Hi, I’m Jackie and while I’m the founder of HomeSchool ThinkTank and the host of the HomeSchool ThinkTank Parenting Podcast, I also love playing piano and teaching piano lessons.
Rather than creating another website for piano lessons, I’m simply sharing a little information about my piano lessons from HomeSchool ThinkTank’s website.
Are You a Music Teacher?
By the way, if you are a piano or music teacher who specializes in teaching homeschooled students, please read further to learn how you can list your local or online piano lessons. Regardless of where you live in the world, I’m happy to share your music lessons through the HomeSchool ThinkTank website.
Who I Teach
To begin with, I teach students from five through adult. Clearly, I need to be a more advanced pianist than my student to teach effectively. That’s why I teach beginning to intermediate students. Further down the page you’ll find a video of me playing. This should give you a good idea if I am more advanced than you or your child. You’ll also discover examples of piano music that I am currently working on.
Since homeschooled kids have a more flexible schedule, I prefer to teach kids who homeschool. However, if our schedules are compatible, I will teach other kids and adults too. My lesson times are extremely limited, so if you are interested in piano lessons with me, you’ll want to join my waiting list soon.
If you would like more information about my piano lessons, please contact me through our contact page, with the words “Jackie’s Piano Lessons” in the subject line. You are welcome to email or book a call with me.
Where 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 Durango, CO or Farmington, NM area you can book a complimentary call to get started with piano lessons. Yes, YOU can book a ZOOM call through my booking page.
Music & Piano Teachers: List Your Services
If you are a piano or music teacher who specializes in teaching homeschooled students and want to list your services on HomeSchool ThinkTank’s website, then please book a complimentary call with me. This is a new service that is forthcoming. If you aren’t teaching homeschooled students yet, then you’ll want to branch out. Your after-school slots are limited and there are plenty of homeschooled students you can teach during school hours. When you list your services on HomeSchool ThinkTank’s website, we can help you get discovered in the town or area where you teach.
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.
- Connection with the student.
- Education about piano & music.
- Community with other piano students around music.
When teaching piano, I first focus on creating a connection with my student. In order to teach your child effectively, I firmly 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 will want to learn what the child already knows about piano. With young beginning students, I first want to make playing 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 year.
One of my goals for personal growth is to be able to play piano reasonably well in public for at least an hour at a time by the end of 2022. How will I achieve this? I will play two pieces in public in January, then three in February, and so forth.
In reality, this is a big goal for me. Until the little performance below, 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 by the end of a specific month. I actually played in public two days in a row. The first day, I didn’t record my mini piano performance. While I did well enough, I was literally trembling 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.
Low-key mini-performances in public places is part of learning to play music. At first, your student will play for themselves. Later, they will learn to play to bring joy to others.
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 with meeting someone new – like the piano teacher. So I will try to help get a hesitant new student to overcome their own discomfort with this new “piano thing.” However, after a while, if the student is clearly 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 please book a call to get started.
Book a Call With Me
If you think my piano lessons might be a good fit for your family or you want to list your music lessons on the HomeSchool ThinkTank website, then take a moment to book a call with me. I look forward to meeting you.
If you are a piano teacher, I strongly recommend that you book a call with me. Having a listing on our website we’ll certainly help students find you. In addition, if you are interested, I can help music teachers with online tools and strategies that will save you time and money.
When you book your call, please let me know if you are a piano teacher or student in the notes section.
Are You Already a Student?
If you or your child is a student, and you’ve misplaced the payment link, please text Jackie for your link and she’ll send it to you. You can also email through our contact page.
My young students use Alfred’s All-In-One Course for Children.
Whether you are an adult or a child, I recommend the Alfred’s books. I’ve been using them to learn with for over 20 years and have never looked back.
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, this makes his music more difficult for right handed players. Philip Wesley’s music absolutely 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 just to go watch him and Michelle McLaughlin play in Phoenix. You can listen to more of his music or purchase Philip Wesley’s music here.
Human by Ragin’ Bone Man
The music for this variation of the piano cover below isn’t currently available. So 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 5 chord variations, but the rhythm and syncopation is difficult to learn. But…working through it is worth it because the music is going to be down right 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 wanted you to see it and hear the words. 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. You can subscribe to her YouTube channel here. I purchased the Lumineer’s copyrighted music through www.musicnotes.com.
Do you want to play some easy versions of The Lumineers music? Get this collection on Amazon.
This is the only piano printable we have available right now. 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 as long as you keep the HomeSchool ThinkTank Logo and URL on the bottom and link back to this page.
If you need printables made for your students, you can visit our partner page.
Music I Plan To Learn in 2022
The links below are covers of the originals and they’re excellent. I have some other music in mind too, but I’ll add to the list later.