Keyboard or Real Piano?

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This is probably one of my most favorite topics to talk about. There are way too many parents that are debating on whether or not to buy a keyboard or real piano. Real pianos are those that are upright or grand. And if you still have any questions on this topic, please leave a comment down below and I will answer all of them.

Benefits of a keyboard:

A keyboard is definitely a cheap alternative to buying a $5,000 piano. And if you were only trying to test the waters to see if your child will like the piano, I highly suggest sticking with a keyboard. A keyboard will be good for students to use because it works. The keys are also soft. Why is this important? Students need to know that a keyboard will be easy to play. An actual piano will have keys that are weighted. When they are weighted, it will be more difficult to press. All in all, I suggest sticking with a keyboard for the first two years and then upgrading to an actual piano.

Benefits of a real piano:

Like I said, the debate will always be ongoing. It is ultimately up to you as a parent to decide what is best for your child. Your piano teacher can only offer suggestions on what to do. If you can’t afford a real piano right now, it is okay to buy a keyboard. Do not feel ashamed. A keyboard is great! You have to embrace this process and know that a keyboard is also an investment.

A real piano will be the best, excellent choice. I would suggest this for intermediate students. These students need to practice on a real piano to help them level up to be an expert. There is no comparison. The keyboard will limit your playing ability and hinder you from developing some skills. If you can afford this option, buying a real piano will be the best choice.

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5 tips on how to find a good piano teacher

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We are all looking for good piano teachers… it took me eight years to find my mentor. I started the piano at the age of six. My parents were constantly looking for a piano teacher that could elevate my playing to the next level. I met many teachers and a lot of them were about to retire. There were also teachers that didn’t suit my personality. They expected my playing to be a certain way and I didn’t quite accept that. When I found my mentor, I couldn’t believe that it took me so long to find him. He is easygoing, smart, and comfortable to talk to. As a student myself, I have learned that there are many teachers that will never be compatible with you. In the long run, ask yourself if this is the right teacher forΒ you.

Tip #1: Find a teacher that you feel comfortable talking to.

There were tons of teachers that I could never imagine having a conversation with.Β  They weren’t bad, per se, but they were not great conversationalists. I wouldn’t tell them about my day, and I knew that in the very first initial meeting(s).

Tip #2: Find a teacher that actually helps you

There are teachers that will help you or they will help themselves. Helping a students means spending every time in addition to their lesson time to help your child. I spend about 10 minutes after the lesson to focus on teaching the child. I might even spend 15-20 extra minutes of my time to help your child. Find a teacher that does this!

Tip #3: Find a teacher that makesΒ you feel comfortable

The parents are important too. You have to trust that this person has good intentions and that they are a competent teacher. If you don’t feel this way, then it may be time to change teachers.

Tip #4: Find a teacher that can elevate your child’s playing ability

I understand it takes time for a student toΒ learn how to play, but you should be seeing results within the first couple of months. If your child is still not improving after a year, then their teacher is not teaching them correctly. Allowing a child to move on without taking the time to actually teach them is wrong. Do not let this happen to your child.

Tip #5: Find a teacher that hosts recitals

Okay, this may be kind of extra. Recitals are the bane of all music teachers. I like recitals, but I wouldn’t jump for joy to host them. They take TONS of work. The music teacher has to spend time planning rehearsal dates, hosting those rehearsals, making food, making flyers, and actually hosting the recital. Although recitals are something that I dread, I take the time to host them. I usually host two recitals a year, but I’m planning on hosting three this year. Recitals are absolutely necessary and students should be able to experience this.

I hope this helps and I wish you all the best in finding the best piano teacher for you and your child!

