The advantages of taking summer lessons:

1. Summertime is a time when students can really focus on practice without the pressures from school.

2. Piano practice is a better pastime, than television and video games.

3. Children actually have the time to practice more and add new music to the repertoire list, learn new skills or try a new piano method.

The disadvantages of not taking piano lessons for the whole summer:

1. Taking summer off results in students failing to move forward with their playing.

2. Piano practice is a better pastime, than television and video games.

3. The teacher will try very hard to bring the student back to their previous level of proficiency, but the experience will be frustrating for students.  The teacher has to help the student stumble through things that they used to play with ease, having to re-teach old things without demoralizing the student.

and finally the big one!!!

4. “Use it or Lose it”. You have made a substantial investment in your child’s education. Many parents figure they will “save money” by stopping music lessons for the summer. This is actually quite a big short-sighted decision – because it is not taking into account the “attrition” of skills and techniques, and having to re-learn these things come Fall “Back to School” time. If you have to learn something TWICE you have wasted your money. Your child (and you!) have worked hard on their instrument all school year, and if they take all summer off from lessons they will LOSE IT because they didn’t USE IT all summer long.


Please take summer lessons as much as you can. Even a few odd lessons here and there throughout the summer will make a big difference!

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Dear music lovers!

We are very happy to announce that now we service all NEW JERSEY with piano, voice, guitar and flute lessons!

Please visit our New Jersey website at www.bestmusiclessonsnj.com

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Summer Music Recitals


Dear Students!

We are  very excited to inform you that our Summer Music Recitals will be held at the new location of the legendary Steinway Hall at 1155 Avenue of the Americas (corner of 6th Ave and 45th Street). Both recitals will be held in one day on Friday June 19th in two sessions 4.00-5.30 pm, 6.00-7.30 pm. Very beginners are more than welcome! We will have a very exciting program: faculty performing, gifts, reception, and lots of fun! Please contact us at artofpianoplaying@aol.com for more details.

Hope to see you there!

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Want to learn more about classical music in a fun way??

Have you ever wondered about the power of music? If you haven't watch this video already, please, do yourself a favor and take a few minutes to watch it. Benjamin Zander - a conductor, composer and a music director has two infectious passions: love for classical music, and helping us realize our untapped love for it.. Enjoy and have fun!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9LCwI5iErE
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Christmas Recitals

Art of Piano Playing Music School is inviting you to the Christmas recitals that will take place on: imageDecember 6 and December 13 at 6.00 pm. Both recitals will be held at Faust Harrison Pianos- a famous piano showroom with a large selection of high quality grand pianos, hybrid pianos and upright pianos for sale in New York City. Faculty members, students of all ages and levels will be performing at the concerts. A reception and lots of fun is  guaranteed! Please come to support us. FREE ADMISSION!       Faust Harrison Pianos showroom is located at 207 West 58 Street New York NY.  
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Happy Halloween everyone, have a laugh!

Student to Teacher: “I can’t reach the brakes on this piano!” Why is an 11-foot concert grand better than a studio upright?  Because it makes a much bigger kaboom when dropped over a cliff. Why are pianists’ fingers like lightning?  They rarely strike the same place twice. Why was the piano invented?  So the pianist would have a place to put his coffee. The audience at a piano recital was appalled when a telephone rang just off stage. Without missing a note the soloist glanced toward the wings and called, “If that’s my agent, tell him I’m working!” What’s the difference between a piano and a fish?  You can’t tuna fish. What did a piano player say to a tightrope walker?  You better C sharp or you’ll B flat! Why was the piano player arrested?  Because he got into treble.
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There is  another very important reason for children to take piano lessons! Recent study showed that after almost a year of weekly piano lessons, students’ IQs rose nearly three points more than their untrained classmates! The study supports the idea that piano lessons exercise parts of the brain useful in mathematics, language, spatial intelligence and other intellectual pursuits. Piano lessons, because there are so many different activities involved–such as memorizing, expressing emotion, learning about musical interval and chords–may be motivating the IQ effect. Here is more about the study itself.  Researchers grouped together a few 6-year-olds for weekly piano lessons. Then another group was created to take weekly drama lessons. Last group of children was going to receive no classes during the period of the study. All children went through a long intelligence test that assessed them in ten different areas. Following that children went off to first grade at school and to their assigned piano lesson, drama and no lessons at all groups. After the first year of study all children were retested. At the time of retesting, all students displayed increases in IQ of at least 4.3 points, on average, which is a common result from attending a school. Drama class children`s IQs didn`t differ from those who did not take any lessons at all. Testing the piano lessons children researchers found a  slightly larger increases in IQ than the other groups, averaging 7-point gains in their IQ scores–2.7 points higher than children placed in either drama or no-lessons group. The bottom line -  sing up your children for piano lessons, it will make them smarter and will support all learning!  
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Guitar can be an interesting instrument to get started on.  The way we use our hands when we play guitar is unlike anything we’ve ever done before.  This can make it challenging when first starting, but rest assured, the hurdle is very jumpable and you will be happy you did when you’ve cleared it. Here are three tips for beginners that I feel are vital to think about when approaching the instrument. 1) Always be sure to warm up before you play.  Doing a simple scale like the chromatic scale or a major scale will not only warm up your hands, but it also: -Makes your fingers stronger, which, in turn, makes it easier to push down the strings, and play chords. -Coordinates your two hands to work together.  Most people don’t think of guitar as a coordination instrument, but it absolutely is!  The timing between the right hand picking the string and the left hand pushing down on the fret has to be spot on.  This takes time to develop, and scales are a great way to speed up that time. 2) Practice slow!  You will undoubtably gain more from slow steady practice than fast and choppy practice.  Find a tempo where you can be smooth and tension free in your hands, arms, shoulders, and neck, and stay there until you’re ready to speed up.  I usually don’t speed up more than 5 BPM’s at a time.  Remember, if you are tensing up, you are playing too fast. 3) Break your chords up.  If your chords aren’t ringing clearly, then try playing three strings of the chord.  Practice that until you get comfortable with it, then add a fourth string.  Keep adding strings until you’ve got the whole chord under your hand. Stay patient, practice slow, and practice with your whole mind and body and you will see results!  Best of luck, and most importantly…have fun!! Jon Paul, guitar teacher
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Art of Piano Playing Music School is now offering GUITAR LESSONS for very beginners and advanced students in New York City. Our highly qualified and experienced guitar teachers teach different styles of guitar playing, such as: classical, jazz, blues, metal and more. Beginners will learn how to play chords, basic scales and finger exercises, read notes and play/compose songs. If you plan to buy a guitar in order to start learning to play our teachers will assist you and suggest the best one for your needs. Our teachers will also teach you how to tune your guitar, change strings and many more!
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