Andrea Miller Piano

App Review: MetroTimer by ONYX Apps (iOS)

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Every household should have a metronome and now with smart phones and tablets readily accessible to most students, there’s no excuse! There are dozens of metronome apps out there, so I took some time perusing the iOS App Store and chose one of my favorites as the subject for this metronome app review. Available for iPhone and iPad Price: Free Overview This app is actually two in one: a metronome and a timer. It features an intuitive main screen that gives you three ways to set the tempo. You can make rough adjustments to the…read more

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How to Shop For a Used Piano

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You have probably already started your search online and found a huge range of pianos for sale. Some are tens of thousands of dollars. Some are only a few hundred. And then there are those free pianos on Craigslist… How are you supposed to choose one? Of course there are many factors to consider, including the skill level and goals of the person who will be playing the instrument, but usually this question is asked of me by the parents of beginner students in my studio. These parents recognize the limitations of a…read more

A Great Job

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With a recital is just around the corner, my students are busy putting the final touches on their pieces and ironing out the phrases that challenge their memorization skills. It’s so fun to watch these kids prepare, gain confidence, and then get excited to share the pieces they’ve put so much energy into. I have a great job. 🙂

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5 Student-Approved Note Reading Flashcard Games

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I have several students right now who are struggling with note reading. This concept is SO critical to everything else in piano. When students are weak note-readers, they tend to not be as adventurous or confident in trying new music because it is just such a struggle to get through each measure. I don’t want them missing out so I have deemed this the summer of note reading. We are going to tackle this challenge head on! Call me old school, but one of the most effective ways I have found to…read more

Is My Child Ready to Begin Piano Lessons?

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When parents of young kids find out I am a piano teacher, their first question is almost always “What is the best age to begin piano lessons?” To which I respond with the ever-ambiguous “It depends!” Which is both very true and very not helpful! Allow me to elaborate. I’ve started kids with great success as young as age three and I’ve started kids with not so great success at 9…and 12…and 50! Alright, maybe the 50-year old doesn’t count as a “kid” anymore. 🙂 My point is, there is no magical age at which a student is…read more