Kids & Piano – 3 Tips for Overcoming Obstacles

Whenever kids are learning a new activity or skill, it’s common for them to hit some roadblocks along the way. Learning to play the piano comes along with its own set of challenges, but they can be overcome! Below are our suggestions for how to help your children leap over three common obstacles in piano lessons, and to improve their skills as students and musicians.

Attitude is an incredibly important part of learning, and it’s no exaggeration to say that a positive mindset can be the difference between failure and success. It’s not uncommon for piano students to lose confidence from time to time, whether due to a specific instance, like a poor performance, or to ongoing frustrations from lack of improvement. Kids might also compare their piano playing to that of more advanced students, which can lead to further discouragement.

If you notice your young pianist is developing a negative or unhealthy mindset, you can help to build up their confidence and determination. It might help to remind them of all the progress they’ve already made since they first began private lessons. For instance, if a performance didn’t go as well as they had hoped, remind them that there was a time that they couldn’t imagine being skilled enough to even perform in the first place! You can also remind them that even the most advanced pianists were once at their level, and that they had to overcome similar challenges (one example is Vladimir Horowitz, who overcame years of intense stage fright to become one of the greatest concert pianists in history!). Remind them that setbacks are only temporary, and soon your piano student will have their confidence back!

Practice is perhaps the biggest obstacle kids face in learning to play piano. Kids today are busy, and it can be hard to find the time to practice piano while in the middle of homework and other activities. More often, though, there is simply a lack of motivation to practice. Without adequate focus or clear goals, practice time is frustrating and unproductive. However, it is impossible to become a skilled pianist without practice, so it’s important to have a plan to overcome these obstacles!

Practicing piano effectively is all about creating a routine. Schedule a regular time for your kids to practice piano – you might even try writing it on the family calendar! Set a specific amount of time for each practice session – knowing they only need to practice for twenty minutes can help kids feel less pressure, and can help them learn to manage the time effectively.

Motivation is also key in practicing piano. Try creating a system of rewards – for instance, ten extra minutes of video games for each half hour of focused piano practice. You can also set longer-term goals, such as a trip to the movies for mastering a song or performing in a recital.

The best way for a child to learn piano is through lessons, however, not every teaching method works for every student. If your student feels stuck, talk to their music teacher about switching up the structure of their lessons, whether that means using a different curriculum or letting the student choose music that interests them, like pop or Broadway songs. Motivational programs, such as the Powell Academy of Music’s Level Up program, can be very helpful in inspiring students to progress in their lessons by presenting them with clear goals and rewards. Finally, some piano students simply will work better with one instructor than another. Most piano instructors understand this and can help refer you to another teacher if need be!

Every new piano player, especially kids, will experience some or all of these obstacles during
their musical journey, and overcoming them will take decisive effort and patience, from students and parents. Remember that support and encouragement through lessons and practice can go a long way toward getting your young piano player to love their instrument!

June 2018 Newsletter

Inside this Issue: 

  • From the Director, Why Take Music Lessons
  • Welcome New Students!
  • Referral Contest

Why Take Music Lessons?

What if I told you that there was a way to make your child smarter, more engaged in school, more creative, confident, happier, harder working and a more well-rounded and successful individuals?

What if I told you that there was one extracurricular activity that drastically outperformed sports, dance, art, drama and martial arts AND there were hundreds upon hundreds of scientific studies that proved all of this to be true? Most importantly, learning it is a whole lot of fun! When it comes to choosing activities for your children, music instruction is the best thing you can do for your kids!

Music develops creativity. Children are so naturally creative when they are young. Every parent remembers the endless crayon drawings that took over the refrigerator when their kids were little, or the hours of make believe and stories.

When kids are very young, they don’t see things for what they are, they see them for what they could be. As children get older a lot of this creativity gets lost. Many child psychologists believe that we have fundamentally changed the way we educate our children to the detriment of fostering their creativity.

So often, kids spend the majority of their time in school memorizing and analyzing information. Learning to produce the “correct” answers and being punished or getting things “wrong.” This approach is great for producing high test scores in math and literacy but it hinders children’s ability to take chances and be creative.

