100 Likes Later

Amy Turner

Yesterday, July 27, 2018 the Pfafftown Piano Facebook Page hit 100 likes. One year ago at the same time I was drumming up business, hoping for enough students to fill the studio. I have been teaching and performing music, piano, voice, handbells and organ since I was 13, but never in my OWN studio in my OWN home as the OWNer of the business. This is, truly, a dream come true in every sense of the word; a dream I thought would never be a reality. Teaching music was, for me, typically in a church, a music school, a college, a community center, but never in my own studio. I taught a large crop of underprivileged kids in South Bend, IN at an inner city community center, offering them a chance at creativity for 30 minutes each week, building skills and talents their parents couldn't afford to nurture. I taught little ones, adults, and even the blind in Raleigh, NC at a freshly opened music school owned by someone trying to get his dream business off the ground. I taught children's music in countless churches as internships and jobs in college, with my bag-o-music-tricks with me in my car. In Mill Creek, IN my husband and I started the first children's choir our tiny church had ever had, discovering amazing talent among the handful of children who attended. I have taught organ lessons to college students at Notre Dame University; students who wanted an elective session to get their minds off Psychology, French, or Engineering. 

But never, ever, have I had my OWN place.

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What Do I Practice Over the Summer?

Amy Turner

In a few days it will be summer break time. For some, summer break will mean the end of a year of piano lessons. If a school year of piano lessons followed by a break over the summer is the proverbial "two steps forward and one step back," our year at Pfafftown Piano has strongly challenged that. I'd say we've taken 18, 25, maybe 40 steps forward this year! From a September full of beginners to our unRecital in the fall to the National Guild of Piano Teachers Auditions in the spring, we have worked hard and played beautifully, and all students should be proud of the 2017-2018 year. So what should you do this summer?

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Tiny Fingers Welcome

Amy Turner

I have great pride in my tiniest students; the ones often labeled "too young" to play piano. While their fingers may be small and weaker than older pianists', their ability to comprehend and learn is the same. A basic understanding of child development aids any teacher in accepting students - and teaching them successfully! - under the magical and arbitrary age of seven.

Take my three-year-old student, for example...

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