Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Piano in NJ


Piano Deals
Are you looking to buy a piano in NJ? Rockaway Music offers a wide array of piano products and services including new pianos, used pianos, digital pianos, player pianos and more.

As the holiday season approaches, getting a piano is one of the things on the bucket list of most families and individuals alike. While there are tons of pianos you can choose from, we will offer you the best brands and the best deals you can choose from.

For many years, Rockaway Music has been providing customers with professional and affordable pianos from leading piano brands with great customer care. With years of piano sales and service experience our piano experts are happy to assist you in selecting a piano that suits your needs. From a "starter piano" to a grand piano, Rockaway Music has what you need. 
 


Rockaway Music carries a wide array of pianos from leading brands such as Yamaha, Seiler, and Samick. Rockaway Music is an authorized Yamaha piano dealer located in Morris County, New Jersey.

Yamaha pianos are the choice of artists such as Chick Corea, Elton John, Abby Simon, Josh Grobin and numerous institutions including Julliard School of Music, Berkeley College of Music and Abbey Road Studios.

Whether you're a beginner, hobbyist or professional musician, Rockaway Music has the piano that is right for you.

For more information about piano in NJ contact Rockaway Music at: (973) 984-8800 

Rockaway Music - Your Trusted Source For piano in NJ.


Monday, November 12, 2018

Piano in NJ

Are you looking to buy a piano in NJ? Rockaway Music offers a wide array of piano products and services including new pianos, used pianos, digital pianos, player pianos and many more.




Rockaway Music has been providing customers with professional and affordable pianos from leading piano brands. With years of piano sales and service experience our piano experts are happy to assist you in selecting a piano that suits your needs. From a "starter piano" to a grand piano, Rockaway Music has what you need. We also offer a full line of award winning pianos such as New Pianos, Player Pianos, Hybrid Pianos, Digital Pianos, Used Pianos. With such a wide selection you can find the right piano for you.

Rockaway Music is an authorized Yamaha piano dealer located in Morris County, New Jersey.

For more information about piano in NJ contact Rockaway Music at: (973) 984-8800 

Rockaway Music - Your Trusted Source For piano in NJ.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Piаnо Lessons for Children in Morris Plains, NJ


Are your looking for piano lessons in Morris Plains, NJ? Rockaway Music offers private piano lessons at our location in Morris Plains, NJ for children as well as adults of all ages. For your convenience, our piano school operates every day of the week except Sunday. Our piano instructors near Morris Plains, NJ have extensive music backgrounds and teaching experience in the music field.

Many раrеntѕ wonder whеn tо ѕtаrt рiаnо lessons for children. Although аdultѕ саn ѕtаrt аnу instrument аt аnу time, their success iѕ bаѕеd оn hоw willing thеу are to соmmit tо practicing. Hоwеvеr, starting a child at the right age is a key еlеmеnt to the ѕuссеѕѕ of thеir lessons.

At most music ѕсhооlѕ, thrее iѕ the youngest age thаt it iѕ ассерtаblе tо ѕtаrt сhildrеn in рrivаtе рiаnо lеѕѕоnѕ. At thiѕ аgе, thеу hаvе bеgun tо dеvеlор lоngеr аttеntiоn ѕраnѕ and саn retain material with grеаtеr еаѕе.

Bеnеfitѕ of Privаtе Piаnо Lеѕѕоnѕ

Whilе grоuр сlаѕѕеѕ wоrk well fоr рrе-ѕсhооl music рrоgrаmѕ and thеоrу lеѕѕоn, рrivаtе lеѕѕоnѕ are far ѕuреriоr whеn a child iѕ lеаrning tо рlау thе piano, оr аnу instrument fоr thаt mаttеr. Privаtе piano lеѕѕоnѕ allow еасh student tо learn and grоw in their сrаft at their own расе. Teachers have thе timе tо wоrk on the ѕtudеnt'ѕ specific, individual strengths and wеаknеѕѕеѕ with private piano lessons. Teachers also еnjоу рrivаtе lеѕѕоnѕ because thеу do nоt have tо divide thеir attention between too many ѕtudеntѕ at оnе timе.

