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Piano Lessons with Jackie

Hi, I’m Jackie, and I love playing piano and teaching piano lessons.

In addition to teaching piano, I’m the founder of HomeSchool ThinkTank and the host of the HomeSchool ThinkTank Parenting Podcast. I’m also a licensed NM physical education teacher and am currently pursuing certification as a life coach. Rather than creating another website for piano lessons, I’m simply sharing information about my piano lessons from HomeSchool ThinkTank’s website.

Since homeschooled kids have a more flexible schedule, I have more availability to teach kids who homeschool. However, if our schedules are compatible, I will teach other kids and adults too.

How I Teach Piano Lessons

Rather than having students come to my home, I teach my students in their own homes. In essence, I am a traveling piano teacher. If you live in the Four Corners near Durango, Colorado, or Farmington, NM, and want to take piano lessons with me, you can email me at hello@homeschoolthinktank.com. Please add the words “piano lessons” to the subject line.

My Teaching Philosophy for Piano Lessons

When teaching piano, I am adapting the philosophy I have around homeschooling. With homeschooling, I focus on connection first, then community, then education.

For my piano lessons, I have the philosophy of connection first, then education, then community.

  1. Connection with the student.
  2. Education about piano & music.
  3. Community with other piano students around music.

When teaching piano, I first focus on creating a connection with my student. To teach your child effectively, I believe that I need to first connect with your child. In our first three lessons, my number one goal is to create a bond with your child. Certainly, I will teach your child what I can about piano in the first lessons, but my number one priority is to connect with your child.

After this, we will focus on piano education next. When meeting with your child, I want to learn what the child already knows about playing piano. With young beginning students, I first want to make playing the piano FUN. We may or may not use a piano book in the first few lessons.

Finally, we will incorporate community into your children’s lessons. It is my goal to help my students and their parents get to know one another by attending local musical community events, gathering together both in person and online, and playing piano in public places at various times.

A Local Low-Key Performance

While I have been playing piano off & on since childhood, I have become nearly obsessed with playing the piano over the last few years. One of my goals for personal growth is to play piano reasonably well in public at least once a quarter.

In reality, this was and is a big goal for me. Until the little performance below (September 2022), I hadn’t played in public since I was a child. I led up to this by preparing. First, I needed to know my music fairly well. Next, I sometimes play live on my personal Facebook profile account for practice. Finally, I set a deadline to play in public. The first time I played in public, I was so nervous that my hands trembled as I played. On this second performance at a different venue, I was much more relaxed and did well enough to share it.

It’s been a valuable lesson to learn how to work through my nerves. I will help your child learn to play and work through their nerves, too. I believe that learning new things and getting outside of your comfort zone is vital to personal growth.

Piano Should Be Fun!

Here’s the deal, I will only teach students who WANT TO LEARN. With that being said, I do understand that some kids need a chance to overcome their fear of trying something new – like piano lessons. They might even need a chance to get comfortable meeting someone new – like the piano teacher. So I will try to help a hesitant new student to overcome their own discomfort with this new “piano thing.” However, after a while, if the student is uninterested, I will cease lessons.

Sometimes though, we just need to mix things up to keep piano interesting. While we can stick with one book or method for a while, if the student is losing interest, we’ll re-evaluate and take a different approach to keep things interesting.

I’ve had some TERRIBLE piano teachers in my life, and I have had some EXCELLENT teachers too. In fact, I still take lessons, and my teacher is WONDERFUL.

I’m teaching piano lessons because I want to share the JOY that playing piano brings me. If you want to learn from me, then email me at hello@homeschoolthinktank.com.

Mindset Coaching with Piano Lessons

As you or your child learns how to play piano, there will be times when learning how to play piano feels hard.

As a teacher, I believe it is my job to help a student learn how to overcome challenges.

I firmly believe that a person’s ability to manage their mind is vital to self-growth. As a result, I am currently in the process of earning my life coach certification. I will integrate my coaching skills as I help you or your child learn how to play piano. This is a tremendous bonus as the skills that I teach my students are transferrable to all areas of a person’s life.

You can learn more about my coaching sessions here.

Do You Want Me to Teach Your Child How to Play Piano?

If you think my piano lessons might be a good fit for you or your kids, you are welcome to book a call or email me at hello@homeschoolthinktank.com.

While I don’t share my phone number on HomeSchool ThinkTank’s website, if someone shared my phone number with you, please feel free to call me.

I look forward to meeting you and your family.

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Are You Already a Student?

If you’re a student & need to pay for one or more lessons, you can pay through PayPal. Simply pay our agreed-upon price and include the dates you are paying for in the notes.

Cancellation Policy

I have reserved time in my calendar for each piano student. I appreciate full payment for the time reserved for you or your child.

However, if you cancel more than 48 hours in advance, you may pay 50% of our agreed-upon price.

Scheduled Time Off

  • It is possible that we won’t have lessons the week of November 14th. I will update this page and if you are a student, I will text you when I am certain.
  • There will not be lessons from November 23-25th (Thanksgiving). If you would like to reschedule your child’s lesson to Tuesday, November 22nd, please let me know.
  • December: At this time, I can teach lessons throughout Christmas break. If you do not want to partake in lessons between December 19, 2022, and January 1, 2023, please let me know by Wednesday, December 14th. There will not be any lesson fee if you choose to take a break over the holiday.
  • Regular piano lessons will resume the week of January 2, 2023.

Piano Books

My young students use Alfred’s All-In-One Course for Children.

Whether you are an adult or a child, I recommend Alfred’s books. I’ve been using them to learn from for over 20 years and have never looked back.

You can find more of Alfred’s piano books and levels on Amazon.

More Piano Music I’m Currently Practicing

While this isn’t a comprehensive list by any means, below, you’ll see some of my favorite music that I’m currently learning to play.

Racing Against the Sunset by Philip Wesley

Philip Wesley is left-handed, which makes his music more difficult for right-handed players.

Philip Wesley’s music stirs my soul. While I can play all of this version, I have a lot of room for improvement. Hand’s down, Philip Wesley is my favorite pianist.

Over a decade ago, I drove 7 hours to go watch Philip Wesley and Michelle McLaughlin play in Phoenix.

Human by Ragin’ Bone Man

The music for this variation of the piano cover below isn’t currently available. As a result, I purchased Ragin’ Bone Man’s copyrighted music through www.musicnotes.com.

With the help of my piano teacher, I am learning this very complicated music.

What’s complicated about it? Not only are there around five chord variations but the rhythm and syncopation are difficult to learn. While working through this music has been challenging, I’ve learned so much by pursuing it and eventually, it will be incredibly fun to play.

Ragin’ Bone Man’s Video

You should be glad I didn’t try to sing this. I can’t carry a tune in a bucket. But this is such a fantastic video that I want to share it. I love the lyrics in this song.

Ophelia by The Lumineers

By request of my oldest daughter, I’m learning how to play Ophelia. This is Jenny Kaufmann’s cover of Ophelia. She is an amazing pianist. I purchased the Lumineer’s copyrighted music through www.musicnotes.com.

Piano Printables

At this time, this is the only piano printable available through HomeSchool ThinkTank. There will likely be more in the future.

I created this because it’s easier for students to learn how to read and write music on large lines.

You may print or use the image if you keep the HomeSchool ThinkTank Logo and URL on the bottom and link back to this page.

Music Staff Lines Large Template for Piano Students

Music I Plan To Learn in 2023

The links below are covers of the originals, and they’re excellent. I have some other music in mind too, but I’ll add these pieces to the list later.

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