Friday, April 27, 2012

Do you like taking piano lessons?

I like asking my students if they like taking piano lessons and why.  I recently asked the older beginners class of three girls aged 9-12.  They said because the class is fun. They like being in a group of friends. They like the songs we are learning. And one said that it helps her to play video games and learn typing. 

Fun answers and made me feel like I was doing something worthwhile!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Piano Playing Makes You Smarter?

I was reading a book by Dr. Caroline Leaf called The Gift Within in which she mentions that there are seven ways that we all process thoughts.  We all go through all seven ways but in a different order, which is probably why no two people think alike.  One of the processes is musical.  She listed ways to increase our thought life in each of the seven ways.  One of the ways of increasing musical thoughts is to take music lessons. 

So if you want to be smarter, take piano lessons!  I really do have smart students.  They are learning to think logically which helps with math and spacially, which helps with science. 

Come see me at and let's talk about how to make you smarter too.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Intermission at Cindy's Piano Studio, Bemus Point, NY

Today I looked up the word vacation in Webster's.  I had to give a 60 second talk about my business this morning and was searching for something to talk about!  I've been on vacation from piano teaching for the last week and a half and so my thoughts went to that as my subject.

Vacation, besides meaning taking a break from the usual routine, means intermission.  I related my vacation to an intermission at a concert.  The musicians take a break from the stage so that it can be refreshed or new musicians added.  My intermission, though not a physical one as we didn't go anywhere, was a mental one.  I took a break from thinking about my students, planning for my students, and teaching my students. Now I can return next week with a fresh stage for new teaching ideas for each of my piano students at my Lakewood, NY and Bemus Point, NY locations in Chautauqua County.

Fresh ideas and attitudes means more enjoyment for me in teaching and my students in learning piano.

I hope my students have also taken an intermission and are ready to return to the stage with great attitudes and enthusiasm for practicing and playing piano.

Cindy's Piano Studio, making music at the piano using currrent technology