The Piano Parent Podcast is your one-stop shop for all things related to parenting a piano student. From practice tips to piano geography and musical terms, common studio policies to teacher and parent interviews, this is THE best resource to help you and your child make the most of piano lessons. Whether you are a knowledgeable musician or a complete novice, there is definitely something for you here.
PPP 318: "Wrong Note Right: The Story of an Accidental Piano Man" with Winston Hall
Winston Hall is a self-proclaimed "below-average piano student" who was able to overcome obstacles that might have stopped most people - the inability to read music, his own self-doubt, and debilitating stage fright. Winston is now one of the most popular entertainers in the Northwest Louisiana area.
This is an episode that you will bookmark and listen to again and again and share with your piano parent friends.
Visit the show notes at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/318.
PPP 317: Preparing to Start Piano Lessons
If you're waiting to start piano lessons, this is the episode for you! Potential students reach out to me for lessons but I often don't have a space available. Many times, they opt to wait for my short-term summer session and start the process of waiting for piano lessons to begin.
In today's show, I'll share three things that piano parents can do to make good use of this interim time: think about your goals, build anticipation, and start a regular practice habit - NOW.
Visit the full show notes at www.pianoparentpodcast.com/317
PPP 316: Make Regular Practice Part of 2023
In last week's episode I quoted Art L. Williams Jr. “Remember, before you can be great, you’ve got to be good. Before you can be good, you’ve got to be bad. But before you can even be bad, you’ve got to try.”
Today, let's focus on the trying aspect of learning to play the piano.
PPP 315: Allowing for Miskates, er, Mistakes
My list of 22 for 2022 turned out to be a list of things I failed to do. When I look back on it, I don't celebrate the things I was able to finish, I just feel defeated by the areas where I missed the mark.
Rather than aiming for perfection, I think it is good for our children to see us make mistakes and move on, gracefully. Our mistakes shouldn't devastate us and our kids need to learn to give themselves the same kind of mercy.
In this P3 episode, we talk more about helping our piano kids to allow for mistakes in their piano practice.
Holiday Replay of PPP072: These Popular Christmas Songs Were Written in the Heat of the Summer
Do you ever wonder what inspires composers and songwriters to create the music they do? Would you be surprised to learn that some of our favorite Christmas tunes were written in the heat of the summer?
On today’s podcast, I’ll share some of the interesting things I discovered about some of the songs we enjoy throughout the holiday season.
Learn more at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/072
Holiday Replay of PPP122: Handel's Messiah - the IMDB(ish) Story
Listen to the inspiring story behind one of the most iconic pieces of musical literature, Handel's "Messiah". I have to admit that I was not a fan of this oratorio until I learned the difficulties Handel faced before he came to write the music. Learn more at www.PianoParentPodcast.com/122.
Thanks for listening and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
Wonderful Podcast for Piano Parents, Students and Teachers
I am so thankful for Shelly Davis. This podcast is a goldmine of information, encouragement, and fun for any who are involved in piano lessons. Some of my favorite episodes are the Musical Mysteries as well as conversations with other teachers. I always recommend it to my piano families! Keep up the good work! I will always be a loyal listener.
Liana Pace, piano teacher
Great podcast for parents of piano students!
I love listening to Shelly! There is some great information in her podcast to inspire piano parents!
Shelly Davis is the real deal!
Many parents want their child to be able to play the piano, but we all know that it takes just as much work from the parent as it does from the kiddo. This podcast is chock full of practical info on building piano playing skills, but I love that there are also episodes devoted to supporting and encouraging the parent on how to hang in there when your kiddo wants to quit. Bravo!