Piano Parent Podcast
By Shelly Davis: Piano teacher, podcasting for the benefit of piano parents
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The Piano Parent Podcast is your one-stop shop for all things related to parenting a piano student. From practice tips to piano geography and musical terms, common studio policies to teacher and parent interviews, this is THE best resource to help you and your child make the most of piano lessons. Whether you are a knowledgeable musician or a complete novice, there is definitely something for you here.
||CleanPPP064: Jacki Alexander shares how important grandparents are in piano lessons||Jacki Alexander is a piano teacher and composer from Indianapolis, Indiana. She has been teaching over thirteen years. Tell us your personal piano story as well as how you chose piano teaching as a career. I began piano lessons at the age of four.||10/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPPP063: PIANOVEMBER Practice Challenge||#3020 September Practice Challenge Recap Before I jump into our next piano practice challenge, I wanted to share the ups and downs of the September Practice Challenge. Ups: There was a lot of positive feedback from parents and teachers alike.||10/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPPP062: The Wit and Wisdom of Mr. Miyagi||“The Karate Kid” movie with Noriyuki Pat Morita and Ralph Macchio came out in 1984 when I was a teenager. Even today I still love the movie and the wit and wisdom of Pat Morita’s character, Mr. Miyagi. Either you karate do “yes’ or karate do||10/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPPP061: The Importance of a Good Practice Environment with Piano Teacher, Dawn Ivers||Dawn Ivers is a teacher based in Pasadena, California. Dawn has been traveling to teach in her student’s homes for the past 11 years. In my conversation with Dawn, I was struck by what an encourager she is,||9/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPPP060: Ten Common Practice Excuses and How to Avoid Them (and what this teacher thinks when you try to use them)||In this week’s episode of 10 somethings about music, I bring you 10 Common Practice Excuses and How you can Avoid Them (and what this teacher thinks when you try to use them)1. I didn’t have time. Speaking of finding time to practice,||9/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPPP059: The One With My Piano Tuner||Dan Kessinger has been tuning my piano since 2000. Dan, who is completely blind, learned the Piano Technician trade during his high school years at a school for the blind in Little Rock, Arkansas. For maintenance of your acoustic piano,||9/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPPP058: Use Your Talent for the Good of Others (aka Hurricane Harvey Relief – How you can help)||Hurricane Harvey was a Category 4 hurricane that made landfall on the coast of Texas Thursday, August 24 In less than four days, the storm dropped 40 inches of rain in south Texas, whose average amount of annual rainfall is 49.72 inches.||9/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPPP057: Learn about creativity at the piano with Heather Nanney||Heather Nanney is a teacher from the St. Louis, Missouri area. She has been teaching 15 years and sees about 45 students each week where she encourages them in their own creative musical journey. Heather was one of the first people to reach out t||8/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPPP056: A Little Music History: You Are My Sunshine||Thank you for listening to the Piano Parent Podcast and visiting the website. Would you consider leaving a review on iTunes? You can leave a review here. Thank you, Aw Mountains, for your kind review. I’m so glad you find value in the podcast.||8/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPPP055: Let’s Talk About Practice – This one’s for the piano kids!||Dear Piano Kid, Practicing is your responsibility. Your parents will help remind you. Your teacher will do their best to make it engaging but the responsibility of getting to the piano and making progress on your pieces falls squarely on your shoulders...||8/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPPP054: Learn About Piano Lessons from a Composer’s Point of View with James King III||James King III is a piano teacher and composer from Key West, Florida. His studio is a mixture of children and retired adults. He says he began piano lessons by accident because of an old piano that belonged to his grandmother.||8/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPPP053: How to Choose Supplemental Music for Your Piano Kid||If you do a search on Google for “Why to read piano sheet music” you will find lots of blog posts and websites telling you how to read music but not why reading lots of music is so important. On today’s show,||7/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPPP052: Advice for Piano Parents from Piano Parents||Over the last year of producing this podcast, one of my favorite things has become the parent interviews. I have really enjoyed chatting with parents from my studio and other studios to learn how they motivate their children and help them face the ch..||7/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPPP051: Words of Wisdom from This Year’s Piano Teachers||Last summer when I first began producing the Piano Parent Podcast, I sent an invitation to the piano teachers in one of the Facebook groups I belong to asking teachers to do an interview with me. The men and women in this group are some of the best pia...||7/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPPP050: What NOT to do as a Piano Parent||Sometimes parents just don’t realize the piano mistakes they make. By listening to the Piano Parent Podcast, you can save yourself some embarrassment and save your teacher much anguish by avoiding these common problems.||7/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPPP049: Why, When & How to Leave Your Current Teacher||Change is inevitable. Seasons change, needs change, locations change. It stands to reason that, at some point, you will need to change piano teachers. When that time comes, you need to ensure the easiest change possible for your child and your piano te...