Meet Greg and Robyn Byus from northern Virginia! They have four lovely children Zach 25 who is an audio/video tech, Jon 20 who is a graphic design student at Liberty University and quad drummer for Jersey Surf drum corp, Ben 17 who is a high school junior, all-state clarinet player, and Emily 9 who is a home school student.
What’s your musical background?
I [Robyn] took 5 years of piano lessons in elementary school, then played flute and oboe in band through junior high and high school. I continued to play flute in church and community bands and still do. My husband Greg took guitar lessons for a year or two in late elementary. Continue reading “June Members of the Month”
If you’ve ever watched an accomplished pianist play, you may have been amazed at the way her fingers moved quickly across the keys — even when playing a complicated piece of music. It looks so easy, doesn’t it?
If you are working with a younger beginner, however, chances are you’ve realized that there’s a lot of work that goes into building that kind of strength and dexterity in a person’s fingers! Your student may become easily frustrated when trying to play each note one-at-a-time, with a different finger. It might seem impossible for a 5-year-old to keep his fingers round and firm while striking a piano key. Continue reading “Building Strength and Finger Independence”
Meet Yenson, Fabienne, and their daughters Eva age 7 and Matilda age 3. They are from a lovely village in Cheshire not too far from Manchester in England. Eva is student in the Busy Kids Program while her mom, Fabienne is part of the Busy Moms program and just recently Matilda has tried out the preschooler program! Continue reading “March Members of the Month”
Meet David and Rene Parsons from Tucson, AZ. They have five children, Ella who is 10, Ben who is 8, Owen who is 7, Clara who is 4 and Jonathan who is 1. Four of their children are members of the Busy Kids program.
What is your musical background?
Continue reading “February Member of the Month”
Meet the Dauenhauer Family of 8 from Texas! Dustin, DorothyAnne, Aidan (12), Aliyah (10), Daniel (8), Liam (5), Evan (2) and Avery (2mo). This Busy Family loves travel, baseball and shopping! Busy student Aidan is enjoying lessons and has even composed a song with his mom!
Continue reading “January Member of the Month”
Sometimes students will come to me for piano lessons with a strong ability to play by ear in place already. It could be that the student has spent time listening to favorite songs on iTunes and picking out those melodies on the piano. Alternatively, a student might hear me play a piece of music she is working on in a lesson and, rather than reading the music, rely on her memory of what the piece sounds like in order to learn it.
It can be difficult to figure out how to approach teaching a student like this piano.
Do we completely ignore theory and technique and musical scores in favor of just learning pop hits by ear?
Do we start from the very beginning and scrap all the pop music in favor of meticulous theory and music-reading? Continue reading “When a Student Can Play By Ear…”
Meet Maghen and Kyle from Pennsylvania! They have four children 9 year old Natalie, 7 year old Caroline, 4 year old Savannah, and 2 year old Graham.
What’s your musical background?
I [Maghen] grew up singing and teaching myself basic music.
Anything fun or unique you’d like to share about your family?
We thoroughly enjoy new adventures! Since we homeschool our schedule is very flexible and gives us the opportunity to check out new places. We also enjoy reaching out to our community and helping our neighborhood feel more like family.
How do you structure piano lessons/practice for your family? Any tips to share?
We have one set day for lessons and then I have each child practice their songs 3 times each per day.
How did you learn about Busy Moms/Kids Do Piano?
I spent some time praying about piano lessons and I happened to read an advertisement on Facebook. I’m so thankful I chose to purchase the lifetime membership! It has been such a blessing to our family! The flexibility and depth of study are amazing!
Do you have any stories you’d like to share about your musical journey with piano lessons?
Not only are my children learning to play piano, but I get the privilege of learning right along side them!
What is your goal with having your child learn to play the piano?
My goal is to broaden their understanding of the world around them. Music adds such depth to life and Busy Kids gives them a solid foundation I’m so thankful for!
Continue reading “December Members of the Month”
Meet Jessica and her family of six from Utah. She and her husband have two sons and two daughters between the ages of 2-12. This musical family loves the outdoors, if they aren’t outside this family is enjoying a board game or movie night. Continue reading “November Member of the Month”