Halloween Piano Bash 2017!!

  Friday, October 6, 2017 by Jacqueline Savage | Recital

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  Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by Jacqueline Savage | Kindermusik

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Kindermusik with Jacqui’s Piano Studio: 6 week sessions

In Miss Jacqui and Miss Nina's music classes for     toddlers, babies, big kids, and families, we sing, dance, giggle, hop,     travel on imaginative adventures, cuddle, play instruments, share ideas,     read stories, celebrate the uniqueness of each child, and more! Come check     out what these mommy/daddy and me classes are all about!!!   
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Class with Miss Jacqui:  Tuesdays     @10AM

Class with Miss Nina:  Thursdays     @11AM


Create memories and make learning fun!!

Enroll NOW! 

Classes     will be held at Mason-Motz Activities Center


400 North Route 1
Falmouth, Maine
Ph:  207.232.9893
Email:  jacquispianostudio@gmail.com

Summer Lessons 2017

  Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by Jacqueline Savage | Summer

Summer Lessons 2017:  Jacqui’s Piano Studio    

Monday July 10 th  -Friday August 25 th 

7 Week Session

Summer Session:

  • Summer Session is 7 weeks and guarantees a spot in the studio in the Fall!
  • Registration for Summer and Fall Lessons start April 1 st  .  You will receive a GOOGLE DOC in your email to register.
  • I will be offering morning lessons this Summer on Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 9:00AM and 12:00PM along with regular afternoon lessons on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
  • If you are not currently enrolled in the studio and would like to be, click here--> https://jps.musicteachershelper.com/registration
  • If you do not do lessons in the summer, I can’t guarantee a spot in the Fall but will do my best to accommodate you.
  • I do have a waiting list and will be taking students on for Summer Session

Summer Projects:

  1. During Summer Session students take a break from their regular method book and scale and technique study.  They can pick a project they would like to do to prepare for the SUMMERJAM.
  2. Projects include:
    • Learning a PoP Song from the radio through sheet music, a lead sheet, or learning by rote. 
    • Composing a piece and putting it down on paper, into the computer, and printed to give out to other students to learn within the studio (with permission rom the composer of course!)
    • 4-hand, 1 piano duet
    • 4-hand, 2 piano duet
    • Learning Jazz and Blues piece from a Lead sheet or sheet music and playing it with a recorded band in the background.
    • Accompaniment:  Accompanying  a solo singer, duo, trio, or instrumentalist
    • Singing a piece of music with Jacqui accompanying and being the back up singer.  Enjoying some fun Vocal Lessons along with that
    • Arranging a piece: for choir, band, a solo, duo, or trio
    • Theory Project:  Diving into Musical Analysis
    • Garage Band Medley
    • Preparing to play a GIG at a coffee shop, restaurant, wedding, funeral and then actually doing one
    • Coming up with your own creative project and having it approved by Jacqui



  1. The SUMMERJAM is a concert which will be on Saturday September 11 th  at 2:00PM at Standish Congregational Church and will showcase Summer Projects.  It’s usually a little longer than regular recitals and runs for 90 minutes.  

What goes into Monthly Tuition

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by Jacqueline Savage | Studio Policy

What is included in MONTHLY TUITION?

Published: Aug 1, 2015  |   Category: Jacqui's Piano Studio News

Where Does Tuition Go? 

*From Wendy Stevens ComposeCreate.com

  • Time spent with the student
    Lessons, performance classes, group lessons.
  • Time spent in preparation for the student
    Trips to the music store, lesson planning, bookkeeping, development of curriculum, emails, text messages, phone calls, etc. It has been cited by professional music journals that for every hour enrolled in piano lessons, you are investing in at least 2 hours of the teachers time!
  • Your teacher’s training and experience
  • Recital costs and preparations
    Programs, refreshments, facility rental.
  • Professional organization memberships.  Membership with the Maine Music Teachers Association is maintained by the teacher to enhance their teaching skills and provide the student with opportunities for festivals, competitions, and performance events.
  • Professional journals
    Publications to assist the teacher in keeping current on new teaching materials and trends.
  • Studio expenses
    Copying, computer software, incentive programs, maintaining the piano, tunings, repairs, cleanings, and also newsletters.
  • Music books and CDs
    Materials purchased by the teacher to keep costs low for students.
  • Property taxes, self-employment taxes, insurance, business licenses, retirement
    The independent music teacher has no corporation to assist in providing health and life insurance by matching funds. Tuition helps cover the increased living costs of your self-employed teacher.
  • Continuing education
    Lessons and classes that keep the teacher current on methods and techniques
  • Certification costs
    Professional independent music teachers pay to be re-certified every five years provided they have met all the continuing education and studio requirements.  This keeps the teacher accountable to a professional organization.
  • Book and music club memberships
    This enables many discounts to be passed to students

