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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New Year, New Options!

Amy Turner

It's already been a great week back at Pfafftown Piano, with students returning refreshed and renewed from a little break. Some have taken the break to do just that - take a break - and others used the time to get ahead and polish music lingering from last year. Either option is a commendable one, in my opinion. For some, working ahead and accomplishing unfinished tasks brings contentment. For others, the mental break is exactly the prescription for a renewed sense of motivation and energy for the new year. To all my students, I say welcome back and happy new piano year! 

Speaking of new, we have a few new and unique opportunities on the horizon this year!

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