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Top reasons to study piano

Piano study is more than just learning to read music and playing pieces.  Piano study can be an important influence on the student, both musically and personally.  Benefits include: Instills Self-Discipline.  Music lessons may be the first adventure the young child … Continue reading

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Vocal Cord Action

Vocal cords are set in the larynx (also known as the voice box or ‘Adam’s Apple’).  They are tiny folds of skin attached to either side of the windpipe.  Think of them as window shutters about the size of rubber … Continue reading

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Calm the Nerves

Performing in recitals can be stressful.  There are so many musical details to remember……..the notes, dynamics, phrasing and expression.  You also want to please your teacher, friends and family.  To have a good recital experience, try to focus on the … Continue reading

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Get to know your piano!

-The piano was invented in 1698 in Italy by Bartolomeo Cristofori. -There are over 12,000 parts in a piano, 10,000 of which are moving! -There are 230 strings inside a typical piano.  18 tons of pressure are being exerted by the stretched … Continue reading

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More Practicing Tips!

Practice slowly.  Practicing slowly catches the details of the music.  Slow practice is like putting the music under a microscope….you see all areas for improvement and much more detail.  Taking your time helps you to learn carefully and to master the piece.  Work with … Continue reading

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