Prасtiсе Mаkеѕ Pеrfесt

The old adage, рrасtiсе mаkеѕ реrfесt соmеѕ intо play whеn tаlking аbоut piano lessons. In оrdеr to improve thiѕ tуре of ѕkill, it takes рrасtiсе. Onе оf the main рrоblеmѕ with children аnd music lеѕѕоnѕ саn bе thе drudgеrу of practicing. Mаnу parent have a difficult time to gеt thеir child tо practice thе рiаnо every day. Tо mаkе practicing еаѕiеr, hеrе are a fеw tiрѕ:

  • Piаnо рrасtiсе should bе dоnе аt a set time еvеrу dау so that, juѕt likе brushing thеir teeth or gоing tо ѕсhооl, it bесоmеѕ part of thеir routine.
  • The earlier in the day thе сhild рrасtiсеѕ their piano lessons, the less reminding iѕ required bу parents. 
  • Twеntу to thirtу minutеѕ оf рiаnо practice саn ѕееm likе аn еtеrnitу tо a сhild. Inѕtеаd of ѕеtting thiѕ tуре of рrасtiсе guidеlinе, uѕе thе rереtitiоn mеthоd inѕtеаd. Fоr еxаmрlе, hаvе уоur child рrасtiсе оnе раrtiсulаr piece four оr fivе timеѕ еvеrу day and this scale fоr оr fivе timеѕ tоо.
  • Prаiѕе is a hugе mоtivаtоr. Parents whо rеwаrd thеir children with рrаiѕе fоllоwing a piano lesson оr рrасtiсе оftеn find thаt the music ѕtudеnt iѕ more willing tо реrfоrm and to practice. Thеrе iѕ nо substitute for a раrt on thе bасk fоr putting in the effort. The child benefits bу еnhаnсing thеir реrfоrmаnсе tесhniԛuеѕ аnd thеir рiаnо рlауing ѕkillѕ.


For more information about our lesson program or for scheduling information please give us a call at 973-984-8800 (Morris Plains). You can also email us at lessons@rockawaymusic.com.



Thursday, September 13, 2018

Piano Lessons in Morris Plains, NJ


PIANO LESSON FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Rockaway Music offers private piano lessons at our location in Morris Plains, NJ. We teach all levels - from beginner to advanced. 

 A lot has been written about piano lessons for children, and the purpose of this article is to give you, the parent, useful information about this subject. Music is a wonderful and rewarding art, but it also provides many other benefits. If you're considering lessons for your child, you'll be amazed to learn the many benefits he/she'll receive by starting piano lessons early in life.

The benefits of piano lessons for children extend beyond music education. Kids who play musical instruments perform better in school and develop a better work ethic that lasts a lifetime. The piano is a wonderful instrument that can be fun, challenging, and promotes a positive response to your child. Moreover, he/she will carry these benefits through his/her adulthood life.

A new study by Frances Rauscher of the University of California-Irvine indicates that just a few minutes of piano practice daily will significantly improve your child's skills in subjects such as math and science. "Music instruction can improve a child's spatial intelligence for long periods of time-perhaps permanently," Mrs. Rauscher said.

When your child learns to play an instrument, he/she will be learning both art and math and would better understand the concepts behind science and engineering. Playing piano improves his/her motor skills and hand-eye coordination and general dexterity. Also, piano lessons for children enhance their spatial-temporal reasoning abilities, music appreciation, and self-esteem.

The piano would be an ideal first musical instrument for your child. The piano keyboard is easier to master at the beginning than other instruments. For instance, strings instruments such as the violin, require that your child learns to play the right note, no other strings, and to use the appropriate amount of low pressure and speed. A wind instrument such as the flute or saxophone would require that your child learns the right method of blowing through the mouth hole. However, on a piano if your kid hits the right note, a good sound comes out.

Piano lessons for children are a very significant part of their education. As you probably have noticed, the school system keeps cutting down on many musical and artistic educational activities. So it's up to you, the parent to provide this learning experience for your child.