One of the best ways to foster creativity is to nurture and develop an environment where students know it is ok to make mistakes. So much in music is subjective and there aren’t any right or wrong answers. Students are encouraged to take chances, create their own sounds, improvise and write songs. Music lessons can be a safe place where children are able to explore ideas. It’s the perfect environment for developing creativity to the fullest.


Please welcome the NEW students who enrolled in May!!!


Noah N.
Brendan R.
Rowen H.
Helena E.
Bhavini G.
Evan B.
Joel B.
Lulu C.
Kennedy K.
Brian R.
Blaise B.
Keira G.
Gabbie M.
Marley A.
Furesh G.
Sripranav P.
Mia W.
Emmy A.
Olivia G.
Cameron F.

Landon H.

Benjamin G.
Zach P.
Lyla Y.
Axshaya R.

Abigail H.
Jack V.
Keegan B.
Zoey M.
Savannah C.
Samira K.
Gabriella B.
Isabella B.
Seher R.
Thomas B.
Claire W.
Ezekiel L.
Samiya M.
Robert M.
Victoria R.
Ava M.
Sofia K.
Ahnika K.
Caitlin S.
Alexis F.
Duaa K.
Tito P.
Liam R.
James G.
Amelia W.



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August 2017 Newsletter

Inside this Issue: 

  • Now Offering Kindermusik Classes!
  • Red Carpet Recital Photos Are In!

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We are very excited to announce that we are now offering Kindermusik classes at both our Powell and Lewis Center locations!!!. These classes are a great way for younger children (ages 0-4) to develop music fundamentals. Each class is developmentally appropriate for each age group and we have small class sizes. For more information you can check out our website where we have demo videos and summaries of each class. PAM classes are available on Mondays and LCMA classes are available on Thursdays.

Sign & Play: Ages 1-2 9:00am

Wiggle & Grow: Ages 2-3 10:00am

Cuddle & Bounce: Ages 0-1 11:00am

Laugh & Learn: Ages 3-4 1:00pm


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Please welcome the NEW students who enrolled in July!!!


Lisa W.

Heather N.

Audra N.

Kevin N.

Kallen A.

Jillian F.

Nripesh U.

Thi S.

Cade B.

Ruby C.

Leena E.

Mayher B.

Andrew G.

Grace W.

Spencer P.

Victoria M.

Jaylin J.

Danielle L.

Ainsley M.

Vivian T.

Thomas T.

Sofia T.

Jennifer S.

Lindsay F.



Nicholas M.

Emme M.

Ajay S.

Kritika M.

Faith K.

Ishani S.

Kaden J.

Elle N.

Whitney L.

Brendan C.

Jordan F.

Ariana K.

Taryn C.

Randy F.

Kritika M.

Sofia H.

Sophia A.

Priscilla H.

Mason M.

Jocob E.

Fiona C.

Brendan C

Michaeli S.
Zoe H.

Piper P.

Emme M.

Delila T.

Dhrub D.

Jay V.

Madison M.

Evangeline M.

Sahara R.

Edward L.

Tahlia J.

Cora B.

Alexander T.

Tahlia J.

Luca J.

Audrey P.

Caroline P.

Ishika J.

Annaleese P.

Arianna P.

Sabrina A.

Aleksander W.

Kanaan C.

Hana T.

David A.


June 2017 Newsletter

Inside this Issue: 

  • 2nd Location Opens In Lewis Center
  • Student of the Month
  • Lion King!
  • Treble in Paradise

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2nd Location Opens in Lewis Center June 5th!

With our 1st location getting closer and closer to full capacity we have decided to open a 2nd location in Lewis Center!!! The Lewis Center location will be called the Lewis Center Music Academy and is located in the Olentangy Crossing shopping center next to Krogers on route 23. We are very excited and think that the Lewis Center School might grow even faster than our Powell location did. The new facility is about half the size of our Powell store however it should still be able to accommodate around 500 students! We are enrolling students now for lessons starting in June and then we will have our grand opening in August of 2017.


