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Master Sightreader: Seeing the Big Picture

Posted Tuesday, July 8 in Tips and Resources

Have you ever been to a concert and really observed the performers? While some seem completely relaxed and at peace with life, concentrated and enjoying the music before them, there are others that look just the opposite. Their frantic heads are buried in the music propped up on their stands, their feet nervously move up… Read More

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How Music Helps Your Baby Pt. 1

Posted Tuesday, July 8 in Tips and Resources

Becoming a parent certainly spins your world, changing literally everything—your social calendar, work schedule, free time (or lack thereof). Constantly fluctuating, the new world of a parent can seem like a whirl of trying to maintain some sense of order to life while at the same time keeping up with a growing baby from figuring… Read More

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Free Music for the 4th!

Posted Wednesday, July 2 in News, Tips and Resources

With the 4th of July coming up next week, some patriotic music is a definite must. Take a look through the following list of free printable sheet music to see what catches your eye…and have a wonderful, musical holiday with family and friends! Piano Sheet Music Beginner o   Fourth of July (pre-reading) o   We Love… Read More

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Master Sightreader: Concentration

Posted Wednesday, July 2 in News, Tips and Resources

Saul Bellow the world-renown author once said, “Art has to do with the arrest of attention in the midst of distraction.” Harnessing your thoughts, disciplining your mind to focus on a single task at hand, “arrest[ing]” your attention—these phrases all describe an essential trait of a master sightreader, namely, the ability to concentrate. Understated Importance… Read More

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24 Kindermusik Activities for at Home

Posted Tuesday, July 1 in Tips and Resources

At the heart of Kindermusik you will find a desire to equip you, the parent (naturally your child’s first and best teacher) with the necessary tools to be able to guide your child to developing to his or her full potential. In weekly class, your Kindermusik educator shows you a variety of activities and ways… Read More

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8 Top Sightreading Tips

Posted Tuesday, June 24 in Tips and Resources

As PCS students close out the first of the three months of the summer studio wide sightreading challenge, let’s look at 8 top sightreading tips to help you and your studio do their best this next month. Stay Motivated: A month into it, you’re probably finding that you’re not nearly as excited about the sightreading… Read More

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Quick Tips to Develop a Good Ear

Posted Tuesday, June 24 in Tips and Resources

Last week we listed a few different online sites to utilize in your efforts to develop a musical ear. Having some resources definitely help, but as you start working on strengthening your ear, it’s good to have some of the basics clearly established in your mind. What’s a Good Ear? A good ear equates to… Read More

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Finger Nails on the Piano: Why Shorter is Best

Posted Thursday, June 12 in Tips and Resources

Clickety, Clickety, Clickety…it’s similar to nails on a chalkboard, just a little bit worse. For any piano teacher, the sound of nails clicking on the keys as a student plays ranks as one of the worst sounds known to man. Maybe that’s a bit extreme, but you get the picture. In truth, nail length is… Read More

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Introducing Sightreading: What IS it?

Posted Saturday, May 31 in News, Tips and Resources

This summer, Piano Central Studios embarked on a new studio-wide theme focusing on helping PCS students develop excellent sightreading skills. Now while “The Great 2014 Sightreading Challenge” sounds quite impressive, if you’re not very familiar with the music world, you may be stuck on what all sightreading entails. Just in case that’s you, let’s get… Read More

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10 Reasons to Play Outside

Posted Tuesday, May 20 in Tips and Resources

With the summer months quickly arriving, along with beautiful weather, playing outside with your little ones should be right near the top of your list! Playing in the great outdoors not only is lots of fun, but it’s also vital to your child’s development. Here are 10 ways your child can benefit from being outside:… Read More

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