Piano care: What not to do?

In general, extreme swings from hot to cold or dry to wet are harmful to your piano. Dryness can cause the piano's pitch to go flat and the sound board to possibly crack; moisture makes the piano sound sharp and may cause the keys to stick. Repeated swings in relative humidity can create distortion of sound and unnecessary creaking. Talk with your piano technician about the necessity of a humidifier for your location. This does not have to be expensive and will save you money in the long run.

Music and learning

Learning a song, a musical instrument, or a dance step, offers your child an integration of body and mind that only music provides. This multi-sensory integration enhances a child’s learning readiness for school subjects such as reading, writing, and math.

Piano recital medley

View my Practice tips link for a few suggestions. I strongly encourage each student to perform in our recitals (click to glimpse our piano recital photo gallery)!

Pianist: Béla Böszörményi–Nagy

Nagy combined distinguished careers in teaching and performing since his arrival in America. A winner of the coveted Liszt Prize for three consecutive years, his first teaching assignment was at the Liszt Academy.

Set up a practice schedule

The parent who helps her child set a regular daily time for practice will do much less "nagging" than the one who lets the child go to the piano whenever he chooses or whenever there isn’t something else more interesting or important to do. The parent may still need to remind the child, but it will become less and less of an ordeal as the habit becomes a reality.