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"Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best."
-Henry Van Dyke


New Life Adventure!

Whitney Joseph Naquin IV "Joey" was born January 8th at 2:42AM at HEB Hospital! He was 7lbs 8oz, and 19.75 inches long! We are very excited about our new addition! Thank you to everyone who had to wait an extra two weeks while I adjusted to becoming a new father! Lessons have restarted as of Monday, January 20th, and I am excited to see everyone again!



Hello everyone! The Winter Recital was a big hit! I was very happy about that after the ice storm postponed the recital by a week. Thanks to everyone who was still able to make it for coming!

Christmas season is here! This is my favorite time of the year! There will be no lessons the week of Christmas as well as the week of New Years! So I will see everyone in the year 2014! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



There are a few things going on, and I wanted to touch base with everyone! First off, the Christmas recital has been scheduled for Dec 7th at 11am. It will be at Mr E's in Bedford as usual, I can't wait to see everyone there!

October Practice-athon is on! Students should get sponsors as fast as possible! there is a monetary reward for whoever practices the most hours and for whoever raises the most money! ask me for more details.

And lastly, I have signed on to This is a link to my Thumbtack profile! It looks quite nice, and I am hoping for some extra exposure! Speaking of which, I can't thank everyone enough for all the help you've given me this last year! I have had a lot more referrals than I usually get and this helps me more than you know!


FAQ: Piano practice: how do I motivate my child to practice? and How long should I practice the piano each day?

I am going to address two issues: self-motivation, and length of practice time. Self-motivation is the Holy Grail for creating successful piano players. Without it the piano student will eventually put piano in the back of their mind as “that hobby from childhood.” Length of practice is important for general progress in the piano.

1st topic:

At early ages (about 5-8), children are often motivated simply by what is fun. You want to hear things like “Piano is fun!” or “I can’t wait for my next piano lesson!” An involved parent will also go a long way in keeping children interested in the piano if they see it as a bonding time with mom or dad. Anything that removes the fun and/or bonding time will also remove motivation to play the piano. Parents should encourage and if possible help a struggling child. Always praise progress. Never assign practice as a punishment.

At around 8 years old children will begin to feel motivated by their own skill. “I am good at piano, therefore I am motivated to practice piano.” Once again they will need encouragement and praise to maintain their motivation. Often during this stage the child will encounter a song that they feel should be within their capabilities but for some reason or another they are unable to play this song. The knee jerk response is to get frustrated and avoid practicing because the song is assaulting their perception of their own skill. The remedy is to encourage the child to take smaller steps learn just the first measure, give them praise and attack the second measure the next day. When they have conquered it, you can use that song as an example in the future to remind them how good they are, and that with slow progress they can learn any hard song. This is a very hard lesson for that student who has natural skill combined with impatience. They will go a very long way before encountering this kind of challenge and it can be very upsetting to discover the first difficult song in the second year of lessons and even more upsetting to have someone telling you to go slower and only play one measure. In these circumstances the child will declare they want to quit, and it’s simply not true. They are actually expressing fear that they are not as good at the piano as they thought.

When the child begins the transition into their teens, they will begin to be motivated by their sense of identity. “I am a piano player, therefore I am motivated to play the piano.” This is the best case scenario. And happens mostly on its own after years of simply playing the piano. Passage into the intermediate and advanced levels will help as well.

These are of course generalities, and not everyone will fit the mold. But it has proven to be largely true in my experience.

2nd topic:

How long should I practice each day? I have recently had a lot of student parents asking me this question. I have several common answers. Please keep in mind that these are my personal answers and many teachers will disagree with me on any and all points.

1. Following the very first piano lesson there will not be a lot for a child to practice. My reply to this parent is to make sure the child goes to the piano each day and looks over the things we did in the lesson. It will not take very long at all, usually about 5 minutes.

