Category Archives: Music Lessons

No Elimination Throughout the competition

For those who aim for the piano competitions, the New York International Piano Competition holds in New York City every two years in 2020.   This piano competition is open to all pianists that are between the ages of 16-21.  It has a unique feature of not eliminating any contestant during the four competitive...

The Short Story about Mozart’s Genius

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born into a world of music.  Having a musician father meant that his home was always filled with music and students.  One of such students was Wolfgang’s elder sister, Maria Anna, who was an avid pianist.  Mozart not only developed a passion for music early in life but also...

Traditional Chinese Flute Teacher and Performer – Sylvia Yixiu Yan

This month in our " Applause to the Musician" interview, the host Jerry Pollio interviewing Chinese Bamboo Flute Teacher Sylvia Yixiu Yan lives in Katy Texas. She discusses the variety of Chinese Bamboo Flutes as well as her experiences participating in flute competitions throughout China beginning at a young age.   

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How Music Helps a Baby’s Brain to Develop

Playing music to a baby is a great and easy way to interact with the baby in their early days. In the first year of a baby’s life, studies have shown that the so-called “Mozart Effect” which claimed that music help to improve the brain had some credibility to it.  In 2012 research...

How to Self Learning Piano by Online Channels?

Jake Lebbin emphasizes how practicing music via internet channels has greatly helped him learn and practice playing the piano.  Although Mr. Lebbins credit much of his learning to YouTube, he indicates that some songs may take more time and practice to learn than others. His advice to aspiring pianists...

How Does Music Affect Math Ability in Kids?

While not every researcher will agree that music has a positive effect on cognition and mathematical reasoning skills, there is actually sufficient studies that show that there is a relationship between music and math. In history, Einstein used to play music when he had problems with...

Eric Lu, Young Piano Prodigy Wins The 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition

The jurors of the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition had a key attribute that a potential winner of the contest had to display. This was a unique, talented musical voice that complimented, rather than overshadowed the music. This was one of the many factors that differentiated Eric Lu,20 and Boston native, from the...

Choosing the Best Starter Musical Instrument for A Child

Most parents want their kids to play a musical instrument but sometimes get confused as to which one is right for them. While understanding that mastering a musical instrument takes a great deal of practice, it is a rewarding experience that can help children learn self-expression, motor skills, improve their listening and