This year, we're going to be making fall trees together in my studio. I'll have 12 grade school-age students participating. Each gets to make a tree that will hang in the studio, and I'm going to give out 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes at the Fall recital to those with the most leaves. Keep … Continue reading This year’s fall practice/performance incentive.
I love working from home. It’s not for everybody, but it’s definitely for me. I like making my own hours, being my own boss, and being accountable to myself. I’ve finally found a job where I don’t have to suck up to the boss, or tip-toe around a cranky co-worker. So naturally I thought that … Continue reading Having a Baby and Teaching Piano From Home
First, I have to say that I don’t live in one of those magical places where the weather is wonderful year-round. I live in the northeast, and we have four very distinct seasons. That’s why when the weather finally gets nice, I try to find ways to get my students outside every now and again. Because … Continue reading Taking the Piano Lesson Outside
Every time I get a new student, I have them fill out a form for that I keep in their folder. It helps me keep track of important things like what type of instrument they have, what their backup phone number is, and if I should text them or email in a pinch. I used to … Continue reading New Piano Student Registration Form
Why I Teach From Home (or why I won't come to your house to teach lessons). I get asked to travel to student’s houses to teach pretty often. When I first decided to be a piano teacher full time, I would take any student I could get, even if it meant I had to drive … Continue reading Why I Teach From Home (or why I won’t come to your house to teach lessons).
I try my best to motivate my students by choosing music that they really enjoy, but sometimes that isn’t enough. Today I’m going to show you some of the ways I encourage students to work on their music at home in between lessons. Studio Incentives: Every student under age 10 gets a sticker chart. I … Continue reading Piano Studio Incentives and Prizes
Why does my kid need to practice? Practicing is the most important part of taking piano lessons. If a student doesn’t touch the piano at home, they’ll make little if no progress in their lessons. Why, you ask? Because it’s a skill, and just like any other skill, repetition is key to mastery. Let’s take … Continue reading Kids and Practicing
Choosing a Piano One of the first things I ask a new piano student is “Do you have a piano?” You need to have a working instrument in order to learn. Why? To practice on! Imagine if you were expected to learn to drive a car with just one 30 minute lesson a week, and … Continue reading Chooosing a Piano or Keyboard
Welcome to akronpiano.com! Let me introduce myself and my studio: My name is Sarah and I’m a pianist and piano teacher in Akron, Ohio. I love being a piano teacher. I get to meet all kinds of people, have fun with young kids, and learn more about my community from my adult students. I … Continue reading Welcome