You, The Parent, are the Secret Weapon towards piano success!  These blogs can help you achieve your full potential.

 

As you probably know, consistent home practice is key to piano progress!

 

How can you ensure successful practicing at home?

 

Here are 5 Tips for you:

 

  • Set a regular practice schedule, 5-6 days a week.Beginning students start at 30 minutes/day.  This can be splitinto two shorter sessions.  Consistency is so important, especially at the beginning!
  • Make sure the piano or keyboard is in a quiet, well-lit location, though not too isolated, but away from distractions.
  • Especially if your student is under age 11, involve yourself in practice session. Sit on the bench and ask questions.  Have your student teach you something!  Show interest in what you hear.
  • Children under age 11 cannot be expected to complete their lesson assignments without your guidance. Make sure they cover everything. Help them reach their goals.
  • Practicing can feel solitary, requiring self-discipline. This is not easy for a child. If things get tough, consider incentives and rewards for meeting goals.

 

Thanks for enabling your child’s musical education!

 

 

I currently provided seniors entertainment at The Moments of Lakeville, https://www.themoments.com, a brand-new memory-care community, very state-of-the-art.  Every Saturday during Happy Hour, I cover hits from the 30s and 40s. Singalongs, dancing, and even staff karaoke!

Wedding Ceremony plus Cocktail Hour piano at the Semple Mansion in South Minneapolis, where I’m on the referral list.  Played twice there in September.    Sinatra/Michael Bublé jazz on their Steinway works well for a cocktail hour!

 

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Love using my keyboard for 50s and 60s rock hits at three summer Picnic events for Guardian Angels Senior Housing northwest of Minneapolis the last week of June!

Served as wedding organist at Northwestern College’s lovely Nazareth Chapel, June 30, 2018. The Wedding Processional from Sound of Music, plus some George Winston on the grand piano. It was hot in the organ loft, but otherwise delightful!

Jazz Festival

Hitting a jam session at the annual UW-Eau Claire Jazz Festival.  Hopping the club venues in the downtown.  Super fun and good music, of course!