How to use LinkedIn to network

Recently, I watched an expert session by Nathan Tanner, a product HR at LinkedIn, about how to launch your digital marketing career. It is really educational and it helps me to know how I can network with musicians on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is like Facebook but in the professional world, where you can list your resume and experiences to network with other professionals. But it is tricky in the music career because LinkedIn was more for the business and finance world. But nowadays there are more and more musicians that are using LinkedIn to network.

The reason we network is to build genuine relationships, because 70% of the jobs are found through networking!

I encourage you all to take time to go through the slide show!

To apply the LinkedIn networking in my piano career, I will set aside 15-30 minutes each day simply to find people that I can network with. I will search from “find alumni” tool, and to just type “Piano teacher” and “Piano accompanist” under “keyword” in advanced search tool. To do so, it will help me to understand more of what I am getting myself into and to be familiar with the career.

You are welcome to connect with me on LinkedIn.

 

A Thousand Years piano tutorial part 2

Here is the part 2 piano tutorial of “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri from The Piano Guys version. I hope it is helpful for you to learn the song faster and more effectively.

 

Please leave me comments or questions so I know how to make it better next time!

 

Choosing social media platforms

There are many social media platforms out there, and its overwhelming to choose which ones are suitable for business. Which ones do you like? And why?

I choose the social media platforms based on how much it will benefit my business and where my audience looks.

Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest are my top three choices.

1. Facebook

You can’t beat the eight billion views on Facebook daily. Facebook is the biggest social media platform in the world today. That’s pretty amazing! On Facebook, we can advertise our businesses to a very large audience.

2. YouTube

There are one billion people that watch YouTube videos every day. When you use video to tell your story, it is great to attract customers into your business. YouTube is the only social media platform that you can get paid by advertising. There are many YouTubers that have made their living or a fortune by posting YouTube videos.

3. Pinterest

So, when I think about Pinterest, I think about women and arts and crafts. That’s exactly how Pinterest was established early on. Now, there’s 100 million active users on Pinterest and many of them are women. For my piano business, my target audience is kids. So, Pinterest will be a perfect platform for me to interact with moms.

Let me know what you think and what is your favorite social media platform!

A Thousand Years Piano tutorial Part 1

This is so exciting! I am making YouTube tutorials on the Piano Guys music.

This is the part 1 of the arrangement “A Thousand Years” by the Piano Guys. I am sure most people know this song by Christina Perri. It’s so popular and I thought the arrangement is so pretty.

Please share this video to your friends and family who wants to learn piano, and the Piano Guys music.

I will post more videos! So stay in tune!

Enjoy!

 

3 reasons why the Piano Guys music is awesome!

Have you heard about the Piano Guys? If you haven’t, you are missing out on one of the  hot topics in the piano industry. They are a group of four men who write and perform music with piano and cello. With four million YouTube followers, I am amazed at how popular they are!

From a musician’s standpoint, the Piano Guys’ music has a lot to offer to the public. Sadly, many of the educated and professional musicians do not accept their music and even look down on them. Because they are not compatible to the standard classical repertoire. To me, music is not about how hard or showy it is, but it is about personal emotional connections. The Piano Guys isn’t popular only because of its catchy videos or tunes, their music has touched people in moments when they really needed a lift. Here are three reasons why the Piano Guys’ music are valuable:

1.  Their music is popular

One of their most popular YouTube videos “A Thousand Years” has over 70 million views. They are so popular because the public loves pop music, and so do the majority of piano students. It is especially great when the student is getting bored of the music in the lesson book, and need something fun to play. Also, it is even more fun to be able to sing the pop song while playing the piano.

2. Technically challenging

The Piano Guys’ music is great for teaching and learning in piano lessons. It provides a challenging, yet not impossible, music reading and playing coordination experience. Although, some of the music takes the same effort to learn as other classical pieces. They do have easier versions for beginning students. Their music is constructed of simple chords, scales, and arpeggios If you use Piano Guys music you will learn classical techniques such as scales, arpeggios, chords, and syncopated rhythm.

3. Musical Medlies

Jon Schmidt and Steven Nelson released their first video together on YouTube; Love Story by Taylor Swift, and Viva la Vida by Coldplay, a video that started their legacy of mixing and mashing songs together along with amazing videography. By mixing classical and popular music The Piano Guys combine musical moods that serve and inspire. See Adele-Hello/Lacrimosa (Mozart), Beethoven’s 5 Secrets-Onerepublic, and Let It Go (Disney’s “Frozen”) Vivaldi’s Winter for examples. This is also a clever way to expose kids and teens to great classical music that they will otherwise likely never discover.

Do you have any Piano Guys songs that you love and would like to learn? Follow me on my YouTube channel for exciting videos!

 

How to keep piano lessons fun

I have received a request on my blog to talk about how I keep piano lessons fun. So many of students who quit piano lessons simply because of a lack of interest. What if their piano lessons were not boring but fun? Would they have made a different choice?

Children of different ages have varies attention span, I teach kids that are from the five-year-olds, and they typical can focus for about 5-10 minutes.  Even kids who are six to eight years old and they only have about 10-15 minutes of focus attention. Then, how about the 30 minutes weekly piano lessons? How do we engage students’ attention with their short attention span?

There are a few ways I found that are very effective in keeping piano lessons fun and interesting.

Do not sit on the piano bench for more than 10 minutes

Since the attention spans varies for every kid, it is important to get the student off the bench every 10 minutes. For example, in a 30 minutes lesson, I start by having the student work on a piece at the piano for 10 minutes. Then, we will play a game that is related to the theory or technique for 10 minutes. Then, we finish off the last 10 minutes by working on a piece, technique or other musicianship skills.

For Skype piano lessons, it is more challenging because I cannot play games with the student on site. But there are other alternative options for virtual piano lessons, such as games on the internet and apps. I also get creative and play hands on games with the student through Skype.

Utilize music apps and games in lesson

For students who want to enjoy piano lessons, apps are an amazing tool and very beneficial. There are many apps that are specific for different musicianship skills. There will be a blog post just for my favorite apps to use in piano lessons, please keep following my blog.

Games are a great way to keep piano lessons fun. There are many games out there you can purchase, you can also view DIY music games. For virtual piano lessons, online games are great for keeping students engaged.

 Know what your student loves

This is huge for me, especially when I have a new student. I love to discover what they love and what they are good at. The more I know what the student likes to do, I am better prepared and able to customize the lesson to the specific student.

For example, one of my students is great at rhythm and he is very interested in everything that is related to rhythm. In the piano lesson, I make sure to cultivate his rhythm skill, and I introduce him in other areas of piano skills at the same time. When children enjoy what they are learning and doing, they are more likely to be interested on learning other skills and accept challenges.

 

I hope you enjoy the post and find it helpful for your kids! Please leave me comments and ideas of what you found that engage kids in piano lessons.