2. When the student starts playing actual songs, they will only have a few notes in them. The child should play each song straight through several times each day. Again this should be a “however long it takes” kind of thing. But it still should not be taking very long. It will depend on the student, but I estimate about 10-15 minutes.

3. After a while, the child will happen across a song that is simply too difficult to play straight through. At this point we can introduce spot practicing. This will instantly extend the practice time to about 30 minutes. Spot practicing goes like this: Play through the song to find the most difficult part of the entire song. This section is usually one or two measures long. Take this section one note at a time and slowly piece it together until you can play the whole thing slowly. Keep working at it until you can play the section 3 to 5 times in a row at a normal speed. Then play through the entire song again to see how it has improved. This is true piano practice. Many if not most advanced pianists use this technique or a close variant every day. Practice time is still determined by “however long it takes” but you can be assured this will take more time than in the past. If they try to get by with their old 15 minutes a day, you will notice their progress slowing down greatly or even coming to a complete stop.

4. As the student progresses into the intermediate levels they will need to practice more and more, depending on the goals of that student. Many college students practice from 1 to 4 hours a day.

I hope this has helped, feel free to email me with any questions you might have about piano for a future article!

Joe Naquin



Hey guys! I have just a few important announcements to make:

There will be no lessons from June 10th through the 14th. This is for the State Piano Teacher Convention. Lessons will resume on Monday June 17th. Please mark this on your calendars!

The Summer Piano Recital will be July 13th at 11:00am at Mr. E's at 1320 G. Airport Freeway, Bedford TX 76022.

I look forward to the recitals all year! I can't wait to see you there!


Kids EXPO!

I am going to have a booth set up at The Kids Expo in Arlington March 30th, Easter Saturday. There is a Groupon you can purchase that gives a family of up to six a huge discount! There will be Mickey Mouse, Spongebob, Spiderman, Fineas and Ferb an easter egg hunt, karaoke, lots of performances, and games! I hope to see you there!


FAQ: Piano practice: how often should I practice the piano?

Practicing the piano is such a broad topic that I would like to break it into several manageable pieces. How often should I practice seemed like a good place to start because regardless of how you are practicing, if you are practicing enough, you will make progress on a consistent basis.

Most people tend to think of practicing the piano as a sort of homework. We know that homework should be done, but we have a negative association to homework as the thing keeping us from playing with our friends. Now on a definition level sure, homework and practice are related. But let’s assume this student loves playing the piano, and has a genuine desire to become a pianist. In order to achieve this they will need to associate practicing with something more along the lines of getting dressed every day. One does not question whether or not they should get dressed, getting dressed is something that must be done in order to play outside, go to school, or in this case, become a pianist. You don’t get to bed at night and look down and suddenly realize, “Hey! I forgot to get dressed today!” When we wake up late for work, we may not have time to get dressed, but we somehow manage to get dressed anyways before dragging ourselves to the office.

This is about mindset, and it’s a very difficult way of thinking to get into, but it does answer the question “How often should I practice the piano?” Now onto why you should practice every day.

Hypothetical piano student Bruce Wayne practices every day. He has been working on a particularly challenging piece that he loves to play, and he’s almost gotten to the point that he can play the whole thing. He takes one week off for vigilante purposes and when he returns discovers that all over his beloved piano piece, things have fallen apart. He spends the next week bringing himself back to where he was before he left.

The piece did not fall apart overnight, but starting on that first day, his body began to forget tiny pieces of what he had learned. The longer he went without the practice the more he lost. This is how practice works. Each practice session will strengthen what was learned before, and stretch the boundaries of what is physically and mentally possible to do. Now suppose he had practiced both of those weeks without missing a day. He would have finished the piece, polished it, and probably moved on to a new and more challenging piece by the end of that second week. Now spread this out over years. How much more progress does Bruce make practicing 7 days a week for a year verses 3 days a week over a year? Now apply that to your own goals of what you would like to achieve with your piano lessons. Look at how much improvement you have made over the last year of piano lessons, imagine how much closer to your goal you would be if you had practiced every day.

