Pacing Piano Lessons: Is My Student Ready for the Next Lesson?

One thing that is unique to online piano lessons is that while I teach all the concepts, music and theory in the program, I do rely on parents to help in pacing the program for the student. I have parent guides and checklists to help with this, but I want parents to feel completely comfortable when it comes to answering the question, “Is my child ready for the next piano lesson?” Continue reading “Pacing Piano Lessons: Is My Student Ready for the Next Lesson?”

March Members of the Month

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”

February Member 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.
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What is your musical background?

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January 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!

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December Members of the Month

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.

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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.
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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!
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November Member of the Month

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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”

Let’s Talk About Piano Technique.

Technique is not a very exciting word. I am envisioning your eyes glazing over at the computer screen as you read the words “piano technique”.

Believe me, if I could come up with a sexier word to introduce this topic, I would!

Even though it sounds rather boring, piano technique is super duper important. And there is SO MUCH to it. Continue reading “Let’s Talk About Piano Technique.”

October Member of the Month

Meet the Strum family Caleb and Tricia; Melody who is 8, Jasmine who is 5 ½, and Chase who is just 7 months! They currently in Georgia, though they due to move again by the end of the year. Continue reading “October Member of the Month”

September Members of the Month

Meet the Idris family from small town Pennsylvania! Dewi, Denny and their 11 year old daughter Abigail.


Q: What’s your musical background?
My Husband (Denny) and I grew up without any formal musical education.
Denny self taught himself guitar when he was in highschool.
Actually, I (Dewi) had a piano lesson for like.. 2 classes (if this counts) with private teacher, but on the third meetup, she quit (Gasp!) Not because of me, but because she found out that she was pregnant and had bad morning sickness and (this is not related to musical background, but… anyway..) A few months later my mom signed me up for dance class. After just one class (guess what?) this teacher also quit with the same reason (I know…I know.. you must be thinking that I was some kind of a wizard-fertile-machine kid back then, me too :D). Back to music, I know one song that I can play on the piano, Beyer no.8. That song introduced Abby to piano and made her want to learn piano.

Abby has been playing violin since she was in 3rd grade, she is starting 7th grade now, so she is pretty familiar with reading music. She is also a member of the junior symphony orchestra in our county. Continue reading “September Members of the Month”

Creating a Piano Practice Space

When a parent of a student calls me and says, “Johnny is really resistant to piano practice lately,” the first question I ask is, “Where is your piano located?”

More often than not, I’ll learn that a student’s piano is located in a cold, damp basement or in their bedroom, leading the student to feel like he’s “missing out on the action” when he goes to practice piano.

This doesn’t mean your piano practice space needs to be a Pinterest worthy room of expensive decor and laminated practice charts.

What SHOULD a piano practice space look like? Read on for my tips… Continue reading “Creating a Piano Practice Space”