Piano Blog

Why Do We Need a Piano and What Type Should We Get?

By Doreen Hall  /  August 11, 2017
Students need a piano because they need to be able to practice at home. Learning to play any musical instrument...
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Why teach Music History

By Doreen Hall  /  May 23, 2017
  Music History...Music History! Are you still with me? Honestly, I used to hate my college Music History class. “Music...
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Time to Say Goodby

By Doreen Hall  /  May 3, 2017
How and When to Let Go of a Piano Student Ashley is an eighth grader and she's one of my...
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9 Tips for Teaching Teenage Beginning Piano Students

By Doreen Hall  /  September 25, 2016
I started learning the piano at age 12. Which is kind of late musically speaking. The fact is the earlier...
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Working With“Challenging” Piano Parents

By Doreen Hall  /  September 11, 2016
I have found that most people are very nice and mean well. I am really big into educating families about what is involved in learning to play the piano and what we as piano teachers do. I believe that when parents know what to expect and what is expected things run fairly smoothly.
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Teaching Piano Students to be “Let Go” Players

By Doreen Hall  /  August 28, 2016
Piano Students Need to Let Go! Nicholas was playing the Beethoven Minuet in G Major when he suddenly lost his...
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10 Tips For Accurate Piano Playing

By Doreen Hall  /  June 5, 2016
 Accurate Piano Playing “Ms. Doreen, which instrument is the easiest to play?” I get this question quite often. Though I'm...
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Piano Students Dealing With Disappointment

By Doreen Hall  /  May 2, 2016
 Disappointment Back in November, I wrote a blogpost entitled “How to have a Confident Audition”. This post was inspired by...
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Best Piano Teacher in Town

By Doreen Hall  /  May 2, 2016
We would all like to be THAT teacher. The best piano teacher. The fun one that everybody talks about. The...
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Overcoming Stage Fright,

By Doreen Hall  /  May 2, 2016
Stage fright Stage fright anyone? Or should I say stage fright everyone? We've all been there those sweaty palms and...
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The Highs and Lows of a Piano Teaching Mom

By Doreen Hall  /  May 2, 2016
The Highs and Lows of a Piano Teaching Mom It's a dream come true, right? Not only can you play...
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The Piano As a Second Instrument

By Doreen Hall  /  May 2, 2016
Learning the Piano Piano isn't just for pianists. Did you know that the world's most popular instrument is also the...
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Easy Music Theory

By Doreen Hall  /  May 2, 2016
Music Theory doesn't have to consist of boring drills and endless busy work. Easy Music theory is in every piece...
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How to Get Free Pianos for students?

By Doreen Hall  /  May 1, 2016
 I have been presented with a new problem in my studio over the last few years. That is, people signing...
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Convincing Students to Count Rhythm

By Doreen Hall  /  May 1, 2016
To Count rhythm? or Not to Count rhythm? Here I go again trying to cajole a student into counting aloud....
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Piano Method Books a Brief History

By Doreen Hall  /  May 1, 2016
I have been doing some research on the history of piano method books. Who taught the great composers of the...
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Choosing Piano Repertoire

By Doreen Hall  /  May 1, 2016
The Never Ending “I Can't Find a Piece I Like” Continuum Have you ever heard something like this while choosing...
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The 30 Minute Piano Lesson

By Doreen Hall  /  May 1, 2016
The Thirty Minute Piano Lesson Have you ever wondered why the 30-minute, private piano lesson is the standard for piano...
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Free Online Piano Books and Materials

By Doreen Hall  /  May 1, 2016
  Paloma Piano offers Free online piano books and materials, What are the advantages of being able to print your...
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Piano Lessons For Adults

By Doreen Hall  /  May 1, 2016
Piano lessons aren't just for kids anymore, and that's great news! So many people who missed out on the opportunity...
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