This weekend’s concert raised $850 for American Cancer Society

I can’t thank everyone enough for coming out to see me play this weekend. At $10 a ticket, I set a fundraising goal of $500, and the final amount raised came to $850!  It’s fabulous to have the support of so many friends, family members, and students. It’s so important for young students to attend.. read more →

The “Christmas Gets A Makeover” Composition Workbook

Teachers are getting more creative these days-  which is why I wanted to create an activity book like this that lets teachers use their own ideas to mold the activities in whichever way best suites their students’ needs.That being said, here’s what I had in mind when I created it:Students who have never composed before.. read more →

Sight Reading – Gotta Love It!

The ability to sight read well is one of the most motivating aspects of taking lessons on a private instrument.  I’ve published both a blog article and a student worksheet on why sight reading is awesome, but here’s the breakdown for parents.  Your student should understand that once they can sight read, they can track.. read more →

Lesson Breakdown: The Warm Up

The Warm Up – Why it’s important and why it doesn’t have to be boring! When a student walks in my door to begin their lesson, it’s time to warm up!  Should they be doing some warming up before they come to their lesson if they can?  Definitely.  This will minimize the amount of time.. read more →

What’s in a great music lesson & Why 30 minutes sometimes doesn’t cut it

Admittedly, before getting brave enough to venture out on my own, I used to teach at a little local music studio.  As is the case with many big-box type studios, the owner has to pay the teachers and still make money of their own, and that’s where the push for the 30 minute lesson model.. read more →

Amber Staffa in concert for The American Cancer Society

On the weekend of November 23rd and 24th, I will be giving a short concert at Jacob’s Music of Cherry Hill in order to raise money for the American Cancer Society.    Please come out and support the cause!!  I hope to see as many students there as possible! Tickets are $10 for adults over.. read more →

A Sight Reader’s Checklist

Sight reading can and should be one of the most exciting abilities of any piano player.  Who wouldn’t want to just pick up a piece of music and start playing it on their own without help?  Did I mention that your pieces take MUCH less time to learn if your sight reading skills are excellent??.. read more →

Holiday party time! Need a pianist?

When opportunity knocks, we answer! When they are of legal age to work, studio members qualify to be part of our cocktail hour/accompanist program. This year we have two students who have taken the plunge and have been hard at work learning masses of holiday tunes. I proudly commend them for their participation because commitment.. read more →

Let the Recording Begin!

We are VERY excited about the studio’s new addition. As of 2013, thanks to the help of one of our studio parents, Allen Hite of Spark One Productions, the baby grand that students play is now recording friendly! Students love it, I love it- who wouldn’t? Now that we’ve experimented with it a good amount,.. read more →

Welcome!

Hooray for the new website!!  I’m very excited to get it up and running, but it’s still pretty minimal for now.  In the next few months I hope to have it fully functional to include student recordings and samples from our music library, so stay tuned! read more →