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Blues

You know what really brings people together? Complaining. And blues music is the catchiest way to do that.

 

It began in the cotton fields of the USA's deep South, where slaves or descendants of slaves would work long hours and sometimes sing to get through the day, play songs when their work was done, or sing together in church. Stylistically, what characterised the blues in the beginning was its call-and-response structure and the flattened notes it used, but because blues is so...

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Be kind to yourself

Image from Catherine Masi

 

Playing music should be relaxing and make you feel good, but sometimes it ends up being frustrating and stressful. If you've been trying to play one bar for 20 minutes and it's turned out wrong every time, you start thinking you're incompetent and doubting yourself.

 

If the piano is making you feel bad, it's time to stop, take a step back, breathe, and remember to be kind to yourself.

 

Learning anything new has its challenges - there are always...

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Don't stop the music

 

Instruments are expensive, and with such a huge variety of priorities in education (STEM topics, getting kids to be active, sustainability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures) it's easy for music to be pushed to the bottom of the list when funding is  allocated.

 

Musica Viva is fighting back to promote the importance of music in classrooms with their Don't Stop the Music campaign, which they're running in conjunction with ABC TV and the Salvation...

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Make Music

 

If you've ever been to a PianoEasy class you know that everyone has somemusical ability. Playing an instrument doesn't come naturally to everyone, but everyone who can hear a melody or see a rhythm being played has a basic understanding of how music is created.

 

It's a shame that, despite this, so many people are apprehensive about playing music. That's why Make Music Day exists.

 

Make Music Day invites everybody to be a musician. It began in France in 1982 and has spread...

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Salvado's Story: How an Impromptu Piano Concert Saved a Regional Church Mission

About 170 years ago, Dom Rosendo Salvado walked 130 km from New Norcia to Perth to ask the Bishop there for funds to support his mission.

 

To put that into perspective, the average Australian only walks 3.2 km per day - and after Salvado walked the distance of three marathons to ask for those funds, he was turned down.

 

Still in his tattered long-distance-walking clothes, Salvado organised and performed a piano concert in the Old Perth Courthouse, where he played for...

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Group Learning

 


PianoEasy lessons are delivered to a small class of students rather than one-on-one because there are lots of benefits to learning piano, or anything for that matter, in a group.

 

Some of the benefits found in research by Felder and Brent (North Carolina State University, 1994) included:

 

  • Higher academic achievement
  • Greater persistence
  • Better high-level reasoning and critical thinking skills
  • Deeper understanding of learned material
  • Lower levels of anxiety and stress
  • ...

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Learning about music through community - and vice versa

At the beginning of this winter an ad crossed my Instagram feed saying I could quickly and easily learn piano. I wanted to learn piano but I kept scrolling because I thought I didn't have the time or money. The same piano studio crossed my feed again a day later, this time with a video of someone playing a sweet, melancholy tune on the piano. The music was beautiful and clearly had an impact on me, because the third time I saw a PianoEasy ad on my phone I caught the bus into Fremantle to...

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Mood Music: How making and enjoying music can benefit your mental health

 

Image credit: healthline.com

 

Whether we write music for a living or have never touched an instrument in our lives, we all have our own special songs to listen to when we're feeling down. It's widely accepted that music can have a positive effect on your mood, which is probably why Spotify was estimated to have 159 million active usersby the end of last year - everyone loves listening to music, but what about playing it?

 

A child psychiatry team from the University of...

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Feel the fear and play it anyway

PianoEasy Students

I love all of my students. I am so proud of them and I am so happy that I have been able to help them on the joyous journey of musical self expression. Everyone grows together, we have times of fun and laughter, of exploration and celebration and of inexorable beauty when making music together surpasses anything words can say.

And then I go and ruin it all by saying something stupid like “end of year concert”. Actually I try and disguise the trauma by calling it our “end of...

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Pianos are your friend

Love Thy Piano

  • Pianos are there for you whether you’re happy or sad or however you feel.
  • Pianos connect you with other people, and people from other places and times.
  • Pianos don’t judge you.
  • Pianos make you sound good.
  • Pianos are easy to learn to play, but impossible to outgrow.
  • Pianos don’t get smelly when they get a work out.
  • You don’t need to give up piano when you get old.
  • Pianos don’t want to talk about football.
  • Pianos don’t get lost easily.
  • Pianos don’t get...

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