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Acoustic differences between carpet and hard flooring

We are blessed to be replacing our very old carpet with hardwood flooring in the next week. I have an upright piano on wheels, and wondered if there are any sound/acoustic considerations to think about. We don't plan to put a rug under it. What's the size of the room? I have an upright piano in my living room (approximately 19 x 13) with hardwood floors and all is fine. But…

Buying a used piano

I recently did quite a bit of research on pianos before buying one for my home. I have a friend who sells and reconditions pianos who encouraged me to find out for myself before buying. One of the very best piano brands out there is Yamaha and the best deal is on the used Yamahas imported from Japan. But there is some very misleading information out there about used Yamahas that are not built for a…

iPad or Android

I hope to get a tablet soon, and I want one that: is large enough and high enough resolution to easily view a full page of music, has a reliable app for displaying sheet music, including marking it up, and maximizes value for the price. I’m sure once I have it, I’ll discover many more uses–lesson plans and class notes, perhaps replacing my binder and whiteboard; rhythm or pitch games; note-writing; etc. What size do I need to…

iPad app for keeping students notes

Hi All, just wondering if anyone can recommend an app for the iPad to keep weekly notes for 40+ students. I don’t use an ipad app, but I’ve found Workflowy to be an invaluable tool for keeping notes on my 14 students, as well as notes on teaching all of the various pieces that I go back to again and again. Go to workflowy.com to set up a free account and see how…

Garage Band (or equivalent)

I’ve seen Laurie mention Garage Band a few times, and there are probably others who use it or similar programs. I’ve looked into the programs a little and can see that they’re very powerful, but I’m a traditionally trained teacher and also a brand new tablet owner. Help me wrap my mind around the possibilities. How do you use a program like this in your studio? What sorts of activities do you do? How exactly do…

Keyboard Recommendations

I have had several parents that are interested in starting their children in lessons ask me if I have any recommendations as far keyboards to purchase.   I really haven't been in the market for a keyboard in years, but was wondering if anyone has recommendations on any models, brands and types here in the USA.  Something that is a good introductory level, full size keyboard, good quality (not a toy obviously) for learning, but not the…

Buying a Used Piano

I recently did quite a bit of research on pianos before buying one for my home. I have a friend who sells and reconditions pianos who encouraged me to find out for myself before buying. One of the very best piano brands out there is Yamaha and the best deal is on the used Yamahas imported from Japan. But there is some very misleading information out there about used Yamahas that are not built for a…

Writing Down Compositions

I would like to have the written sheet music for my student's compositions. A few are asking how I or they can do this. I need something VERY simple and reasonably priced... I used Finale in college and it was challenging and very time consuming. Forte has a free program that can be downloaded. I actually used it to input a hymn that was in the wrong key. It played it…

Transposing Software

Does anyone know if there is any software that could transpose a piece of music and also be able to lay out the notes on the stave when the music is played? I have Print Music by Finale that I use all the time.  My daughter told me that there is also a free program on line.  Print Music is under $100 and will write the notes however you want them. …

Digital vs. Acoustic Pianos

My piano is on its last leg. Some of the keys don’t have the same touch they used to, the sustain pedal squeaks, and the tone is a bit tinny - by the end of the day I'm glad no one is playing it. Here's my deal... I was at CostCo this last weekend and tried out a Casio keyboard. May I take a moment to add that for the first time in my life, I sat…

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