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Every spring Music Star Studios hosts a spring studio recital for all of our students. This year we will present our spring recital on Sunday, April 24. Close to 40 of our students will present songs they have been diligently working on for months. Every year when recital season rolls around I have clients ask if their child is "ready" to perform in our recital; or if they "should" perform in the recital. And my answer is always the same; I encourage every one of my studens who feels comfortable to participate. Even those who don't feel the most comfortable I encourage :)

One question I hear parents ask most often is, "How old does my child need to be to start lessons?" Many times they are looking for a magic number. "Oh, well you should wait until Suzy is 5 years old before she starts lessons." But every child is different. Every child grows, learns, and matures differently; so a magic number just won't work. So how do you know when it's the right time for you child to start music lessons? Here are 5 Questions to Ask Before Beginning Lessons.

Bartolomeo Cristofori - The Inventor of the Piano Have you ever wondered who the inventor of the piano was? The piano is such a popular instrument now, but have you ever stopped to think about who had the idea of creating it? Believe it or not, at one time if you wanted to play a keyboard instrument your choices were the harpsichord or the organ. While these instruments are great, they also have some drawbacks. The main one is this - no matter how hard or soft you press the keys, they don't play any louder or softer.

Enter the drama of a RECITAL. If your child plays a musical instrument, it is likely that he or she will be performing in a recital. The preparation for the recital is usually a time of stress and anxiety in a child's life. What can you, as the parent, do to help your youngster perform to the highest level? Here are 3 suggested steps to help your child prepare for the recital:

Last month I had my piano tuned and vacuumed out - I admit it was overdue for a tuning and as a piano teacher... well, it's kind of like the story of the doctor who is a bad patient! Pianos are very sensitive instruments with lots of parts (upwards of about 14,000 parts). All of these parts come together to make the piano sound good when played by a skilled or budding pianist.

I've been a piano teacher professionally for 15 years now. It's been quite a journey. When I was fresh out of college I was ready to start teaching piano and wanted to be the best teacher possible. I went to visit my very first piano teacher and asked her for some advice. She told me a couple of things that have proven to be true: SMILE at your students and be their friend, and WAIT 10 years for the real rewards.

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