Piano Blog

Why Teach Music History to Piano Students?

By Doreen Hall  /  May 23, 2017
Music History...Music History! Are you still with me? Why teach music history to piano students? Honestly, I used to hate my...
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Time to Say Goodbye

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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Sight-Reading

By Doreen Hall  /  January 15, 2017
Sight-reading piano music is no easy task! Actually reading piano music at all is no easy task. Being able to...
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Free Piano Sheet Music

By Doreen Hall  /  October 9, 2016
The other night I desperately needed to print out a simple version of “Amazing Grace” for a Tuesday night choir...
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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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Overachieving Piano Students

By Doreen Hall  /  June 30, 2016
The Overachieving Student Overachieving piano students, We love them! In fact, most of the piano teachers are overachievers so we...
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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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Playing Piano Over the Summer

By Doreen Hall  /  May 15, 2016
I posted this article about why students should continue playing piano over the summer last year I am reposting it...
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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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The 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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The Perfectionistic Piano Student

By Doreen Hall  /  May 2, 2016
The Perfectionistic Piano Student Have you ever had an experience with a student that just doesn't compute? You know 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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Learning Piano Scales and Arpeggios the Easy Way

By Doreen Hall  /  May 2, 2016
Learning Piano Scales and Arpeggios the Easy Way In the last blog post “Convincing Kids to Play Piano Scales &...
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Convincing Kids to Play Piano Scales and Arpeggios

By Doreen Hall  /  May 2, 2016
Let me start by being perfectly honest. I don't like teaching scales or arpeggios. Come to think of it, I...
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The Piano As a Second Instrument

By Doreen Hall  /  May 2, 2016
Learning the Piano The piano isn't just for pianists. Why not consider the piano as a second instrument? Did you...
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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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