Author: Cheri Sykes

Last weekend, Lindsey filmed and submitted her MMTA Contest piece, “Mashed Potato Clouds,” last weekend. This is her third year of participating! Here’s a link to her performance video:

Good luck, Lindsey!


Recording fun!

Sykes Piano Studio became a recording studio this week, as friend and Klondike Kate Shar Salisbury, with Cheri on piano, recorded and videoed “Swinging’ Away the Blues.”   The video will part of an online fundraiser for the Angel Foundation #notesofhopevirtualangelfoundation, raising funds for adult cancer victims and their families,

Well, I’ve never done this before! The Coffee Ladies did not want to miss their annual Christmas Carol Sing, so  I played and sang, while each of them, on mute, sang from their respective living rooms!  Okay then!  It was great to see all their smiling faces.  We’re hoping to do this again in-person in 2021!


This year give the gift of music! Four 30-minute online piano lessons for $75 (usual rate is $115). All you need is a keyboard and your tablet, phone, or laptop. Learn your favorite song. Chording, note-reading, improvisation. This is a perfect time to learn! Go for it!  Go to Register Now! on this website.

Dear Piano Parent:

Naturally, you want your student to enjoy piano.  You want piano lessons to be a success.   You understand the need for daily, consistent practice in order to develop skills, and your role in making that happen.

However, you worry that, by enforcing the expectation of daily practice, your child will chafe, rebel, and come to hate piano.

My thought is:  Only with consistent practice can your student experience the satisfaction and fun of playing music!  The better you play, the more fun it is.  If your student does not experience success, frustration and discouragement are the result.

Much can be said about effective practice, setting incentives, and such, but the first object is to set a daily, consistent practice routine.  This is your job as piano parent.  Don’t be afraid to take the mantle!

Let’s set your student up for success!

Interpretive Dance!

Flashback from last June’s video recital: Henrik, dressed as a porg from Star Wars. broke everybody up as he provided interpretive dance to brother Erich’s recital piece.

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