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Things for Kids to Do In Little Rock-Kids Karaoke Night


Things for Kids to do In Little Rock

Kids Karaoke Nights!

Park Hill Performing Arts Academy located at 3720 JFK Blvd hosts a Kids Karaoke Night if you are looking for things kids to do in Little Rock!

The first Saturday of every month, you can bring your child age 5 to 12 from 6 to 8 pm to enjoy a night out for yourself, and let the kids have some fun!

The event will last 2 hours and is the perfect opportunity for you to get some you-time, shopping time, have a date night, or just relax!

Register today by clicking here now!

Piano Lessons for Kids in Little Rock

piano lessons for kids in little rockPiano Lessons for Kids in Little Rock

I heard this today. A new student came in who was 4 years old, and her mother told me that it was hard to find someone to take a child for piano lessons in the Little Rock area!

This was not news to me. I’ve been teaching for 11 years now, and a lot of teachers in this area won’t take young children. There are a few reasons for this, but I have the solution to that!

A child needs to be able and to know the following things before starting piano lessons in a formal setting

They need to know:

  • how to say the 1st 7 letters of the alphabet forwards and backwards
  • they need the attention span to sit for at least 30 minutes
  • they need to know basic math skills
  • the need hand coordination, or hands big enough to reach at least 5 keys simultaneously
  • they need lots of parental assistance at home to be a success

Now if you’re saying that your young child can’t do all of these things yet. Don’t fret! The solution for taking piano lessons in Little Rock is to start them at Park Hill Performing Arts Academy in the Rockstars Class!

…The Rockstars Class is designed for ages 3 to 5.

In this class, your child will learn:

  • the basics of reading music
  • the rhythm they need to be a success
  • important listening skills
  • music theory definitions
  • beginning piano skills

This class focuses on movement, and games to help your child get the best foundation for when they are able to focus long enough for a formal lesson. It is important to go ahead and get them started! They will be ahead once they do take a formal lesson!

…How do you join?

  • The classes are $47.00 per month for a 1 hour class
  • Classes are given on different days

What you need to do now is call 501-747-1870 or connect with the Academy by clicking here now

Look forward to seeing you in class!

~ Ms. Lena

Piano Lessons in Little Rock

shutterstock_17243095Park Hill Performing Arts Academy located at 3720 JFK Blvd in North Little Rock, and has several options for you or your child to take piano lessons!

Piano lessons at the Academy begin at age 5, and there are several options for tuition rates and classes.

All beginners are recommended to go through group instruction. Group Piano class is held daily at different times, and is a 1 hour class. The monthly cost is $47.00.

little rock piano lessons

If you or your child have had previous instruction, a private lesson might work better for you. Private Lesson rates are as follows:

  • 30 minutes each week for $67 per month
  • 45 minutes each week for $87 per month
  • 60 minutes each week for $107 per month

With all of the different options available for lessons, we hope that you join us to begin learning today!

You can reach the studio and schedule your piano class or private lesson at 501-747-1870, or connect with us on Facebook

Where to Take Guitar Lessons in Little Rock

Guitar Lessons in Little RockPark Hill Performing Arts Academy is located at 3720 JFK Blvd in North Little Rock. They offer guitar lessons to beginners through advanced students beginning at age 5. They have several options for rates and classes.

guitar lessons little rockGroup lessons for ages 5 to 12 are recommended for beginners, and they are offered weekly for only $47.00 per month. However, if your child has special needs or already some guitar training you may prefer a private lesson. Those rates are as follows:

  • 30 minutes each week for $67.00 per month
  • 45 minutes each week for $87.00 per month
  • 60 minutes each week for $107.00 per month

With the many tuition options, you are sure to find a class that will fit your budget!

Guitar Lessons at Park Hill Performing Arts Academy teach you to read music, tab, and give you a solid foundation to play.  We teach any style you would like to learn: Pop, Worship, Jazz, Classical, Blues…

Give us a call today @ 501-747-1870 or send us a message through facebook by clicking here!

Thursday Tunes-Uptown Funk!

Thursday’s Tune Review is Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars and the awesome tune Uptown Funk! My 6 year daughter and I have been jamming this song since it was released! Bruno Mars is a huge star on the music scene right now, and came through Little Rock not long ago.

