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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

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

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

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

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…Continue Reading

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