The Piano Parent Podcast is your one-stop shop for all things related to parenting a piano student. From practice tips to piano geography and musical terms, common studio policies to teacher and parent interviews, this is THE best resource to help you and your child make the most of piano lessons. Whether you are a knowledgeable musician or a complete novice, there is definitely something for you here.
PPP 354: No Book Beginners with author, Tim Topham
In today's episode, author and international teacher of piano teachers, Tim Topham shares his approach to music learning in his new book, "No Book Beginners". Rather than stifling your piano kid's enthusiasm for piano by slowing down music-making with foreign terminology and symbols and expecting them to learn to read music before they expore the interesting sounds the piano can create, Tim's book offers a different approach. Get your piano kid creating music and exploring sounds right from the first lesson! Learn more at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/354.
06/11/2023 • 48 minutes 13 seconds
PPP 353: What to do when you don't practice
Listen to today's episode to hear my suggestions for what you and your piano kid can do about your piano lesson when you've gone the whole week without spending time at your own piano. Learn more at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/353
16/10/2023 • 27 minutes 34 seconds
PPP 352: What to Expect in the First Year of Piano Lessons
Welcome new Piano Parents! If you and your piano kid are new to the wonderful world of piano lessons, you may be wondering what kinds of things they will be learning during this first year. Today's episode gives you a few things to expect. Learn more at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/352.
02/10/2023 • 31 minutes 44 seconds
PPP 351: The Value of Reading to Your Piano Kids with Author, Vicky Weber
Vicky Weber is a musician and an elementary educator with a love for children’s literature. All her current titles are based on her background in music education or her heritage. While she has taught a variety of grade levels, primary-level education is where her passion lies. It has long been a dream of hers to teach children through the magic of books and she hopes you love reading her works as much as she loved writing them. Learn more at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/351
18/09/2023 • 42 minutes 25 seconds
PPP 350: 10 Ways to Scare Your Piano Teacher
'Tis the season for all things orange, yellow, brown, and a little scary. Today's list offers ten things that are likely to scare your piano teacher. Some are silly and some are serious, but all are things you might encounter with your piano kid. Learn more at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/350.
11/09/2023 • 23 minutes 31 seconds
PPP 349: How to make your piano kid fail proof
We do everything we can, as parents, to set our kids up for success at the piano. We pay for lessons, drive them to their lesson, provide them with an instrument to practice. What steps should we take to help our piano kids overcome failure? How can we make their piano journey "so simple, plain, or reliable as to leave no opportunity for error, misuse, or failure"? Find out in today's episode and learn more at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/349.
05/09/2023 • 21 minutes
PPP 348: Find the '1' - Helping students feel the steady beat and find the downbeat in music
Today's episode offers help for those piano kids who have a difficult time feeling the steady beat of music. Some children can feel the beat but they aren't yet able to discern the downbeat, the start of a new measure. If a child has trouble feeling the steady pulse of music they listen to, they will have even more trouble trying to reproduce a steady beat in the music they play. Learn more at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/348
28/08/2023 • 30 minutes 6 seconds
PPP 347: Brock Chart with My-Melodies Publishing (sometimes our trajectory changes with the flip of a coin)
Enjoy this delightful conversation with Kansas piano teacher, award-winning composer, and founder of My-Melodies Publishing, Brock Chart. Learn more at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/347
21/08/2023 • 56 minutes 32 seconds
PPP 346: ICYMI Replay of Musical Mystery Opus 1, No. 1 "Wishful Thinking"
200 episodes ago, I published my first musical mystery. I'm sharing it again today to prepare for the upcoming 200th anniversary of one of this composer's greatest hits! Learn more at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/346
14/08/2023 • 21 minutes 49 seconds
PPP 345: Time to Clean Off Your Piano
As we gear up for a new school year and a new semester of piano lessons, this is a great time to declutter your piano or keyboard. Let's do it together! You can clean off your piano while you listen to this episode! Check the show notes for links to all the resources mentioned in this episode at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/345. Watch the companion video on YouTube at https://youtu.be/lmLpRthqxE8.
07/08/2023 • 21 minutes 5 seconds
PPP 344: "Make Space for Your Child's Experiences" A Parenting Do Over with Ashlee Young
Back in March, I interviewed Ashlee Young (You can catch that interview at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/324). When the official interview was over, I asked Ashlee if I could ask her one more question. "Is there a moment in your parenting that you can share where you would really like a 'Do Over'?" So often on social media and in my interviews with guests, we try to put our best foot forward. That is as it should be. We want to offer professional, succinct information that will be helpful to listeners. The reality is that most of my guests are parents just like you. They are in the trenches with busy schedules, trying to keep up with practice routines, dealing with tired and cranky kids, moody teenagers, and doing the best they can. I hope you enjoy this quick look behind the curtain to hear real stories from Ashlee and me. You can find links and other resources for this epis
31/07/2023 • 16 minutes 1 second
PPP 343: "Navigating Different Perspectives" A Parenting Do Over with Thomas Grayston
Back in February, I interviewed Thomas Grayston (You can catch that interview at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/321). When the official interview was over, I asked Thomas if I could ask him one more question. “Is there a moment in your parenting that you can share where you would really like a ‘Do Over’?” So often on social media and in my interviews with guests, we try to put our best foot forward. That is as it should be. We want to offer professional, succinct information that will be helpful to listeners. The reality is that most of my guests are parents just like you. They are in the trenches with busy schedules, trying to keep up with practice routines, dealing with tired and cranky kids, moody teenagers, and doing the best they can. I hope you enjoy this quick look behind the curtain to hear real stories from Thomas and me. You can find links and other resources f
24/07/2023 • 14 minutes 21 seconds
PPP 342: "Extend Compassion....to your children and to yourself" A Parenting Do Over with Dr. Fernanda Nieto
Back in October, I interviewed Fernanda Nieto (You can catch that interview at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/314). When the official interview was over, I asked Fernanda if I could ask her one more question. “Is there a moment in your parenting that you can share where you would really like a ‘Do Over’?” So often on social media and in my interviews with guests, we try to put our best foot forward. That is as it should be. We want to offer professional, succinct information that will be helpful to listeners. The reality is that most of my guests are parents just like you. They are in the trenches with busy schedules, trying to keep up with practice routines, dealing with tired and cranky kids, moody teenagers, and doing the best they can. I hope you enjoy this quick look behind the curtain to hear real stories from Fernanda and me. You can find links and other resources
17/07/2023 • 13 minutes 10 seconds
PPP 341: "Avoid Misinterpretations" A Parenting Do Over with Stephen Hughes
Back in August, I interviewed Stephen Hughes (You can catch that interview at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/304). When the official interview was over, I asked Stephen if I could ask him one more question. “Is there a moment in your parenting that you can share where you would really like a ‘Do Over’?” So often on social media and in my interviews with guests, we try to put our best foot forward. That is as it should be. We want to offer professional, succinct information that will be helpful to listeners. The reality is that most of my guests are parents just like you. They are in the trenches with busy schedules, trying to keep up with practice routines, dealing with tired and cranky kids, moody teenagers, and doing the best they can. I hope you enjoy this quick look behind the curtain to hear real stories from Stephen and me. You can find links and other resources fo
10/07/2023 • 11 minutes 2 seconds
PPP 340: Ten Takeaways for Piano Parents from My Recent TMTA Conference
Every June, our Texas Music Teachers Association hosts a conference. It is one of the highlights of my year because I gain so much from attending. Our state conference brings in top-notch presenters to share new teaching strategies, new music, and other professional development opportunities. There are also many activities for students and their parents. On today's show, I am bringing the conference experience to you with ten takeaways for piano parents. You can learn more at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/340
03/07/2023 • 36 minutes 54 seconds
PPP 339: "Before you leap..." A parenting do over with Cher Kretz
Back in September, I interviewed Cher Kretz (You can catch that interview at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/309). When the official interview was over, I asked Cher if I could ask her one more question. "Is there a moment in your parenting that you can share where you would really like a 'Do Over'?" So often on social media and in my interviews with guests, we try to put our best foot forward. That is as it should be. We want to offer professional, succinct information that will be helpful to listeners. The reality is that most of my guests are parents just like you. They are in the trenches with busy schedules, trying to keep up with practice routines, dealing with tired and cranky kids, moody teenagers, and doing the best they can. I hope you enjoy this quick look behind the curtain to hear real stories from Cher and me. You can find links and other resources for this episod
26/06/2023 • 10 minutes 30 seconds
PPP 338: "Amazing Doesn't Have to be Hard" My TMTA Conference TEXtalk presentation
Each year at our Texas Music Teachers Conference, we host our version of the well-known TEDtalks. We call them TEXtalks. I was honored to have been invited to be included in this year's presentation, "Amazing Doesn't Have to Be Hard." Learn more at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/338.
