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February 2024

10 Beautiful Piano Songs to Learn and Play

2024-02-21T23:55:08-06:00February 21st, 2024|Piano Lessons|

Learning to play an instrument can make a person's confidence soar, no matter their age. But it can be a bumpy road for little ones when the pace of learning seems slow and the songs just aren't sticking. They might even start feeling a bit down. Here's the good news: picking the right beginner piano songs turns music lessons into a magical journey for your children. They'll be sounding like pros before you know it, and nothing beats seeing that proud grin ... Read More

January 2024

Building Your Musical Muscle Memory: Piano Exercises for Beginners

2024-01-16T22:45:18-06:00January 16th, 2024|Piano Lessons|

It's never too early for a child to embrace the piano. Children with a passion and flair for music have the potential to become the next Martha Argerich or Lang Lang. But like any talent, it needs nurturing - and plenty of practice. And that starts with choosing the right piano exercises. Regular exercises will help strengthen the fingers and help your child develop control over the keys. Here are some of the best piano exercises for beginners. Five-Finger Pattern ... Read More

December 2023

Snapshot 001 – Ken Thompson

2023-12-21T23:29:16-06:00December 18th, 2023|Blog Category - Podcast|

Summary We’re doing a special series on the podcast this summer called Studio Snapshots. Rather than the in-depth, process-oriented interviews you’re used to hearing, these rapid-fire interviews give us a glimpse in a guest’s studio at a moment in time. They’re part reflection, part anticipation of the future, and fully a celebration of where these teachers are today. Today I’m talking to Ken Thompson, owner of Musical Arts Center of San Antonio. A full transcript and resources from this episode ... Read More

Episode 031 – Ken Thompson on Building a Music School that Pays Sustainable Wages

2023-12-21T23:31:55-06:00December 18th, 2023|Blog Category - Podcast|

Summary Ken is on a mission to save classical music. His story is a testament to how long-term focus on one mission can have incredible results. About 20 years ago he opened the Musical Arts Center of San Antonio, a music school which, at the time of this recording, had 1,125 students and 39 teachers. In this episode, Ken talks about how his school came to be so large and how figuring out a viable financial model for his business ... Read More

November 2023

The Magic of Music: Why You Should Learn to Play an Instrument

2023-12-12T00:28:00-06:00November 22nd, 2023|Blog Category - Music Lessons|

Music, often described as the universal language, has the power to evoke emotions, transcend cultural boundaries, and create a sense of connection. While listening to music is a wonderful experience in itself, the magic becomes even more profound when you actively engage with it by learning to play an instrument. No matter how old you are, you can learn to play an instrument now. Don’t be shy or embarrassed. You would be doing your mind and body a favor. In this ... Read More

How Do You Read Sheet Music? Here’s the Easiest Way To Start

2023-12-12T00:32:45-06:00November 5th, 2023|Blog Category - Music Lessons|

Sheet music is older than most realize. Archeologists discovered the oldest piece of musical notation on a stone tablet in Syria. It dates as far back as 1,400 B.C.! Sheet music, or musical notation, allows you to play any music you’ve heard exactly as the creator intended it. Without it, we wouldn’t have some of the greatest pieces of classical music ever written. There’s just one problem: it’s a bit daunting at first glance. How do you read sheet music to ... Read More

September 2023

How Hard Is It to Learn Violin?

2023-12-12T00:36:41-06:00September 26th, 2023|Blog Category - Music Lessons|

In the hands of legendary violinists like Itzhak Perlman and Lindsey Stirling, the violin becomes something magical. When these talented professionals play, they move hearts and stir souls. How hard is it to learn violin? These violinists make it look so easy! The truth is, learning to play the violin, like any other instrument, is a challenging yet rewarding experience. If you’re thinking about signing up for lessons, read this article first. It’s an excellent opportunity to explore what it takes to ... Read More

August 2023

7 Benefits of Voice Lessons for Adults

2023-12-12T00:40:09-06:00August 26th, 2023|Blog Category - Music Lessons|

At least 5% of the population is tone-deaf. They can’t accurately distinguish how high or low a note is. Is it a waste of time to try to correct this issue later in life with voice lessons? The short answer is no. Everyone from the most tone-deaf to the most experienced can get something out of them, even if they don’t become a professional singer. Read on to learn seven major benefits of voice lessons for adults. 1. Improved Communication Voice training ... Read More

July 2023

6 Benefits of Taking Violin Lessons

2023-12-12T00:43:47-06:00July 21st, 2023|Blog Category - Music Lessons|

Do you dream of learning a new instrument as an adult? It’s not too late. Research shows 9% of Americans learn how to play instruments as adults. The violin is an especially excellent instrument to practice playing if you’re 18 years old or older. Let’s explore six incredible benefits of adult violin lessons. 1. Physical Benefits Trying to lose weight? Playing the violin counts as part of your exercise regimen! That’s because violin playing burns calories. Playing this instrument is an excellent workout for ... Read More

June 2023

10 Best Songs on the Piano for Beginners To Learn

2023-06-15T08:17:44-06:00June 15th, 2023|Piano Lessons|

Learning songs on the piano can make you more successful in life. If you know how to play the piano, you can sharpen your concentration and learn a lot about perseverance. Imagine how much time and effort it takes to learn a song fluently by heart. Now picture yourself bringing this rhythm to life through your fingers and memory skills by performing on a piano. Here is what you should know about learning piano and why a piano teacher can become your ... Read More