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Why practice scales?


Taken from Melanie Spanswick’s Blog

Scales – 6 reasons why you need to practice them.

‘Now we will test your scales, C major hands together please’, the examiner smiles glancing at the student who is waiting with baited breath……

This is the usual scenario when pupils are faced with scales. Most pianists don’t like scales or scale practice. Some ask if they are really necessary. For me, they are the most important part of exam practice. Not only do they teach piano students everything they need to know about fast playing (or fast passagework) but they also build up finger technique, tone production and provide the opportunity to learn every key. They should be approached as something to enjoy rather than dread.

I love scales. I always have and particularly relish watching my hands running up and down the keyboard, but I realize that I am in the minority. Scales are very useful and if you can play them well you will be on the way to developing a secure technique. Technique is essential for good playing and it really means the ability to get around the notes accurately.

Scales and arpeggios are important for all of the following reasons:

1. Scales develop hand co-ordination. Absolute co-ordination is paramount between both hands as they run up and down the keyboard.

2. Scales help develop the ability to play accurate fingering as in order to play them rapidly, you need to be very precise with your fingers. The fingerings need to be adhered to rigidly so they become a habit which will be repeated every octave as you move up and down the keyboard.

3. Scales help develop finger strength; every finger is utilized when playing scales, forcing the pianist to make every finger work properly.

4. Scales help to improve a pupil’s keyboard geography; to play them up to speed, large amounts of keyboard need to be covered quickly so the pupil will build up a sense of keyboard awareness which is necessary for good playing.

5. Scales help the student learn all 24 keys – which is no mean feat. This is an extremely useful and important feature in itself.

6. Scales help students develop a strong sense of rhythm, articulation and speed, which are all important for playing the piano. They also encourage good tone production.

Here are just a few reasons why scales are probably the most important test in any piano exam. So when you next sit down to do some practice, why not start with scales? This way you will not only get them over and done with, but you will also practice them when you are fresh and receptive. You never know, you may end up enjoying them.

Sonatina Festival


Lopez Piano students participated in the Katy Music Teachers Association’s Sonatina Festival this past weekend.  All 7 of Lopez Piano students participating received a Superior Rating and 2 students received a Superior Plus rating.  The students that participated in this event were:  Larissa Boulet, Riddhima Burman, Saniya Burman, Madison Mueller, Cecilia Munoz, Ishaan Shanbhag and Brandon Torp.  Congratulations to these 7 students and a big high five to Saniya Burman and Ishaan Shanbhag who recieved a Superior Plus rating and performed a very polished performance at the Honors Recital the evening of the Festival.  (pictures at the Honors Recital below)

For the Honors Recital, Saniya Burman performed the “Sonatina in C” by Khatchaturian and Ishaan Shanbhag performed “Sonatina” by Haslinger.




It was an honor to have the opportunity to present a session at the 2017 MTNA conference this year! My topic was App-Laudable Uses of Apps in Music Lessons. In my session, I addressed the responsible and effective incorporation of technology before launching into a demonstration of a variety of apps for music lessons. If…

via MTNA 2017: App-Laudable Uses of Apps in Music Lessons — Color In My Piano

Book Completion


As everyone know it takes at lot of time and practice for a piano student to complete one book level in piano. So, Lopez Piano Studio would like to give a big shout out to Larissa for completing Level One of the Faber Piano Adventure Series.  Way to go, Larissa!!IMG_2240

KMTA Boys Recital


Two students from Lopez Piano Studio participated this year in the KMTA (Katy Music Teachers Association) Boys Recital this past February.  These two brothers, Gibran and German had just started taking lessons a few months before but both were super excited to perform and show off what they had learned.  Congratulations to both boys for a job well done!


Star Students at Lopez Piano Studio


It’s been awhile since I published my Star students at the studio! The studio would like to recognize these students for making the effort to work on the Piano Maestro app and reinforce everything they are learning during their piano lessons.  Our star students in February/March and April were:

  • Kassi Ochoa (Week of March 27)
  • Camila Morales (Week of Feb 21st)
  • Eli Vasquez (Weeks of April 10, 17, 24, May 1, and 8!!! Wow!!)
  • Javier Rocha (Weeks of March 13, 20, & April 27)

Congratulations and great job!!!

Practice! Practice! Practice!


The Three Little Pigs (taken from Practising the Piano Blog)

We all know the story of The Three Little Pigs, in which each pig builds a home. One takes hardly any time building his out of straw, so he can spend more time playing and relaxing. The second pig builds his home out of sticks, which takes slightly longer, but he too values his down time. The third pig chooses to build his home out of bricks, which requires a great deal more time and effort, but he values taking the time to build a home properly. When the Big Bad Wolf pays a visit, needless to say only the third pig’s house of bricks stands up to the wolf’s huffing and puffing.

The House of Bricks

The piano player who builds his “house” out of bricks takes pleasure, satisfaction and pride in the process of learning and enjoys doing this thoroughly and deeply. For him, the journey is just as important as the destination. Here are some of the principles he works by:

Student Enthusiasm



It feels really great when my students come to me all excited about a new piece they found on You Tube and they want to play it. I try to find simplified versions of the pieces for them. Their enthusiasm just motivates me to work with them a little harder. So, right now, I’m looking for a simplified piece of Canon in D. Last night as I was walking down one of the hallways at church, one of my students just ran up to me with such excitement because she had found a piece she wanted to learn (Canon in D). How can I say no?!! I will work with her on this piece along with her regular curriculum but she will be playing Canon in D for the Christmas Recital! How do I know? Because she WANTS to learn it! It doesn’t get better than that for a teacher.