Bruce Wayne went on to master all of the martial arts because he was highly motivated, and practiced every day!

If you have questions or comments, feel free to email them to me at


FAQ: How much do piano lessons cost?

As a piano teacher I hear a lot of the same questions over and over again, from both prospective students as well as standard students. The first question I always get is hands down, "How much are piano lessons?" A very good question! Unfortunately there is no simple answer.

There are many different kinds of piano teachers. One piano teacher may be self-taught, play at church every Sunday, and have versatility with teaching all different age groups. Often piano teachers like this feel the need to stay under the local price ranges and this one decides to charge say $7.50 per half hour lesson. Meanwhile down the road, there is a piano teacher who has a doctorate in piano performance, teaches at the local university, has amazing piano skills, but has a low tolerance for the young beginner. He might set a higher $45 per half hour price. If your goal is to give your beginning child a solid classical background in music, you can immediately see that neither teacher is the correct choice for you.

The real question has little to do with the price tag, and more to do with what your goals for your child are. If you have a desire to play keys in a band, the first teacher would be a fantastic match for you, and if you took a few years of piano when you were younger and wanted to get back in, the second teacher would be able to give you huge leaps of progress at a time. Many piano teachers today do interviews with new prospective students for this very reason. Do as many of these interviews as you can, and find the teacher that matches your child’s needs best while staying in budget.

As a final note, one of the most important factors in finding the right piano teacher is compatibility with the student. If the student is not compatible with the teacher, their progress will come to a screeching halt, and their motivation will completely disappear. They could go through life with a permanent link between piano music and the teacher they hated so much as a child. On a similar note, if the teacher and student have a good compatibility, the professor from before may make an exception for the opportunity to teach a beginning child.

If you have questions or comments, feel free to email them to me at


Happy New Year!

Today is the first day of lessons for the year 2013, and I can't wait to get started! I'm looking forward to a productive new year and lots of new students!

The Calendar for the first half of the year is set, there will be five straight months of lessons with no break! This is going to be a great time for students to make rapid progress! Then June 10-16 we will break for the Texas Music Teachers Association Conference. Finally, In July we will have our next recital!

If you are a prospective student, I have updated the testimonial page! check it out if you have a chance!


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

This christmas break starts December 24th, and lessons resume on January 7th!

I hope everyone enjoys their holiday season!
Next year is going to be a lot of fun, and I can't wait to get started!



Hello everyone! Here’s what the rest of the year is going to look like at Joe’s Piano Lessons!

October 15th -26th Two weeks off!
As most of you know, I’m going to be getting married on October 20th! I’m going to be in Lake Charles as of October 15th and then we will be going on our honeymoon the following week. Lessons will resume on Monday the 29th of October.

November 15th and 16th
As it happens, my brother is also getting married! His wedding will be Thursday, November 15th and Friday, November 16th. If you have lessons on these days, these lessons should be made up if possible. I am reserving two days, Monday, November 19th and Tuesday, November 20th, specifically as makeup days. The 19th and 20th are normally designated as Thanksgiving holidays, and as such, the entirety of both days are available for makeups.

November 19th to 23th Happy Thanksgiving!
There are no regular lessons from Novemeber 19th to 23rd I hope everyone has a fun filled Thanksgiving! (I will be doing makeup lessons, as stated above on the 19th and 20th.)

December 8st Christmas Piano Recital!
The recital will once again be at Mr E’s in Bedford from 11:00am to 12:30! The Christmas recital was a huge success last year and I am looking forward to more fun times with all of you, please reserve this weekend on your calendar!

December 24th to January 4th Happy Holidays!
The last lesson day of the year is December 21st. Lessons will resume for 2013 on January 7th.

Thanks again to everyone for working so hard this year! I have seen a lot of progress and I am very proud of all of you!


Hey guys!

