At Kay Lowry Piano, we give parents the support they need.
Do you dread the thought of making your child practice? You are not alone. Practice solutions are as varied as the individuals involved in piano lessons. We are here to help.
The best thing you can do as a parent is create a "practice nest" for your child. Here is a wonderful article with great ideas:
Yes - it's great to make time for 30 minutes of piano. But - if that's not possible - even 10-15 minutes a day can be very helpful. And - it doesn't have to be all at once! Try a little in the morning. Even "drive-by" practicing (running over a song quickly before heading out the door) has benefits.
Apps can be a part of practice!
Children learn through play - and technology can be educational and fun! The powerful app, Piano Maestro - is free to students of our studio. Piano students around the world have made giant leaps in their progress with this app. And it's super fun!
If you have any questions at all - please reach out to us. We have printables, practice punch cards, and all kinds of resources to help. We love to get those little fingers moving on the piano!
Online - is it just as good?
Surprisingly, the answer can be yes. I have both taken online piano lessons, and given them. There are a few important differences. Read on to find out more about online lessons, and why piano teachers are learning how to give them.
What's good about online lessons?
First, they can be very convenient. Instead of driving through traffic, and shuffling kids here and there - online lessons can be arranged from the comfort of home.
Second - because the student is at his home piano, the teacher can observe posture, see the practice environment, and hear your home instrument. This information can help the piano teacher as they try to help your child.
Third, the student learns to LISTEN closely in the environment of online piano lessons. With modern techniques of teaching, students can and do learn piano through this exciting technology!
Fourth, and I think the BEST - is that the teacher is still the skilled, caring individual you want for your child. Nothing beats human interaction. And, you still get it with online lessons.
What's not so great about online lessons?
The teacher can't physically touch the student to correct posture or hand position. However, maybe this is not all bad. The students have to take more responsibility in this area, which is good.
Online lessons can be a challenge for the very young student. However, if the parent is willing to stay with the child and be part of the process, it's a great way to offer an experience of music to the child.
STAY TUNED for more information on how the Kay Lowry Piano Studio will be offering online piano lessons in the future!
Does your kid love the outdoors? Have you ever wanted to explore music with your toddler, but weren't sure how? Come join us in Avondale Park on June 29. We are going to explore the various ways nature, music, and sound interact. Also get ready for some recycling tips on how to make instruments your kids will love! Keep your kids entertained for hours with the skills and fun ideas from this camp. More info at: http://www.kaylowry.com/summer-camps-and-events.html
We can't WAIT to explore art and music with your little ones! You never dreamed your child could paint like Picasso, right? We have it covered. Lauren Cline of DelightnArt is our guest teacher. Your child will bring home something special, creative, and a memory that will last a long time.
In addition - we will explore music, keyboards, and play games. Don't delay - we only have a few spots left. Classes are divided into preschool and elementary age. For more info: http://www.kaylowry.com/summer-camps-and-events.html
This camp is going to be the best. Ever.
Don't wait to sign up! We have a really great group already enrolled - but have spots for just a few more. Let us know soon if you are interested.
If you want your child to:
It's easy - just head over to my sign-up page - and we will get started!
Spring break is over - and that means it's time to start picking our piano pieces for the "Piano Rocks" concert. I can't wait to see which piece each student picks as their favorite to share with the audience.
I believe that each child has music within. I also believe that sharing that music - in whatever form - is vitally important for the development of the child. That's what we are going to do on May 12!
Looking forward to cheering, yelling, clapping and whistling as each child brings forth their best effort. Great fun!
You won't want to miss this........
Our end-of-year piano concert will be something your family will remember! Let's get ready to show our kids that we are their biggest "fans"! Here is the article that inspired me to have a piano recital like none that you have ever seen: (be sure to watch the opening short video)
Aren't you excited to participate? Here is what you can do to get ready:
1. Save the date - Saturday - May 12. Wunderkeys kids play at 9:30 a.m., other students play at either 10:30 or 11:30.
2. Start collecting stuff! You will need some of these items: pom-poms, homemade signs, air horns, cow bells, blankets, camp chairs, foam fingers, and general cheerleading items.
3. Plan what to wear. Family colors, face paint - show your spirit! The concert will be very casual.
4. Start "cheering" your student during their practice time at home. See this article for ideas - look for the section on "Piano Parents Turned Music Fans"
Don't miss this amazing opportunity to showcase and encourage our fantastic kids!
Tim Topham, an internationally known piano teacher, blogger, writer, and presenter - just wrote a fantastic article on this. I am delighted to find out that he recommends the very same digital piano I have in my studio - the Roland FP-30! Check out what Tim has to say:
Teachers are noticing that kids are not ready to write when they go to school.
Fine motor skills are so important to a child's success. But in this age of ipads, smartphones, and tablets - what's a parent to do?
Check out this important article for some tips on how to help your child. It's about a 5 minute or less read.
At our piano studio - we are always striving to find ways to increase those motor skills, and give kids cross-over skills that will help them succeed in school and life. It's so much fun to watch these kids grow!
If we can help you in any way - let us know. Pop us an email, ask a quick question, and we will get back to you shortly. Looking forward to a great year of young musicians in 2018!
There it is. The ugly truth about my silverware drawer. It drives me crazy - and occasionally I wipe it out - but there they are again. Crumbs!
Why am I being so openly transparent about this? Because I want all you mamas out there to know several things: it's okay if your house is not sparkling, your kids are not perfectly behaved, and you lose it every once in a while.
Forget all the Pinterest-perfect pictures. Let's talk about real life.
My kids are grown, but I look back on lots of times that were less than perfect. Big picture - they managed to make it to functioning, loving, amazing adults. Even my special-needs adult son continues to encourage me by his responsibility and care for others.
From my vantage point - I try to make the main thing the main thing - Love. And I hope that in this New Year - 2018 - you take the time to love, and to be kind to yourself.
Here in my piano studio - we practice the same thing. We love each kid, and overlook the small stuff. If you are curious as to what a modern piano lesson looks like, contact us. We will give you a few quick schedule options to choose from. Happy New Year - and here's to wonderful music-making!