Piano and Violin lessons by Alison

I teach piano and violin lessons along with KiddyKeys preschool classes in Boise, Idaho. With 20+ ye


So true.


Time for some Monday Morning Motivation from MU!!




Recital day! Congratulations to my students who performed today. We enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of music making.


So excited to start the fall schedule! If you need a little music in your life, there are just a few openings left.

Parent Engagement Equals Success in Private Music Lessons 08/13/2021

Parent Engagement Equals Success in Private Music Lessons

Great ideas for parents…

Parent Engagement Equals Success in Private Music Lessons Parent engagement equals success in music lessons.There are many ways to approach parent engagement. Here are a few effective ways to encourage


Musical Chairs 🪑🎶

Photos from Piano and Violin lessons by Alison's post 05/26/2021

Congratulations to all of my students on ending the school year with successful recitals! I’m one blessed teacher!


So true!

Give them a shout out!! 😎❤

The Benefits of Playing Piano 02/22/2021

The Benefits of Playing Piano

Music is a wonderful gift to enjoy...

The Benefits of Playing Piano The Benefits of Playing Piano Music is definitely entertaining! Whether you’re dancing at an outdoor rock concert, sitting in the balcony of an opera house, or chilling with your headphones on, music is the universal language enjoyed in every corner of the world. There is, however, much more to mu...


Several students are participating in the beginning of the school year “Punchcard Challenge.” The goal is to earn 20 punches on a card and receive a prize!

This young musician came prepared to perform the piece he composed and notated to his lesson yesterday. Love his enthusiasm!

Timeline photos 08/31/2020

Love this!

Welcome to Monday!
Enjoy the week ahead!


Right now is the perfect time to learn to play piano and/or violin, with online and in-person lessons available.


I think some of these are very creative. Good for my teaching in the studio and parents encouraging their children at home.🎼


Teaching online lessons has been an adventure! Jude, the cat, visited us when we were playing his favorite song...


A creative idea that will challenge your young musician...

Looking for ways to engage your piano students during these times? Check out this BINGO sheet, full of simple but FUN activities for your students. Challenge them to get five-in-a-row, or even complete the entire sheet. I think your students are going to love this!

Get the free download here:
>>> https://colorinmypiano.com/2020/04/09/just-added-bingo-sheet-for-piano-students/


First week of all online lessons was a huge success!

To the parents of my students:


Thought my students could use a laugh during spring break...


That moment your student walks in with 34 pages practiced and ready to go...it’s time to celebrate!!!

Timeline photos 01/14/2020

Many of these suggestions have been discussed in weekly lessons with students.😊

PRACTICE TIPS for young musicians! Download and place a copy on your classroom/studio wall or at the front of each students music book.

Download LINK - https://www.music-teacher-resources.com/ten-practice-tips

Timeline photos 01/07/2020

A thought to share with students...


Listening to music and musicians to improve your playing 01/04/2020

Listening to music and musicians to improve your playing

To my students and their families: One way to encourage musicianship is to enjoy music together! Challenge yourself to listen to music in order to be more musical!

Listening to music and musicians to improve your playing You eventually play the music that lives inside of you. So an important step in improving your playing is to spend *lots* of time listening to music you woul...


Happy New Year to all of my students! Lets fill the year with music!

Timeline photos 12/02/2019

Timeline photos

QUOTATION of the WEEK. Have a fantastic week!! (MusicTeacherResources)


Recital day is tomorrow! Parents of students, give your young musician extra TLC today. Be sure they have played their pieces for you and remind them that sharing music together is a great gift.🎶

Timeline photos 10/26/2019

Maybe I should spread the word that my birthday is next month...😊

Oh wow!!! I want this cake for my birthday!!!

7 Benefits of Music for Children While Growing Up | Budsies Blog 10/10/2019

7 Benefits of Music for Children While Growing Up | Budsies Blog

A simple, yet thought provoking read for parents. I like the suggestions for incorporating music in everyday life given at the end.

7 Benefits of Music for Children While Growing Up | Budsies Blog Music plays an important aspect in our culture. Here are some benefits of music for children that can positively benefit your kids as they grow up.


This week, we will be discussing our upcoming recital on November 10th. The studio goal is for each student to select and begin working on their pieces by the end of this week. Proper preparation will lead to future success!

13 Super Effective Ways to Motivate Your Child to Practice Music 09/23/2019

13 Super Effective Ways to Motivate Your Child to Practice Music

Practice can be fun with a little creativity.

13 Super Effective Ways to Motivate Your Child to Practice Music So your son or daughter has just started music lessons. You’ve found a kind, knowledgeable teacher, set up a practice space, and bought an instrument. But here’s the kicker: No matter h…

Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata (3rd Movement) 09/16/2019

Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata (3rd Movement)

Have to share a great experience from last week: A teen student came to his lesson and showed me this video. He wants to play Beethoven!

Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata (3rd Movement) Sheet music: https://www.patreon.com/posts/21765884 Click the 🔔bell to join the notification squad! ♫ Listen on Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2LdpqK7 ♫ MIDI: http...

25+ Fascinating Violin Facts That Will Surprise You 09/08/2019

25+ Fascinating Violin Facts That Will Surprise You

Interested in the violin?

25+ Fascinating Violin Facts That Will Surprise You Looking for fun violin facts? Here, you’ll find the 25 most interesting facts about the violin we could round up! People have spent their entire lives studying the possible benefits of playin…

The 6 Best Reasons for Adults to Take Piano Lessons 08/31/2019

The 6 Best Reasons for Adults to Take Piano Lessons

I love teaching my adult students! I receive many calls from people who wish they had taken lessons when they were young. It’s never too late to learn!

The 6 Best Reasons for Adults to Take Piano Lessons “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso According to the 2008 NAMM Global Report on Music, 82% of adults who don’…


This week has been dedicated to preparing games for lessons. Learning while having fun...what could be better?


Excited to look at some brand new violin books to use with the Suzuki literature my students enjoy so much! It’s going to be a fun year!

KiddyKeys Preschool Music in Action 08/10/2019

KiddyKeys Preschool Music in Action

Excited to teach KiddyKeys classes again in September for children ages 3-5 years old and their adult helpers. We will have 2-3 students per class and lots of fun discovering music together.
Please message me for more information.

For an idea of what this type of class looks like, check out

KiddyKeys Preschool Music in Action Preschool piano and music that enriches, educates and allows children to explore their own creativity. Learn more or find a local class here: www.kiddykeys.com.

Over Scheduling Children | PianoParents.net 08/06/2019

Over Scheduling Children | PianoParents.net

What should we prioritize as we schedule activities for fall? Here are some great thoughts which will help you get the most out of piano (and violin) lessons.

Over Scheduling Children | PianoParents.net Over Scheduling Children April 8, 2019May 28, 2019 ~ doreenhall Over-Scheduled? How much is too much? I think having kids in after-school activities is great! I am all for extra-curricular activities, after all, as a piano teacher, I am one. There is so much out there these days for kids to do. Danc...






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