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The following has been written for fellow teachers out there, by one of our piano and woodwinds teachers from the Cincinnati area, Amanda M.
Amanda has worked for Piano Lessons in Your Home for three years. She has been teaching since she was 14 years old, including individual instruction for students ranging from beginners to college students. Amanda led a workshop on this topic for PLIYH teachers in July.

Keeping the Interest Alive!
Part 1

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Ten Practice Tips for Rising Stars’ Performance cont.

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Please enjoy Part 2 of this 6 part series from guest blogger Laura Lobo! Laura will be delving deeper into her top ten tips for rising stars, and how to prepare for a winning performance.

Welcome back to this series of 6 articles that will help you to improve the way you practice. In the first article, I shared ten really useful tips that you can begin to integrate immediately into your daily habits. Even if you have already read ...

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Learning to be a STAR [ music student ]!

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Perhaps the biggest reason most students feel like quitting lessons can be traced back to their failure to get results from their practice sessions. Let’s face it, if you practice and don’t feel like you’re getting better, there’s not much point to it, is there?

It is super tough to make it in the entertainment industry these days, no matter how talented you are. You’re going to need every possible advantage if you want to have a shot.

Over the next six ...

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Practice Tips for Muscle Memory

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The goal of any musician should be to be able to play and create. Once you can play without thinking about it (referred to by some as “creating muscle memory”), your brain will be freed up to do MORE creating! This blog entry will explore some ways to do just that.
A common misconception is that muscle memory is something that develops like a heartbeat, which is an actual involuntary, muscular movement.
In truth, increasing muscle memory, as told ...

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