Category: Academy News

Vinyl Records are Coming Back

Vinyl Records are Coming Back!

This may not be news to some of you, but for others you might be surprised that vinyl records are coming back in style!

Recently, my husband’s uncle brought me a record player that he picked up in Atlanta. We got it hooked up last night, and it sounds wonderful! I was so excited. I couldn’t wait until I was able to put on my Andrews Sister’s, Eubie Blake and Glenn Miller records that a student had given me last year.

Today’s teens are asking for record players

Tuesday evening a student of mine wanted to see a record in action, and said she had never seen a record player before! So, we turned it on and she thought it was so cool.  Her sister said that a lot of her friends were getting record players for Christmas last year.

So that is good news for all of us parents that still have vinyl stored away in the closet. I know I have an entire closet dedicated to my record collection!

I’ve got everything from Big Band to Beethoven stored away. Do you have any records lying around?


How to Pick a Beginner Piano or Keyboard

How to Pick a Beginner Piano or Keyboard

So you are interested in starting piano lessons or piano lessons have already been started, and you need help getting a keyboard.

Congrats on starting you or your child’s music education! Having a piano or keyboard at home is important in getting the best out of your lessons.

What is the difference between a piano and a keyboard?

There isn’t really much difference between an acoustic piano or a digital keyboard.

With an acoustic two types of styles. You will have an upright that stands up against the wall, or a grand that is a full size piano. They will also have 88 keys on the piano.

With a keyboard, you can pick several different options. You can choose 60, 76, or 88 keys. You have the ability to use headphones, and most of them come with different sounds like strings or harpsichord.

Which is least expensive?

An acoustic piano will range anywhere from $500 and up.  A keyboard can start out as little as $100.

Which one is better?

The answer depends on your needs and budget. I grew up with a grand piano in the home, and it’s the same one that my students play on in the studio.

But, I understand that not every family has the space or the budget to buy a grand piano. If you have the space and the budget to buy an acoustic piano, I will always vote acoustic.

However, keyboards take up less space, and as a mom myself, having my child plug in headphones while practicing would be nice! They also are portable. You won’t be toting around an acoustic piano.

Where do I find a piano?

If you are local in the Little Rock area, I highly recommend going to visit Steve at International Piano Gallery. He will set you up with an acoustic piano, deliver it for you, and tune it so you’re all set to play!

Where do I find a keyboard?

You can shop in town at Guitar Center or Saied Music Company. Or you can go online. You want to make sure that the purchase also includes a bench, and the adapter kit for the keyboard you choose.


When buying a piano or a keyboard, first establish a budget and space that you have for the instrument. A beginner can get started on a budget friendly keyboard and you can always upgrade later.

If you’re interested in free online piano lessons for kids to get started check out Learn To Play Piano Kids Here


Free Online Piano Lessons For Kids

Free Online Piano Lessons for Kids!

It is finally here! Park Hill Piano Studio is adding it’s online piano lesson program for kids at the online site called Learn To Play Piano Kids

In this new program is free piano lessons to that will take the student age 4 through 12 through an entire years worth of lessons for free.

You might as why I did this. Here’s why:

  • Kids change their minds. How many other parents out there have soccer shoes or a trumpet stuffed in the back of their closet because their child just desperately wanted to play that sport or that instrument?
  • It helps your budget. The investment that the student, parent and teacher make into private lessons is time consuming and costs close to $1500 per year. Find out if they are really interested in private lessons by trying the free lessons first.
  • It saves time. If you have more than one child, sometimes you might feel like a glorified taxi driver. You are constantly driving one to this practice and the other to this event.  Learning to play online from your own home allows the student to log in and learn when they want.

Make sure you subscribe to the online lesson program at here

Happy Holidays From Park Hill Piano Studio

Happy Holidays from Park Hill Piano Studio!

This past year was quite an eventful one. We changed locations, and downsized the studio back to it’s origins. Doing so put a lot of things in perspective for me.

Originally, when I opened the studio in 2012, I outgrew my tiny location. So I thought that moving to a commercial location was the best bet, And I had it there for over 2 years.

There were lots of ups and downs, but most of all I felt that the studio had turned into more of a profit focus and not a customer focus. And I didn’t like that at all.

Here at Park Hill Piano Studio, it is important to me that each student gets the time they deserve, that prices don’t hurt parent’s pocketbooks, and that the student’s in Little Rock are getting the best private piano and voice lesson education they can get.

The studio got too big for me, and I decided to step back to my origins.

The kids are enjoying fresh cookies this month, and I’ve got lots of things lined up for the New Year as far as games and achievement programs.

It’s going to be exciting! If you’re interested in lessons, please take moment to fill out the info kit form on the front page at

Looking forward to a great New Year in 2017!


Piano and Voice Lesson Times Open Fridays

Due to the influx of requests for piano and voice lessons in North Little Rock, and the increasing presence of the studio; Friday Lesson times are now open beginning December 1, 2016.

Piano and Voice lessons are located in the private home studio of Lena Adams, and are available by appointment only.

Times that are now open are from 3 to 7 pm.

Please contact (501)747-1870 for more info

He Doesn’t Know it Yet…

(rewind….4 months ago)

A few months ago, a friend of mine got a phone call while we were together. A dear friend of his, a military veteran, was struggling that evening, and needed to be around people. Although I’ve heard about PTSD through the news, I have never known anyone close to me that suffered, but…

I could tell that we immediately needed to drop what we were doing, and go pick Chris up.

We all went to dinner, and I listened to Chris talk for hours about what was bothering him, and I could feel the despair coming from every single word. When we left, I cried. The way I looked at PTSD, and our veterans who struggle with this changed forever.

(fast forward to last Friday…)

I was at the studio writing music, and in walks a young man off of the street. He had a slip of paper in his hand, and asked for me directly.

I introduced myself, and he said his name was Greg.

Greg was sent to me as a referral from his counselor at the VA Hospital. He told me he thought that lessons would be a good outlet, and that he was told that Park Hill Piano Studio was the best place in the area for music lessons.

We scheduled a lesson for today, and he doesn’t know it yet, but I’m not going to charge him anything for his lessons.

You see, I fell in love with music because it was therapy for me. I could sit and play the piano for hours, and disappear into a world of sound.  And still to this day, I am bothered on the days I can’t sit down and let my stresses be carried away at the piano.

Music is therapy, and I want to enable more people to take advantage of that

So for our veterans, the least I can do is offer some of them free tuition for their service, and a military family discount.

Starting today, 11/13

I am offering 4 more military veterans completely tuition free 30 minute lessons.  You can contact me here for more info.

Also, all military families will receive a 20% discount on lessons.

P.S. Share this post with your military friends that might benefit from this update to the school.

(names were changed in this story)

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!

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