Elements of Music: What Are They?

Elements of Music: What Are They?

Elements of music can be thought of as the building blocks of music. Have you ever heard of chemical elements? Have you ever heard water being described as H-2-O? Well that term (H-2-O) refers to the different elements, or building blocks, that make water. Water is...
Organizing Your Practice at the Piano

Organizing Your Practice at the Piano

Organizing your practice at the piano is a necessary first step in being a successful pianist. You’ve probably heard your mom or dad, or grandparents, talk about the importance of being organized. Maybe they were not talking about the piano, but most likely...
Beginning to Improvise – 3 Tips

Beginning to Improvise – 3 Tips

Beginning to improvise is an important step in your piano education. It can seem scary, intimidating, and difficult. When asked to improvise, take a solo, or “make something up,” beginners often feel nervous and think to themselves “What notes should...
The Grand Staff: How to Read Music

The Grand Staff: How to Read Music

The grand staff is a special name we give to the symbols that are used when piano players read music. In this article we’ll talk all about the grand staff and specifically the individual symbols that collectively makeup the grand staff. We’ll also discuss...
Songs That Use 5 Fingers at the Piano

Songs That Use 5 Fingers at the Piano

There are many songs that use 5 fingers at the piano. This is great news for beginners because it means that we can learn some of these songs quite easily. In this article we’ll look at a few of these songs and discuss how to play them. Have you ever heard...
Solfege Singing – What Is It?

Solfege Singing – What Is It?

Have you ever heard the expression “solfege singing?” My guess is that you probably haven’t. But you may have heard someone using or practicing solfege singing and not realized it. That’s because solfege singing is a very common way for...