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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:


January 21, 2017

 Photography by Raeleen Horn

It’s probable that many believe musicians are born, not made.  Certainly  some individuals appear to have an innate “talent” for music-making and sometimes develop into superstars at an early age.  They somehow seem to acquire technical prowess and the ability to play exp...

November 15, 2016

Back in the 60’s I was stunned by the results of a survey indicating that the majority of students who begin piano study have dropped out after no more than just two years of lessons. Since then, similar surveys reveal that this high dropout rate continues to exist.

Some Reasons for Student Dropouts


July 12, 2015

I was considering whether or not I should post a blog during the summer. After thinking about it, I decided to go ahead and write at least one or two blogs.  Even though many teachers are on vacation, some of you may be spending your free time reading and listening to music as I am doing. Before I b...

Scales really are a hallmark of piano study.  They help us to understand key signature, improve technique, and develop finger facility.  The biggest challenge in beginning scale playing is the smooth crossing under of the thumb.  A special thanks to Charl Louw for contributions to this post....

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