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Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Hitting The Right Keys: The Biggest Myths About Learning To Play The Piano

If there’s one thing that’s on many people’s “bucket list,” it’s learning to play an instrument. For many people, the instrument they turn to is the piano. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about learning to play the piano that may turn off potential students. Here’s a look at some of the most common myths, and the real truth behind them.

Myth #1: Adults are too old to learn

Many people have the common misconception that children are able to learn more quickly than adults, especially when trying to learn another language or an instrument. That’s actually not true. Children aren’t more “receptive” to learning, but they are often less burdened down by everything else in life. What really matters is the level of dedication and practice you’re willing to commit to. There’s never an age where you’re “too old” to learn an instrument. Many music teachers find that their favorite students are senior citizens!

Myth #2: A piano student should always start learning with classical music

When the vision of a student learning to play the piano comes to mind, it’s almost always a picture of someone pecking at keys as they try to navigate a complicated piece from Beethoven or another classical composer. While that is where most people begin, it certainly doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, when you study more modern music, it’s easier to learn about chords and to become a sight reader. Then you learn to interpret music overall. If playing classical music isn’t your goal, start off with something else. But even if classical music is your goal, learning modern music first can give you skills that translate to that style as well.

Myth #3: Learning the piano takes a lot of practice each and every day

One thing many piano teachers and piano schools try to implement into their students is “practice, practice, practice.” Learning to play the piano does seem a little daunting, so it may seem like you’ll need hours and hours of practice. But doing that is a quick way to become burned out and bored. Practicing in short bursts (around 30 or 45 minutes each day) is often more helpful than slogging through long sessions, and taking occasional days off helps to refocus. If you feel like you don’t have time to learn the piano, just know that it takes a few hours a week–not a few hours a day–to acquire basic piano skills.

Don’t let these myths fool you! If you have ever considered learning to play the piano, there’s never been a better time. With a little practice and a commitment to truly learning, you’ll be on your way to being a great piano player in no time.

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Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Perfect Gifts For Students Of Writing

If you are trying to decide on the perfect gift for a writing student, the solution may be simpler than you think. Being a student of writing involves a passion for certain things as well as limited time. Writing happens to be one of the subjects that is very time consuming because so many lengthy papers and research are involved in this field. Here you can learn about some gift items that can help keep writers on track, but also be enjoyable to receive.

Writing Utensils

Most writing today is done on a computer, but that doesn’t mean a writer doesn’t need a quality writing utensil from time to time. This is a great way to offer a small token that acknowledges your loved one’s chosen field, but it also serves as something functional they can take with them.

  • Engraved pens: Engraved pens allow you to include a name or some kind of saying, if you prefer. They add a touch of personalization along with elegance. At the very least, engraved pens with names on them tend to be safe from being stolen!
  • Recycled pens: For the writing student with a passion for green living, the recycled pen is a great gift that doesn’t involve any waste.
  • Calligraphy pen set: Calligraphy adds an element of art to writing that you can’t with any other kind of pen. This set may not get used very often, but it is a fun way for a budding writer to experiment with another type of writing.

Paper

Any type of paper is going to be appreciated because writing isn’t something you can only do in one format:

  • Computer paper: Reams of computer paper will mean the student has one less office supply to buy for his or her class.
  • Small memo pads: Writers sometimes come up with ideas when they are nowhere near their office. Small memo pads help them jot these ideas don’t without having to tote around large notebooks.
  • Journals: From journals with handmade paper and a leather cover to hardcover journals with lined paper, every writer needs a separate space to take some personal notes.

As a student of writing, it’ easy to get caught up in the details of putting the words together. This can make a writer forget to take time to simply enjoy the act of writing. By offering something like an engraved pen and/or leather bound journal, you can help that writer remember that there is an element of joy in writing, rather than just work.

     

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