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What to expect from your child’s teacher

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You may feel like your child’s teacher is not doing enough to prepare your child for success. You may also feel like they are extremely hardworking and you are more than satisfied with the results. Either way, your teacher is an extremely crucial part of your child’s learning. Their teacher is working to instill your child with knowledge and concepts. It takes awhile for this process to happen. I have found that it takes me 1 month to see significant progress from a student. I teach in 30 minute, 45 minute, and 1 hour intervals. If you choose to have lessons for 30 minutes a week, I am able to sufficiently teach your child enough information in that time. How is that possible? For many teachers, 30 minutes is not enough time. It goes by quickly and teachers are often rushing to finish teaching. For me, I spend ALL of the time teaching. I might begin by asking how your child is feeling that day or how they’re doing at school. However, that conversation is short and I jump right into teaching. All of my students know this about me. I am very focused and I cram lots of information into one lesson. I have students practice the music multiple times. I’m not a rigorous teacher either, I just expect accomplishments to be made. I am too nice to my students and I am not good at discipline. However, when we are having lessons, my students progress further. They learn more and they are constantly challenged. Teaching is heavily varied among all teachers. Ask your teacher what their method of teaching is and what kind of timeline/expectations they have for your child. Remember to also be kind to your teacher. They are inevitably putting more hours into teaching than you may think. Cheers, and have a great day!

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Overcoming Fears of Rejection (Piano Teacher Edition)

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I mean, let’s face it… fear is probably the number one reason why we can’t expand our business. We often ask ourselves why our business is not working or if investing into our business is worth it. Remember this: it takes money to make money. You have to invest your time and some money in order to be successful. You can be as safe as you want and that is definitely okay. However, you have to ask yourself whether or not you really want this. Do you want to make your own business work? Do you want to be able to work for yourself? I think the answer to these questions are up to you. YOU make the decision, but never let other people make the decision for you.

Another fear that I initially had was the fear of losing students after only a couple of lessons. I had lost so many students that I liked and I almost thought there was no point in continuing to teach. However, I had to get over it. People will stop taking lessons eventually. I have to be happy that I even got the chance to make money and that I was able to teach them something.

There are many fears that we may have, but we cannot live in constant fear. We have to reach for our dreams. Even if they may seem far away, you have to believe in yourself. If anyone is going to believe in you, it has to be yourself. Stay strong and grow your amazing business. Don’t let the fear stop you πŸ™‚

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Is thumbtack a good method of getting piano students?

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Ahhh… I think this is the age-old question that I always encounter. Is thumbtack a good method of getting students? My answer? No. I’ve had a lot of teachers recommend that I use thumbtack. I actually started out on thumbtack, but it was never a successful tool for me. Thumbtack was good…but it lacked the ability to give me good students. I only got one student from thumbtack and she was paying me in 1 dollar bills. Now, you can imagine my frustration. I was driving to her house one day for lessons in the pouring rain. My car was skidding in different directions, but thank god I managed to get to her house safely. She lived about 35-40 minutes away from me. And she wouldn’t answer her phone. I was like… okay? How am I supposed to confirm with her whether or not she is available for a lesson today? I rang her doorbell when I got there. It took her 15 minutes to answer the door. She told me that she cannot have lessons today because she has to go somewhere. In addition, she also told me that she is not planning on continuing lessons for now. I was okay with it, but I asked her to pay me for the rest of the lessons we had. I wanted the payment now because I knew I wouldn’t see her for awhile. She was hesitant, but she came back with a large stack of 1 dollar bills for $25. I drove all the way over to her house just to have a lesson canceled in person! This isn’t the first experience I had with thumbtack. I decided to give it multiple tries and it wasn’t successful. Students wanted the cheapest price, but they also wanted good reviews. They WANTED to start learning the piano, but they want it to be free. Not everything in life is going to be free. I can guarantee you that if you are contemplating on using thumbtack, make sure that you are actually getting clients/students. Do not continue to use it if the people you get are flaky or hesitant because thumbtack charges you for every request that you make. I would continue to use it periodically if they let you do a free quote. Otherwise, I highly recommend other methods of getting students.

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