Practice Tips Archives - KAY BARKER

10 Things to Know Before You Begin a Piece

When a student first starts learning a new piece, I always ask the same question: “What can you tell me about this piece?” It’s a simple question, but an important one. Before you even put your hands on the piano, there’s a lot you can learn about a song. 1) Who wrote this piece? 2) […]

5 Tips For Motivating Your Child to Practice

My mom used to sit with me sometimes while I practiced for my piano lessons as a kid. It helped keep me on track and focused when things got frustrating or hard. I know she must have had other things to do, my siblings to take care of, a house to keep clean, a demanding […]