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Myth Buster: Do I Have To Take Piano Lessons First?

I am sure many of you heard the following when you were younger and wanted to learn a musical instrument: “You have to take piano lessons first, before you can learn the instrument you want to play.”

In my over 30 years of teaching experience, I have heard this belief numerous times. I have often seen the unfortunate results of following this idea. Here are a few things that parents and students should…Continue Reading

Qualities To Look For In A Good Music Teacher

Having been a music student myself for many years while growing up, I had several different teachers over the span of fifteen+ years. I studied many different instruments with many different teachers and I feel it is important to share with you what I feel makes a good music teacher…Continue Reading

How To Get The Most Out Of Music Lessons

Have a true desire and mindset that you really want music lessons. Enrolling in music lessons should not be a spur of the moment decision. There will need to be some time and dedication from you in order to succeed.

Parents, make sure that your child really wants to learn an instrument. Let them decide which instrument they want to learn on. They should not be told or forced to learn another instrument in order to be able to learn the one they want to. What you also need to do is make sure that the type of…Continue Reading

What Has Thirty Years of Teaching Music Taught Me?

EVERYONE has the gift of music in them. They just need an opportunity such as music lessons to “open’ their gift.

ALL AGES can learn to play an instrument (although there are more appropriate ages for starting different instruments due to the size of the instrument and the physical needs required of the student). However, most instruments have very little physical demands so even young or elderly people can learn to play.

EVERYONE progresses at their own rate. Learning a musical instrument is a personal thing and not a challenge or competition.

Children who are enrolled in too many after school activities don’t…Continue Reading

The Purchasing Dilemma: Acoustic Piano vs. Digital Piano vs. Electric Keyboard

There is definitely a misguided notion out there that in order to learn to play the piano, you actually need to have an acoustic piano. As a private music teacher for over 30 years, this topic comes up time and time again. The following are the pros and cons of each of the types of instruments that one can choose from when beginning piano/keyboard lessons.…Continue Reading

Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Practice

It is important to understand that no matter what endeavor we take on in life, the only way to get results is through repetition, otherwise known as practice. We have all heard practice makes perfect.

The key to success is consistency or regularity. Practice should be done each day, even if it is as little as 15 minutes. It is the little bit each day that will get you results and not several hours one day a week. Daily is the key to results. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your music lessons…Continue Reading

Accordion Revival

Having a strong European and South American history and influence, the accordion was soon embraced by North America. Being a soulful and expressive instrument and with the ability to have a rhythm section played by the left hand, it was pretty much considered a “one man band”. Many a musician turned this instrument into a very popular part of music history. The likes of Lawrence Welk and Gabby Haas entertained many families every week on their television shows, sparking the accordion industry and budding accordionists.

One thing that has not changed about the accordion is that it is still a versatile, portable and low maintenance instrument. Anyone can learn to play the accordion…Continue Reading

Melanies Music Lessons

Melanies Music Lessons has provided top quality music lessons for over 20 years. The lessons include Piano, Keyboard, Organ, Accordion and Theory. Lessons are taught locally in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (including St. Albert, Sherwood Park, etc) and online over webcam (typically using Skype).

Beginner students are welcome, including children, adults, and seniors. If you are unsure if you or your children would be a good fit for the music lessons, the best thing you can do is try a free 15-minute lesson (if there are available openings).

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