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Music Practice Tip That Will Surprise You

Are you ready to make a change in the way you practice, and start getting incredible results?

Most of us practice too fast, and we don’t accomplish everything we could in the time we spend.

I tell my students:

“Practice slow enough to play it right the first time.”

It’s not always possible, but getting it right the first time can happen far more often if you pick the right goal (a few notes or a phrase) and the right tempo.

Try slowing things down to see what you can accomplish. Not just Quarter Note = 60 on the metronome – I mean way down. Try Eighth Note = 60.

Practicing, in part, is training muscle memory. If your fingers are only trained enough to play a phrase at a moderate tempo, they will fail at a faster tempo. If your fingers are trained perfectly at a very slow tempo, playing very fast will be easy. It just happens.

I’ve had students surprise themselves!

Give it a try.

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Pros and Cons of Online Piano Lessons for Kids

When it comes to learning things these days most of us head for the computer. Sometimes we want an article. Other times a video tutorials… and the interest in this is growing rapidly.

It used to be the only way to learn the play the piano was to have a piano teacher sitting next to you, guiding you every step of the way. With the introduction of desktop computers, tablets. and phones, traditional ways of learning are changing. To better understand whether this new method of instruction works – and if it can work for your kids – I’ve written this pros and cons post about online piano lessons for kids.

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You may have grown up taking piano lessons from some lady that you mom met in your neighborhood. She was the closest and most affordable, so that was the teacher you were given. She seated you down on a hard piano bench and made you play scale after scale, followed by some seriously boring piano music. That was bad enough, but it wasn’t over yet. You still had to practice those boring scales and music 30 minutes every day.

When you’re limited to the teacher that’s closest and most affordable you don’t always get the best teacher.

Those days are over if you’re ready to embrace online lessons for kids.

The teachers that create online lessons are typically master teachers that know how to help kids be successful and keep them interested. They are using the latest trends and teaching methods to deliver lessons that are clear and easy to understand.

Pro – Piano Lessons Are “Watch and Learn”

Piano lessons have always been a “watch and learn” experience. Whether you’re sitting next to teacher or watching your teacher online, you are observing to learn – being guided through listening and though verbal instruction.

Pro – Students Benefit Through Instant Replay

Online piano lessons really shine in the days that follow the piano lesson. With traditional instruction students only receive guidance during the lesson. Then they’re stuck trying to remember everything that was shared during the lesson. The unfortunate result is that students don’t remember everything that they were taught. Online piano lessons solve that problem, allowing the piano student to listen to the instruction every day if they want to, so that every lesson is fully understood and fully mastered.

Pro – Cost Online Piano Lessons vs. Traditional Lessons

Online piano lessons provide a substantial cost savings for families. Depending on where you are living in the USA, you may pay as much as $40 for a 30-minute lesson. That’s $160-$200 per month. Online piano lessons cost around $18 per month.

Con – Not Every Need is Met with Online Piano Lessons

Online piano lessons don’t address the individual needs of every student, and sometimes the pacing is too quick. Sometimes students need something explained in a different way.

It’s not a perfect system, but there’s much that can be learned and many families are benefiting from online piano lessons and saving big.

Are You Ready to Give Online Piano Lessons a Try?

Here are two online piano academies that are worth a look.

MakingMusicFun Music Academy – The MakingMusicFun.net Music Academy is one of the most affordable options for quality piano lessons for kids. In fact, at the time of this post they are offering an introductory rate of just $10/month or $100/year – almost half that of other online academies. Your subscription provides you with access to the entire collection HD quality piano lessons, piano sheet music, digital print books, and worksheets. If you sign up for the annual plan you can also participate in the MusicStars Online Music Festival, and get personalized feedback on your progress. This is a pretty special offering for an online academy.

Hoffman Piano Academy – The Hoffman Piano Academy is chock full of quality piano lessons and resources for kids, including HD quality piano lessons, sheet music and worksheets. The basic plan is free and the premium plan is family friendly at just $18/month or $179/year.

Summary 

Online piano lessons aren’t for everyone, but it’s pretty clear that they are providing a rich experience for many adults and kids. And they are making piano more affordable, at a fraction of the cost of traditional lessons.

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MakingMusicFun.net All-In-One Piano Book, Level 2 (PDF)

Looking for the perfect piano book series to start your kids with? The All-in-One piano book series from MakingMusicFun.net provides students with graded music that steadily increases the challenges as they improve week by week, but never so much that they don’t feel successful. Worksheets for note naming are also included.

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Print Piano Lesson Book, Level 2

MakingMusicFun.net All-In-One Piano Book for Level 2 (Digital Print)

Product Description

The MMF All-In-One Piano Lesson Course, Level 2 is intended for students who have completed the MakingMusicFun.net (MMF) All-in-One Piano Primer, Level 1A and 1B piano books. Lessons are carefully sequenced to make progress easy and fun. Theory worksheets, such as M&M Note Name Challenge and Codebreaker!, are also included to help students develop greater confidence with note naming.