19/06/2023 • 22 minutes 53 seconds
PPP 337: My First Piano Sheet Music with Author, Emily Norris
One of the best ways to help a child learn to play an instrument is to get them singing familiar tunes. When your piano kid is able to sing a song, playing it on an instrument is exponentially more successful. On today's show, we meet with an author who understands this fact very well. Emily Norris has written a new book of piano sheet music to help young children begin learning to sing and play familiar songs on the piano and she is here to tell us all about it. Learn more at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/337
12/06/2023 • 38 minutes 25 seconds
PPP 335: Piano Parent Summer Survival Kit (My first book on Amazon!)
Hot off the presses.... I just released my first book on Amazon and I'll tell you all about it in today's episode. Sum·mer ˈsəmər/ noun the warmest season of the year, in the northern hemisphere from June to August and in the southern hemisphere from December to February. the time of year when many piano students backslide with their hard earned piano skills. Sur·viv·al sərˈvīvəl/ noun the state or fact of continuing to live or exist, typically in spite of an accident, ordeal, or difficult circumstances. how piano parents feel when struggling to prevent the aforementioned backsliding.</p
29/05/2023 • 26 minutes 58 seconds
PPP 334: Chrissy Ricker shares her Summer Piano Review Challenge Calendars
Keeping in line with last week's episode about summer reading, this week we get to hear from Chrissy Ricker who has developed summer piano review challenge calendars. Listen as Chrissy shares some of the highlights from her summer activity calendars and how they can help keep your piano kid musical engaged this summer. Learn more and find links to all the resources Chrissy mentions at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/334.
22/05/2023 • 33 minutes 1 second
PPP 333: Summer reading - books and music
Summertime is a great time to take a much-deserved break! It's also a great time to catch up on reading or, at least maintain your reading capabilities. The same tactics that help new readers to read library books will also work for piano kids learning to read new music. Find some helpful tips for reading both kinds of literature on today's show. Learn more at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/333
15/05/2023 • 30 minutes 47 seconds
PPP 332: Leveling up from accidentals to key signatures
Making the jump from accidentals which mark each note that needs to be altered to key signatures placed at the beginning of each staff can be difficult for some students. Learn how you can help your piano kid level up on today's show. Learn more at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/332
08/05/2023 • 35 minutes 11 seconds
PPP 331: Technique is a tool that serves performance, with Ken Thompson
In today's show, Ken Thompson shares valuable insight into piano technique. "Technique is a tool that serves performance. If you use the tool in performance, you are able to be free musically, to express yourself, and to send a musical message to your audience. In order for that to happen, the tool needs to be reliable." Learn more at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/331
01/05/2023 • 1 hour 6 minutes 23 seconds
PPP 330: Ten Things for the Day of the Recital
Keep this list handy for any time your piano kid participates in a studio recital or piano event. These are wonderful things you can do to make this important day as stress-free and calm for your piano kid as possible. Get your free Checklist download and find other tenth episodes at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/330
24/04/2023 • 29 minutes 45 seconds
PPP 329: Spring Cleaning Our Music Bag
I am amazed at the things students collect in their music bags. I've seen everything from books and music that was completed long ago to old theory tests and worksheets to candy wrappers from my prize box. Once I even found a banana that was well past its expiration! So many odd items creep into my own music bag. Exactly why do I have three types of breath mints, two lip balms, and seven hair ties?!? On today's show, let's clean out our music bags together. See the companion video at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/329
17/04/2023 • 16 minutes 37 seconds
PPP 328: This mom did everything right and they still quit
Sometimes, no matter how much you want your piano kids to enjoy their lessons and learn to make music, they just don't get it. Sometimes, even if you've done everything right, they still end up quitting. That's the topic of today's show. Learn more at www.pianoparentpodcast.com/328
10/04/2023 • 24 minutes 29 seconds
PPP 327: Teacher Chat: Hobbyist vs Career Musicians with Joellyn Andrews and Janna Williamson
I started to call this chat "Hobbyist vs Serious Musicians" but realized that's not a fair description. Some would say I'm a hobbyist at podcasting - because I make ZERO money doing it - but I still take it very seriously. That's why I made the change to "Hobbyist vs Career Musicians" - some of our piano kids are doing lessons for a season, without the intention of pursuing music in college or as a profession while others have different long-term plans. Your goals have a big impact on the teacher you select and how that teacher will go about teaching you to play the piano. Please visit www.pianoparentpodcast.com/327 to learn more.
03/04/2023 • 46 minutes 53 seconds
PPP 326: Musical Mystery Opus 4, No. 2 "Turn out the lights, the party's over!"
I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “Where words fail, music speaks”- a quote by Hans Christian Andersen. Today’s musical mystery will tell you the story of an occasion where words could have gotten you fired so music was the only way to communicate. Hear the full story in today's Musical Mystery Opus 4, No. 2 "Turn out the lights, the party's over!" <span style= "font-size: 11.0pt; line-height: 107%; font-family: '
27/03/2023 • 24 minutes 19 seconds
PPP 325: "We need to leave early from the recital."
This is a busy time of the year. To avoid schedule conflicts and the urge to do all the things, parents need to be proactive, set priorities and make difficult decisions for their piano kids. Listen to today's show to learn how. Check www.pianoparentpodcast.com/325 for more information.
20/03/2023 • 24 minutes 41 seconds
PPP 324: Work Smarter, Not Harder with Ashlee Young
Ashlee Young is a piano teacher with a passion to help musicians plan more effective and efficient practice sessions. In today's interview, she shares how you can move from reading individual notes to more lengthy phrases in the same way we progress in reading letters, words, and sentences. Visit www.PianoParentPodcast.com/324 for more information.
13/03/2023 • 40 minutes 11 seconds
PPP 323: Piano Day Project and Music Cryptography
March 29 is the 88th day of the year - PIANO DAY!! To celebrate one of our favorite days of the year, we are going to do a fun Piano Day Project where we will encrypt a secret name in our special, one-of-a-kind melody. Learn how in today's show! Get your free Alpha-Numeric Code maker at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/323.
06/03/2023 • 30 minutes 26 seconds
PPP 322: The Grand Staff and a Ta11 Tale
Once upon a time, I read or heard a story about the grand staff. I share it with my students and today I'll share it with you.