Student of the Month – Eamont Montufar

Q: What instruments do you play?
A: Piano, singing

Q: How long have you taken lessons?
A: Since last summer

Q: Who are your favorite musical artists?
A: Justin Timberlake

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Mac and cheese

Q: What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons in the past three months?
A: Warm ups!


Please welcome the NEW students who enrolled in May!!!


Jared B.

Matthew H.

Catherine H.

Sofia H.

Katie R.

Henry R.

William L.

Hannah G.

Ally S.

Alex B.

Joshua K.

Kaden R.




Caroline G.


Colin H.

Akshara A.

Morgan E.

Ava E.

Lex E.

Maddie P.

Linnea K.

Beth F.

Yadnya S.

Harsh T.

Jacob B.


Jacob M.

Shamita V.

Taylor L.

Claire G.

Shelia B.

Gabriel M.

Mike P.

SOphia G.

Andrew I.

Mayher B.

Ethan S.

Vasu P.


May 2017 Newsletter







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Q: How do lessons work in the Summer?

A: The Academy is open year round, and we do not close during the Summer.

Q: Do a lot of student quit during the Summer?

A: For the past 3 years, we have grown in enrollment each june by at least 2%. Some students withdrawal but we get a huge influx of students in May & June and many continue into the Fall. We enrolled over 150 new student in the Summer of 2016!

Q: How full is my teachers schedule?

A: The majority of our teachers are booked completely solid from 3:30-8:30pm and we currently have a waiting list with over 70 people on it.

Q: If we withdrawal for Summer, can we keep our spot for Fall?

A: Lessons are first come, first serve, so if you withdraw for Summer, we cannot guarentee that we will have a spot for you in the Fall as we will open the time slot to new students.

The big questions for all parents and students to consider is: 


If the answer is YES there are 2 ways to do this: 

1. Take advantage of our Summer courtesy make ups!

We realize that some of you will go on vacation for a portion of the Summer, which is why we do offer courtesy make ups. Each family is entitled to two courtesy make ups during the Summer months. Courtesy make ups can be scheduled during any break in a teachers schedule. (we don’t ask teachers to come early, stay late, or come in and teach make ups on weekends). While our teachers do stay very busy we tend to have more cancelations over the summer months which makes it a little easier to schedule courtesy make ups.

It’s very easy to do: just let the front desk know of the dates that you will be missing and schedule your make ups. We can even schedule make up lessons ahead of time before you miss your classes!

2. Sub lease your spot to a family member or friend.

You can send a family member or friend in your place for the dates you will miss. Just let the office know who is coming in your place and when. Make sure that they reimburse you directly for the lessons. If you are taking summer lessons and need a specific time for Fall, please contact us around late July and we will do everything we can to accommodate you.

Each September, we get calls for students who have been with us for years, but withdrew for the summer. They want to return to the same teacher, day and time, but the spot has been filled by another student.

If you LOVE your teacher, keep your spot by using the summer make ups or sublease your spot.


Student of the Month – Ava Buczek

Q: What instruments do you play?
A: Piano
Q: How long have you taken lessons?
A: 2 and a half years
Q: Who are your favorite musical artists?
A: Mozart
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Sushi
Q: What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons in the past three months?
A: Hot to play Lost Boy by Ruth B.
 Q: Have you had any recent performances?
A: No


Please welcome the NEW students who enrolled in April!!!


Bitzy H.

Dayma H.

Shri E.

Luke W.

Piper M.

Lyla Y.

Ajay S.

Luka Z.

Vivian M.




Caroline G.

Sydney S.

Angelina Z.

Clara K.

Karli M.

Tommy D.

Varun S.

Grace K.

Zach M.

Tyler V.

Logan W.

Nataliah R.

Angelica D.

Lucky M.

Cameron K.

Grace C.

Jake W.

Alain H.


March/April 2017 Newsletter









This month’s spotlight is on long time Academy student Randy Findell. Randy is an amazing young musician and producer. We are so proud of all of the work and time he puts in and apparently we are not the only ones impressed with his music. Randy got his 1st record deal and one of his songs was released on a compilation album of up and coming artist titled Rising Tides 005!!!