Some pieces in this book are meant to be practiced in pairs. They are called partner pieces. Each piece with a partner piece will name that piece at the bottom of the page. Whatever the focus, being rhythm or patterns or meter, the partner piece will help students to drill that skill a bit more so they really learn it.

Contents

Introduction
William Tell Overture by Rossini
Alouette
Ode to Joy by Beethoven
M&M Note Name Challenge Worksheet (Treble and Bass Clef)
Lavender’s Blue
When the Saints Go Marching In
Chopsticks
Blue Bumblebee by Fling
Codebreaker! Note Name Worksheet (Treble and Bass Clef)
The Galway Piper
The B-I-B-L-E
The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)
Boom, Boom, Indian Drum by Fling
Can-Can by Offenbach
Irish Washerwoman
Hickory, Dickory, Dock by Mother Goose/Fling
Zum Gali Gali
Aiken Drum
Dance by Kabalevsky
Git Along Little Doggies
My Ma Gave Me a Nickel
Prince of Denmark March
Spring from the “Four Seasons” by Vivaldi
Silent Night
M&M Note Name Challenge Worksheet – Answer Key
Codebreaker! Note Name Worksheet – Answer Key

Compare to Alfred’s Basic Piano Library

The MMF All-In-One Piano Lesson Course, Level 2 is similar to the Alfred Basic Piano Library Course, offering well written arrangements that are thoughtfully created for the young player, but offers digital printing and considerable savings. The MMF All-In-One Piano Lesson Course is intended to provide study resources for students five years and up. Special attention was given to the attention span and small-sized hands of the young beginner. The pages are clean and uncluttered, with fonts and colors that are  designed to appeal to kids. The focus of the Level 2 book is to introduce new musical symbols, drill symbols that have already been introduced, and support note reading.

Interested in Learning Piano Lessons Online?

The MakingMusicFun Music Academy is one of the most affordable options for quality piano lessons for kids. In fact, at the time of this post they are offering an introductory rate of just $10/month or $100/year – almost half that of other online academies. Your subscription provides you with access to the entire collection HD quality piano lessons, piano sheet music, digital print books, and worksheets. If you sign up for the annual plan you can also participate in the MusicStars Online Music Festival, and get personalized feedback on your progress. This is a pretty special offering for an online academy.

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MakingMusicFun.net All-In-One Piano Book for Level 1B (PDF)

Looking for the perfect piano book series to start your kids with? The All-in-One piano book series from MakingMusicFun.net provides students with graded music that steadily increases the challenges as they improve week by week, but never so much that they don’t feel successful. Worksheets for note naming and rhythms are also included.

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Print Piano Lesson Book, 1B

MakingMusicFun.net All-In-One Piano Book for Level 1B (Digital Print)

Product Description

The MMF All-In-One Piano Lesson Course, Level 1B is intended for students who have completed the MakingMusicFun.net (MMF) All-in-One Piano Primer and Level 1A piano books. Lessons are carefully sequenced to make progress easy and fun. Theory worksheets, such as Color That Note and It All Adds Up, are also included to help students develop greater confidence with note naming and rhythm.

Contents

Introduction
Color That Note Note Name Worksheet | Middle C Position
We Love You America by Fling
Tarantella by Fling
Bingo
Shark Attack! (Jaws Movie Theme Tribute) by Fling
Humpty Dumpty by Fling/Mother Goose
Mexican Hat Dance
Musical Spelling Bee – Treble Clef Note Name Review Worksheet
Musical Spelling Bee – Bass Clef Note Name Review Worksheet
Sweetly Sings the Donkey
It All Adds Up – Basic Rhythm Worksheet (Half Note, Quarter Note, Eighth Note)
The Birch Tree
Little Green Frog
Yankee Doodle
Go Tell Aunt Rhodie – Mother Goose
Cinderella (Dressed in Yella)
Happy Birthday
We Three Kings
Color That Note Note – Worksheet Answer Key
Musical Spelling Bee – Treble Clef Worksheet Answer Key
Musical Spelling Bee – Bass Clef Worksheet Answer Key
It All Adds Up – Worksheet Answer Key
Award Certificate

Compare to Alfred’s Basic Piano Library

The MMF All-In-One Piano Lesson Course, Level 1B is similar to the Alfred Basic Piano Library Course, offering well written arrangements that are thoughtfully created for the young player, but offers digital printing and considerable savings. The MMF All-In-One Piano Lesson Course is intended to provide study resources for students five years and up. Special attention was given to the attention span and small-sized hands of the young beginner. The pages are clean and uncluttered, with fonts and colors that are  designed to appeal to kids. The focus of the Level 2 book is to introduce new musical symbols, drill symbols that have already been introduced, and support note reading.