This song reminds of the 70’s when funk was prominent, and bands like Sly and the Family Stone were popular. Some of you may remember hearing those bands live or in the club!

You can hear disco and funk elements with the amazing horn parts and bass line in this tune, and maybe you also a jamming it in the car with the windows rolled down…even though it is January in Arkansas!

Some of the fun of teaching music classes to toddlers and young children between the ages of 2 and 5 is that they love to dance! And one of the best ways to get your child introduced to that is letting them dance and make noise!

This would be a great fun tune to play for them and play stop and start! Or musical chairs, or just let them show you their moves. Part of learning to play an instrument like piano or guitar when your child is old enough is teaching them how to listen to music, and movement is one of the best ways to do so!

If you’re looking for a place for your 2 to 5 year old to begin music lessons in Central Arkansas, give Park Hill Performing Arts Academy a call today at 501-747-1870 or send us a message through facebook


The Top 5 Things Every Kid Needs for Private Music Lesson Success

guitar lessons little rockYou’ve registered your child for piano, voice, or guitar lessons! They are excited, but now what? Here are the 5 steps that will help your child get the most out of their lessons, and give the greater chances of success!

The Top 5

  1. Help them develop a practice habit! This is super easy to do in actuality. At the Academy we work on a points system.  And, we help you get your child to practice without the fuss by using a simple technique that gets them to sit down with their instrument in 10 minute sessions! Then, when they earn their points through practice time, they can spend their points in the Music Money Store!
  2. Let them play! I’ve often had parents complain that sometimes their child doesn’t want to practice their assignment. The child just wants to play the instrument and make noise! Well…grab your headphones, because that it totally ok! When you combine point number 1, and let them have some exploration time, they will soon have developed a habit of playing. That is exactly what we want them to do!
  3. Tip them! What does this mean? It means giving them a little tip jar that you drop change into when you see them practicing. Or maybe offer to take them to ice cream, or play video games. Just give them an incentive.
  4. Give them at least 90 days to try it! To have the greatest success in learning anything, it takes habits and consistent action.  It won’t be fair to make a decision on your child’s success before 90 days. You will have to be patient before you hear “Sweet Home Alabama” or Beethoven coming from their instrument!
  5. Encourage them. I want you to make sure that you tell your child that it is ok to make mistakes and sound terrible at first! Everyone does! Trust me! Most of them don’t understand that making mistakes is part of learning. You can’t have success without making them. That’s a life rule! So go ahead and encourage them by letting them know they are getting better, or they played that song well!

If you’re looking for a great place to get your child started with guitar, voice, or piano lessons in the Central Arkansas area, then give Park Hill Performing Arts Academy a call right now! 501-747-1870 or connect with us on facebook


Park Hill Performing Arts Academy Opens January 18, 2015

In 2012, I moved to Historic Park Hill in North Little Rock, and set up shop in my house to start over building a clientele of students on this side of the river. I had been teaching 7 years already, and was accustomed to teaching about 45 kids and adults per week.

When we made the decision to move to North Little Rock, not many decided to come across the river, so there I was building up a business again, and I named it Park Hill Piano Studio. The studio operated successfully, and within a few years, I had built my business back up.

I remember the day that I was sitting at my piano, and thought…”either take a leap and go to a commercial location, or stay here where you can’t take any more students”. So, I gathered up my purse, and got in the car.  I drove down W H. Ave, and stopped at the light, and lo and behold…right across the street staring back at me was a “For Lease” sign.

Park Hill Performing Arts Academy

I don’t believe too much in coincidence. I think everything is setting up and presenting itself at the right time. So I took the number down, and a few weeks later I was painting the walls of my new place!

Park Hill Performing Arts Academy

I can’t tell you how excited I am to serve the North Little Rock, Sherwood, Jacksonville, and Cabot areas with piano lessons, guitar lessons, voice lessons, and acting classes. I even have enough space to bring back the toddler music classes and rockin’ music birthday parties!

The Open House is set for Sunday, January 18th from 2 to 4 pm. Come by and take a look, and register to win 3 months of lessons of your choice!

Can’t wait to meet all of you!

~Ms. Lena