The takeaway for the 2018 NAMM Show

2018 NAMM Afterthought

The first piano was invented in Florence, Italy in 1700 by Bartolomeo Cristofori. Since then pianos have evolved many times over the decades in shape, size, features, and functions. Some of these changes have increased the quality of sound, and many have made owning a piano more affordable.   With over 3,000 years after the first piano was invented, classical musicians Continue Reading

Should Your Students Be Memorizing for Recitals?

Is it more important for students to learn to play from memory or sight reading? There are varied opinions depending on which music teacher you ask.  This is more so for piano learners where performing classical pieces from memory is highly valued.  But some music teachers feel that memorizing discourages students who want to learn music for the fun of Continue Reading

6 Steps to Improve Sight Reading

Most students just starting out are apprehensive about sight reading. While the fear may be unfounded, sight reading takes time to muster, and even experienced musicians will have a hard time performing some difficult music pieces by sight reading. But the fact is that sight reading is an essential skill for being a good musician. Practicing sight reading makes performances Continue Reading

NAMM 2018 – The largest musical instrument trade show in USA

NAMM 2018 starts on January 25th, every year they host the music trade show in California (for trade only) at the Anaheim Convention center.  The organizers have promised this year’s event to be bigger and better.   There will be 4 days of the event with 5 stages featuring over 140 music bands. This definitely is an exciting music event for all Continue Reading

5L2F II: Supporting Music With a Spiritual Difference

Five Loaves Two Fish II: Wood, Steel, & Song is the 2nd full-length music album by Caleb Sturgis a musician based in Katy, Texas. This album comes out following the first one in 2014. The album has 13 songs, 10 of which are gospel songs, and 3 which are folk songs. Caleb has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds Continue Reading


If you're looking for a piano for your home and don't know where to start?  You don't want to miss this video. I am a piano consultant working with the Houston Piano Company.  Houston Piano Company holds the largest inventory of both new and used pianos in the Houston market along with a stellar reputation of providing a quality, full-service Continue Reading

What are the Differences Between Performance & Consumer Graded Pianos?

Many people are surprised to learn that some grand pianos can cost as much as a supercar.  With some performance grand pianos costing as much as $150,000, there is a world of difference between these works of sophistry and your living room upright piano. There are numerous piano brands and models, but the gaps in price, prestige, and performance are Continue Reading

The Power of Music – Sound of Success

In the new year of 2018, let's plan to have music empower our day, no matter what styles, types or genres they all can affect the need for a successful mindset and attitude. Music is universal human language. Apparently, humans made music before they could learn to speak to each other. This is not far-fetched considering birds and other animals make Continue Reading

Romantic Era in Music (1780-1910) and Iconic Composers

The romantic era in music is generally taken as being the better half of the 19th century. This is the period that the composers express themselves more with artistic, philosophical and literary themes. This period also saw the expansion of orchestra sizes as well as the deployment of a wider variety of musical instruments. Musical performances also became more widespread Continue Reading