Looking for a Piano Book for a Student That’s Just Getting Started?

The MMF All-in-One Piano Primer Lesson Book guides the beginning piano student in a way that speeds progress by introducing them to a limited collection of musical elements, and then drills these elements sufficiently to gain mastery. Click link to learn more.

Interested in Learning Piano Lessons Online?

The MakingMusicFun Music Academy is one of the most affordable options for quality piano lessons for kids. In fact, at the time of this post they are offering an introductory rate of just $10/month or $100/year – almost half that of other online academies. Your subscription provides you with access to the entire collection HD quality piano lessons, piano sheet music, digital print books, and worksheets. If you sign up for the annual plan you can also participate in the MusicStars Online Music Festival, and get personalized feedback on your progress. This is a pretty special offering for an online academy.

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Moses and the Ten Commandments – Free Color-by-Note Worksheet

This free color-by-note simple rhythms worksheet is designed to help young music students drill the whole note, half note, quarter note, whole rest, half rest and quarter rest. Grab your crayons. Let’s have some fun!

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Moses and the Ten Commandments – Free Color-by-Note Worksheet

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Crayons Needed
Brown, Red, Skin Color, Light Gray, Purple, Light Blue

Note to Parents
If you’ve discovered a music theory worksheet that you’d like to share with your kids on this blog, but you’re not quite sure about about rhythms, rests, and note names – don’t worry. Here’s a link that will help:

How to Read Music Made Easy | Beginner’s Guide

About ‘Moses and the Ten Commandments’

God spoke the Ten Commandments to Moses in His own voice and wrote it on two tablets of stone by God’s very own finger. God gave these laws to Moses and the people on Mount Sinai. These commandments are the first part of God’s law system, where it summarized the hundreds of laws found in the Old Testament. It offers the basic rules of behavior for spiritual and moral living. One day, Moses destroyed the tablets out of his anger — a symbol of God’s laws being broken in the hearts His people and a reminder that we should always be careful of righteous anger that it does not lead us to sin. God then made Moses create new ones like the ones He had written himself.

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Baa, Baa, Black Sheep | Beginner Piano Sheet Music

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep is a popular English nursery rhyme with its earliest surviving version dating back to 1731. The song has been used in popular culture as both a metaphor and an allusion. The song is sung to the variant of the French melody Ah! vous dirai-je, maman, which is similar to the Alphabet Song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. With the rhyme in trochaic metre in its single stanza, the Roud Folk Song Index classifies its lyrics and variations as number 4439. The song is said to be about the resentment towards taxes levied on the Medieval English wool trade as well as the slave trade. However, in today’s modern times, the nursery rhyme is used for educational purposes which are to teach children about life in the countryside and to imitate the sound that sheep make.

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Baa, Baa, Black Sheep | Beginner Piano Sheet Music

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Lyrics for ‘Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full!

One for the master,
One for the dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full.

Baa, baa, white sheep,
have you any wool?
yes sir, yes sir,
three needles full.

Need help learning your note names?

Most beginning piano students are still working on their note names, rhythmic values, and music terms, so I’m including a few links to helpful music theory worksheets, games and flashcards. All of them are printable resources, and a few of them are free.

Color That Note! | Free Note Name Worksheet | Treble Clef – C Position
Color That Note! | Free Note Name Worksheet | Bass Clef – C Position
Ready, Set, Go! | Note Name Worksheet | Treble Clef/C Position
Ready, Set, Go! | Free Note Name Worksheet Bass Clef – C Position
I Thought That I Was Crazy | Treble Clef Note Names

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Singing with a Sub | Sub Plans for the Elementary Music Classroom

This highly-rated packet includes substitute lesson plans for the elementary music classroom. They are ready-to-use lesson plans that can even be used by subs with  no musical experience. This packet includes sub plans for approximately two weeks – depending on the number of times you see your students each week.

Print Music Lesson Plans for Subs Resource

Singing with a Sub | Sub Plans for the Elementary Music Classroom

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Contents

13 Lesson Plans 3 for Kindergarten, 4 for First Grade, 4 for Second Grade, 5 for Third Grade, 4 for Fourth Grade, and 5 for Fifth Grade with each lesson plan stating objectives, materials needed, and national music standards that will be met.

Format: Lesson plans are delivered in PDF format and in an editable Word document.

Lesson Titles: “Apple Tree Stations,” “Be a Composer,” “Carnival of the Animals,” “Instrument Stations,” “Music Fortune Teller,” “My Favorite Piece of Music,” “Nutcracker Comparison,” “Speak, Sing, and Dance,” “Elephants and Lions,” “Jazz Fly,” “Star-Spangled Banner,” and “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.”

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