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.

3 reasons to send your kids to piano lessons

After studying piano for two decades, I finally started to realize how grateful I was that my mom sent me to piano lessons persistently. I truly believe that everyone will benefit from piano lessons, and the parents’ investment will have a return eventually.

Here are a few reasons why I have found that piano lessons are beneficial to everyone, especially our children.

1. It helps them stay out of trouble

I cannot promise you that your children will be perfect or they will never have a bad day. However, the piano will help your kids to be more disciplined and organized. They are constantly setting goals and achieving them, e.g. practicing, recital, festivals, memorizing, etc. With the time that they are practicing piano, they are less likely to run into trouble and bad influences.

There are many activities children can take part in, and almost any after-school activity will build their character more than sitting at home watching TV or playing video games. Piano is one of the many great activities your child could be a part of.

2. Piano vs TV

Okay, let’s be honest: I love watching TV. I know how much time I could waste watching TV. I remember my mom used to encourage me to practice the piano by 1:1 ratio of my free time. For example, if I practiced piano for an hour, I got to use the computer for an hour.

Now, I no longer need my mom to tell me how to use my time. I appreciate the time management skills I’ve learned from my mom, and it is so important for kids to develop this skill early on. It takes effort to get your children to practice piano, sometimes with headache and frustration, but it is so worth it when they can actually play the piano and make music.

 

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3. Life skills

As I have mentioned, kids develop different skills through piano lessons. There are life skills they will build and experience in and outside of piano lessons.

  • Working under pressure

Piano involves hard work. Practicing is not an easy thing to do, but it is so rewarding when you achieved your goals and levels.

  • Working through disappointment

There are songs your kids will have a harder time learning, and they will experience moments of disappointment.

  • Teamwork

Kids will work with piano teachers and other students for recitals, performances and even group lessons. They will develop better communication skills with others.

  • Problem-solving

Playing piano is not easy, and kids will run into difficult situations when learning music. They are constantly learning how to solve problems and effective ways to improve.

Habits are developed easily, and it is so important for children and youth to establish good habits when they are young. Playing piano is a great habit to start.

  • Moving forward

Bad performance happen! We don’t let the negativity bring us down. Instead, we move forward and use the experience as motivation to make the next performance better.

  • Goal setting

We constantly set goals and make plans. When we learn a new piece, we make plans to learn it and be great at it.

 

Piano lessons help kids develop many skills, including physical, social, emotional and motor skills. I am always amazed at the progress of  students and the maturity they gain while taking piano lessons.

4 virtual piano lesson benefits for kids

A good friend of mine told me that she thinks kids waste their time learning music and piano because they eventually quit. I found it interesting because I never view piano lessons as a waste of time.

It is true that kids may quit piano lessons at some point and they may have negative experiences with it. But it is more important for children to have musical training background because there are so many benefits for kids who take piano lessons. With piano lessons through Skype, students get the same benefits as the traditional lessons and other great advantages.

 

1. Develop independence and discipline

As a mom, I want my kids to be independent and disciplined. Learning piano through Skype or FaceTime allows students to pay more attention to the teacher’s instructions and to apply it by themselves. They develop independence because the teacher is not physically sitting next to them.

Regular practicing can be a challenge for pianists, but it is so essential for improvements and developing discipline. As parents become involved in children’s daily practice, they are more likely to develop the consistency. It helps students to practice on their own and be disciplined.

2. Raise their IQ

Who doesn’t want their kids to be smart? A research in Canada shows piano lessons stimulate children’s brains and raise their IQ. Kids that take music lessons have 2.7 percent higher IQ than the ones don’t take music lessons. That’s impressive!

Higher IQ helps children to perform better academically, and they are more likely to do well in school and in other activities. The music resources on the internet give the student extra musical training and practice. It accelerates the learning process and effectiveness.

3. Prepare for the future

I still remember when I was in elementary school and the computer was brand new and unpopular. It only took a few decades to change the world with new technology. Now, literally everything we do involves technology. We can prepare our children for the future– the technological world. Virtual piano lessons provide a gateway for kids to explore the technological world through music and piano, and it has so much more to offer than traditional piano lessons. Virtual piano lessons include apps and online music learning tools that are fun for children.

4. Be well-rounded

Students develop a new skill as they study music and piano and it helps them explore different talents that they might have. Even though piano might not be their natural talent, they will become more well-rounded  as they study piano. With virtual piano lessons, students from all around the world can learn piano from teachers who might live far away from them or in another country. It is fun to learn about different cultures and walks of life through piano lessons.