Randy on developing the style of his music:
“The way i got into this kind of stuff was listening to a lot of electronic music and going down the rabbit hole of experimentation. Getting inspiration from many small artists making similar music on the internet. I’ve been producing for 4 years, and in that time what i have wanted to make has changed drastically, although i’ve always wanted to sing because i think that without vocals, my music would have virtually appeal to an outside listener, and I like singing. I really like making stuff that uses foley, sounds recorded from the real world, because it activates memory of experiences with those objects, and it sounds more human, i like using smooth synthesizers with slow vibrato to make them sound intentionally awed, and I have a lot of other little tendencies that make up my style. And that’s basically it, it’s just an incredibly fun thing for me because it helps me build an identity and make people feel things that come from my mind.”

From all of us here at the Academy, congratulations and we can’t wait to see what’s next!


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Student of the Month – Amanda Jones

Q: What instruments do you play?
A: Voice and Guitar
Q: How long have you taken lessons?
A: About 2 years.
Q: Who are your favorite musical artists?
A: My fellow choir members.
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Pasta
Q: What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons in the past three months?
A: Breath support
 Q: Have you had any recent performances?
A: Yes, March 11th, 2017

A parents role in the beginning:
The most critical time in any music student’s journey is at the very beginning. This is when students need the most support and encouragement from parents. Often at this stage the music is simple enough that parents are able to quickly understand and help their children with their assignments, even if they have never had any musical experience themselves. It is a great idea to sit with your child while they practice at the beginning to ensure that they are doing their assignments correctly.  This extra support in the beginning will help develop good practice habits and will pay dividends later on. After several weeks students can begin to practice more on their own and won’t require as much help from parents.

Young Children:

For very young children, ages 3 and 4 years old, parental involvement is a must. Parents need to be involved with just about every practice session at this age. There are always exceptions, but as of writing this, I have never met a 4 year old that could effectively practice on their own.

School Aged Children:

Elementary aged children typically need a parent to sit in at the beginning and help them learn how to practice effectively. Over time parents can back off and let them practice more on their own. Students always do better when parents are more involved, but sometimes it just isn’t realistic for parents to always help their children practice. I teach music for a living and even I don’t always have time to sit in with my kids to help them practice. Sometimes dinner has to be made, work comes up, or the playoffs are on tv. I equate it to doing school homework. 1st graders most likely need a lot of help and follow up but over time they get it down. A 5th grader might only need sporadic help.


Teenagers are more than capable of practicing on their own. Often by the time students are in their teenage years, the music they are learning is far too advanced for parents to be able to help them much anyway. (unless the parent has had some musical training) The best thing parents can do for their teenagers is show an interest in what they are learning. Encouragement and support go a long way (even if they don’t outwardly appreciate it).  Having a weekly concert or even just dropping in on their practicing once in a while, are great ways to show them that you are interested in what they are learning.

Please welcome the NEW students who enrolled in February and March!

Jacob T.

Caroline K.

Will P.

Sophia A.

Pranav M.

Aman M.

Marla T.

Candy M.

Ankita S.

Madison P

Hiya A.

Mohit A.

Lauren R.

Lila A.

Madiyne S.

Avas B.

Katia B.

Ishani D.

Aarix T.

Sanika B.

Grace N.

Caleb S.

Eiliyah A.

Virgil T.

Katherine L.

Shaun V.

Megan U.

Lewis P.

Luke H.

Colesen A.

Everett C.

Daniel G.

Nicholas G.

Lizzy S.

Barbara S.

Chloe E.

Rhyan R.

Lizzy S.

Saanvi S.

Caroline K.

Mouli S.

Lindsay F.

Elie N.

Anna W.

Lyla N.

Louis D.

Kardan B.

Nasir B.

Sydney M.

Lauren D.


February 2017 Newsletter








Music Lessons Royal Conservatory Powell

We have heard more and more great news about all of the amazing things our students are accomplishing! This month we would like to shine the spotlight on Shrrayash Srinivasan. Shrrayash started lessons at the Academy almost 3 years ago and has dedicated his lessons to the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum. This program is recognized around the world as one of the most preeminent music education systems.