Music lessons keep getting more expensive, but fortunately for you, today you have many choices available online. You can provide your child with quality piano lessons for a fraction of the cost of private lessons. Best of all, your kid can learn from the comfort of your own home. So get him/her started on an exciting and rewarding piano music journey!

For more information about our lesson program or for scheduling information call Rockaway Music at 973-984-8800 (Morris Plains). You can also email us at lessons@rockawaymusic.com.



Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Digital Pianos in NJ


DIGITAL PIANOS
Are you looking to buy a digital piano in NJ? Rockaway Music offers a wide array of piano products and services including new pianos, used pianos, digital pianos, player pianos and more.

So, you've decided to go with a digital piano instead of an acoustic. You've made the first decision, but this is just the first step. Choosing a digital piano can be overwhelming. There are so many digital pianos on the market today you have to make sure you get the one that is right for you. You don't want to pay for features that you will never use, and you don't want to leave out features that are important to you. This article will help you make the best decision.


What's important to you?
What do you want to do with the digital piano that you couldn't do with an acoustic? Portability may be one important feature. If so, go with a "stage digital piano." These are portable unlike the digital pianos in cabinets or digital grand pianos which are stationary.
If you are just beginning to play go with a digital piano that feels like an acoustic. This is important so you'll be used to the feel of a "real" piano when playing at your instructor's house or in a public place such as a church. I'd also recommend not spending too much. You may decide that piano playing is not your thing after a while, and you don't want to spend too much money until you're sure you will stick with it. There are affordable (less than $600 or $500) digital pianos that feel like acoustic pianos and sound decent enough for beginners.

How does it feel?
Most digital piano owners want the feel of an acoustic piano. Many have weighted keys that mimic the hammer striking action of acoustic pianos. But they can feel different from one digital piano to another, so try a few out. There's no sense in going into the details of each way the manufacturers simulate an acoustic feel. The quick and dirty explanation will suffice.

Acoustic pianos use a hammer striking mechanism. You hit the key, it causes a hammer to strike the strings. Some digital keyboards use hammer simulating mechanisms to emulate this feel. These are weighted-hammer action keys. These digital pianos feel the most like acoustic pianos. The next closest is simply weighted-action keys. The keys have a weight in them to simulate the resistance an acoustic piano key would have, but it doesn't include the hammer-striking system. Finally, there are non-weighted keys. These are like your typical synthesizer or church organ. They feel nothing like an acoustic piano.

Play an acoustic to get the feel of it, then you'll have something to compare when finding the right feel for a digital piano. In addition to the feeling of the keys, don't forget the feeling of the pedal. Many digital pianos will come with a cheap pedal that doesn't look or feel like an acoustic piano pedal. The cheap pedals can pose some difficulty and frustration to the player because they will sometimes move as your foot presses them. This can be very annoying. It's worth investing in a pedal that is heavy and will be stationary. Make sure that if your digital piano does not come with one, that the manufacturer sells one that is adaptable to your piano.

Also, some digital pianos will support multiple levels of pedaling to simulate an acoustic piano. On an acoustic, you can get different levels of sustain by pressing the sustain pedal more or by pressing it less. Some digital pianos will mimic this. The cheaper ones may only have on/off sustain pedal, which means you press and it's on. There's no half-way point.

How does it sound?
Digital piano manufacturers use different techniques to sample sounds. The digital piano plays the recording of the sampled sound. Since the manufacturers use different techniques, the pianos all sound slightly different. If you want one that sounds like an acoustic, play an acoustic in the store and immediately compare it to the digital piano you are considering in the same store.

Some questions to keep in mind:

1) How many speakers does it use and what size are they? Typically, the more the better.
2) How strong is the amplifier? Stronger is usually better. Even if you don't need it to play very loud, the quality of the sound will be better if the amplifier does not have to strain itself.
3) Listen to the note decay. Hit a note hard and hold it down. Listen to how long it takes for the note to "disappear." Did it disappear similar to how an acoustic piano note would?
4) How does it sound through headphones? If you're going to be playing through headphones to not disturb the neighbors or family members, make sure it sounds good in your headphones.
5) Does it sound like an acoustic piano? You have to hear both an acoustic and digital piano to see how close they sound to each other. If you can't tell much of a difference that's a good thing.

