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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. We’re… Continue Reading

Hold Back on Over-Helping


As parents, when we see a child struggling with something we often want to save them, to rescue them from their struggles. What we have to keep in mind is that sometimes the struggling is where the learning is happening. We need to learn when to help and when not to help.   When to… Continue Reading

Hoffman Academy 2.0 Update – August 2016


  Hi, everyone! I’m Patrik Csak, Front-End Developer & UX Designer at Hoffman Academy. I came to Hoffman Academy as a piano teacher in 2011. In early 2013, Joseph told me he had a website called FreePianoLessons4Kids, which had a growing audience and lots of potential. I had some graphic design experience, so Joseph brought… Continue Reading

Purposeful Feedback


Feedback is everywhere. It comes from everything we interact with, all the time. Feedback is really anything that happens during or right after you do something. You do something, and something happens. Press a piano key, a note sounds. That’s feedback! The piano isn’t trying to teach you anything, but it did, simply by reacting… Continue Reading

Finding Music Your Child Will Love to Learn


An important part of becoming an independent musician is learning how to find music to learn on your own. Choosing something you will enjoy learning and enjoy performing will keep your enthusiasm up and your skills growing long after formal lessons are over. Here’s how to get your child started on choosing their own music.… Continue Reading

2.0 Update by Software Engineer James Hoffman


I was just a little kid when my older brother, Joseph, wrote me a computer game. It was a very simple 2-player game made to mimic the light cycle battles from the 1982 Disney film, Tron. It wasn’t much, but at the time I thought it was the greatest computer game I’d ever played, and… Continue Reading

Making Musicians


The ultimate goal of music teaching is to create musicians. I’m not just talking about musicians that do music for a living, but about people who can play, create, understand, and appreciate music whether music is their profession or not. Every day when your child sits down to practice the piano, it should take them… Continue Reading

Piano Care


An acoustic piano is a wonderful thing to have in your home. Take good care of it, and it will be a beautiful part of your family’s life for decades to come. Pianos need attention and respect in order to stay in top condition. Here’s what you should know about caring for your piano: Childproofing… Continue Reading

Academy Notes June 2016


Unit 8 is wrapping up, on target for release by the end of June. Joseph has never been able to complete a unit so quickly, in only three months! Our successful Kickstarter campaign allowed him to leverage our talented staff at Hoffman Academy to get everything done in record time. Summer Time at Hoffman Academy… Continue Reading

Summer Time Practice Tips


Summer has just begun, bringing with it a break from school for most children. Whether you get a summer vacation or whether your break comes at other times in the year, it can be a challenge to keep up a piano practice routine when other schedules change. With the right attitude and motivation, however, a… Continue Reading