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October 10, 2017

Editor's Note:

As teachers, parent education is a crucial part of what we do. Rebecca Pennington has written a short article which was distributed to our families at the New School for Music Study offering her perspective not only as a teacher, but as a "piano parent."  The article is shown below:


British composer, Malcolm Arnold, once said, “Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is.”  Singer-songwriter, Billy Joel, writes, “I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touc...

September 2, 2014

Recently, I wrote this article for a local newspaper:

These days, there is much pressure for parents to begin their children in activities from an early age.  We know that children tend to pick up new skills easily and we want for them to have an opportunity to become experts at these new skills.  We...

November 6, 2013

It feels like school has just begun, but we have already completed our Parents Observation Week here at The New School for Music Study.  Parents Observation Week is always held the last week of October.  While we do have some parents who regularly sit in on lessons, this is not expected or practiced...

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