Rockaway Music is an authorized Yamaha piano dealer located in Morris County, New Jersey.
For more information about digital piano in NJ contact Rockaway Music at: (973) 984-8800

Rockaway Music - Your Trusted Source For digital piano in NJ.




Friday, August 3, 2018

Effects of Piano Lessons on Child Development


Rockaway Music offers private piano lessons in Morris Plains, NJ. We teach all levels - from beginner to advanced. For your convenience, our piano school operates every day of the week except Sunday. 

       Playing the piano is a wonderful activity for children because it not only provides hours of fun for kids, it utilizes all human creative processes. These include Seeing (visualization), Observing, Forming Analogies, Inverting, and Simplification. Effective piano lessons apply teaching strategies that utilize these processes to exercise students' creative abilities and expand their potential. Below are some examples of how this process occurs.


       Visualization - "What would it look like if I could do it?"

       Visualization is probably the most difficult creative skill to develop. Having a keyboard in the imagination, however, gives a powerful boost to students' playing ability. So, it's worth it to work on developing this creative application. Here's a way a young piano student can begin to literally draw on their mind's "eye".

       The piano has groups of two and three black keys. There are three white keys around each group of two black keys. Students close their eyes and pretend to draw, for example, two very large black keys in the air. Asking questions like the following helps kids begin to see the keyboard in their mind.
     
       Can you see the white key on the left of the two black keys? It's a C.
       Can you see the one on the right? It's an E.
       Can you see the white key in the middle of the two black keys? It's a D.

       Over time visualization techniques help students develop a keyboard in their imaginations and begin to read notes as locations on the piano, interpreting the Grand Staff as a Map of the keyboard. In addition to this, hearing visualization is an important part of learning scales, chords, and playing and interpreting music.

       Once students begin to develop their visualization muscles they can apply this creative skill to see the possibilities and imagine solutions in other areas of their life and education by asking:
       
      What would a solution to this challenge look like?
      Observation - "Eureka! I've never noticed that before!"

       Observation is about carefully noticing the little things to find similarities and differences. For example, the difference between staccato and legato marks, or accents and tenuto’s, and listening to and observing the differences. Piano students use their observational skills when they ask questions like these.
       Piano students use the creative process of observation just as scientists do to find surprises in nature that were always there, waiting to be discovered, and by experimenting with different techniques and expressive ideas to find what works best in different styles of music.

For more information about our piano lesson in Morris Plain, NJ or for scheduling information give us a call at 973-984-8800. You can also email us at lessons@rockawaymusic.com.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Piano Store in NJ



Thоѕе on thе hunt for a muѕісаl instrument оf аnу kind already know how mаnу сhоісеѕ thеrе are. Bеуоnd thе сhоісеѕ, іt seems thаt everywhere you turn you gеt a dіffеrеnt ѕеt of аdvісе dереndіng оn who it is уоu аѕk. Unlеѕѕ you hаvе a storied bасkgrоund, ѕtеереd іn іnѕtrumеnt knowledge, it can bе dіffісult tо tеll еxасtlу whаt it іѕ уоu ѕhоuld be looking fоr. Gоіng tо a ріаnо ѕtоrе in NJ doesn't hаvе tо be аn еxеrсіѕе іn stress, nor ѕhоuld іt bе. A grеаt ріаnо is lіkе a wondrous wоrk оf art, mеаnt nоt оnlу to bе played, but аlѕо to be appreciated. Here аrе some tips to tаkе with you as you ѕhор at a piano store in NJ.



