Quick Book Review–Musical Instruments for Children by Richard Crozier

I often get questions about starting kids with music. What age should I start? Should I have Junior learn the piano or something else? Why is progress on the guitar so much slower than the piano? What instrument should my kid play in band? I always attempt to answer these questions, but there is no … Continue reading Quick Book Review–Musical Instruments for Children by Richard Crozier

Hitting the Plateau–and What to Do About It

I get comments like these in my email inbox occasionally: "It's been really difficult to get my daughter to sit down and practice for the past couple weeks." "My son is talking about quitting because he says it's too hard." "We have been struggling to keep our daughter interested in piano." These examples are issues … Continue reading Hitting the Plateau–and What to Do About It

Guitar Buying Guide for the Beginning Guitarist

Before I jump in, I'd like to make a couple disclaimers. First, these are largely my opinions. However, they are based on real observations in my teaching studio, from my own experience as a guitar student, and from the experience of others in my immediate circle. I've also done some research to find out what … Continue reading Guitar Buying Guide for the Beginning Guitarist

Acoustic and Digital Piano Buyer’s Guide for the Home

In today's musical instrument market, purchasing a piano comes down to this question: digital or acoustic? I'll define what these terms mean, describe the different types, list some of the pros and cons of each, and describe what to look for in a reliable, quality instrument. In general, though, the old adage applies: buy the … Continue reading Acoustic and Digital Piano Buyer’s Guide for the Home