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Matova Music School

Champaign-Urbana-Savoy, IL  

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How to find a piano teacher?

Posted by Nelly Matova on September 20, 2017 at 10:55 AM


Occasionally I stumble on adverts like "cheap piano lessons" or teachers offering some deal. Let's think for a minute. Do you look for a cheap dentist? Or surgeon? I suppose you don't, because they can harm you.


Well, it is the same with a piano instructor. While less visible, they can certainly harm your children physiologically. You get only what you pay for.


Who advertises cheap lessons? People without a relevant degree or proper experience,...

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Holiday Gift Certificates

Posted by Nelly Matova on November 14, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Have you met the people who always said "I need to to this, or that" but they are not organized to do it. Maybe you have friends or relatives who always wanted to learn to play the piano but never found a teacher or bought the music book. Well, you can help. Get them a gift sertificate for one or two lessons. They will try the lessons and will make decision soon. 

Gift ceritificates for piano lessons are good way to introduce someone (child or ...
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What to do? I haven't practiced all summer...

Posted by Nelly Matova on August 19, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Hello dear piano students, 

Yes, you are getting ready for the new school year and suddenly you realize you haven't practiced piano much this summer. What to do???

Resist your first impulse to go and start playing fast to compensate for the lost time.

Start with slow warm-up. Give the hands time to remember what they used to do well (let's hope this was the case!)

Play some scales, SLOW with no force on the hands. 

Then play some easier music you used t...

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HOW TO PRACTICE WHEN YOU DON"T WANT TO

Posted by Nelly Matova on June 6, 2014 at 1:15 PM

You want to learn to play the piano but you don't like to practice. WHAT TO DO?

1. Approach the practicing as a game

2. Set up small practice sessions (10 min. each) two or three times a day. Build a habit .

3. Set up a small goal for each practice. Try to reach your goal in the time you have. Concentrate!

4. PLan your practice time and each time start with different music from your lesson list to avoid boredom.

5. Reward yourself for each goal you reach in your ...

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Take care of your hands

Posted by Nelly Matova on May 23, 2014 at 5:45 PM

These are simple rules to guarantee the health of your hands. 

Wash your hands before you practice.

Always start your practice with warm up.

Always start the warm up playing slow. Remember it is like warming up before running long distance, or warming the car in the winter. NEVER SKIP WARM UP!

Be gentle on your hands. Take 5 min. breaks for every 15 min. of practice (for beginners) and every 20 min. (for intermediate students). For more advanced students with lon...

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Express Summer Program

Posted by Nelly Matova on June 28, 2013 at 4:40 PM

The second round of Express Summer Program starts July 1st. With two weekly lessons students really advance fast. Lots of fun playing piano.

Summer Express Program

Posted by Nelly Matova on June 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM

I have started my Summer EXpress Program. Week 1. I am expecting exciting results from the students. Busy time for me too, with two lessonsper week for each student who attends this program.

book recommendation

Posted by Nelly Matova on April 11, 2013 at 2:10 PM

The new book by the famous conductor Ricardo Muti brings the essence of his experience as Verdi performer. For more about this book, please follow the link:

http://www.riccardomutimusic.com/ita/verdi-book-review.asp

The importance of playing scales and arpeggios

Posted by Nelly Matova on April 3, 2013 at 2:15 PM

The classical musicians usually start the practice with scales and arpeggios, followed by etudes. Is this necessary or it is just a mater of routine and old fashion studies? No. No. It is very important for the gradually warming up of the hand. For more detailed explanation, please, refer to the following:

http://www.thefundamentalaction.com/conclusion.html

Welcome to Matova Music Studios (MMS) blog

Posted by Nelly Matova on March 29, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Here you will find information about piano performers, piano technique, vocal technique, verious links for publishers of music and more. This blog will update once a week. Happy reading and come back.


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