27/02/2023 • 24 minutes 40 seconds
PPP 321: Note Rush, 2nd edition with App Developer, Thomas Grayston
We first met Thomas Grayston, the genius developer behind the popular note identification app, Note Rush, back in 2017. (You can listen to that interview at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/065) Today, he is back to share some exciting updates to the app including new themes, customized decks of notes, and helpful hints while playing the app. Find links and other resources at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/321.
20/02/2023 • 42 minutes 1 second
PPP 320: Ten Things Piano Parents Love About Piano Lessons
Every episode that ends with a 0 includes a list of ten somethings. Since tomorrow is Valentine's Day, this list gives you 10 things piano parents love about piano lessons. What else would you add to the list? www.PianoParentPodcast.com/320
13/02/2023 • 18 minutes 47 seconds
PPP 319: Reflections on last week's episode
I really enjoyed talking with Winston Hall last week. One of the things he said really struck me and I've been thinking about it ever since. He said, "Reading music is the most analytical way to make music." and that wasn't how his brain was wired. My brain actually feels safer and more confident with the music, in fact, I feel frozen if I don't have music in front of me; I don't know what to play! Listen to this and more reflections at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/319
06/02/2023 • 21 minutes 30 seconds
PPP 318: "Wrong Note Right: The Story of an Accidental Piano Man" with Winston Hall
Winston Hall is a self-proclaimed "below-average piano student" who was able to overcome obstacles that might have stopped most people - the inability to read music, his own self-doubt, and debilitating stage fright. Winston is now one of the most popular entertainers in the Northwest Louisiana area. This is an episode that you will bookmark and listen to again and again and share with your piano parent friends. Visit the show notes at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/318.
30/01/2023 • 50 minutes 49 seconds
PPP 317: Preparing to Start Piano Lessons
If you're waiting to start piano lessons, this is the episode for you! Potential students reach out to me for lessons but I often don't have a space available. Many times, they opt to wait for my short-term summer session and start the process of waiting for piano lessons to begin. In today's show, I'll share three things that piano parents can do to make good use of this interim time: think about your goals, build anticipation, and start a regular practice habit - NOW. Visit the full show notes at www.pianoparentpodcast.com/317
23/01/2023 • 25 minutes 34 seconds
PPP 316: Make Regular Practice Part of 2023
In last week's episode I quoted Art L. Williams Jr. “Remember, before you can be great, you’ve got to be good. Before you can be good, you’ve got to be bad. But before you can even be bad, you’ve got to try.” Today, let's focus on the trying aspect of learning to play the piano.
16/01/2023 • 30 minutes 19 seconds
PPP 315: Allowing for Miskates, er, Mistakes
My list of 22 for 2022 turned out to be a list of things I failed to do. When I look back on it, I don't celebrate the things I was able to finish, I just feel defeated by the areas where I missed the mark. Rather than aiming for perfection, I think it is good for our children to see us make mistakes and move on, gracefully. Our mistakes shouldn't devastate us and our kids need to learn to give themselves the same kind of mercy. In this P3 episode, we talk more about helping our piano kids to allow for mistakes in their piano practice.
09/01/2023 • 24 minutes 58 seconds
Holiday Replay of PPP072: These Popular Christmas Songs Were Written in the Heat of the Summer
Do you ever wonder what inspires composers and songwriters to create the music they do? Would you be surprised to learn that some of our favorite Christmas tunes were written in the heat of the summer? On today’s podcast, I’ll share some of the interesting things I discovered about some of the songs we enjoy throughout the holiday season. Learn more at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/072 Merry Christmas!!
19/12/2022 • 33 minutes
Holiday Replay of PPP122: Handel's Messiah - the IMDB(ish) Story
Listen to the inspiring story behind one of the most iconic pieces of musical literature, Handel's "Messiah". I have to admit that I was not a fan of this oratorio until I learned the difficulties Handel faced before he came to write the music. Learn more at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/122. Thanks for listening and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
12/12/2022 • 20 minutes 26 seconds
PPP 314: Mindfulness and Breathing with Dr. Fernanda Nieto
After dealing with everything we have over the last two years, our brains have gotten really good at facing problems and anxiety - maybe too good. We might have accidentally trained our brains to be hyperresponsive to uncomfortable circumstances. On today's show, Dr. Fernanda Nieto shares some wonderful ways to help our brains and our bodies to relax and breathe.
24/10/2022 • 51 minutes 11 seconds
PPP 313: It's okay to have fun!
Inspired by a quote from Agatha Christie, this episode reminds us all to enjoy the journey and allow ourselves to be a little ridiculous.
17/10/2022 • 14 minutes 48 seconds
PPP 312: Music Alphabet - Counting by 1s, 3s, and 5s
Everything your piano kid has to do with music: reading music, finding the correct piano keys, eventually building scales and chords, and putting chords together in a sequence, all of that stems from understanding the basic seven notes of the music alphabet.
10/10/2022 • 23 minutes 13 seconds
PPP311: Rock Climber, Kelley Yuan, talks about facing challenges
So much of the time, we focus on dealing with anxiety and performance jitters with the assumption that everyone has them. It was so refreshing to have this conversation with someone who actually enjoys facing challenges and learning how to overcome obstacles. Kelley Yuan is a software developer by day but she is also a pianist and enjoys a very interesting and challenging hobby: rock climbing. Listen to her inspiring outlook on life and how she views challenges with interest and curiosity.
03/10/2022 • 48 minutes 19 seconds
PPP 310: Ten Things I Learned Through Acquiring My New-to-me Piano
My studio was recently gifted with a Baldwin Hamilton baby grand piano and I am thrilled! Going through this new experience taught me a few things that I think you might enjoy learning as well.
26/09/2022 • 26 minutes 7 seconds
PPP 309: Author, Cher Kretz shares her GPS Life System
Returning to the show from her previous appearance in PPP209, author, and counselor, Cher Kretz is back to share more helpful insight for parents. On today's show you will hear about her latest book release, "30 Days to Higher Hopes" and her GPS Life System. www.pianoparentpodcast.com/309
19/09/2022 • 44 minutes 12 seconds
PPP 308: Why do Olympic athletes need a coach?
Why would a world-class athlete, someone who is at the top of their physical abilities, need a coach? Find out on today's show. www.pianoparentpodcast.com/308
12/09/2022 • 33 minutes 29 seconds
PPP 307: Break the Cycle (How to Reprogram a Negative Routine)
On today's show, we will share how to disrupt and reprogram the negative cycle of communication with your piano kid.
05/09/2022 • 23 minutes 46 seconds
PPP 306: Musical Mystery (coming soon)
I am excited to share the next Musical Mystery with you! The story is still in the works. Please check back soon. In the meantime, follow this link to download the Podbean Podcast Player and listen to previous Piano Parent Podcast episodes.
29/08/2022 • 1 minute 12 seconds
PPP 305: Stephen Hughes Jazz Band, Part 2
On today's show, Stephen Hughes returns to share specific things budding jazz pianists can do to prepare to play piano in their school or church band. You can listen to the first part of our discussion at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/304.
22/08/2022 • 1 hour 19 minutes 13 seconds
PPP 304: Stephen Hughes - Jazz Band, Part 1
Stephen Hughes, shares practical tips and strategies for that moment when your high school band director recruits you to play keyboard in the school jazz band. In part 1, we'll talk about being proactive, focusing on chords, and listening to Jazz Classics.
15/08/2022 • 54 minutes 50 seconds
PPP 303: WWYD - Attending the Lesson
This summer, I’m doing a special series called, “What would you do?” We’re taking a little break from the longer format episodes to focus on individual scenarios you might face as you and your piano kid navigate this musical journey. Just as your child can only learn independence through experience, this summer series will give you ideas about how to handle potential obstacles in your piano studies.
