Karen Berger

Karen Berger

Karen Berger is a piano teacher and writer in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. She is the author of three Idiot's Guides about music, most recently, the "Complete Idiot's Guide to Piano Exercises." This article was adapted from her website, www.musicalresources.blogspot.com.  

    Posts by Karen Berger

    Practice Makes Perfect: Tips to Help a Child Practice More Effectively at the Piano

    As the old joke goes, the way to Carnegie Hall is “practice, practice, practice.” Yet, establishing and enforcing a practice schedule is likely to be one of the biggest challenges for parents of music students. Kids may love music, but they don’t always love to practice – and they don’t know the first thing about effective practicing. This is where … [Read more...]

    Character Development Through Music – Dealing with Failure and Frustration, and the Keys to Success

    In 2011, The New York Times magazine's educational supplement published an article called "What if the Secret to Success is Failure." It's about character education, and how learning to deal with frustration and failure can help create success later in a child's life. The article didn't mention music once, but it should have. Throughout the … [Read more...]