Practice Makes Progress

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 by Jacqueline Savage | Practice

Practice Makes Progress

Published: Sep 17, 2015  |   Category: Practice

Practice Makes Progress

Practice for all ages

By Jacqueline Savage


I have been teaching my step son Alex how to play the piano since he was 5 years old.  We have had many practice wars throughout his study and sometimes it leaves me wondering, are these battles worth it?


After thinking about my own study as a child, and doing countless hours of research on practice methods and seeing all the scientific studies that prove the benefits of learning to play an instrument, I decided last year to change Alex’s practice routine up because we weren’t going to give up!  We went from 3 days of practice a week for 10 min. a day  to 5 days of practice for 30 min. a day.  This practice session happened routinely after Alex did his homework Monday-Friday.  What I learned last year was that the battles stopped when Alex knew that piano practice was part of his homework and it was going to happen every day.  The results were amazing.  Alex has pushed into early intermediate music and enjoys performing his music for anyone that will listen.  I’ve seen huge improvement in his theory and technique.  He is proud of himself and shows confidence in front of a group.  He talks about music history and different composers in every day conversation and has recently told me he would like to go to Berklee College of music one day!  What a difference a year has made!


Do I think this will work for every kid?  Absolutely not.  But, it is worth trying a different approach if you are also dealing with practice wars this year.  Thinking about how your child learns and what will motivate and encourage them to practice in a positive way is key.  Once students see results, they want to keep practicing!


My practice Chart:

Kindermusik Practice:  Listening to the class CD in the car and also looking at the digital @home materials once a week is how this age “practices”.  Babies and toddlers learn through PLAY!  After touching on the material during the week, babies and toddlers remember what they have heard in class and can imitate what they are learning faster!

Preschool Practice: Preschoolers should be looking at the materials we do in class twice a week with parents.  Each time going over what they did in their book, and either practicing different fingers on the piano or doing free play on the piano.  Loud playing is okay, banging is not.

Age 6-9:  If this age practices 3 days a week for 10 min., you will see slow progress but progress nonetheless.  If children are pushed too hard at this age to practice, they will hate playing and we want them to enjoy playing!  If they can practice 5 days a week for 10-30 min., students will improve in their playing at a faster pace.  For some kids, this might be beneficial.  Seeing progress faster motivates students.

Age 10 and up:  Students should be practicing 30 min. 5 days a week.   At this rate they will be playing intermediate music when they graduate high school.  If they are planning to attend college for music or want to perform as a career, they should be practicing 1-2 hours daily.  This will put them in late intermediate-early advanced music towards the end of their high school career.

Adult Students:   I also continue to take lessons as an adult, pianist, and teacher.  It is for my professional development but also for my own personal enjoyment.  Like many of you, I am very busy with my family, small children, and job.  I try to practice Monday-Friday from 5:30am-7:00am.  It is my “quiet” time.  I would suggest finding a time that works for you and sticking to it!

Professional Pianists:  5-6 hours a day!


Music is comparable to learning another language.  It is not easy but with faithful practice, it is very rewarding.  Keep trying to motivate your child and if you are feeling like they want to give up, try something different!  Keep constant communication with me so that I can try new things if they are in a slump.  If learning to play the piano was easy, everyone would do it!    #musicmatters

Why Recital is so important

Monday, June 8, 2015 by Jacqueline Savage | Recital

Why Recital is SO IMPORTANT

Published: Jun 8, 2015  |   Category: Performance and Recital

This is fantastic article that explains why the piano teacher believes recitals are so important.  Please check it out!
From teachPIANOtoday.com
By Andrea Dow


1.  recitals provide a tangible goal to work towards.  In having a set date and a pre-planned performance selection, your child learns how to manage their practice time and what it feels like to polish and perfect a piece.

