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How Was the Piano Invented?


Have you ever thought about how amazing a piano is? It can play loud, it can play soft, it has a huge range from low notes to high notes, and pianos are fantastic for playing with everything from a symphony orchestra to a jazz ensemble, or even just solo! And have you taken a look… Continue Reading

How to Read Chord Symbols for Piano


Have you ever seen those letters up above the staff in your sheet music and wondered what they are? Those letters are chord symbols. Although chord symbols are a staple for guitar players, for many piano students chords are a mysterious art. Some piano teachers never cover them at all (none of my teachers I… Continue Reading

Where to Begin with Hoffman Academy


If you’re new to Hoffman Academy and your child has already had some piano experience, you may be wondering where to begin. In general, our Units 1-4 cover what could be considered “Primer” or “Preparatory” material, while Units 5-8 cover what is typically considered Level 1 skills. We would generally expect an absolute beginner to… Continue Reading

Hoffman Academy Notes October 2016


Hello everyone, we can’t believe fall is here already! We were able to release Unit 8 last month, in large part because Mr. Hoffman is fully recovered and Nick, our videographer, is on the mend as well. We are so grateful for all of your prayers, support and patience. We have all been touched by… Continue Reading

How to Get Your Piano Tuned


As we said in our recent article, Piano Care, getting your piano tuned every 6-12 months is important for keeping your piano in great shape and ensuring that it gives you and your family many years of enjoyment. With autumn here and the holidays right around the corner, this is a time of year when… Continue Reading

Singing for Musical Development


Music holds a unique place in the human brain. Howard Gardner, the psychologist who created the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, named music as one of eight distinct kinds of intelligence. But far from being confined to just one region of the brain, music appears to have a special way of putting the brain in high… Continue Reading

Piano Unit 8 Is Here!


It has been so much fun working on Hoffman Academy Piano Unit 8. Our Hoffman Academy team has pulled together like never before to bring you a new series of 20 lessons that will really take your piano skills up to the next level. The first ten video lessons are available to watch now, and… Continue Reading