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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…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…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 gear…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 the remaining ten…Continue Reading

Does Your Child Need a Better Instrument?

I’d like to start out with a story.   One of my piano students had an unusual habit. Every time she hit a certain key, her finger would dip down below the key and push up. When I asked her why she did this, she said that on her piano at home that key would…Continue Reading

2.0 Update by Graphic Designer Nhung Duong

Hello Hoffman Academy supporters! My name is Nhung and I’m the graphic designer here at the Academy. I create things for both print and web, and I do everything from the layouts and the fonts to the images and illustrations.   What I’m Working On I am currently developing the structure of our new website.…Continue Reading

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