2.  Recitals provide an opportunity to feel successful.  Learning the piano requires many, many hours of solo practice.  Performing gives your child the recognition they deserve for their hard-work.

3.  Recitals provide an opportunity for you to show your child that you value their involvement in music.  Setting aside time in your busy life to attend a recital supports your children and their peers and shows your child that your family values music.

4.  Recitals provide a chance for your children (and you!) to reflect upon where they've "come from" when watching beginning students.  Progress at the piano can sometimes feel slow, but watching younger students perform reminds your children of the gains they have made and motivates them to continue to progress. 

5.   Recitals provide a chance for your children (and you!) to see "where they'll go" when watching more advanced students.  
?There are few things more motivating to a piano student than watching their peers perform.  They get to hear pieces that they will enjoy playing in the future, see more advanced technique first-hand and experience the pride that comes from becoming proficient at the piano.

6.  Recitals provide a chance for your extended family to be involved in your child's piano education.  Athletes get all the glory...everyone comes soccer games but no one really heads over to watch piano practice session!  Involving grandparents and aunties and uncles in the recital audience gives your child an opportunity to share their hard work with the ones they love.
7.  Recitals provide a chance for your child to experience nervousness...and to realize that those feelings are okay.  we like to protect our children from feeling uncomfortable, but in "real life" these feelings are part-and-parcel of being human.  Early experiences with successfully conquering nerves gives children confidence.

8.  Recitals give you the opportunity to provide genuine and heart-felt praise.  Bring on the photos and videos and big hugs and flushed-face smiles.  Clap enthusiasticallly.  Let your child know just how much you recognize their efforts and watch their commitment to piano lessons soar.

9.  Recitals provide a chance for your child to practice public speaking and to gain confidence in front of a group;  two skills that will serve your child well in many other areas of his or her life.  Speaking and performing in a safe environment means that your child gains important experience in front of a crowd.  The earlier these experiences happen, the easier it becomes for your child as they enter adolescence and adulthood.

10.  Recitals provide an opportunity for your child to get to know his or her peers who are also taking lessons.  Making these connections helps to build community within a studio and helps your child to feel as though he or she belongs which results in increased interest in lessons.

11.  Recitals give your children the chance to hear live music!  Young children rarely attend a lot of live concerts...and piano recitals are a wonderful place for your child to hear wide variety of music.  Nothing can replace the "live music experience" and when your child is an active participant in the event it's even more rewarding!

12.  Recitals provide an opportunity for you to sit back and marvel at the pride-inducing sight of yoru own child making beautiful music!  Piano practice is often done amongst a busy household with siblings, pets, vacuums, dishwashers and doorbells.  It's rare that you have the opportunity to focus only on your child and the music they are making.  These moments matter.


"Jacqui is an amazing piano teacher! My daughter has been a student of Jacqui's Piano Studio for four years and it is incredible to see what an amazing piano player she has become. My daughter can sit at the piano and play for hours, it's truly magical! Jacqui is young, energetic, full of excitement for her students and their parents. She truly loves what she does with a passion and that is what makes her such a amazing piano teacher."        -Neda N.

"We highly recommend Jacqui's Piano Studio. Jacqui is very talented and has a wonderful way of teaching piano. She's so dedicated to her students and her work. We just love her!!"  -Deb C

"Our 2 teenage boys have been taking piano lessons with Jacqui for the past 2 years. Jacqui has an ability to cater to each child's musical interests, which keeps them excited about practicing. Jacqui is kind and organized and the kids are always happy to attend lessons with her. Would highly recommend!!" -Katelyn A.

"Jacqui has worked with my daughters for a few years. They have grown tremendously during this time and they wouldn't trade their weekly visit with her for anything. Jacqui makes the learning fun"  -Ginny G.

"Jacqui's is an Excellent teacher. She is well educated and talented. She was very patient and kind with my son. The recitals were a great opportunity for my son to experience playing in front of an audience. Highly recommend her classes" -Paula M.