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Marie's Piano Studio

Giving the gift of music to children is one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life!

Find The Right Teacher For My Child

Finding the right teacher for you or your child is one of the most important factors in insuring a positive experience. It is wise to interview more than one teacher to assess their teaching philosophies, expectations and experience. Matching your personality with...

What Does My Yearly Tuition Cover?

This is a great list that Wendy Stevens from Compose Create put together. All independent music teachers (IMTs) differ in methods of operation. However, the tuition of nearly all teachers covers the following:Time spent with the student Lessons, performance classes,...

Basic Practice Tips

I have parents of my students do no have a music background and they are not sure how to help their child. I know this can be very frustrating! The most important thing you can do whether you have a music background or not is to "get involved" with their...

Guide to Practicing Your Lesson

This is a great article on a Guide to Practicing from Kevin M Coan  How well you practice determines how well you will succeed in piano lessons. You are your own teacher six days out of seven! Therefore, what you do at home is far more important that what takes place...

Recital Prep: The Three M’s

This article came from The Cincinnati Pianist  Have it Mastered: Your pieces should really feel like they are completely “in your fingers” and you should feel confident even in the most difficult parts. Remember that there is a big difference between mastery and...

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...