Check out our add in Fort Worth Child magazine! There is also a nice online advertisement to go with it! Notice how Joe's Piano Lessons is first alphabetically! I would also like to remind everyone of our new student incentive program which says that if you bring in a new student, I will cut you a check for half of that new students first month fee!

The July recital was a hit! if you need more copies of the recital DVD just let me know, I had a laptop crash and lost the fancy covers for the disc, but I can still make more copies.

August is here! Back to school chaos has begun, don't forget to make sure your piano lessons are compatible with school hours!


Hey Guys!

The recitals are 11:00am Saturday June 30th at Mr E's in Bedford, and 6:00pm Saturday July 14th at Steinway Hall in Fort Worth. Students have signed up for the recital they wish to play in, but everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend both!

A few questions I get for every recital are: "How should we dress?" "How early should we get there?" and "Will there be a get together at a restaurant after the recital like last time?" So just to answer these questions real fast: Sunday best for performers and casual for the audience; about 10 to 15 minutes; and yes! Can't wait to see you there!


Hey guys!

I am setting up the next recital, The date is tentatively set for Saturday May 26 *edit: I have moved the recital to June 30th*. Some people have recital pieces chosen already! I hope to see everyone there!

Tshirts are in! I now have tshirts from youth small up to Adult XL! Not only that but if you buy from the studio they only cost $10!! You can still buy the fancier shirts from the website store.

Joe's Piano Lessons has more students than ever before and we are still growing! Don't forget, if you bring in a new paying student, you will get half off your next month's fees!


Hey guys!

I just finished working on the holiday schedule for the year of 2012! These are the weeks we do not have lessons this year:

February 13th - 17th
June 11th - 15th
October 15th - 26th (two weeks)
November 26th to 30th
December 24th to January 4th (two weeks)

Mark these days down on your calendar! January has been a great month with lots of new students! I'm excited to see the roster kicking into high gear again!


Happy New Years!

I hope everyone had a great Christmas break! 2012 is promising to be a great year for Joe's Piano Lessons! I'll see you at your lesson!


Hello Everyone!

This is a reminder that there are no lessons Thanksgiving week (Nov 21st to Nov 25th)

Christmas is also coming soon. This is my favorite time of year!

Christmas and New Years holidays fall on weekends this year, so I am defining the week before each of these holidays as the official holiday weeks. December 19th to the 23rd we will be off for Christmas, and December 26th to December 30th we will be off for New Years. Lessons will resume from the December holidays on January 2nd.

If you have questions about how the holiday schedule works, or are confused about payments on holiday months, please email or call me and I'll be happy to go over the details with you.

Thanks to all of you! and Happy Thanksgiving!


Recital update!

I have just reserved the recital room, the recital will be December 3rd, starting at 10:15 AM at Mr E's in Bedford! The date is set, all that's left to do is practice!

I prefer to give recitals in theater settings and am looking to develop relationships with local theaters. If anyone has an idea for a venue for future recitals please call me! (817) 733-5300


Hello Everyone!

I am currently planning the Christmas Recital. Its in the early stages, so I don't have a solid date yet, but we're looking at early December right now. That gives everyone a couple months to pick a christmas song and get it ready to go! I have missed throwing recitals, and am getting excited about this one!

The student roster has gone from 6 to 26 in just a few months! I am very thankful to all of you who either became a student yourself, or just helped me get the word out to more people! we're not where we need to be yet, but we are well on our way to a full studio!

If you have a Groupon, they expired on the 18th. Groupon's policy says they are still worth $40 to you. Normally a month's lessons are $95 plus a $40 registration fee on your first month. I will maintain the waived registration fee that I have been offering groupons and apply the $40 to the $95 monthly fee instead. So if you bring in your expired groupon you will get your four lessons for $55 instead of the usual $135!!! (books are still not included. For a list of books, see the 6-13-11 post) give me a call and we can set it up! (817)733-5300


Welcome Grouponites! I am grateful you have taken the time to look into my website! I'm making this post with the hope that I can answer a few of the main questions that come to mind when perusing my student agreement and the groupon fine print.