08/08/2022 • 16 minutes 9 seconds
PPP 302: WWYD - Schedule Conflicts
This summer, I’m doing a special series called, “What would you do?” We’re taking a little break from the longer format episodes to focus on individual scenarios you might face as you and your piano kid navigate this musical journey. Just as you put appointments on your calendar to avoid double booking, this summer series will give you ideas about how to handle potential obstacles in your piano studies.
01/08/2022 • 17 minutes 25 seconds
PPP 301: WWYD - No Practice
This summer, I’m doing a special series called, “What would you do?” We’re taking a little break from the longer format episodes to focus on individual scenarios you might face as you and your piano kid navigate this musical journey. Just like you wouldn't skip a dentist appointment if your child forgot to brush their teeth, this summer series will give you ideas about how to handle potential obstacles in your piano studies.
25/07/2022 • 13 minutes 32 seconds
PPP 300: Ten Episodes for New Listeners
Happy Anniversary!! The podcast is celebrating its sixth year and the milestone of 300 episodes! If you are a new listener, this episode is the perfect place to start. On today's show, I am highlighting ten of the different types of episodes you can expect to hear. Check the show notes for links to specific recommendations in each category.
18/07/2022 • 28 minutes 40 seconds
PPP 299: WWYD - Practice Space
This summer, I’m doing a special series called, “What would you do?” We’re taking a little break from the longer format episodes to focus on individual scenarios you might face as you and your piano kid navigate this musical journey. Just as your child puts their backpack by the door the night before school and you have your car keys in a bowl on a table in the entry hallway, this summer series will give you ideas about how to handle potential obstacles in your piano studies.
11/07/2022 • 15 minutes 49 seconds
PPP 298: WWYD - Letter Names
This summer, I’m doing a special series called, “What would you do?” We’re taking a little break from the longer format episodes to focus on individual scenarios you might face as you and your piano kid navigate this musical journey. Just as you have drilled your phone number and address in your kid’s memory and you have ICE contact information on your cell phone, this summer series will give you ideas about how to handle potential obstacles in your piano studies.
04/07/2022 • 15 minutes 11 seconds
PPP 297: WWYD - Practice Time
This summer, I’m doing a special series called, “What would you do?” We’re taking a little break from the longer format episodes to focus on individual scenarios you might face as you and your piano kid navigate this musical journey. Just as your child has a set bedtime and you set the bathroom clock ahead 5 minutes to avoid being late, this summer series will give you ideas about how to handle potential obstacles in your piano studies.
27/06/2022 • 11 minutes 39 seconds
PPP 296: WWYD - Stopping Lessons
This summer, I’m doing a special series called, “What would you do?” We’re taking a little break from the longer format episodes to focus on individual scenarios you might face as you and your piano kid navigate this musical journey. Just as your child practices fire drills at school and you have a backup plan in case it rains on the day of their birthday party, this summer series will give you ideas about how to handle potential obstacles in your piano studies.
20/06/2022 • 13 minutes 7 seconds
PPP 295: Why should your piano kid get SMART with their music?
My teaching method of getting SMART with your music is a nice middle ground between being fully committed to the written score and trying to create music from scratch. In this episode, you will hear how other piano kids are getting SMART with their music.
13/06/2022 • 44 minutes 46 seconds
PPP 294: The Journey to Musical Mastery
A few days ago my friend and fellow piano teacher, Kristin Yost, posted a document from her music school. She called the document "Journey to Musical Mastery" and in it, she offers parents a basic guideline of expectations for each phase of learning to make music. With Kristin's permission, I am sharing the document with you today.
06/06/2022 • 29 minutes 18 seconds
PPP 293: Don't Confuse Basic with Easy
"...some of the most basic things are the most important to master, but most of us won't do it because it seems too simple." Vanessa Lau
30/05/2022 • 32 minutes 13 seconds
PPP 292: Three Ways to Use the Circle of Fifths
The Circle of Fifths is a valuable tool for musicians. If you aren't familiar with it; however, it can look very overwhelming. On today's show, I will share three basic ways you can use the Circle of Fifths.
I am loving the word commencement this year. The graduation ceremony may mark the end of a season - a finish line, but commencement marks the beginning of a new and exciting adventure.
16/05/2022 • 17 minutes
PPP290: Ten Teacher Gift Ideas for Summer (or graduation)
With the end of another school year just around the corner, you may be thinking of a way to let your teacher know how much you appreciate the knowledge and relationship they share with your piano kid. On today's show, you will hear what kinds of gifts piano teachers enjoy receiving.
09/05/2022 • 19 minutes 47 seconds
PPP 289: Mindset is More Important Than Strategy
Henry Ford said it best, "Whether you think you can or think you can't, either way, you're right." Learn why mindset is so much more important than strategy on today's show.
02/05/2022 • 24 minutes 5 seconds
PPP 288: The Advantage of Listening
Listening is just as important as reading or touching the piano keys. Episode 288 of the Piano Parent Podcast gives you hands-on (or should I say ears-on) experience of actively listening to music.
25/04/2022 • 42 minutes 6 seconds
PPP287: Teacher Chat - Summer Piano Lessons
Are you planning to continue piano lessons over the summer? Is your teacher planning to take a break for the summer? Today's episode includes three different perspectives on summer piano lessons. Give it a listen as you decide what is best for your piano kid.
18/04/2022 • 55 minutes 50 seconds
PPP 286: Musical Mystery Opus 3, No. 4 "One HIt Wonder"
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase before – one hit wonder. A band produces a song that is so popular you would think it’s just one of many hits they must have had. As it turns out, that song was their one and only hit. They became a one hit wonder. Today, I’ll tell you the story of another one hit wonder. I promise you’ve heard of the hit, now you get to learn about the artist.
11/04/2022 • 21 minutes 1 second
PPP 285: Three Students, Three Strategies
Today, I will share three snapshots of students who have started lessons within the last year. Each student has her own unique strengths and weaknesses. While I am the same teacher for all of them, the way they receive and process information is vastly different. I am enjoying learning from all of them.
04/04/2022 • 35 minutes 16 seconds
PPP 284: Piano Day 2022
March 29 is the 88th day of the year. Happy Piano Day!! I have a few ideas of how you can celebrate this special occasion with your piano kid. Find out on today's episode.
28/03/2022 • 16 minutes 16 seconds
PPP 283 Spring Fever
Sometimes in the spring, I start getting a feeling of overwhelm and wish I didn't have all the responsibilities that I have. Do you feel that way? Do you ever get Spring Fever? I wonder if your piano kid feels the same way. Let's talk about Spring Fever and how to overcome it on today's show...
21/03/2022 • 32 minutes 19 seconds
PPP282: Relative Pitch
You may have heard about perfect pitch and learned that if you don't have it, there is a small likelihood that you will develop it at this stage in your life. Fortunately, you can develop your relative pitch at any time. The sooner you can help your piano kid hone their skill of listening and hearing relative pitch, the better. Learn how in this week's episode.
14/03/2022 • 36 minutes 33 seconds
PPP281: Setting up your space for online piano lessons with Stephen Hughes
Stephen Hughes, NCTM is a professional pianist, online piano teaching specialist, and music technology trainer. His online teaching studio, Virtual Piano Studio, is a growing community of students & music teachers of all ages and skill levels, who take private instruction via Live Online Lessons. He teaches students in the U.S., China, UK, & Australia. Stephen was teaching online long before it became a necessity in 2020. Today, he shares how parents can help their piano kids set up their home practice space for optimal online piano lessons.
