Fall Registration 2018

Current students are now invited to re-register and select a lesson time for 2018-2019 school year. Priority of day and time for Fall lessons will be given to those students who sign up for at least 4 summer lessons. Registration for 2018-2019 is due July. 1, including the Registration Fee of $80. I will be booking meetings with new families soon, so please re-register so I can hold your spot for you. Please be award of two important updates:

  1. Increase in tuition
  2. Registration fees for Springfield Music Festival and/or Keyboard Gymnastics events are no longer included in the studio registration fee. Please review the 2018-2019 studio policy.

Summer Lessons Registration

Even a few lessons throughout the summer makes a huge difference in maintaining all the skills your child has worked hard to achieve, especially for beginning students who have been focusing on note-reading, rhythm and hand position/technique. Summer lessons are strongly encouraged for students who participate in Concerto Festivals and the Holiday Concert.

Priority scheduling for the 2018-2019 school year will be offered to students who register for summer lessons.

Summer lessons offered from June 18-August 23
Studio will be closed July 18-24
Cost may be divided into 2 equal payments, due July 1 and August 1.

Sign up for Lessons HERE


Brag Tags = Motivation = Goals Achieved

Back in September, I decided to do something different with how I motivate my students. I usually do a prize box and have them earn music money, but I was finding that I was spending a lot of money on prizes (and probably being too loose in giving out $). I loved the idea of Brag Tags when I saw another piano  teacher post a few of hers on piano teacher central Facebook page. I have an incredible studio assistant, Tiana Page,  who designed all my tags that I use. I love this idea because I know that in order for a student to earn a tag, they have to accomplish the task.  When students reach 20 tags, then they are awarded a prize (fidget spinners, silly putty, etc.).

At the start of each school year, I have a studio party to light the fire in each student and get them motivated to practice. We talk about goals and how to practice. This year, my students made these fun carabiner clips to attach their tags on. I will say … cutting and laminating the tags took FOREVER. To help in this time consuming task, I asked one of my student laminate and cut while I taught their sibling.  Students love to help! At the studio party the older students made the braids for the younger students because it was a bit difficult for them to figure out. Each student picked out the colors that they wanted.

Here are the tags that my assistant created and you are all welcome to download them. Enjoy!

Brag Tags by Tiana Page

Piano Practice Pointers

Piano Practice Pointers 

  1. Be consistent. Practice a little EVERY day. This is far more beneficial than one or two long practice sessions a week.
  2. Schedule/Routine. Have a certain time each day that is set aside specifically for your practice. It will then become part of your daily routine. Split your daily practice into even smaller time chunks, i.e. technical work in the morning and longer pieces in the afternoon/evening.
  3. Small Sections. Learn each piece a phrase at a time. Practice each phrase S-L-O-W-L-Y until you have it, and then go to the next phrase.
  4. Quality vs. Quantity. Starting at the beginning of the piece and playing through to the end each time you practice is not an effective use of your time. You are merely practicing mistakes! If you keep practicing your mistakes you will be very good at playing them.
  5. Mix it up! Sometimes start in the middle of your piece and work to the end, or start with the last phrase and work backwards by section.
  6. Record. Regularly record yourself playing and listen carefully to it.
  7. Slippery Spots. Each piece has a tricky or technical section. Focus on the these phrases rather than just the sections that you like to play.
  8. Listen. Find recordings of your piece being performed by excellent players.