Last year, Shrrayash received the highest exam scores for level Preparatory A in the entire state of Ohio! He has been awarded with The Music Development Program Center Certificate of Excellence. In addition he will receive a medal for this amazing achievement.

Shrrayash will continue to pursue his studies in the Royal Conservatory of Music. This summer he will complete an examination for level Preparatory B.

We can’t wait to see more outstanding accomplishments from this young student! Congratulations, Shrrayash!


Student of the Month – Sabah Ahmed

Q: What instruments do you play?
A: Piano
Q: How long have you taken lessons?
A: About 4 years
Q: Who are your favorite musical artists?
A: Mozart and Beethoven
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: PizzaQ: What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons in the past three months?
A: Everything


Eventually all music students want to quit or take a break from playing. It is a perfectly normal part of learning an instrument. Most of them quit citing “lost interest” as the main reason.
The problem with letting students quit music when they get bored is that they will always get bored and quit. Often after just a year or two of lessons. The world is littered with adults who wished that their parents wouldn’t have let them quit music when they were a kid.
The story usually goes a bit like this. Little Johnny or Suzie gets a guitar or violin and literally can not wait to get the instrument out of the case. They leave their 1st music lesson full of excitement and to their parents surprise they practice completely on their own or with very little reminding. At first progress comes very quickly. Students start out not even knowing how to hold the instrument properly but within a few months they begin playing songs they recognize. Music is FUN!
Things go smoothly for awhile and maybe they even do a recital or two, making their parents proud. Then little by little the music starts to get more complicated, and the newness wears off. All of a sudden their is pushback when it’s time to practice. Parents start to think that maybe music “just isn’t their kids thing” or “I don’t want to force my child to do something they don’t like”, but this is exactly where we need to push children. We want them to succeed despite themselves.
Nine out of ten times if a student keeps going and is made to practice regularly their interest will return. They will get past the temporary boredom and getting them to practice will become much easier. The key is to keep them progressing. For those that quit though, the vast majority never pick it up again. In conclusion, it’s not always easy or fun but keep them playing and 20 years from now they won’t have to say “I wish I wouldn’t have quit”.

Please welcome the NEW students who enrolled in January!

Roman J.
Rachel S.
Nikhil S.
Zara B.
Michelle P.
Vihaan B.
Sammi B.
Milena W.
Yvonne S.
Emily C.
Kimaya C.
Andrew D.
Reya K.
Jared B.
Frankie Z.
Gigi Z.
Aubrey D.
Brendan L.
Paige H.
Leslie A.
Qasim B.
Steve W.
Sindhu S.
David L.
Alan R.
Angel R.
Sylvia J.
Lale K.
Noah M.
Alex M.
Lily F.
Sandeep P.
Addison F.
Anabel K.
Emily V.
Gabriella K.
Nikhil S.
Regan M.
Thomas M.
Paige M.
Jonathan O.
Trevor M.
Landon W.
Emily P.
Grayson W.
Melanie B.
Jackson B.
Gigi M.
Donovan V.
Emily S.
William W.
Chelsea C.
Kristy K.
Tj Y.
Paige H.
Aadi J.
Som P.
Brian B.
Corrin J.
Owen S.
Jill B.
Elle S.
Sasha S.
Penny K.
Zach K.
Henry M.
Eiliyah A.

January 2017 Newsletter


2016 Winter Recital at the Powell Academy of Music

We want to give another big round of applause to all of the students that participated in last month’s Winter Recital! Everyone did a fantastic job up on stage. We know how much courage it takes to get up there and are so proud of everyone for participating. It’s amazing to see what hard work and determination can create.
We had record turn out this year and we look forward to having even more students participate next time. We have some big news and exciting changes coming about our future recitals, so stay tuned!!!

