As today is the last day of our school piano lessons for the Christmas break I thought it would be a fun idea to help children keep up their piano practice over the holidays with a little bit of a challenge.
Here is our Christmas Practice Challenge sheet that has a tree filled with 16 baubles (the amount of days off until school starts back). The first day being tomorrow, your child is to complete a practice session (this can be as little as 10-15 minutes providing it is focussed practice) if the practice session is completed for that day they get to colour in the bauble.
Practice every day and you will finish with a colourful tree to show your teacher on return to lessons in the New Year!
Has your child just started piano lessons or you’re thinking about starting..
Has your child just started piano lessons or you’re thinking about starting and you are not sure which piano to buy? Buying you first piano can be a daunting thing so here are some tips to help..
As many things in life, you get what you pay for but you don’t necessarily need to go out and spend thousands on a brand new all singing all dancing piano.
Consider a suitable budget by firstly deciding whether this is just a new hobby your child is trying out and may lose interest in a years time or whether it is something you are looking to invest in for your child’s future.
Some of the best brands of pianos to buy are the likes of Steinway, Bluthner and Bosendorfer. But there are also more affordable acoustic and digital pianos like Roland and Yamaha.
Which is the best piano for you? Let’s take a look at the options..
Buying a new acoustic piano is the best way you can go (budget permitting).
Acoustic pianos have a much longer lifespan than a digital piano and holds their value.
When buying an acoustic piano I would advise your child having a play around on it first so it would be best to take them with you. Every piano is different in the sound and weight of keys (even if they are the same brand) and so you don’t want buy a piano that has heavy keys and their little fingers struggle to press them down. The same with if the keys are too light, this can then lead to them struggling to play on another piano (in exams or concerts etc.)
Letting your child try the piano first let’s them find the touch that is right and comfortable for them to learn at their best and achieve success.
If buying a second hand piano be sure it is healthy and asked a professional to go with you if possible.
It is recommended that you tune an acoustic piano every 6 months.
Digital pianos are a great option if you have a smaller budget and a smaller space at home to fit one. Another benefit is that you can use headphones with them if need, so if you have younger children then practice time isn’t going to disturb nap time.
Although a digital piano will never be the same standard as an acoustic, new technology is able to get you as close as possible.
Some things you need to make sure of when buying a digital piano is that is has weighted keys. This means that your child will be able to practice their technique which is impossible without them. You also need to make sure it is has a full size keyboard of 88 keys, any smaller and your child will grow out of it pretty quickly and it will limit their learning ability.
A digital piano does not need to be tuned.
If you are still struggling to find a piano that suits you and your child best then please feel free to contact me and I will try to help you as much as I can.