07/03/2022 • 1 hour 10 minutes 10 seconds
PPP280: Ten Subtle Musical Milestones
Sometimes it's hard to notice improvements in your piano kid's skill and musicality. Today's episode gives you ten small things to look for to know your child is growing as a musician. Look for these signs to reassure yourself of the investment you're making for your child. Use them as a source of encouragement for them.
28/02/2022 • 41 minutes 40 seconds
PPP279: An "Original" ELVIS Impersonator
Recently, my husband and I took his parents to a concert. Though I was glad to spend time with them, I was not looking forward to seeing another Elvis Presley impersonator. What I experienced at the concert was something completely unexpected so I thought I'd share it with you on today's show.
21/02/2022 • 17 minutes 57 seconds
PPP278: Training Elephants - Learned Helplessness or Limiting Beliefs
I heard a new term the other day, "Learned Helplessness". According to Psychology Today, "Learned helplessness occurs when an individual continuously faces a negative, uncontrollable situation and stops trying to change their circumstances, even when they have the ability to do so. For example, a smoker may repeatedly try and fail to quit. He may grow frustrated and come to believe that nothing he does will help, and therefore he stops trying altogether. The perception that one cannot control the situation essentially elicits a passive response to the harm that is occurring."
14/02/2022 • 29 minutes 17 seconds
PPP277: Teacher Chat - Finger Numbers and Hand Positions with Dawn Ivers
07/02/2022 • 34 minutes 58 seconds
PPP276: Musical Mystery Opus 3, No. 3 "Arriving and Reviving
In the style of Mike Rowe’s podcast “The Way I Heard It” and Paul Harvey’s radio show “The Rest of the Story”, this episode of the Piano Parent Podcast brings you the backstory of a musician or song or a moment in music history. I use these musical mysteries to tell you something you might not know about someone or something that is somewhat familiar; in this case, we will learn how one young musician convinced his older and wiser teacher to try something new by singing something old.
31/01/2022 • 20 minutes 45 seconds
PPP275: Cameron Dennis talks about Ear Training
Cameron Dennis is an amazing fusion of music and technology. While continuing to pursue graduate degrees in performance and music theory he is combining his musical knowledge with his skills in technology to create wonderful online resources for music students of any skill level. On today's show, Cameron shares his new Ear Trainer. This resource is extremely valuable to help piano kids learn to identify and notate the sounds they hear.
24/01/2022 • 35 minutes 18 seconds
PPP274: Janna Williamson talks about our historic heritage of piano music
With such a push these days for popular music, it is refreshing to hear someone who is just as passionate about our historic musical heritage as Janna Williamson. Janna Williamson, NCTM, is a pianist, educator, and collaborator. Janna enjoys high retention in her independent piano studio in the suburbs of Chicago as well as the rewards of students who have gone on to enjoy a lifetime of music.
17/01/2022 • 56 minutes 29 seconds
PPP273: Rami BarNiv discusses The Art of Piano Fingering
RAMI BAR-NIV (RAHmee BarNEEV) is one of Israel's most acclaimed and sought-after pianists. He travels extensively and has become an international citizen, concertizing all over the world. Rami has performed on every continent with the exception of Antarctica (I suppose we'll excuse you from that one). In addition to concertizing and lecturing, Rami also composes and has written two books. On today's show, Rami will share insights from his first book, The Art of Piano Fingering.
10/01/2022 • 51 minutes 39 seconds
BONUS Episode: Luke 2 "Mary pondered these things in her heart"
Merry Christmas! In this BONUS episode of the Piano Parent Podcast, you will hear my reading of Luke 2:1-20. I will also share some personal thoughts on that passage and this special time of year.
25/12/2021 • 10 minutes 44 seconds
PPP272: My List of 21 for 2021
Whether you are great at setting goals or stay up well past midnight on January 1 making New Year's Resolutions, it's a good idea to make plans and have things to aim for.
20/12/2021 • 26 minutes 22 seconds
PPP271: Anna Fagan takes travel teaching to a whole new level
In early 2020 when the pandemic first happened, Anna Fagan and her husband used the opportunity to fulfill a marriage-long dream; RVing around the country. Listen to today's show to hear how Anna has taken travel teaching to a whole new level.
13/12/2021 • 50 minutes 45 seconds
PPP270: Ten Wintery Pieces
Every tenth episode of the Piano Parent Podcast offers you a list of ten somethings. On today's show, I present to you a list of Ten Wintery Pieces.
06/12/2021 • 29 minutes 12 seconds
PPP269: Music Maker - Rhythm
29/11/2021 • 34 minutes 55 seconds
PPP268: Christopher Oill Talks About Sight Reading
A textbook definition of sight-reading would be the ability to read a piece of sheet music on the spot and to be able to play it as you're reading it. Another aspect of sight-reading is the ability to use your eyes to track the music on the page while your hands find the notes without having to look at them. On today's show, Christopher Oill talks about sight-reading - it's value and how to improve this skill.
22/11/2021 • 54 minutes 58 seconds
PPP267: Thankful for Piano Parents (and a confession)
In today's special Thanksgiving episode, piano teachers share stories of gratitude for the families in their studio.
15/11/2021 • 20 minutes 2 seconds
PPP266: Musical Mystery Opus 3, No. 2 "Down in History"
In the style of Mike Rowe’s podcast “The Way I Heard It” and Paul Harvey’s radio show “The Rest of the Story”, this episode of the Piano Parent Podcast brings you the backstory of a musician or song or a moment in music history. I use these musical mysteries to tell you something you might not know about someone or something that is somewhat familiar. In this case, I will tell you the story of a young author who never wrote the great American novel but still managed to go "Down in History". Here is his story:
08/11/2021 • 17 minutes 54 seconds
PPP265: You Know More Than You Think You Know with Christopher Oill
Christopher Oill is a concert pianist, composer, and teacher, who leads performance and pedagogy into the future, perfecting “what is” and experimenting with “what could be.” Through his teaching business, the Oill Piano Universe, he helps open up the minds of creative musicians around the world, and he gives them the tools to succeed in their own niche way.
01/11/2021 • 55 minutes 31 seconds
PPP264: Level Up Your Video Game Music with Chrissy Ricker
Chrissy Ricker, NCTM, is a pianist, teacher, and composer from North Carolina. Chrissy holds a Master’s degree in piano performance and pedagogy and has been teaching piano for 23 years. Chrissy specializes in creating exciting original music and arrangements for pianists of all ages and skill levels. She has published over 30 collections of piano solo and duet music for students, and her piano music is featured regularly on the contest lists of teaching associations across the United States and Canada. A prolific arranger, Chrissy has also arranged hundreds of pop, classical, video game, and anime titles and is a Signature Artist for the digital music retailer Musicnotes. You can learn more about Chrissy at her website, chrissyricker.com.
25/10/2021 • 41 minutes 5 seconds
PPP263: Building Rapport between Student and Teacher
Many thanks to fellow piano teacher, Christina, who submitted this topic suggestion. "... about how parents often mistake chattiness as being “off-topic” and “wasting time” when it’s actually mega-important bonding time for teacher/student relationships."
18/10/2021 • 27 minutes 35 seconds
PPP262: Operation MGC (Make Grandma Cry...in a good way!)
Your secret mission, should you choose to accept it, is to Make Grandma Cry…in a good way by performing a meaningful song for them at the next family gathering.
11/10/2021 • 31 minutes 14 seconds
PPP261: Stacy Fahrion from Whimsically Macabre
What a delightful teacher and composer is Stacy Fahrion! I love her outlook on life and how she embraces her unique self. I especially love how she encourages her students and those of us listening to her interview to own our unique selves as well.
