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Mar 28, 2019 Newspaper Story On Tanyas Piano Studio

This article was published when I opened a piano studio in Bulverde. I am not teaching there anymore but the article has good information about why learning in groups is so beneficial.

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Sep 15, 2018 Early Music Lessons Have Longtime Benefits

When children learn to play a musical instrument, they strengthen a range of auditory skills. Recent studies suggest that these benefits extend all through life, at least for those who continue to be engaged with music.

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Aug 28, 2018 Interview On Theory Games

Mayron Cole interviewed me for her newsletter on techniques used for theory games in piano class…

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May 21, 2018 Music Actually Makes Our Kids Smarter

“Music students continue to outperform their non-arts peers on the SAT, according to the 1999 “Profiles of SAT and Achievement Test Takers” from The College Board.

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Dec 05, 2017 Faq About Tuning An Acoustic Piano

Question: Why do I need to have my acoustic piano tuned?

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Oct 31, 2017 Keyboard Or Acoustic Piano

An acoustic piano can last 100 years or more, while a digital piano may be obsolete in 5 years. An outdated keyboard is often difficult to sell. The tone and touch of an acoustic piano is usually far superior to a digital piano and it will hold it’s value much better than a keyboard. The disadvantages are the size, the cost and the tuning expense.

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Sep 27, 2017 Why To Use Correct Fingering With Your Pieces

Piano fingering is your finger placement on the piano keyboard. Good fingering is an important skill that should to be used to allow your fingers to master difficult passages. Some things that you can play at a slow speed are impossible at the finished tempo, unless you use the best fingering. Practicing fingering may seem tedious at first, but stick with it; your fingers will adjust quickly.

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May 06, 2017 How To Get The Most Out Of Your Piano Lessons

As a teacher, I find myself repeating these words over and over,

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Apr 05, 2017 How To Practice A New Piece

When you start a new piece, what do you do first? If you try to concentrate on all the things that go into learning a new piece to perfection, it is overwhelming. Here is the order of what I believe is a good plan for learning:

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Feb 14, 2017 Performing

Before the recital, I train my students to be performers. This is a sample of what I teach students:

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Jan 19, 2017 How Much Do I Need To Practice

This is a question that all students ask when beginning piano lessons. In my contract that all new students sign when starting lessons, it states that the requirement is to to play each piece two times per day. This is for a beginning student, usually 7 or 8 years old. As you progress through the study of music, it becomes more challenging and demands more practice time to master the musical skills. The amount of time should grow longer as you begin to play more advanced music. The rewards are very fulfilling when a student can play well. It is a full circle, as the student practices more, they get better, and as they get better, they want to play the piano more, etc. Let me end this post with an appropriate quote, “Piano is like life, you get out of it what you put into it”.

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Oct 25, 2016 Difficult Spot In Music What Do I Do

Playing the whole piece from beginning to end and continuing to pause at the same place or making the same errors over and over is not productive. Play each hand separately and then play them together SLOWLY. Very slowly at first and then gradually increase your speed. Play from one measure before the difficult spot, to one measure after.

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Oct 10, 2016 Making Music Reduces Stress

“Researchers now know that playing a musical instrument can switch off the stress response, improving physical and emotional health. When our senses detect a possible threat in the environment, the body undergoes a chain reaction in which genes within each cell switch on, directing the cells to produce chemicals associated with the stress response. Playing music sets off an opposite chain reaction that switches these genes off again.”

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Sep 20, 2016 Remembering To Practice The Piano

Make practicing the piano a part of your daily activities. I ask my students, “Do you brush you teeth before you go to bed at night?” That is a good habit that you do every night before bedtime. You need to practice the piano just before or after something that you do everyday. (Before supper, after supper, when you come home from school, before homework, after homework, etc) If you play your piano at the same time most days, it becomes a part of your day. Before you know it, you are playing better and better and enjoying it more all the time.

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May 25, 2015 Do You Need A Pedal For Your Keyboard

A damper pedal is a very important part of playing the piano. It serves two purposes. First, it assists the pianist in producing a legato (playing smoothly connected notes) in passages where no fingering is available to make this otherwise possible. Secondly, raising the damper pedal causes all the strings to vibrate sympathetically with whichever notes are being played, which greatly enriches the piano’s tone.

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