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Park Hill Piano Studio Accepting Applications for Violin Students for 2016-2017

Park Hill Piano Studio located at 3720 JFK Blvd in North Little Rock, Arkansas is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year for new students interested in violin lessons.

We have quite a standard for the type of students we are looking for. There is a lot of work on the teacher’s part in setting a student up for success in violin lessons. So, we are looking for students that are absolutely serious about learning to play, committing to practice, and achieving their goals in violin study.

If you would like for yourself or your child to be considered for interview, please apply by clicking here

Park Hill Piano Studio Accepting Applications for Cello Students 2016-2016

Park Hill Piano Studio located at 3720 JFK Blvd in North Little Rock, Arkansas is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year for new students interested in cello lessons.

We have quite a standard for the type of students we are looking for. There is a lot of work on the teacher’s part in setting a student up for success in cello lessons. So, we are looking for students that are absolutely serious about learning to play, committing to practice, and achieving their goals in cello study.

If you would like for yourself or your child to be considered for interview, please apply by clicking here

Park Hill Piano Studio Accepting Applications For Flute Students 2016-2017

Park Hill Piano Studio located at 3720 JFK Blvd in North Little Rock, Arkansas is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year for new students interested in flute lessons.

We have quite a standard for the type of students we are looking for. There is a lot of work on the teacher’s part in setting a student up for success in flute lessons. So, we are looking for students that are absolutely serious about learning to play, committing to practice, and achieving their goals in flute study.

If you would like for yourself or your child to be considered for interview, please apply by clicking here

How an 11 Year Old Became a Great French Composer

Francois Couperin was born to be a musician.

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Born in Paris in 1668, Francois was born into a long line of good fortune and historical ties to the greatest kings of France.

For over 200 years his family held the coveted position as the chief appointed organist to the King!

He was only 11 years old when his father died, leaving Francois the duties of being the church organist, although he didn’t assume the duties until he was 18 years old.

Secretly, Francois had an inclination to compose music, but had yet to admit publicly, so he published his earliest compositions under an Italian name.  He eventually claimed those compositions as his own.

By age 27 Francois had made a finally made a mark as a gifted composer having written compositions for church, chamber and the king’s enjoyment.

Are you looking to expand your composition or songwriting skills?
Learn about lessons here

 

Why Some Practice is Better than No Practice!

I know you’ve seen them! You’ve seen the video of the 5 year old Mozart on social media, and you secretly want your child to go viral, too!

Not only do I run a business, but I am also a busy mom, so I understand that secret desire to have your child be a top performer.

But, let me shed a little light on that viral star’s home life. I’m going out on a limb here, but I’d venture to say that the 5 year old Mozart was sitting at that piano as soon as he could sit up. He has put in hours and hours of practice, and I’m talking to the tune of at least 3 hours per day.

So, how do you get your child to succeed at learning an instrument? Well, there isn’t any way around it other than to practice their new skill and be consistent at it. The only difference between me, the professional pianist, and the new student is that I made playing the piano a DAILY habit.

One of the most immediate questions I get from new students and parent’s is, “How much should I practice?”

I say, “practice only on the days that you eat.”

Do you see what I am getting at here? You have to practice every single day to get better.

Before you decide to jump on your child for not practicing today, let me help you get into their little minds.

You have student’s that every once in a while will practice and play so much that a parent has to beg them to stop, but that is a small minority. Most of these children need encouragement, because learning to play an instrument is a solitary task, and children still need social interaction.

You will see your child succeed if you ask them to sit down and play their song for you. Make a big deal out of it if they are the outgoing type!

Ask them questions about the new stuff they are learning.

Give them a tip jar and throw in some change when you see them practicing.

If you search the internet about how long to practice each day, you will get varied opinions.

I like to use the 10 by 3 rule. Start off with 10 minutes 3 times per day. If you have trouble with that, start off with 5 minutes, and work up. The point is to consistently build it into a daily habit.

“Consistency breeds talent”

 

Are you looking for a place for your child to take music lessons in the Little Rock area?
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Early Bird Summer Registration

Park Hill Piano Studio 2016 Summer Term

 Information and Registration

 

The Summer Term will begin June 6th and end September 3rd for a total of 11 weeks of lessons.

There will be no lessons given during the week July 3rd – July 9th.

 

Here are the steps to register for the Summer Term

  • Pick your lesson package
  • Submit your payment for the discounted rates by April 2nd

FAQ

  1. How does the summer term work?
  2. Depending on the package that you pick, you will receive lesson coupons to redeem each lesson.
  3. What happens if we are on vacation during the summer, and can’t make a scheduled lesson?
  4. We know that families travel during the summer, so this is where coupons come into play. You have the option of using your coupons as you see fit. For instance, if you are on vacation one week, you may schedule 2 lessons the next or previous week. You will need to check with your individual instructor for available summer time slots.
  5. What if we don’t use all of our coupons?

Summer Term Lesson Coupons are only redeemable through Sept 3rd.

There will be no refund given for coupons not redeemed

 

Step 1: Pick Your Summer Lesson Package

 

Starter Package –Four 45 Min. Lesson Coupons and a FREE PHPS Tote

$87

 

Premium Package-Ten 45 Min. Lesson Coupons, Get the 11th Free. A Free PHPSTote Bag, and FREE admission to all summer workshops.

Best Value!

$247

 

Basic Package-Six 45 Min. Lesson Coupons, a FREE PHPS Tote, and 1 FREE admission to any summer workshop.

$127

Step 2: Fill out the registration form and submit payment.

Student Name:___________________________________

Instructor:_______________________________________

Parent(s) Name:__________________________________

Phone No._______________________________________

Email___________________________________________

Circle method of payment:  Cash       Check         Credit Card

Please give your registration form and payment to your teacher now.

The 12 Days of Christmas…

The 12 days of Christmas Game? Yep, you heard it right. Today, we launched a game in which we asked our social media followers to help us create a new version of this song! So far, we got

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…One extra hour of sleep! I thought that was a good start.

…When I started to research the 12 days of Christmas, I found out these cool things:

  1. The 12 Days of Christmas is said to have originated in England in the 16th Century
  2. However, the music credit is given to the French.
  3. The first publication of the song was in 1780!
  4. It has been confused with a song called the “New Dial” which explained the 12 days in religious terms.
  5. It may have been a memory game song at one point where a leader recited a verse, and the other had to add one. If they forgot it, they lost!
  6. The 12 days of Christmas is also known as the “Twelvetide”
  7. It was sang in a time of Christian Persecution where the lyrics represented Christian facts, but in code.
  8. The song’s True Love was originally referring the God.
  9. There is a meaning behind each of the gifts that relate to Christianity.
  10. It was quite often sang by British children,  as the memory game song, and if the kid lost, they had to give candy to another person.
  11. The 12 days of Christmas aren’t actually the 12 days before. It is the 12 days after Christmas that run into the Epiphany of Christ on Jan 6th.
  12. It has been connected to when Catholicism was outlawed in England.

Did you know these already? Do you have a better, more fun verse that you have come up with?

If so, leave a comment!