04/10/2021 • 58 minutes 11 seconds
PPP260: Ten Sound Effects You Can Create on the Piano
Listen to PPP260 to learn TEN SOUND EFFECTS YOU CAN CREATE ON THE PIANO.
27/09/2021 • 32 minutes 27 seconds
PPP259: Music Maker - Harmony
Continuing the Music Maker series which started with intervals (ppp239), then expanded to scales (PPP249), we are now talking about adding harmony to our melodies. Check out the show notes and get your free music maker worksheet at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/259
20/09/2021 • 27 minutes 27 seconds
PPP258: "Practice Pie" with author Nicola Cantan
13/09/2021 • 59 minutes 12 seconds
PPP257: Teacher Chat - Studio Policies with Vanessa Chisler and Kelli Cooper
06/09/2021 • 51 minutes 54 seconds
PPP256: Musical Mystery Opus 3, No. 1 "The Original Piano Guy"
30/08/2021 • 16 minutes 38 seconds
PPP255: Piano Practice is Supposed to be Messy! - This one's for the piano kids.
23/08/2021 • 29 minutes 30 seconds
PPP254: Practice is NOT the Same as Playing, with Clinton Pratt
16/08/2021 • 57 minutes 28 seconds
PPP253: Three Myths About Piano Practice
09/08/2021 • 35 minutes 18 seconds
PPP252: Make a BIG deal of your piano kid's playing, with Jennifer Eklund
02/08/2021 • 1 hour 4 minutes 17 seconds
PPP251: The Path of Life Often Takes Unexpected Turns with Adonna Donovan
26/07/2021 • 42 minutes 42 seconds
PPP250: Ten Standard Teaching Pieces for the Early Years
19/07/2021 • 33 minutes 47 seconds
PPP249: Music Maker - Scales
12/07/2021 • 32 minutes 2 seconds
PPP248: How to Win Arguments with Your Older Piano Kid
05/07/2021 • 25 minutes 36 seconds
PPP247: Teacher Chat about YouTube Videos with Clinton Pratt and Janna Williamson
28/06/2021 • 42 minutes 37 seconds
PPP246: Musical Mystery - Opus 2, No. 5 "Her Declaration of Independence"
21/06/2021 • 18 minutes 27 seconds
PPP245: Tactile Toy, Tension Terminator, or Technique Tool?
14/06/2021 • 20 minutes 45 seconds
PPP244: The Role of the Parent is Crucial with Andra Kruka
07/06/2021 • 56 minutes 8 seconds
PPP243: Why does music use so many Italian terms?
31/05/2021 • 27 minutes 23 seconds
PPP242: Why sing if you're a piano player?
24/05/2021 • 29 minutes 33 seconds
PPP241: Raising EQ Kids with the Musician's Coach, Jodie Jensen
17/05/2021 • 47 minutes 23 seconds
PPP240: Ten Reasons for Summer Lessons
10/05/2021 • 25 minutes 19 seconds
PPP239: Music Maker - Intervals
03/05/2021 • 25 minutes 33 seconds
PPP238: Parkinson's Law: Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion
26/04/2021 • 28 minutes 20 seconds
PPP237: Teacher Chat - Recital Ideas for 2021
19/04/2021 • 59 minutes 6 seconds
PPP236: Musical Mystery Opus 2, No. 2 "Live from the Poodle Dog Café"
13/04/2021 • 18 minutes 17 seconds
PPP235: "My first-grader doesn't practice like I thought she would." Is this a practicing issue or a parenting issue?
05/04/2021 • 21 minutes 18 seconds
PPP234: Are We Having FUN Yet
29/03/2021 • 20 minutes 19 seconds
PPP233: Time to Practice
22/03/2021 • 23 minutes 9 seconds
PPP232: Practice Tempo vs Performance Tempo
15/03/2021 • 24 minutes 32 seconds
PPP231: Learn How to Make Sight Reading More Fluent with Note Quest Developer, Grace Lee
08/03/2021 • 53 minutes 15 seconds
PPP230: Ten Things I Bet You Didn't Know About Your Piano
01/03/2021 • 22 minutes 53 seconds
PPP229: Let' s Celebrate Piano Day!
22/02/2021 • 18 minutes 46 seconds
PPP228: Don't Fall Into This Trap
15/02/2021 • 33 minutes 46 seconds
PPP227: Travis Lohmann Paints Musical Portraits
08/02/2021 • 47 minutes 4 seconds
PPP226: Musical Mystery Opus 2 No. 3 "An Unsung Hero" (If you'll pardon the pun)
01/02/2021 • 17 minutes 29 seconds
PPP225: "2021" with Piano Kid, Violet Rivers (and company)
25/01/2021 • 42 minutes 52 seconds
PPP224: The Practicing Pro, Christy Hodder
18/01/2021 • 43 minutes
PPP223 The Fresh Start Effect
11/01/2021 • 20 minutes 3 seconds
PPP222: The Last Episode of the Year
22/12/2020 • 34 minutes 1 second
PPP221: Teacher Interview Spotlight on Dorothy Yan, Tony Parlapiano, and Marvin Blickenstaff
14/12/2020 • 30 minutes 23 seconds
PPP220: Ten Things - CHRISTMAS! Edition
07/12/2020 • 29 minutes 49 seconds
PPP219: The Creative Freedom of Constraint
30/11/2020 • 26 minutes 42 seconds
PPP218: DECIDE to be Thankful, even in 2020
23/11/2020 • 24 minutes 39 seconds
PPP217: Teacher Chat About Christmas Music with Anna Fagan and Karen Young
16/11/2020 • 41 minutes 32 seconds
PPP216: Musical Mystery Opus 2, No. 2 "One Night at the Opera"
09/11/2020 • 22 minutes 3 seconds
PPP215: External Motivation to Practice - PIANOVEMBER
02/11/2020 • 21 minutes 44 seconds
PPP214: LSSL - The Key to Unlocking Key Signatures
26/10/2020 • 23 minutes 2 seconds
PPP213: Interleaved Practicing (Couldn't they come up with a better name?)
19/10/2020 • 24 minutes 42 seconds
PPP212: The Importance of Note Values and Musical Speech Patterns
13/10/2020 • 30 minutes 1 second
Encore 032: In Memory of My Mom, Patricia Truett
05/10/2020 • 29 minutes 36 seconds
PPP211: Just Keep Swimming
28/09/2020 • 20 minutes 20 seconds
PPP210: Ten Things You Should Know About Copyright
21/09/2020 • 36 minutes 41 seconds
PPP209: Good Parent VIBES with School Counselor, Cher Kretz
14/09/2020 • 36 minutes 57 seconds
PPP208: The Perfect Blend of Music and Technology with Lion Theory creator, Cameron Dennis
07/09/2020 • 48 minutes 55 seconds
PPP207: Teacher Chat About Church Modes with Jeremy Duck and Travis Lohmann
31/08/2020 • 50 minutes 14 seconds
PPP206: I Wish I Didn't Quit author, Nate Holder
24/08/2020 • 47 minutes 9 seconds
Encore 025: Piano Parent Interview with Melissa Cornelisons (original air date January 16, 2017)
17/08/2020 • 40 minutes 24 seconds
PPP205: Marvin Blickenstaff talks about Shaping the Sound
10/08/2020 • 54 minutes 23 seconds
PPP204: Dr. Kathy Koch Shares Your Piano Kid's 8 Great Smarts
03/08/2020 • 43 minutes 32 seconds
PPP203: What do you expect?
