Piano Valentine Treats

I like to give my piano students a little treat at Valentine’s Day. What to give that is fun and yet doesn’t cost much? This year for my piano valentine treats, I decided to fill snack-size bags with gummy bears and add a topper saying “You’re a Beary Good Student.” I had seen this idea […]

Piano Lessons as Therapy

Today, a blast from the past, brought to you courtesy of John Jesensky. *** You don’t give piano lessons for as many years as I have without learning a few lessons yourself. When I first began teaching, I assumed all students would be pretty much like myself: dutifully practice their songs in each book each […]

DIY Photo Magnets

Post contains affiliate links. Every spring, I hold a piano recital for the students I teach. It’s a pretty big deal: the one time of the year where family and friends are all invited to a church to hear these kids play songs they’ve worked on, on a grand piano. I like to commemorate the […]

Play the Piano in One Day

Play the Piano in One Day … hmmm. Is it possible? The answer is yes, according to an ad from the 1948 vintage comic book “Gangsters Can’t Win” (I recently sold several old comic books that had belonged to my mother-in-law, but I couldn’t resist paging through them first). The first thing that amused me […]

How Long Does it Take to Learn to Play the Piano?

I’ve been teaching piano lessons for years — in fact, I probably began giving lessons 35 years ago! I haven’t given lessons all those years continuously, but let’s just say I am experienced as a piano teacher. One question people who are interested in taking lessons often ask is, “How long do I have to […]

Musical Christmas Ornaments

Last year, I needed a Christmas gift idea for my piano students.  I wanted to make each of them a Christmas tree ornament, and since there are several students, I didn’t want to spend a lot. Here’s how I ended up making inexpensive ornaments using old music: First, I cut old pieces of Christmas music […]