Piano Blog

Teaching Piano Lessons to Family and Friends

By Doreen Hall  /  August 20, 2019
  It goes without saying that some of your students will come to you because of people you know or...
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Beginning Piano Improvisation Activities

By Doreen Hall  /  August 20, 2019
This post will explore beginning piano improvisation activities and why improvisation is so important. Objectives, For students to feel comfortable...
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Practice Makes Progress

By Doreen Hall  /  August 20, 2019
Chapter 18 - From "The Happiest Piano Teacher in Town-Empowering Teachers to Inspire Students" Practice makes progress. “Our aim needs...
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Evaluating Piano Student Progress

By Doreen Hall  /  July 30, 2019
"What is measured gets improved" Peter Drucker Evaluating Piano Student Progress The school year is drawing to a close. The...
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Teaching Piano When Life is Stressful

By Doreen Hall  /  April 19, 2019
No one ever talks about this, but teaching piano lessons can be hard on days when you are stressed, sad...
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Scripted Communication for Sticky Situations

By Doreen Hall  /  February 19, 2019
It's easy for me to know when boundaries are being crossed. I can feel it. It feels...well, bad. My blood...
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The Value of Independent Piano Work

By Doreen Hall  /  November 15, 2018
  My goal as a teacher is to make myself unnecessary. I am happiest when I see my alumni playing...
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Ten Ways to Make Your Piano Studio More Profitable

By Doreen Hall  /  October 1, 2018
I don't know about you, but I feel like things are getting more and more expensive and money is getting...
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Make Time Fly While Teaching Piano Lessons

By Doreen Hall  /  September 30, 2018
If you never feel bored, tired, burned out while teaching this post is not for you. If you could use...
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Still trying to Please Everyone? Stop it You Can’t

By Doreen Hall  /  September 30, 2018
I had almost forgotten. It's been a little while since I've been hit with a dose of negativity. Things have...
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What Kind of Piano Teacher are You?

By Doreen Hall  /  September 30, 2018
What Kind of Piano Teacher am I? Take the Quiz below   I my last blog post “Still Trying to Please...
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Little Kids on the Keys

By Doreen Hall  /  September 30, 2018
  Imagine having a great time teaching preschoolers. Teaching little kids on the keys. Imagine those lessons are so much...
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10 Great Things to do with Chopsticks

By Doreen Hall  /  July 5, 2018
  Like most teachers, I always have an eye out for things that I can use when I am teaching....
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Love Will Keep Us Together

By Doreen Hall  /  June 26, 2018
I have one, most all important wish for every person (adult or child) who comes into my studio to begin...
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  I don't know about you, but I feel like things are getting more and more expensive and money is...
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How and Why to Teach Folk Music to Piano Students

By Doreen Hall  /  June 9, 2018
Folk Music, by definition, is the music of the people. It is simple enough that the average person can perform...
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10 Great Piano Teaching Games Using Chopsticks

By Doreen Hall  /  June 9, 2018
Like most teachers, I always have an eye out for things that I can use when I am teaching. I...
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How to Draft a Piano Studio Policy

By Doreen Hall  /  June 7, 2018
There are always questions coming up about studio policies. Recently I was asked to help draft a studio policy for...
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Create Your Own Hands-on Piano Piano Activities

By Doreen Hall  /  June 6, 2018
Hands-on is Helpful. I live in Cleveland Ohio in the U.S. There is a large and vibrant classical music community...
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Teaching Piano Teachers Part One

By Doreen Hall  /  June 6, 2018
I remember my very first piano teaching job at a music store in New York. I got the job because...
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