How To Tell If My Piano Is Out Of Tune

How to tune a piano

Playing on an out-of-tune piano isn’t just an unpleasant experience. It can actually hinder your growth as a musician. You can’t develop a good sense of pitch if you constantly hear notes that are out of tune, and that’s what happens when you practice regularly on an out-of-tune piano. This is why it is so important to […]

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What Can I Learn In One Year of Piano Lessons?

I know you have questions about piano lessons, and I’m sure you’re wondering how much you’ll really learn in one year. I get this question more often than you might think – from parents and students alike. I love to watch people’s faces when I answer: What you’ll learn in one year of piano lessons […]

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The Musical Alphabet – You Can’t Read Music Without It

Musical Alphabet

We all know that children prepare to read by learning the alphabet. Did you know that piano students prepare to read music by first learning the musical alphabet? It’s true! Of course, there are some differences. For example, the musical alphabet contains just seven letters: A, B, C, D, E, F, G. Why so few? […]

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How Long Does It Take to Learn Piano?

How long will it take to learn piano. Piano time calculator

A lot of people ask how long it takes to learn to play the piano. Maybe you have a certain song in mind, and you want to know how long before you can play it. Maybe you’re starting lessons and wondering where it ends. Or maybe you want to know how long before you can […]

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Acquiring Fluency in Music Part 2: Becoming a Great Sight Reader

How to become a great sight reader

Some musicians have what seems like a magical skill. They can take a written piece of music they’ve never heard or seen before and just sit down and play it perfectly the first time. They’ve mastered the art of reading music. This doesn’t happen overnight. It takes many years to develop the ability to sight […]

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How to Play with Both Hands for Beginning Pianists

Playing piano with both hands

Okay, so you can play the right hand part just fine, and you can play the left hand part too, but when you put them together it just isn’t working. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Even advanced pianists have to work hard to put both hands together when passages are rhythmically tricky or technically challenging. […]

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Learn to Accompany – Tips for Beginning Pianists

Tips for beginner piano players

My first experience as an accompanist came when my middle school choir director invited me to accompany for the choir. At the time I only had about five or six years of piano lessons under my belt, and so I really had a lot of growing to do in order to be equal to the […]

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How to Read and Play Piano Chords

Learning piano chords

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 guitar players use chord symbols all the time, for many piano students chords are a mysterious art. Some piano teachers never cover them at all (none of my teachers I […]

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Where to Begin with Hoffman Academy

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 “Primer” or “Preparatory” material. Units 5-8 cover Level 1 skills. We would generally expect an absolute beginner to spend about 24 months completing the lessons up through […]

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How to Get Your Piano Tuned

How to tune your piano

As we said in our recent article, Piano Care, get your piano tuned every 6-12 months to keep it in great shape and ensure 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 many people think of […]

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