Parent Resources


The Academy will be closed today due to the frightful weather. All group lessons are cancelled and will be rescheduled. Ms. Theresa, Mr. Matt, and Mr. Marshall will be offering video lessons to those students interested in doing a virtual lesson today. Students of these teachers should check their email for details. All other teachers…

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Each family registered at the Academy has an online account which can be used at any time for checking registrations, invoice/payment status, adding students to your account, and more.  If you have never logged into your account, we encourage you to login and check it out. Read further for details.   Q & A:  …

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New and Beginning Students Guitar (please consult our Guide to Purchasing a Guitar for more information). Guitar Tuner Guitar Picks Music Stand (wire stands are fine) Footstool (optional) Amplifier and Cable (if you are using an electric guitar) Level II Students Metronome (can be purchased from the Academy office) Each student at Hoffman Academy will…

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Twice each semester, at Come Together Week, students have the opportunity to attend a special group class instead of their regular lesson. A Come Together Week class is 60 minutes long and will be taught by a team of Academy teachers with 4-8 students in each class. The schedule for Come Together Week will be announced 2…

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1. A Quality Piano All piano students should have a quality instrument to practice on. Without a quality instrument for practicing, progress will be slower and playing will be less rewarding and even frustrating. Acoustic (Non-electric) Pianos Should be tuned annually (Academy Tuner: Eric Leatha 503-997-1725) All 88 keys should be in full working condition Keys…

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Step 1: Choosing the Type of Guitar That is Right for You There are 3 main types of guitar: Acoustic, Electric, and Classical.  For beginners and students under 12 years old, the best choice is often the Classical guitar. That being said, every student is different, so read more below to find the type of…

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A beginning piano student needs a good instrument. Think about it. If you wanted your child to play soccer, would you send your child out on the field in a pair of cheap flip-flops, or would you make sure your child had a good pair of shoes? Shoes, of course! On the other hand, does…

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5 days per week Lesson time does not count toward practice requirements The most important thing is getting the assignment done—however long it takes. These times are minimum expectations, and on some days more (or less) time may be required. Thorough preparation of the assignment is more important than how long the student spends. Emphasis…

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Dear parents, Welcome to piano lessons at Hoffman Academy of Music! Get ready to begin a wonderful musical journey with your child. This guide will provide you, the parent, the information you will need to make these lessons a success. Your job at home is to fill the role of Daily Practice Partner—a very important…

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