Groupon participants will be exempt from the initial registration fee and will only be responsible for paying Groupon $40 and purchasing piano books. Typically a new student would be responsible for paying the $95 initial monthly fee, a $40 registration fee, and $15-18 for books. In the interests of a great Groupon deal, I am simply waiving the registration fee for 2011. It is an annual fee, however, and will be due in August every following year.

Piano books are required; I use the Nancy and Randal Faber Piano Adventures® series for most students. If you already have a piano method book, you may not need to purchase this one. I am familiar with many methods, and am willing to give new ones a try. Here is a list of the Faber books and prices. The ages are generalizations; I won’t know for sure which book(s) to use until I have met with the student. (8.25% taxes included)

Ages 5 to 7
My First Piano Adventure® Lesson Book with CD - $10.77
My First Piano Adventure® Writing Book - $7.52

Ages 8 to 12
Piano Adventures® Primer Level Lesson Book - $7.04
Piano Adventures® Primer Level Theory Book - $7.52

Ages 13 and up
Adult Piano Adventures® All-In-One Lesson Book 1 - $17.27

Thanks again for your interest! Please feel free to browse the Testimonials, Student Policy,or Calendar for appointment availability! I’ll be more than happy to answer your questions by phone at (817) 733-5300 or email at


Summer is either here or almost here for most students, Contratulations on finishing another year of school! This was my favorite part of school, finishing finals!

The roster has doubled in size over the last two months, I hope that trend continues! I'll see everyone at lessons!


I want to thank all the businesses and schools in the area who have helped me to spread the word that I am in Midcities. I have gotten several contacts from various forms of advertising and I am in their debt.


Welcome to the new Joe's Piano Lessons website! I have corrected all the contact information, as well as instituted a new testimonial page! Please check it out! I have started teaching and am looking forward to growing a successful studio! thanks for checking in!


Joe's piano lessons has moved to Euless TX, I am excited about piano lessons here, I love the area and can't wait to get things moving.

I am accepting new students and can't wait to hear from you! I will be working to redo the website for Euless in the next few weeks, I hope to have it all done sooner rather than later.


September's roster is the largest I have ever had! I can't thank you enough, those of you who helped build Joes Piano Lessons over the last few years!

Some of you have requested more convenient time slots. In an attempt to help some of you I have posted a lesson time trade sheet on the door of the office. Anyone who wishes a different time slot can request it from the other students by signing up on this form. I can't promise anything, but I hope it helps.

The next recital is set for Saturday, October 30th at 2:00pm! I set the time a little earlier to avoid conflicting with the McNeese Football game against Nichols at 7:00pm, and possible trick or treating that night. Recitals usually run less than an hour, and there will, of course, be refreshments afterwards!

Louisiana Piano Teachers Association Convention will be Thursday and Friday October 14th and 15th at my alma matter, Northwestern State University. I will not be teaching those two days. Lessons will resume as normal the following week. I am extreemely excited about convention, it is always inspiring to attend and I always bring home new ways to enrich our lessons!

I appologize for the late post, my laptop was once again broken and shipped off for repair! I hope they fixed it for good this time!

Last but not least, don't forget that if a new student names you as the reason they are signing up, you will get half off your next month's lesson fees! Have a great day!


I hope everyone enjoyed the summer recital, I had a blast! I don't have the video files yet, but when I do I'll be sure to update and let you know. I'll need the performers' permission to post them to the Joe's Piano Lessons facebook. As of now the next recital will be in October, I plan to have more students performing than ever before so we will be getting an early start!

Due to the unexpected demise of my precious razor phone, I have finally upgraded to an Iphone! I am now been able to link the calendar on this website to the calendar on my Iphone! I hope this helps those who need to schedule makeups on the fly.

Don't forget the half off discount for bringing in new students! This has been a fabulous two months for new students, get in on the action!