Student of the Month – Gabrielle Moore

Q: What instruments do you play?
A: I play violin and flute. I also sing.
Q: How long have you taken lessons?
A: Violin for 2 years and voice for 8 months.
Q: Who are your favorite musical artists?
A: J.S. Bach and Carrie Underwood
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Reeses
Q: What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons in the past three months?
A: Raising my soft palate when I’m singing, and less aggressive bowing.
Q: What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons in the past three months?
A: I have learned a lot about the way I breathe and how to better my breathing while singing
Q: Do you have any performances coming up?
A: Yes, on December 17th through the Powell Academy of Music


That One Kid
In most elementary schools, once a week the class room teachers shuttle the 30 or so students off to general music class. Once the kids get there, they learn singing, maybe a little piano or how to make irritating shrieks on something called a recorder. The vast majority of these children spend their time trying to eek out “Hot Cross Buns” or “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, but there is always that one kid.

Everyone remembers the the kids that was putting the finishing touches on the third movement of a Beethoven Sonata, while the rest of us were struggling to learn “Jingle Bells”. That kid would play at the talent shows and wow all of the parents. They would say things like:
“she is so talented”
“he has a gift”
“she is really special”
“he was born to play music”
People attribute all kinds of skills and successes to innate talent, but they are wrong!

The Truth About Talent

Somewhere along the way pop culture lead us astray. We watched movies and saw news stories about child prodigies. We heard about Mozart composing symphonies at 8 years old, heck even Taylor Swift wrote her first album at 15. (For the non-Swifties out there that album sold 6 million copies!!!). We saw all of these amazing feats and thought, wow they must be wired differently than the rest of us. “They just have so much more talent”.

The real truth though is that they just practiced more than everyone else. Mozart’s father forced him to practice 6-8 hours a day, every day, from the time he was a toddler. Swift routinely practiced song craft 4-5 hours a day. It’s no surprise that they became so accomplished. By the time they were 10 they had practiced more hours than most musicians do in their entire lifetime!
What we should really be saying when we see a great musician is:
“she is so driven”
“he has an amazing work ethic”
“she is really disciplined”
“he has a lot of grit”
My hope is that students learn to associate hard work, determination, grit and self-discipline with success. When students understand that their progress is directly related to their practice, it helps them to take ownership of their development.

Please welcome the NEW students who enrolled in December!

Angela W.
Anna W.
Neal N.
Ishani D.
Joel O.
Rita C.
Tito P.
Ava B.
David B.
Dona V.
Rishi A.

Mackenzy F.
Amanda G.
Corrin J.
Rose M.
Anvita M.
Kezia B.
Denith K.
Keya B.
Hee Jung K.
Sophie C.

William W.
Shreya S.
Remy G.
Ian K.
Jackson R.
Kyle C.
Abhinav B.
Amanda G.
Henry M.

Jared B.

December 2016 Newsletter

Jeremy Hardjono Music student at the Powell Academy of Music.

Student Spotlight:

Nothing makes us happier than to hear about our students’ success. Looking back over this year, we have gotten a ton of emails and calls about some of the amazing things our students have done. For this month we had to do a spotlight on PAOM student Jeremy Hardjono. He has accomplished so much recently that we don’t even have room to list it all out. Here is just a sample of what he has done in the last 12 months.
  • December 2015: Lead soloist CSO Holiday Pops
  • January: Played Amahl in Amahl and the Night Visitors with Opera Project Columbus
  • February: La Boheme with the Columbus Opera
  • March:  Soloist with Columbus Symphony Orchestra Production of “Elijah” by Mendelssohn.
  • May: Sang a solo in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • June: Sang a solo in Sydney Australia
  • August: Played Grasshopper in Catco’s production of James and the Giant Peach.
We are all super proud of you Jeremy keep up the great work!

Children's Choir

Children’s Choir Performance

Our Children’s Choir recently had a performance at the Mill Run Nursing home. Students had a lot of FUN performing songs for the elderly during their dinner, as well as going to different wings of the facility to sing for bedridden patients.  It was a great experience and everyone is looking forward to the December Recital!!!
“Seeing the smiles on the faces of the people living there brought joy to my heart!”
– Jillian C.“It was fun because it made people’s day. We got to sing and have fun, but we were also doing something kind.”
– Claire C.