28/07/2020 • 35 minutes 48 seconds
PPP202: Let's Talk About Lead Sheets
20/07/2020 • 39 minutes 21 seconds
PPP201: This is a Crucial Time to Talk About Listening|Dorothy Yan
13/07/2020 • 43 minutes 2 seconds
PPP200: Ten Common Reasons Students Quit Piano Lessons
06/07/2020 • 38 minutes 42 seconds
PPP199: I Played it Better at Home aka The Observer Effect (corrected file)
30/06/2020 • 36 minutes 49 seconds
PPP199: I Played It Better At Home aka The Observer Effect
29/06/2020 • 21 minutes 41 seconds
PPP198: The Etching of Character
22/06/2020 • 28 minutes 56 seconds
PPP197: Teacher Chat - A Broken Arm Doesn't Have to Mean a Break in Piano Lessons
15/06/2020 • 39 minutes 48 seconds
PPP196: Musical Mystery Opus 2, No. 2 "Yeah, but will they fall for it?"
08/06/2020 • 18 minutes 11 seconds
PPP195: Dr. Heather Nelson Shares How to be Cautiously Creative During This Time of COVID
01/06/2020 • 47 minutes 5 seconds
PPP194: You're Awesome, But...
25/05/2020 • 23 minutes 40 seconds
PPP193: Time to Reevaluate Your Home Practice Environment
18/05/2020 • 29 minutes 35 seconds
PPP192: These are Difficult Time(signatures)
11/05/2020 • 28 minutes 57 seconds
PPP191: May the Force be with You - May You be the Force
04/05/2020 • 33 minutes 7 seconds
PPP190: Ten Things You Should Know About Beethoven's Fur Elise
27/04/2020 • 25 minutes 21 seconds
PPP189: Take Care of Your Mental Health with Nicole Grant, M. Ed., LPC-S
20/04/2020 • 35 minutes 19 seconds
PPP188: The Value of Piano Study (especially during a pandemic)
13/04/2020 • 17 minutes 27 seconds
PPP187: Parent Chat: Coping with Quarantine with Sanette Brems, Beth Hughes, and Dawn Ivers
06/04/2020 • 51 minutes 16 seconds
PPP186: Musical Mystery, Opus 1, No. 5 "He Taught Her a Lesson"
30/03/2020 • 13 minutes 58 seconds
PPP185: Case Study Chapter 6 aka A New Reality
23/03/2020 • 32 minutes 43 seconds
PPP184: Make Piano Part of the Rhythm of Your Life with Tony Parlapiano
16/03/2020 • 1 hour 5 minutes 14 seconds
PPP183: Spring 100 Practice Challenge
09/03/2020 • 18 minutes 7 seconds
PPP182: Playing Major Scales with One Hand
02/03/2020 • 30 minutes 33 seconds
PPP181: Benjamin Steinhardt talks about the Dorothy Taubman approach to piano playing
24/02/2020 • 51 minutes 11 seconds
PPP180: Ten Ways to Flip the Script with Kate Webb
17/02/2020 • 35 minutes 56 seconds
PPP179: Nurture vs Organic
10/02/2020 • 20 minutes 29 seconds
PPP178: Mom2Mom - Family Mystery Movie Night
03/02/2020 • 22 minutes
PPP177: Teacher Chat - What Parents Should Know About Hanon Exercises with Antonio Gandia and Benjamin Steinhardt
27/01/2020 • 41 minutes 42 seconds
PPP176: Musical Mystery Opus 1 No. 4 Chris' Sister
20/01/2020 • 9 minutes 21 seconds
PPP175: Student Case Study: Ray, one-year anniversary
13/01/2020 • 27 minutes 46 seconds
PPP174: Nicole Douglas shares how we play piano with our brain
06/01/2020 • 1 hour 10 minutes 53 seconds
PPP173: Highlights from 2019
16/12/2019 • 27 minutes 6 seconds
PPP172: Scale Degree Names
09/12/2019 • 23 minutes 25 seconds
PPP171: Listen to your children with Piano Parent, Ashley Smith
03/12/2019 • 32 minutes 36 seconds
PPP170 TLC for your piano in winter
25/11/2019 • 18 minutes 36 seconds
PPP169: Our Children Believe What We Tell Them
19/11/2019 • 19 minutes 5 seconds
PPP168: You Cannot Learn to Play Piano in 30 Minutes per Week
12/11/2019 • 15 minutes 21 seconds
PPP167: Our Kids Will Lie to Us
04/11/2019 • 24 minutes 59 seconds
PPP166: Musical Mystery Opus 1,No. 3 "A Simple Little Song"
28/10/2019 • 15 minutes 30 seconds
PPP165: Student Case Study, Ray - Chapter 4
21/10/2019 • 23 minutes 54 seconds
PPP164: PIANOVEMBER 2019
15/10/2019 • 33 minutes 52 seconds
PPP163: Learning from a guy who loves learning
07/10/2019 • 25 minutes 33 seconds
PPP162: Enharmonics - the There, Their, They're of Music Notation
30/09/2019 • 25 minutes 39 seconds
PPP161: Marin Marka with FableNotes
23/09/2019 • 47 minutes 45 seconds
PPP160: Ten Reasons We Love and Need Our Dads
16/09/2019 • 20 minutes 28 seconds
PPP159: Practicing Integrity
09/09/2019 • 20 minutes 46 seconds
PPP158: How to Actually Make Progress with Playing the Piano
02/09/2019 • 20 minutes 59 seconds
PPP157: Teacher Chat Perfect PItch
26/08/2019 • 43 minutes 11 seconds
PPP156: Musical Mystery, Opus 1, No. 2 "What Frank Saw"
19/08/2019 • 19 minutes 45 seconds
PPP155: Happy 3rd Birthday and Student Case Study Chapter 3
12/08/2019 • 21 minutes 20 seconds
PPP154: Don't say, "I can't. Say "I'll try." with Ruth Pitts
04/08/2019 • 44 minutes 9 seconds
PPP153: What is 'perfect' anyway?
29/07/2019 • 35 minutes 53 seconds
PPP152: Repeat Signs Repeat Signs
22/07/2019 • 22 minutes 53 seconds
PPP151: DONE is better than perfect, right?!
17/07/2019 • 16 minutes 24 seconds
PPP150: Ten Screenless Summer Activies
08/07/2019 • 26 minutes 37 seconds
PPP149: Developmental Fitness with Vicki Conway, part_2
01/07/2019 • 39 minutes 8 seconds
PPP148: Developmental Fitness with Vicki Conway, part 1
24/06/2019 • 35 minutes 6 seconds
PPP147: Teacher Chat - Let's Talk About Screen Time
17/06/2019 • 48 minutes 51 seconds
PPP146: Musical Mystery Opus 1, No. 1 "Wishful Thinking"
10/06/2019 • 19 minutes 41 seconds
PPP145: Student Case Study, Ray - Chapter2
03/06/2019 • 29 minutes 34 seconds
PPP144: Learn How Important Parents are to Their Child's Success with Judy Wilkins
27/05/2019 • 32 minutes 32 seconds
PPP143: Mr. Rogers' Code for I Love You
22/05/2019 • 30 minutes 27 seconds
PPP142: Intervals - Going Beyond EGBDF
13/05/2019 • 34 minutes 33 seconds
PPP141: Learn to Keep it Positive with Beth Horton
06/05/2019 • 37 minutes 23 seconds
PPP140: Ten Things You Need to Know about Performance Butterflies
Click here to download this episode. Introductory remarks Listen to the full episode here 1. Why Butterflies? Adrenaline is one way your body works to protect you in a dangerous situation. Part of that protection includes making your heart and lungs work faster and stronger, making your muscles stronger, and helping you think more clearly to you can make quick decisions. The problem is, your brain wants to protect you and kick these things into action if you’re in real danger, say being chased by a bear, or not in real danger, say waiting to play your recital piece. <p style="p
29/04/2019 • 24 minutes 18 seconds
PPP139: Spring Piano Recital - WHY?!
