19 Practice Strategies

Strategy Category Description 1 Repetition of Difficult Passages Coordination Over learn difficult passages by repeating them at least ten times or more. 2 Sings with Practice Vocalization Sing the melody to help with top voicing (emphasizes melodic line) 3 Metronome Usage Rhythmic Accuracy Use a metronome to ensure rhythmic evenness and rhythmic accuracy. 4 Count … Read more

Common Myths about Pianos

Pianos should be kept on inside walls. Fact: Pianos are much more sensitive to humidity than temperature. Since pianos are made of wood, it is not advisable to place pianos on top of heating vents where the sound board would be exposed to hot, dry air. It is also not advisable to put it in … Read more

Types of Music Played on the Piano

Variation Forms Variation is a fundamental principle of musical composition, and a musical form based on that principle. To vary a musical idea means to change parts of it while keeping other parts constant—as in a folk song in which the second phrase has a new tune but has the same rhythm as that of … Read more

Dance Forms and the Suite

Suite refers to any instrumental composition usually compose in one key and which consists of several movements. It was developed in the 16th century, in the Baroque era, as series of dance steps. Thus, pieces of dance rhythms are often grouped together into suites. The tunes are so arranged so as to present strong contrasts … Read more

Romanticism Style

Romanticism is an artistic movement in music that favors the imagination and emotion over reason and logic, and promotes the individual and the subjective approach as opposed to the Classicism which emphasized the universal and the objective. The Romantic era in music stretch from 1820 to the early part of the 20th century. Where the … Read more

Popular and National Dance Forms

Dance is as old as music itself. Most dance forms which have flourished in the realm of piano music have their origins in folk tradition. Some, like waltz, have become universal, but most have been closely identified with specific national characteristics. Cakewalk is an improvised, sassy and highly syncopated dance for couples closely related to … Read more

Piano Lesson Made Easy

Have you experienced being enchanted with a melody of sound? Sound that can satiate your inner being and express your innermost thought? There are times in our lives that we wanted to look for a serene and a tranquil place where we can repose for a moment. A perfect place and time for a music … Read more