Let's Play Piano

What the Parents say

Anne parent of 2 soon to be 3
1. Helps them to relax. It helps with Zeke’s concentration and listening skills. It also gives him the mental stimulation he needs.
2. You read their personalities and know what they need. When they are struggling you know how to get them out of it. You get them to attain their best with out pushing or harping, you are gentle. You know what you need to do to help them learn and do their best.

Anna parent of 2
1. They learn discipline by taking piano lessons. Music adds art and beauty to their lives and they can create it themselves. This has been a gift for them.
2. Their relationship with you is intimate, creative and totally unique. They get to spend 1 on1 time with another adult who is a positive influence in their lives. You weren’t focused on exams; your focus is the love of music and what it can bring to your students. You inspire them and are very interested in your students beyond the lesson. What other music teacher would go to their student’s performances in theatre etc?

What the Kids say

When I asked my students the following 2 questions:

  1. What do you like about playing the piano?
  2. What do you like about me?

They responded with:

Alyssa (age 5)
1. I like how the piano sounds
2. I like the songs you pick for me to play

Brianna (age 12)
1. Playing the piano is relaxing and calming
2. Your don’t just teach, you know about our personal lives. You are more of a family friend.

Benjimin (age 14)
1. I like the way the piano sounds, it’s relaxing.
2. You’re a good instructor and guide and show me how to play better – fingering, rhythm, etc.

Mimi (age 13)
1. I like how the piano sounds. It’s fun to play songs I like, especially popular ones. It’s enjoyable.
2. You want us to enjoy the piano rather than perfecting the songs. I like the songs I play now.

Amanda (age 15)
1. I like expressing myself through music. It’s different every time, depending on the song.
2. You are really helpful and have many ways to make sure I am playing the songs the best I can.

Emma (age 18)
1. Piano is versatile for composing. I want to master the piano so I can get better at writing music and analyzing music.
2. You really allow me to work at my own pace and develop at my level. This allows me to become a better musician.

Erica (age 9)
1. I like the songs I play.
2. You let me move on to different songs quickly. You don’t get all mad when I make a mistake.

Ali (age 13)
1. I like playing fast songs. They make me feel happy.
2. You have different ways of helping us learn the notes. Your give us lots of stickers when we are done with a song. I like stickers.

Nicole (age 18)
1. It’s a form of expression. I’m good at it.
2. You let me learn the pieces on my own time and show me techniques to get better.

Patricia (age 14)
1. I like the different sounds I can get from the piano – angry, sad, happy.
2. You can tell me what I am doing wrong and how to correct it. When I start a new piece you break it down so I can understand it.

Adam (age 18)
1. I like how it calms me down. I can sit down and play a song of any style.
2. You give helpful suggestions for playing a song better.

Kelsey (age 13)
1. I get to expand my music knowledge – terms, rhythm. I like learning new things about music.
2. You explain things well. You push me to get better and not stay at the same level.

Ethan (age 15)
1. Playing piano is unique and different from everything else I do. It relaxes me. I like playing a song and making it sound the way it should.
2. You are precise so you make me better. You make sure I get it right. If I am doing something wrong you know what it is and how to fix it.

Zeke (age 12)
1. I am proud of myself when I learn a song and I feel I’ve accomplished something when I learn a song. I enjoy the variety of ways I can play a song.
2. You understand if I can’t practice sometimes. You help me understand the music better because you explain the terms etc.

Noelle (age 16)
1. I use the piano to relax. It helps me learn music at school. It’s easy to learn music at school. I like the accomplishment when I learn a song. I can play a lot of different types of music because I can read music. It’s nice to know I can play other music besides what I prepare for my lesson. It helps me with math at school.
2. Your standards are high and you keep me going. You don’t accept less than what I can do. You’re organized. You know me as a student and you know the ways I learn and apply it to how I learn music. You enjoy listening to me play.

Meagan (age 15)
1. I like playing fast music. It’s fun and livelier. When I learn a song I have a feeling of accomplishment. Playing piano is a way of expressing my feelings.
2. You help me learn the songs at my pace. You don’t rush me and I can realize the different elements of music. (Dynamics, staccatos, accents.)

Brooke (age 12)
1. I lie that I can compose easier because of my technical and theory training. I feel proud and really enjoy playing a song I’ve perfected. I have an easier time playing music in school because I can read music. Music helps my math at school.
2. You are always positive when I make mistakes even though I am negative. The atmosphere at my lessons is friendly and relaxed because you give me extra time when I am having trouble in an area.

Heather (age 18)
1. I can play any song I like because I can read music. It’s a pleasure to sit down and enjoy it. It can be a future employment opportunity. I can play at family gatherings while we sing songs.
2. You don’t let me slack off but you don’t push me too hard. You’re not scary. You’re very generous. You take an interest in us personally.

Isabella (age 5)
1. I like making up my own songs on the piano. I like teaching my family what I learn at the lessons.
2. You help me learn to play.

Bassil (age 10)
1. I like the songs; some of them are really fun to play.
2. You have time to tell me if I make a mistake. You move me along to new songs when I’m ready.

Jessica (age 18)
1. I can express myself through piano.
2. You don’t let me slack off with practicing. I am motivated to practice because you encourage me to do so. You give me the new song to work on at home.

Amelia (age 12)
1. I’m able to make a beautiful sound all by myself. It brings my mood up when I play joyful music. I like the feeling of accomplishment when I learn a song and I feel confident playing songs I’ve learned.
2. You tell me how to improve. You play the songs for me so I know how they sound then you let me pick out the one I like.

Henrika (age 17)
1. Playing the piano is fun. I can play a variety of music.
2. You are patient. You are honest, you tell me when I’m behind and need to practice more. You offer different ways to work on songs and technique this helps me not get bored and frustrated. You are understanding. When I can’t play as well at the lesson as I do at home you try to understand why.

Stephen (age 13)
1. Playing the piano distinguishes me from most of the population. Piano helps me play other instruments easily. I like the songs and I like being able to perform at the recital, at school and other special events.
2. You find what I’m doing wrong easily and you help me sound better.

Nathan (age 15)
1. I like that I can play a variety of music because I can read music.

Stephen (age 13)
1. Playing the piano distinguishes me from most of the population. Piano helps me play other instruments easily. I like the songs and I like being able to perform at the recital, at school and other special events.
2. You find what I’m doing wrong easily and you help me sound better.

Nathan (age 15)
1. I like that I can play a variety of music because I can read music.
2. You tell me how to correct my mistakes. You don’t let me slack off; you push me to do my best.

Kristen (age 16)
1. It’s a way of relaxing and I can do it for myself, no one bothers me.
2. You’re very easy to talk to and you teach in a way I can understand. You explain things so I understand them. You demonstrate what you are talking about. It’s a good atmosphere here. I always enjoy coming to piano lessons.

Musical Wiz Kids