Each year, about this time, music teachers around the world prepare their students for recital. The question is WHY? I can’t speak for other teachers but I’ll use this post to explain why I think a formal spring recital is important along with more details about the way my studio recitals are conducted. Listen to the full episode here First, the WHY: I believe one of the best reasons for a recital is simply the enjoyment of music. We often listen to music passively while driving in the car or working on other projects, so to set aside an hour to give our undivided attention to music is a gift, not only for the student, but also for each audience member. In addition to celebrating the beauty of music, a formal spring recital is just that – formal. It provides an opportunity to reinforce all the manner
22/04/2019 • 24 minutes 54 seconds
PPP138: Dear Mom, Hang in There!
In case you didn’t know, this podcast is called the Piano Parent Podcast. Most episodes deal with common obstacles or struggles students face when learning to play the piano. Today, I’d like to spend our time together by focusing on just you, parents. Specifically, today I want to encourage you to stand firm and do not give in. Listen to the full episode here Click here to download this episode. Remember the goal is to train your child Since my youngest is 16 and my parenting skills are a little dated, I decided to check out what others say about modern parenting. <a href= "https://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/10-modern-day-parenting-mistakes-you-should-avoid-making-and-how-handle-these-chal
15/04/2019 • 25 minutes 23 seconds
PPP137: Teacher Chat - Fingernails and Hand Hygiene
In our fourth teacher chat, Beth Horton and I discuss hand hygiene and fingernails. Listen to additional teacher chats here. Listen to the full episode here Beth Horton Beth is a teacher in Lubbock, Texas who teaches in a multi-teacher studio, travels to students' homes, and offers online piano lessons. Beth will be featured in the next teacher interview coming out May 6, Episode 141. What do you expect as far as hand hygiene from your students? Beth
08/04/2019 • 17 minutes 41 seconds
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25/03/2019 • 21 minutes 7 seconds
PPP134: A Truly Inspiring Interview with Teacher, Leah Drake
I e-met Leah online when her studio participated in the PIANOVEMBER Practice Challenge. She runs a vibrant studio, that is actually called Vibrant Valley Music Studio. She is active in her own pursuit of learning to teach her students. In fact, we were just able to book this interview before Leah heads to the MTNA Convention in Spokane, WA. I love the name of her studio, Vibrant Valley Music Studio and I especially love her teaching philosophy, "Nurturing tomorrow's musicians through creativity, inspiration, and community." Listen to the full episode here Resources Mentioned in this Episode Debra Perez “Way Cool Keyboarding” <p
18/03/2019 • 1 hour 1 minute 3 seconds
PPP133: What's really going on when your piano kid says, "This is too hard!"
Doing new things can be challenging for all of us. Piano students are asked to do new things constantly. Once they master one concept, another is given to them without pause. Faced with something new, in this case a new musical concept to master or a new song to play, students have to exert a lot of conscious effort. They have to intentionally think about what they want their hands to do. That is hard work! Piano kids will often resist and not even try because they don’t feel they will be successful. Rather than try and fail, they choose to give up. They feel like the music is too hard. Parents can help their kids look at music and their abilities differently. It’s not too hard; it’s too new. As students practice and put in multiple, slow repetitions, their hands and muscles “learn” how to do the movement and pl
11/03/2019 • 25 minutes 48 seconds
11/03/2019 • 25 minutes 48 seconds
PPP132: How to Build Chords and Inversions
In Episode 130 I gave you a list of ten songs that are perfect for playing along with YouTube videos (I've gotten a lot of positive feedback from that episode! Thanks for letting me know it was helpful for you). It occurred to me while recording that episode that I haven’t really talked about building chords and their inversions on the podcast. Build by counting piano keys Many piano kids may be familiar with chords that are grouped by their shape. Major Chords with all white keys: C, F, G. Chords with a black key in the middle: D, E, A. Chords with black keys on the top and bottom and a white key in the middle: Db, Eb, Ab. But what a
04/03/2019 • 33 minutes 21 seconds
PPP131: Let Music Be Your Diary with Raphaelita Justice
Click here to download this episode. In this episode we learn ♫ How Raphaelita’s instructor, mentor, and lifelong friend discovered her when she was practicing at a local church one day. ♫ How Raphealita’s upbringing and the influence of her mother helped her become an excellent student. ♫ The difference between the casual piano parent who aims to broaden their child’s interests and knowledge versus the more stern piano parent who views piano study as a launching pad for additional opportunities for their piano kid in college and beyond. ♫ How Raphaelita uses WhatsApp to help her student
25/02/2019 • 37 minutes 59 seconds
PPP130: Ten Songs that are Perfect for a YouTube Play Along
The last few shows have mentioned playing chords or pop songs or getting creative at the piano in some way. Talking about it is great and your piano kid might really be interested in playing some pop tunes but getting started can feel a little overwhelming. That’s why I put together this list of 10 songs that are perfect to play along with a YouTube video and I have the videos embedded on the show notes for this episode. I chose these songs because most of them use only a few chords (most of them five chords or less) and those chords occur in a repeating pattern throughout the entire song or through a large portion of the song. The basic formula for playing each chord is to have the right hand play the chord in root position (your piano teacher can share more about this) while the left hand plays the root note only. In most cases, stu
18/02/2019 • 47 minutes 23 seconds
PPP129: "Lord of the Chords" Game Developer, Jonathan Ng
A few weeks ago I got an email from Sanette Brems, a piano mom in my studio. Listen to Sanette's parent interview with me on Episode 019. In her email, Sanette said, "I saw this and immediately thought of you!" The link in the email took me to the Kickstarter page for a new music theory game called, "Lord of the Chords". Their website declares that they are the "geekiest, punniest music theory game in the world". Lord of the Chords Kickstarter Page - click here I love puns and really love games that help my students learn and use music theory so I did a little research and was able to contact the developers of the gam
10/02/2019 • 38 minutes 16 seconds
PPP128: Keep a Video/Audio Journal of Your Child's Musical Journey
In recent episodes, I've alluded to the idea of keeping a video or audio journal of your piano kid's musical progress. This is a way for them to see their growth as a musician. In today's show, we will talk in more detail about the advantage of keep a video journal as well as the practical details like equipment and storage. Great Learning Tool The primary reason to video your child is for them to learn from the experience. When we are playing or reading music, our minds are so focused on that activity that we can stop listening to the music we're making. Having a separate recording gives students a chance to hear themselves as the audience or judge will hear them. In their imagination, they may have had a bigger contrast in dynamics or tempo or other musical elements but the reality of the recording tells them how accurate they
PPP053: How to Choose Supplemental Music for Your Piano Kid
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PPP052: Advice for piano parents from piano parents
22/07/2017 • 26 minutes 20 seconds
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PPP 050: Ten Things Piano Parents Should Not Do
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PPP039: Getting SMART with your music...again!
This is a continuation of the get SMART project with my piano students. You can listen to the first part here. The idea for recording this project came from a wonderful listener in Australia. Sue writes: "As a suggestion for a podcast, I would like one on your SMART approach to a music piece in action. Showing how you can change a learnt piece to a different rhythm, style, etc."
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PPP036: Getting SMART with your music
The idea for this episode came from a listener in Australia. Sue writes: “As a suggestion for a podcast, I would like one on your SMART approach to a music piece in action. Showing how you can change a learnt piece to a different rhythm, style, etc.”