How Can I Motivate My Child to Practice Piano?

2018-11-01T21:03:12-04:00November 1st, 2018|

Piano Practice Shouldn’t Be a Chore

It’s only natural for kids taking piano lessons, especially younger ones, to occasionally feel frustrated and want to put off practicing until a later time. This is because they do not yet fully understand some of the benefits of learning to play the piano, such as improved math and language skills. These are important skills that will help them as they grow older, and as a parent, reminding them of this may not be quite enough to encourage them. Although younger kids may need to be told to practice every day, both the younger and older ones should be enjoying it, and piano practice overall shouldn’t be a chore. If engaged practice has really been a struggle to achieve, don’t worry, because there some things you can do as a parent to help your child have fun as they practice!

Benefit of Parental Participation in a Child’s Piano Practice

Parental support is as integral to a child’s success in learning to play the piano as it is to a child’s academic success. In fact, it is truly beneficial for parents to be involved somehow during the actual process when their child practices. Whether this means just being present in the room as they practice, or even sometimes playing along with them (no matter your skill level!), the child tends to be more motivated as a result.

Patience in the Piano Learning Process

Learning piano is a process that requires time and patience, and both the parent and child should try their best to understand this. Children should know that they won’t get the piece completely right on their first try, but this shouldn’t hinder them from wanting to continue to practice. Instead, the parent should remind their child of how proud they are, and be sure not to put too much pressure on them. In addition, if the child begins to feel discouraged, setting specific goals and rewarding the child for their achievements can be a great motivator. Every milestone should be celebrated, no matter how small, as this will give children even more of an incentive to improve.

Dates set for vocal class at Arts at the Armory, Somerville.

2017-10-01T14:56:54-04:00October 1st, 2017|

We’ve set dates for our Intro to Vocal Skills class for adults and teens.  It’ll be held at Arts at the Armoury in Somerville, MA.  The class will cover breathing techniques, vocal projection, and more!

It’s a 4 week course and space will be limited to a group of up to 10 people or so.  To register, please visit:

The class will run on Thursdays in Nov. and the first week of Dec.

11/9   7pm

11/6    7pm

11/30  7pm

12/7    7pm


If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call or send us an email!  We look forward to seeing you in Somerville in November!

Fall Semester begins…

2017-09-14T14:15:03-04:00September 14th, 2017|

September is here, school’s back in session, and our semester has begun as well!

We accept registrations throughout the year;  no need to wait for a current semester to end and a new to begin, to sign up.

Mr. Bean plays the piano…

2017-09-09T00:02:54-04:00September 9th, 2017|

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Happy 4th of July!

2017-07-09T01:07:33-04:00July 9th, 2017|

Though a few days late, we wanted to share some information about the American national anthem…

It seems Francis Scott Key is known for writing the words, but perhaps not so many people know where the music comes from.

A British composer and organist by the name of John Stafford Smith, is the man responsible for writing a song called “The Anacreontic Song“.  The tune worked with Scott Key’s lyrics, and the song became popular.  It was first published as “The Star Spangled Banner” by Thomas Carr, of Carss Music Store in Baltimore.

Smith was a collector of music scores, and was responsible for some publications.

Don’t let geographic location limit your music learning!

2017-07-02T23:39:45-04:00July 2nd, 2017|

Music lessons via Skype

Skype logoThe trend of digitalization had made many things accessible to users on the internet, regardless of where the user is located — and it hasn’t left music lessons out in the cold!  Taking instrumental or voice lessons via Skype is no longer a strange idea.  With a decent internet connection, an instructor can do some productive work with a student, even if they’re in different time zones.

Benefits of Skype lessons

Efficiency for teacher and student

When snowy Boston weather strikes, a traveling instructor might have to cancel and reschedule a lesson.  A digital session can replace that session, and everything can go as originally planned. (In fact, we offer Skype lessons even to students in the Boston area, when there’s a bad snowstorm or perhaps if a student is sick but is well enough to have a lesson.)

More freedom in choosing a teacher, if you live in an area without many…

Maybe you live in a place where there aren’t many (or any!) good music teachers around.  Now that Skype lessons are an option, the world of choice opens up.  You are no longer limited by your geographic location.  A student can learn from the comfort of home, and can do so with the instruction of someone miles away!

An easy way to record lessons

It can be helpful for students to review a lesson in the week or so between lessons.  The virtual lesson can be recorded, and later reviewed with ease.


In-person sessions are, many times, ideal.  However, modern technology allows us to do things that weren’t possible before.  Launch a simple program, and it seems like a person on another side of the globe is sitting in the room with you.  We want to leverage this capability to provide valuable instruction to students all over the United States, and in other countries too!

Gift Certificates

2017-04-03T23:32:48-04:00April 3rd, 2017|

Remember that we offer gift certificates for lessons.  You can purchase a set number of lessons, or a whole semester!

Bel Canto Boston gift certificate