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Getting Your Kids to Practice

Studio 5 Contributor, Kiersten Blanchard shares some super fun and creative ideas for you! If you have experienced the daily battle of trying to get a child to practice an instrument, you know it can mount to a conflict resembling World War III. If just thinking about...

Tips for Memorizing Piano Music

This is a great article and list that Joy Morin has put together from Color In My Piano I’ll be the first one to admit: memorizing music does not come easily to me.  I really have to work at it, and it takes a lot of time.  Over the past couple of years, I have been...

What is Federation (NFMC) and What are the Benefits?

For those of you who are not aware of what Federation is, Let me first tell you that Federation is NOT a competition. The Federation of Music Clubs is a non-profit organization and has been around for over 100 years and promotes American Music. Federation holds...

The Top 10 Best (and WORST!) Ways of Practicing

Best (and WORST!) Ways of PracticingThe following contribution comes from Louise Mann. The Top 10 Best Ways to Practice1. Play at a speed (tempo) that allows for accuracy and no fumbles, frustration, or stops and starts.2. Step 1.3. Continue to repeat Step...

THE CASE FOR INVOLUNTARY MUSIC LESSONS

It has taken me years to come to grips with this, but I think I am finally ready to admit it and begin the healing process—I was a victim of involuntary music lessons. Yes, that’s right, my mean, unbending parents forced me (against my will) to learn the essential...

How to Practice Effectively

This article can be found at this blog address: Musical ResourcesAnd here’s a note for piano parents who aren’t necessarily musicians themselves: One sure-fire way to tell if your kid is practicing correctly is to notice whether he or she keeps playing the...