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Matova Music School

Champaign-Urbana-Savoy, IL  

Matova Music Studios
   Champaign-Urbana-Savoy area IL

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When being cheap for piano lessons has a big price tag

Posted by Nelly Matova on July 5, 2020 at 1:45 AM

Every time I get a prospective student who is very interested in piano but has already been damaged by a previous teacher, I get angry at the parents, because they do not think from the right perspective, because they want all to be fun, because they cultivate the idea in their children that as soon as you move your fingers it is all good. IT IS NOT.

I get angry at these self-styled “teachers” too. Deep down they know their limited knowledg...

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Practice: A time for discovery and awe

Posted by Nelly Matova on October 18, 2019 at 10:15 AM

The main problem for all students learning an instrument is practice time. It is a struggle for all involved: students, teachers, parents. Seen as a recurring burden, it takes away from the real meaning of learning an instrument. And what is that real meaning?


            During practice time one discovers many things.

1. Wow! -- interesting music, if...

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Daily goals + the famous 10,000 hours success mark

Posted by Nelly Matova on April 5, 2019 at 11:20 AM

We all have heard that 10,000 hours is cited as mark of people who have mastered some skill or other. For sure, this principle applies to mastering a musical instrument.

Most people have no real idea what they embark upon when they sign up for piano lessons. And I am glad it is this way. If they knew the amount of discipline, dedication, and hard work that come with this decision, many of them might bale out instantly! Luckily, by the time they realize the need for regular practice, man...

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The art of practicing music

Posted by Nelly Matova on March 12, 2019 at 1:00 PM

This is a scary dreadful word for everyone who has decided to study an instrument. Here I will share some advice about how to practice and what is best for students who want to deal with the stress of practicing.

Is practicing really scary? WHY?

Well, it takes time (time out from those endless computers games), it requires focus and thinking (how we hate to practice instead of watching meaningless reality shows, cooking shows, games, soap operas), and requires being proact...

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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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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.