Congratulations to all of the students who have finished yet another grade of school! I hope everyone has exciting plans for the summer! If you do, please let me know so I can arrange my schedule to everyone's benefit. Speaking of schedules, I have been trying to coordinate the June recital but June 19th and 26th have proven impossible, so the recital will now be on Saturday July 10th at 4pm. I hope everyone can make it!


I apologize for the delay in posts, I’ve been fighting technical difficulties with the server that my technologically capable friend Nathan has just helped me fix.

There is still time to let me know if you need tickets to the Ji-Yong concert on April 25th at 3pm in Bulber Auditorium. Again I apologize for the late notice with me not being able to update the website, but I need to know by Monday April 12th. Tickets are free through me, and this pianist is internationally known. Everyone who can go should go!

I have a copy of all of the songs played in the recital, but I will only post them on the Joespianolessons facebook account with your permission, let me know and I’ll upload it right away!

I have updated the student policy on the website in addition to handing it out to each individual student, if you haven’t read over it please do, there have been a few changes from the original policy.


The first recital of the year was the biggest and best recital yet! We had more students playing with the highest quality of music yet. I believe this trend is set to continue, and I can't wait for the next recital. The pictures that were taken should be forwarded to me at and I will add them to the business facebook account for everyone to enjoy!

There will be a McNeese piano faculty recital on Thursday, April 8th in Squires Hall at 7:30 pm. You should mark your calendar and go if at all possible, Dr Lina Morita is one of the leading pianists in the state and is always a pleasure to hear play!

Rally will begin in mid April entries are due by March 26th This is a very educational experience and I highly recomend it to all students. I will be talking about the requirements in lessons and encouraging everyone to participate this year.

Thanks again guys! I'm looking forward to a great month of March!


I am very excited about 2010. January has given us a jumpstart with the addition of five new students! I can't wait to see what exciting things are going to happen this year with Joe's Piano Lessons!

The first recital of the year will be February 27th at the Central School Theater at 6:00 pm. I've gotten a lot of students planning to perform from all performance levels, this could be the biggest and best recital to date!

I've been giving thought to buying some yard signs for advertising the studio. If anyone would be willing to put a yard sign up for me please give me a call. Any new student from your yard sign would result in half off your next month's fees!


Merry Christmas everyone!!

I confess, this is my favorite time of year, mostly because I love the christmas music so much. I was delighted to find most students and parents wanted to maintain lessons through the holiday weeks. In order to accomodate, I will be working Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for the last two weeks of December.

2009 has been an increadible year for Joe's Piano Lessons! We began in January with 2 students. There were a lot of ups and downs but as of today we have 19 official students! That's not counting six people who are scheduled to begin lessons at the beginning of the year. I can't thank you enough for being a part of this fantastic year. Now we are going into 2010 and I'm expecting bigger and better things to start happening rather quickly!

The first recital is loosely scheduled for one of the last two Saturdays in February. Let me know if this is a problem or if one of these Saturdays is bad for you.

I am going to continue to search for events in the community relating to piano in order to post them here. If you know of anything musical going on in the Lake Charles area please contact me about it so I can let everyone else know.

Thanks again to everyone who helped out this last year! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


I want to extend a huge thanks to everyone that attended or performed in the recital, it was a huge success, and I know all the performers are extreemely proud of their accomplishment. The next recital I hope to make even bigger than this one. It is loosely scheduled for February, and I hope everyone that came to this one will be able to attend the next one as well!

I look forward to a fabulous holiday season with lots of new students!


After talking it over with everyone I have decided to go ahead and make the recital officially a 2pm function (still October 17th). It is a busy time of year and I know not everyone will be able to make it, but most will. I know everyone is working hard to finish their recital pieces. And we're going to have a ton of fun! bring digital cameras if you have them and we will post your pictures on the Joe's Piano Lessons facebook. If you are not already a facebook friend then please join up! There are already pictures up from the last recital there, feel free to go look at them.

