Practical Application: Sight Reading

This has been the summer of sight reading for both myself and my students.  I will be the first to admit that my sight reading skills leave something to be desired, and I have been working diligently to improve upon that this summer.  When you live in a city where summers mean 104 degree heat indexes …

Changing Your Outlook is the Quickest Way to Change the Outcome

As many of you already know, I recently finished a Masters degree in Piano Performance at Loyola University New Orleans; a masters degree that I in no way planned for and am still surprised I finished.  While I have recently decided that going back to school was probably the best decision I have ever made, …

Piano Tuning and Maintenance

It’s important to maintain your piano over the years, as it helps your instrument’s quality as it grows older.  A piano’s sound adjusts with changes in weather and consistent use, so the piano should be tuned at least once a year in order to keep it in its best condition.  Start the school year off …

Practice, Practice, Practice

First and foremost, practicing is a mindset, not an activity. It is imperative that the students focuses on what needs to be done in a practice session rather than just sitting down and setting a timer. An hour of practice with no focused goal is the equivalent of not practicing at all.

Practice tips for the younger beginner

Unfortunately, I have not had many students who do enjoy practicing, and I certainly wasn’t the exception to the rule. The process of practicing is usually not nearly as fun as just about everything else when a child is 7, but when the student sees things getting easier and pieces becoming a little bit more interesting, this will usually change. For my students ages 6-9, I have some tips that might make practice time a little easier for everyone.

How to Prepare Your Child For A Career In Music

Parents, Please check out this great video about preparing your children for a career in performance.  Norman Krieger is an Associate Professor of Keyboard Studies at USC, and he makes some excellent points about the patience and dedication it takes to succeed as a musician.

Dealing with Performance Anxiety

I found this great article on handling performance anxiety and controlling your nerves.  This website has some other helpful tips on preparing for a performance, memorizing, and specific tips for auditions.  Check it out! Dealing with Performance Anxiety

Maintaining pieces for performance

With the Festival coming up this weekend and many students trying to cram their last bits of practice in this week, I thought it might be helpful to provide a few tips on how to maintain completed pieces for performances and competitions. 1. Play the whole piece hands alone with dynamics and articulation to help …

Memorization Tips

As the competition season is now upon us, I thought it might be a good idea to provide both the parents and students with some tips on memorization techniques.  Students often get discouraged with the daunting task of memorizing their pieces, but unfortunately the piano is a performance instrument, and all pieces are expected to …