Student of the Month – Sophie Vince

Q: What instruments do you play?
A: I play piano and take voice lessons for singing
Q: How long have you taken lessons?
A: I have been taking lessons for the past year or so
Q: Who are your favorite musical artists?
A: My favorite musical artists are Cage the Elephant and Oh Wonder
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: I love Mexican food!
Q: What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons in the past three months?
A: I have learned a lot about the way I breathe and how to better my breathing while singing
Q: Do you have any performances coming up?
A: Yes, on December 17th through the Powell Academy of Music


Music Student Sophie Vince

Practice, Practice, Practice

How much should my child practice?


Younger Children:
For children ages four to seven, shorter practice sessions work best. With younger children the focus with their practice should be on the quality and not necessarily on the quantity. Often what works better than a set time limit is using the repetition method. Instead of asking your child to practice for 10 to 15 minutes ask them to play their song 5 times.
Tip: Make tracking repetitions fun. Get two small bowls and fill one with 5 marbles. Then every time your little musician plays their song they can move one marble to the other bowl. Not only does it help young children conceptualize what they need to do to complete their practice they will get an extra sense of accomplishment when all of the marbles are moved over to the 2nd bowl.
Children 8 to 12 Years Old:
Once children reach this age they are capable of focusing for a longer period of time and should make the transition from repetition to a set time limit. We recommend setting up a regular practice schedule and trying to get between 75 and 100 minutes of practice each week. We have found that students who consistently practice about 100 minutes a week
do very well. It is often best to do four 25 minutes sessions or five 20 minute sessions if your schedule permits it. While 100
minutes is ideal, students can still make progress practicing 50-60 minutes per week, however they tend to move a bit slower than those who consistently hit the 75-100 minute mark.
Tip Set up some kind of reward system for every time your child hits their practice goal for the week. You can create your own system or use our 100 minute practice club forms.(they were designed for exactly this purpose)
Teenagers can continue to do very well practicing about 100 minutes each week. Advanced students playing very sophisticated repertoire, may need additional time. For the serious student, we recommend 45 minutes per day.

From The Director:
Chad Ebert



Please welcome the NEW students who enrolled in October & November!


Tito P.
Ian K.
Kyle C.
Abhinav B.
Alex F.
Beverly S.
Victoria R.
Megan Z.
Anna B.
Sophia C.
Beverly S.
Yijia C.
Sophie C.
Jackson D.
Pauline Y.
Shreya S.
Ari R.
John T.
Shuthi S.
Marcus B.
Lewis P.
Mackenzy S.
Jackson B.
Virgil T.
Sheznat H.
Candy B.
Wilson G.
Natalie S.
Stella C.
Harshita R.
Lj D.
Clara K.

Charlie W.
Trinnity F.
Joe S.
Ainsley M.
Aamir S.
Oliver H.
Makenna K.
Omkar M.
Alvin A.
Claire W.
Steven D.
Diana B.
Jennifer S.
Preschecca R.
Sarah C.
Rohan H.
Natalie K.

September 2016 Newsletter

Academy students visit PAOM instructor Tim Davis and tour wicked backstage!!!

Piano instructor, Tim Davis, is regularlly called to play in traveling Broadway shows when they visit Columbus. Tim recently played piano for the production of Wicked at the Ohio Theatre. He invited many of his students  and our faculty members out to see the show and tour the orchestral pit. It was a fantastic experience for everyone involved and we want to say thank you to the Wicked Cast/Crew and to Tim Davis.

unnamed  pit-wicked  Music students see Wicked at the Ohio Theatre

Competition, Testing & Auditions

A guide for those who want to go beyond weekly music lessons

For many of our students, their weekly lesson is more than enough to keep them engaged and having fun with music. However, for those who do want to go further there are a number of different programs and options available. We’ve created a cheat sheet, or readers digest version, of the most popular programs and options.