LCPTA Festival 2009 is going to be on November 14th. Registration deadline is November 2nd and the fee is $12. Participation in festival is optional, but I highly recomend that you attend. There will be hundreds of piano students and quite a few teachers from the area involved. Festival is not competative. The judges are there to give constructive advice and support you. I will post more details as the time gets nearer.

I will be at piano teachers conference in lafayette on October 15th and 16th (Thursday and friday). Those of you with lessons on those days will need to be rescheduled. I appologize for the inconvenience, but I am very excited about this and know that I will learn lots of things there to benefit us all.

Don't forget to be on the lookout for new students! When students join they fill out a registration form. If your name shows up under the question: Where did you hear about Joe's Piano Lessons? You will get half off your next months fees!


The recital will be on October 17th in the recital hall on the second floor of Central School. It was originally scheduled for October 10th, however it was brought to my attention that there is an LSU-Florida game that weekend and I would not want to seperate all my LSU fans from their game! This recital is going to be a lot of fun and I hope everyone can make it!

Since we are in the recital hall there is enough room to bring as many people as you wish to watch. I am asking student famillies to bring either refreshments or $10 for food, I really appreciate your help!


August is almost here, and the new school year is about to begin! I'm very excited about the future of the school. The beginning of the school year is a prime time to acquire new students because many parents are wondering what they are going to do with their children this year. If you know any parents like this, you could get half off your next monthly fee!

Also with the beginning of the school year will come more recitals through McNeese and around town. As I find out about them I will post them here so don't forget to check in! I hope to be updating more often once school starts with new developments and events happening more rapidly.

I have decided to set up another recital for late September or early October. I believe recitals are extreemely important and all students are required to participate. If you have plans for that period of time please let me know so I can schedule around you.

I have updated the student policy to include the registration fee which was enacted for July. If you have any more questions about registration fees, don't hesitate to email or call.


The Recital was a smash!

Everyone who came had a great time performing and socializing. Jarrett, Octavionna, and Morgan played wonderfully and were presented with certificates for dedication and excelence. There must have been 20 cameras in the room, but I'm still collecting pictures from everyone who took them. If you are one of those people, please get those pics to me asap so that I can pass them to Mrs. Felicia. As soon as I can get my computer software working normally I will put them up on the website.

The next recital will be in no more than 3 months. It will likely have a lot more performers and I am looking forward to it very much!

I have had one student get half off for bringing in a new student already this month! The more students, the more I am able to do the things I want to do with everyone!

Those of you who have made it to class recently have noticed the new scales poster on the wall. I'm very excited about this poster. I'll be using it to keep track of everyone's technique development, and also so you can see how everyone else is doing. I will be instituting several more little things like the scale poster very soon! Look forward to it, I know I am!


Hello Everyone!

Summer is here and its almost time for our July Recital!

The date is set for Saturday June 6th at the Central school in room 108 at 5PM. There will be refreshments after the recital! I will need either a 10 dollar registration or a snack type dish from every student family. If you're worried about what to wear, just dress nice. As of now I am expecting everyone to attend, so please let me know if you can not make it. I'm very excited about this and I know many of you are too!

In other news, the studio roster is still booming! lets keep this up! I can't thank those of you who have influenced the roster enough! the more students we get, the more functions and events I can plan so keep talking to your friends about piano lessons! Don't forget, you get half off your next month's fees for every student you help me obtain!


Does your child need something to do this summer?

Preschooler Piano Class has been a wonderful success! The children love it! If you know anyone who has children who need something to do this summer I would highly recomend this class! You can sign up by calling or emailing me with your name, the child's name and age, and at least a phone number I can contact you with.

I'd like to introduce you all to Serena, my partner for teaching class under the age of 7. She has three children of her own in the same age bracket and has been an invaluable recource.

Our roster is continuing to grow! Lets keep this up! don't forget, if you bring someone in you get half off on your next fee! If you have a random brainstorm that you think might help grow the roster, please leave me an email or a comment, Every student I get from your idea will result in a half off discount for you!

