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Resources For Parents and Students


Getting a piano or keyboard

Having your piano tuned

Buying books and sheet music

Fun Music Learning Apps
Practicing - Students have to practice in order to make progress. If they don't practice, they're going to be unprepared in their lessons and feel unhappy and unsuccessful. Every child is unique and needs a different type and amount of help from parents with their practicing. They may need help remembering to practice, fitting it in around other activities, or sticking with it when they feel tired or frustrated.

This is a great opportunity for you to guide them to learn self-discipline and perseverance. Please don't expect them to manage their practicing totally on their own.

Read my much longer, more detailed
"Practice Tips."

Attendance - Regular attendance at lessons is critical to your child's success. Occasional illnesses and emergencies are a fact of life, but cancelling lessons frequently because of other activities is not wise. It interrupts your child's learning routine and teaches them that you and they are not really committed to their music study.

For the same reasons, cancelling lessons because a child hasn't practiced is not OK.

Getting a piano or keyboard - For piano students, a real piano is always best, but not always possible. A great way to get a used piano is from , a place to find used pianos for free, you just have to pay to have it moved.

If a real piano isn't possible for you, I recommend the Yamaha "P" series digital piano. Models 60, 70, 85, 95 and 115 are all good.

Shop for them new at Guitar Center, Musicians Friend or Sweetwater, or used on Craigslist.

Having your piano tuned - I recommend:
Robert String   978-604-4903
Gary Ford   617-536-0526

Buying books and sheet music - You can download sheet music and print it instantly at

The best brick and mortar music store in the Boston area that I'm aware of is Spectrum Music in Lexington. Their hours are limited, but they always have what I'm looking for in stock.

Don't go to Wood and Strings in Arlington. They mark up the prices several dollars beyond the publisher's suggested price.

Fun Music Learning Apps - Here are some of the apps that I use with students the most to practice note recognition and rhythm performance. Please consider downloading any or all of them for you or your child to use.

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