||7/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPPP048: Learn the musical goals this mom has set for her children with Veronica Garcia||Veronica Garcia is the mom of three children, two of whom study piano in my own studio in Whitehouse, Texas. At the time of this recording, Veronica’s daughter, Eva (7), was her only child taking piano lessons with me. Since then,||6/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPPP047: Learn about GOALS for Piano Practice with Bonnie Kraxberger||Episode Highlights: Bonnie Kraxberger is a piano teacher from the Portland, Oregon area. She can be reached at email@example.com. To celebrate her tenth year of teaching, Bonnie invited five other teachers to join her to establish Maestro Mu.||6/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPPP046: Our Favorite Music Education Apps with Becki Laurent||Welcome back, Becki Laurent! We first spoke to Becki in her teacher interview on Episode 037. Today Becki and I are discussing our favorite apps for helping kids learn to play piano. Apps help teachers and students isolate a specific skill for improvem...||6/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPPP045: Piano Lessons are about so much more than piano with Corissa Caccitolo, parent||Corissa Caccitolo is the mom of three children, all of whom study piano in my own studio in Whitehouse, Texas. Corissa wanted to foster a love of music and piano is a great instrument to get started on. Even small children are able to press the keys an..||6/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPPP044: Learn about the influence of teachers with Corinna Neely||Episode Highlights: Corinna Neely is a piano teacher from Sarver, PA. She can be reached at musiclessons.com/musicstarsstudio Corinna was inspired to pursue music as a result of a writing prompt from her communications teacher.||5/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPPP043: What about the Summer?!||Why should you plan to continue lessons during the summer? Highlights from this episode: Teacher’s Livelihood Your teacher (if they consider teaching as a primary source of income) is depending on their piano teaching income, even during the summer.||5/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPPP042: Learn how piano can teach your children perseverence from piano mom, Beth Hughes||Beth Hughes is the mom of three children, two of whom, Ben and Hannah, study piano in my own studio in Whitehouse, Texas. Piano lessons were important to Beth for her children because she saw the educational value of learning to play an instrument.||5/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPPP041: Find out how piano teacher, Clinton Pratt, uses multimedia to help his students with creativity||Episode Highlights: Clinton Pratt is a piano teacher from Cincinnati, Ohio. He can be reached at PianoSensei.com Student reminder: “When you practice, go slow enough that you can play it easily.” Parent reminder: Clinton encourages piano parents||5/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPPP040: 10 YouTube Videos You Should Watch with Your Piano Kid||Music is for sharing! Here is my list of ten YouTube videos I think you and your piano kid would enjoy watching together. 1. George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with video provided by Disney’s “Fantasia 2000” Anna Harwell Celenza’s book “Gers||4/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPPP039: Get SMART with your Music…..Again||This is a continuation of the get SMART project with my piano students. You can listen to the first part here. The idea for recording this project came from a wonderful listener in Australia. Sue writes: “As a suggestion for a podcast,||4/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 038: Parent Interview with Shanna Meads||Shanna Meads is the mom of five children, three of whom study piano in my own studio in Whitehouse, Texas. Eva (13), William (10), and Amelia (8) each have their own unique personalities and musical expression.||4/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 037: Teacher Interview with Becki Laurent||Episode Highlights: Becki Laurent is a piano teacher from Lubbock, Texas. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Student reminder: I want my students to own their learning and apply what they know. Playing piano is fun but it still requires a work e||4/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 036: Getting SMART With Your Music||The idea for this episode came from a listener in Australia. Sue writes: “As a suggestion for a podcast, I would like one on your SMART approach to a music piece in action. Showing how you can change a learnt piece to a different rhythm, style, etc.||4/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 035: Parent Interview with Karen Farrell||Karen Farrell is the mom of three sons and a daughter, three of whom currently study piano with Ms. Becki Laurent at The Music Studio in Lubbock, Texas. Though Karen isn’t musical herself, she knew that learning to play instrument was beneficial for||3/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 034: Teacher Interview with Anne Robinson||Episode Highlights: Anne Robinson is a piano teacher from Madison, Wisconsin. She can be reached at email@example.com. Student reminder: “Music moves, you should too.” Technic begins with the feet. I work from the ground up,||3/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 033: Magic Wand Part 3||Part Three of the three part series AKA “Linear Circle of 5ths” (Magic Wand is a much cooler name, don’t you think?) My students take the annual theory exam offered by Texas Music Teachers Association. The information I describe in this podcast coi||3/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 032: Parent Interview with Shelly’s Mom and Dad, Patricia and Jerry Truett||Episode Highlights On this week’s episode, I get to interview my two most favorite piano parents in the whole world: my parents, Jerry and Patricia Truett. They were first introduced to the idea of piano lessons through a cardboard keyboard that was s||3/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 031: Teacher Interview with Bonnie Synhorst||Episode Highlights: Bonnie Synhorst is a piano teacher from Valrico, Florida. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Student reminder: “Thinking is not optional.” Getting to the final result of a beautiful performance requires thinking and||2/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 030: 10 Steps to Sitting Properly at the Piano||Resources for sitting properly at the piano: The Well-Balanced Pianist has a great article, with before and after photos, about sitting at the piano for the most physical comfort, ease of movement, and beautiful sounding music. Nancy Faber,||2/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 029: Steady Beat vs Rhythm||Internalizing a steady beat can be a very challenging concept for beginning piano students. This episode will offer some ways parents can help their piano kid. Feel the PULSE of the music Listen to music together Dance, march, stomp,||2/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 028: Learn How to Prepare Your Child for Piano Exams with Parent/Teacher Dr. Mario Ajero||Dr. Mario Ajero is internationally recognized as an authority in technology in piano pedagogy and music education. He has been invited as a presenter and performer at conferences such as the MTNA National Conference,||2/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 027: Teacher Interview with Marti Ahern||Episode Highlights: Marti Ahern is a piano teacher from Austin, Texas. She can be reached at email@example.com. Student reminder: Be working the hardest you can at the task you are doing at this moment. “Are you trying the best you can?||1/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 026: Who’s the Boss?||When you “hire” a teacher, is it the same as an employer hiring an employee? Are you more like a customer buying services similar to the electric or telephone company? Is it like a restaurant where you order what you want off the menu and can request||1/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 025: Parent Interview with Melissa Cornelison||Melissa Cornelison is the mom of two boys who have been studying piano since they were very young children. Her family recently moved and had to transfer to a new piano teacher. Learn about how they made a smooth transition for their boys in this epis..||1/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 024: Teacher Interview with Jennifer Foxx||Episode Highlights: Jennifer Foxx is a piano teacher from Arizona. She can be reached at www.foxxpianostudio.com. Student reminder: Mark your practice sessions from home in your assignment folder. Go beyond the notes and rhythms; the dynamics and art||1/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 023: Magic Wand Part 2||AKA “Linear Circle of 5ths” (Magic Wand is a much cooler name, don’t you think?) My students take the annual theory exam offered by Texas Music Teachers Association. The information I describe in this podcast coincides with the concepts students ne||1/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 022: Parent Interview with Gladys Casper||Gladys Casper is the mom of three daughters, two of whom studied with fellow East Texas teacher, Donna Calaway. Gladys recognizes music as a core subject for students and sought to find a compatible teacher for her girls.||12/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 021: Teacher Interview with Chrisanne Holm||Episode Highlights: Chrisanne Holm is a piano teacher from Albertville, Minnesota. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and www.chrisanneholmpianostudio.com. Student reminder: Counting, not to race over quarter notes in the middle of eighth not||12/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 020: 10 Reasons to Maintain a Piano Playlist||Mentioned in this episode: Florida Stephen Foster State Park Musical Instrument Museum These are my ten reasons….today. What would you add to this list? Please comment below.||12/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 019: Parent Interview with Sanette Brems||Sanette Brems is the mom of six daughters, five of whom I get to work with every week. The Brems family realized the importance of piano study as a basic, foundation instrument. Kids need a hobby, something to do that gets them excited,||12/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 018: Teacher Interview with Emily Quiles||Episode Highlights: Emily Quiles is a piano teacher from Manhattan, Kansas. She can be reached at email@example.com and www.missemilyspianolessons.com and on Facebook. Student reminder: Students in Emily’s studio are able to take a “puppy bre||11/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 017: Be Your Child’s Biggest Cheerleader||Episode Highlights: 45 Gratifying Facts about Thanksgiving A little more about Sarah Hale, the Mother of Thanksgiving Thanksgiving makes me think of food, family and football. Football makes me think of the Parent/Teacher/Student relationship (Episode ...||11/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 016: Parent Interview with Suzanne Tapley||Suzanne Tapley is a piano parent from my own studio in East Texas. Her daughter, Ashlynn, showed an interest in the arts as a young child. Suzanne gave her opportunities to experience the arts in many areas: art, ballet, band, piano, etc.||11/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 015: Teacher Interview with Hetty Jagersma||Episode Highlights: Hetty Jagersma is a piano teacher from the Edmonton, Alberta area. Hetty teaches private piano lessons as well as Music for Young Children classes. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Student reminder: Exactly what constitute||11/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Love this podcast even as a teacher!
I love Shelly's sweet spirit and all the encouragement she gives to piano parents. She gives advice that helps me as a teacher. It is a very practical podcast that inspires me! Thank you, Shelly. I plan to send these podcasts to my piano parents!
Definitely worth a listen!
I've been teaching piano for 15 years and have seen a lot. That said, I learn a ton from this podcast! Shelley and the teachers she interviews are so professional and creative! Great podcast for parents or teachers!
Good insights as a teacher
Getting some great value from this podcast as insights into the piano parents mindset.
Helps with my connection to my parents, marketing, etc etc. especially since I'm 24 and adopting the parents concerns and values can be difficult!
Thanks Shelly, Eric here from the Musical Minds Podcast. Hope to connect soon!
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