The studio will be putting on a recital within a few months. I'm posting here to make it official and to get all the details out front. There will be a 10 dollar registration fee (to help with snacks etc.) Students of all levels of play will be performing. As of now, this will be happening in the studio, but there is a chance I may be able to rent the stage at Central School. If anyone has access to a room with a piano in it that they think would be nice, PLEASE let me know. Also, if you already know your vacation dates, send them to me so that I don't schedule the recital on your vacation, and so that we can stay on top of fee arrangements.

I will be going on vacation from April 26th till May 3rd. This will cancel lessons on the 28th or 29th of April. If you want a makeup lesson call me and we will set down a day on paper. This isn't necessary, but those who wish to may do so.


It has been an excellent start for the year 2009! the roster of students has quadrupled in just the first few months! The preschooler class is officially launching today and is scheduled for fridays at 5:30. I am moving a piano into the Iowa Outlet Mall today as well. I am going to be playing there on occasion to spread the word about Joe's Piano Lessons! 

Just as a reminder, I hope everyone can attend Dr. Lina Morita's recital at McNeese on March 19th!


I went to the Arts and Humanities Association meeting yesterday and discovered that we might have access to a grant.  The condition is that I must use this money to stimulate my business to make more money.  I have been thinking hard about how to go about this, but your suggestions would be welcome!

In other news, if all goes well, I am going to open a class for 4-6 year olds.  I have had about 6 nibbles at the idea this week alone, and have decided it is worth enacting.  If anyone is interested, please contact me as soon as possible so I can make the class times more convienient for you. 

My Leisure Lessons begin on Jan 29th!  I am very excited about this!  It could mean a whole new era for us for exposure and new students.


Today was the Lake Charles Piano Association (LCPTA) meeting and as usual there is a lot going on here in Lake Charles!

There will be a guest artist recital at McNeese on Thursday, January 22, 7:30 pm at Squires Hall.  David Friend will be playing a selection of modern pieces and then teaching masterclasses the following day from 10am to 4pm with a lunch break at about 1pm.  admission is 5$ per person.  For those that are not familiar with modern music, think outside the box and come enjoy!

If you can't make this one there will be a faculty recital by Dr. Lina Morita on Thursday, March 19th. I'm giving you ample warning on this one so that everyone can make it! Dr. Morita is an amazingly accomplished and inspiring pianist.  You won't regret it I promise!

I would really like to have you all attend both, recitals are an intricate part of your training and are always entertaining for one reason or another!

There is much more going on and I will post as they get nearer.

Practice Practice Practice!!! 

No really, practice!


Hello everyone!  This is an email I recieved this morning.  I will be trying to attend the monday performance.  If any of you would like to attend, call me and I will definitely go with you.

"This is to let you know of a little-publicized but quite worthwhile gem of a production at First United Methodist Church downtown.  Three performances, about an hour each, are Sunday (the 4th) at 6:00pm and again at 7:30, plus Monday the 5th at 7:30pm.  Apparently there are some professional actors and musicians involved, so despite the short notice here, I'm spreading the word.  I will be going to the Monday performance.  Hope to see you there! (and of course it means bonus stickers on your charts)

Gwen Auld"



Happy New Year! 2009 is going to be an exciting one! I'm now listed on, and am going to start leisure learning classes at McNeese starting at the very end of January. Both of these will be keys for growth that we simply didn't have in 2008. With new students we will be able to do larger things throughout the year. I am enacting a discount as of January 1st. Any student bringing in someone new will get 50% off their next month!  I hope everyone has a great new year!



I hope everyone had a great christmas!!  I'm looking forward to a new year filled with lots of new music!   I have added a comments feature and I'm excited about the future of the Joe's Piano Lessons website!  Make sure to check in here often as I will be putting many important updates here such as upcoming recitals and events.
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