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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”


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Monday Music Minute | Pianist Kenn Young

In today’s Monday Music Minute, I’ll introduce you to pianist/singer Kenn Young.

Kenn, from Van Buren Arkansas,  has been playing music professionally for 17 years.  He began playing the piano at age 16 by picking out songs by ear. But before he was playing piano, he had already won several awards for playing the Baritone and French Horns.

Kenn Young

During college, working on a vocal major in music, Kenn fell in love with playing piano and singing in performance venues. And I must say, he’s dang good at it!

In 2010, Kenn joined the dueling piano bar circuit and began traveling and performing all throughout the US. I’ve had the opportunity to share the stage with him a few times myself, and I had a blast playing across from him!

Kenn Young

Kenn isn’t one of those performers that is flashy, loud, or over the top.  His laid back approach to entertaining makes you feel comfortable approaching him and requesting a tune, and he knows a ton of songs; so you probably can’t stump this guy!  But make no mistake, even though he isn’t over the top and audacious, he will still have you laughing, singing and shakin’ your groove thing! Guaranteed.

Piano Kenn

He has mean piano chops, and a great voice that isn’t overbearing…it’s just right for any type of song.

When he is in town, in Little Rock, You can catch him playing piano at WIlly D’s Dueling Piano Bar in the River Market. But someday soon, he hopes you can catch him playing in a piano bar that he owns himself! Be sure to see his show when you can!

You can check out his site and his performance calendar by clicking here NOW!



How to Play 5 Piano Scales Using 1 Finger Pattern

Did you know that you can easily play 5 different piano scales on the piano by using one simple finger pattern?

Well you can! And this tutorial shows you how, but for those of you that like to see directions written in clear instructions…here they are!

The first thing to remember is to use just your right hand for these scales right now.

The finger pattern is 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5…with your thumb as number one.

  • Play the C major scale. CDEFGABC and C is the place to place your thumb. So C is 1 and you will also use your thumb on G in this scale.
  • Play the G major scale. GABCDEF#G. This scale is where you start adding black keys. We add one here and it is the F#. Using the same finger pattern, your scale will begin on G and your thumb will also go on C in this scale.
  • Play the D Major scale. DEF#GABC#D.  This time we add a black key…C#. Once F# showed up in the G scale. It will be used in all scales going forward, and since we added the C# in this scale…it stays. too.
  • Now, we move to the A Major scale. It will have 3 black keys. We are adding the G# in the mix. So the scale starts on A and will go like this. ABC#DEF#G#A.  Now guess what? We are adding another black key and moving the new point to …
  • E Major Scale EF#G#ABC#D#E.  It has 4 sharps (black keys)

BONUS>>>>Start on B and you will use all of the black keys. BC#D#EF#G#A#B…

Happy piano playing!

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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!

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