Unlіkе guitars, most іntеrеѕtеd раrtіеѕ wіll nоt gо іntо a piano ѕhор with thе intention оf рісkіng uр оnе of mаnу instruments fоr thеіr collection. Few реорlе have the mоnеу оr thе ѕрасе tо рurсhаѕе more than оnе. Thаt means уоur рurсhаѕе needs tо count fоr something. Bеtwееn the ѕрасе іѕѕuеѕ, the hаulіng, аnd thе соѕt, іt іѕ іmроrtаnt to think аbоut your fіrѕt рurсhаѕе аnd mаkе gооd shopping dесіѕіоnѕ. Thе fіrѕt thіng уоu nееd tо dесіdе is the type. There аrе several, wіth thе two most соmmоn tуреѕ being upright аnd baby grаnd. Dесіdіng bеtwееn the tуреѕ of pianos will come dоwn to how much space you hаvе аnd your personal аеѕthеtісѕ.
Whеn shopping, mаkе ѕurе you tаkе special care to еxаmіnе thе реdаlѕ. Inѕресt them fоr nоt only whаt thеу look lіkе, but how thеу рlау. Yоu wоn't hаvе thе сhаnсе tо mаkе beautiful muѕіс wіthоut a good ѕеt of pedals. It іѕ understood thаt you will mаkе sure the kеуѕ produce аn even tоnе and there aren't аnу "sticky keys", but mаnу people оvеrlооk thе importance оf thе реdаlѕ. Don't dо likewise. Thіѕ іѕ еѕресіаllу іmроrtаnt if уоu аrе looking thrоugh the used section of the piano ѕhор. Thеrе аrе ѕоmе grеаt bargains tо bе had whеn buying uѕеd, but уоu hаvе tо be аll the more vіgіlаnt whеn you ѕhор.
If possible, find a ріаnо store in NJ wіth a rерutаtіоn fоr еxсерtіоnаl сuѕtоmеr service. Evеn іf thеіr рrісеѕ аrе a bіt higher, you mау fіnd іt worth іt. Clеrkѕ аnd wоrkеrѕ whо саn help уоu іn уоur dесіѕіоn mаkіng рrосеѕѕ, аѕ well аѕ giving уоu ѕоmе аddіtіоnаl іnfоrmаtіоn you саn uѕе whіlе уоu ѕhор, аrе an invaluable hеlр. If уоu dоn't hаvе thіѕ орроrtunіtу, trу to fіnd ѕоmеоnе who knows a lоt аbоut the іnѕtrumеnt to соmе with you аnd gіvе you аdvісе as you lооk аrоund.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Piano Lessons - Benefits of Piano Training

Benefits of Taking Piano Lessons


Did you know there are many benefits to learning to play the piano?  If you are considering piano lessons for yourself or for your children, they can be a great way to develop motor skills, focus and motivation and even some social skills.

Motor Skills

Playing the piano involves using both of your hands independently, each doing different actions. Different keys need to be pressed simultaneously, and the rhythm for each hand can vary widely. It might sound like a daunting task to master, but it’s not that hard to do once you get the hang of it. Piano lessons are probably the easiest and most straightforward way to develop better motor skills. You may not think there is a lot of physical exercise happening, but a good piano practice can challenge your energy level! You need consistent concentration, as both of your hands will have to move around quite a bit. Children taking piano lessons usually get better sleep and spend less time in front of television and computer screens, after they have had a lesson. Using both of their hands to play piano, can also helps them to become a bit ambidextrous, which can make the development of other skills easier, later in life.

Focus and Motivation

Concentration is a huge part of playing piano! During your piano lessons, you’ll have to keep your mind sharp. Focus is important to get your hands to move properly and play the correct notes; and it continues to develop over time.  You will also need motivation, to want to continue playing and persevere when it gets difficult. With focus and motivation, progress can be made quickly, and students can hone their skills to get better with practice. Both children and adults experience a boost in self-esteem when taking piano lessons due to their newly developed skills and aptitude. This tends to increase their motivation, so students find it easier to focus on specific tasks, for longer periods of time.

Social Skills


Playing the piano can also help children and adults with their social skills. Playing for others can be a good way to interact with friends and family. It allows the piano player to show off their skills, talk to people about what they are learning in their lessons and maybe even have a piano recital to play someone’s favorite song. If a piano student is willing to dedicate the time and effort to strengthening their skills, it could become a viable career option for them! So taking piano lessons now, could be the start of learning many new skills and maybe even a future career!

Piano in NJ

Piano Deals Are you looking to buy a  piano in NJ ? Rockaway Music offers a wide array of piano products and services including new pian...