The Musical Ladder System: We offer this program completely free to all of our students. Every three months students pass a short test to earn wristbands and trophies. It is a great way to encourage students to practice and is a lot of fun! The Musical Ladder System is very low pressure and doesn’t require a huge time commitment on top of regular practicing.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Commitment: Low

Solo & Ensemble:  Every year the Ohio Music Education Associtation puts on an event called Solo & Ensemble. Students typically prepare a piece of music. Then they are graded by an OMEA judge and given notes on how to improve their playing. Solo & Ensemble is a great opportunity for all students and doesn’t require the time commitments that Guild and RCM do.
Difficulty: Moderate
Time Commitment: Moderate


National Piano Guild: Guild is a program run by the American College of Musicians. It requires students to take lessons with a member of the ACM and register for their yearly testing. Once a year, students will perform for a judge at one of the local testing centers and get graded on their performance. The yearly testing does require a lot of preperation and is best for very dedicated students.
Difficulty: MODERATE
Time Commitment: HIGH


Royal Conservatory of Music: RCM is a teaching method that requires passing examinations to advance to the next level of difficulty. Students must purchase the books and materials and work with an instructor that is familiar with the program. Testing is done at one of the Royal Conservatory testing centers in Columbus.  It is a great program for highly motivated students.
Difficulty: MODERATE
Time Commitment: Moderately HIGH


MTNA Competitions: The Music Teachers National Association holds annual competitions for performance and composition. Winners from the district level will go on to compete at the state level and finally the national level. MTNA events can be very competitive and is best left highly dedicated students.
Difficulty: HIGH
Time Commitment: HIGH


If you are looking for advice on which program might be the best for you email

We welcome all of the new faculty members to the academy!

We have been growing and growing and would like to welcome all of the new faculty members that joined our school in August.

– Tristan L’Heureux, Voilin & Viola
– Helen Cates – Violin, Viola & Piano
– Zach Koors – Drums & Piano
– JeanMarie Strawbridge – Piano


Student of the Month – Shrrayash Srinivasan

Q: What instruments do you play?
A:  I play drums, xylophone, and piano

Q: How long have you taken lessons?
A: I have been taking my lessons for 4 years and passed my Royal Conservatory exam with honors

Q: Who are your favorite musical artists?
A: My favorite artists are Dmitiri Kabalalevsky, Daniel Gottlob Turk, Nancy and Randy Faber, Dennis Alexander, nad Marta Mier

Q:What is your favorite food?
A: My favorite foods are Indian, Mexican, and Italian foods

Q: What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons in the past three months?
A: The coolest thing I learned was about hte A Natural Minor Triads

Q: Do you have any performances coming up?
A: I will be taking my next level piano exam



Confidence & Creativity


Benefits of Music Education – Part 1
We see music as a critical part of the education that every child needs to be successful in life. Many of the benefits of learning music are very well known. Study after study has shown that children who study music have higher grades, improved memory, better SAT scores, improved spatial skills and much more.

What often goes unnoticed are the two benefits that I feel are the most important: Confidence & Creativity.

Confidence is Built, Not Given
I am of the belief that real confidence, the kind that improves self-esteem, is built through acheviement.

For kids growing up today, their world is filled with video games, instant gratification and awards just for showing up. We feel that it is more important now than ever before for children to learn to be successful at things that require effort.

No amount of praise can ever replace the satisfaction or confidence boost that students get from mastering a difficult piece of music. Often after weeks or months of hard work.

It is the culmination of these small successes that can really boost a child’s confidence in themself.

To Be Continued…
Tune in next month to read about how we try to foster creativity in children through our music instruction!!!

From The Director:
Chad Ebert


Please welcome the NEW students who enrolled in August!
Riley M.
Hayden M.
Sophia K.
Brooke F.
Sophie H.
Mike K.
Serenitee M.
Noelle M.
Oviya K.
Shubh K
Faith C.
Grace C.
Sarah R.
Kevin L.
Connor M.
Carsyn C.
Jeremy H.
Sammy H.
Joanna S.
Dmitri S.
Charlie G.
Allegra A.
Arjun A.
Nina M.
Annika M.
Duaa K.
Erineea K.
Selen O.
Mira B.
Aadi J.
Theo W.
Matthew G.
Rami T.
Corina S.
Jackson C.
Corina S.
Sagar P.
Samanyu D.
Vineet A.
Maria W.
Sreeja K.
Shefali K.
Emmaline B.
Addison R.
Claire C.
Christopher B.
Lilly R.
Calvin D.
Maren F.
Divya P.