Enjoying Holiday Music

Every year, I look forward to the Christmas holiday season. I love decorating a large, beautiful tree, baking delicious, seasonal desserts, going to holiday parties, and spending time with my parents at their farm. Because I’m a singer and a musician, I also like to listen to Christmas music. Sometimes, I listen to holiday tunes for several hours at the time. Whether I’m cleaning my home, driving down the road, or cooking dinner, my mood instantly improves after listening to some of my favorite holiday songs. On this blog, I hope you will gain an appreciation for holiday music. Enjoy!

Choose A Piano Teacher Who Successfully Mixes These Elements


When you've decided to learn how to play the piano, the first step that you'll need to take is to find a teacher in your community for piano lessons. If there are several piano teachers who are located a reasonable distance from you, you'll have the flexibility to evaluate each of them so that you can choose the best one for your needs. In evaluating these teaching professionals, try to assess their teaching styles. You'll find that some teachers are especially dedicated to one approach, but that others are able to successfully mix a variety of elements, including the following.

Theory With Improv

You definitely want to choose a piano teacher who can explain music theory to you in a manner that is easy to understand. Theory is the foundation to playing music, and even a basic knowledge of it can give you a base from which to work in your playing. However, you want your teacher to be able to effectively blend his or her lessons on theory with some information about improvising — and that can including knowing the rules and then breaking them on occasion when you're playing.

Classical With Pop

For every person who is learning how to play the piano, being able to gain an appreciation for some classical music is important. Learning how to play classical music on the piano can also be instrumental in implementing many of the theory lessons that you've likely learned, too. But, unless you're a big classical music fan, you want to choose a teacher who doesn't lean too heavily toward this older style of music — and will also teach you some pop standards. These are songs that you may enjoy playing more, especially in front of family and friends.

Reading Music With Creating Music

Of course, you'll need to learn how to read music when you start to learn how to play the piano. You want to choose a teacher who can make reading music seem easy and fun. Your teacher should be able to blend teaching you how to read music with teaching you how to create music yourself. Being able to compose some basic songs can be a monumental accomplishment for you, and while you won't be writing your own music immediately upon learning the basics of the piano, you want to choose a teacher who can help you in this area. Don't be afraid to ask each teacher you speak to about his or her ability to mix these elements.


26 March 2019