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Erin Philleo

About Erin Philleo

Erin began her music studies at the age of 5 with piano lessons. She often sang with her family at home, and joined choirs in school. With encouragement from her parents to continue piano, she took lessons until she was 15, after which she studied on her own. After high school, she enrolled at Miami University of Ohio, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Music studying voice. She continued on at University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point to obtain her Master’s in Music Education – Piano Pedagogy, where she also studied composition under Dr. Charles Young. Erin has maintained a private piano and voice studio since 1998, while she also continues to expand her musical knowledge through performing, conferences, master classes, and private instruction.

Performance Anxiety – Part 3 of 8 – Outlook

There's an inner battle we have with ourselves that can make even the most prepared person fall apart on stage. Having the right outlook on things can make all the difference in the world between success and failure when performing.   In Part 2, I wrote about physical things you can do to help prepare

By | 2017-08-27T15:27:54+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Categories: Lesson, Performance, Piano, Practice, Tutorials, Voice|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

How to Practice Creatively – Play Expressively – Part 3 of 9

In Part 2 of How to Practice Creatively, I talked about Focused Practice sessions where you pinpoint the problem areas and work only on those, with a play-through of the entire piece as close to tempo as possible every 2-3 days. This intentional kind of practice is one way to keep the mind engaged and

By | 2017-08-30T21:11:51+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Categories: Lesson, Piano, Practice, Technique|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Performance Anxiety – Part 2 of 8 – Preparation

Having taught many students over the years, I’ve seen various levels of readiness to perform. I would say most students did what they thought was preparing and working hard, but what I’ve learned over the years observing myself and others is that there’s always more one can do. This means that it’s a process

By | 2017-08-17T09:19:28+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Categories: Lesson, Performance, Piano, Practice, Tutorials, Voice|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

How to Practice Creatively – Focused Practice – Part 2 of 9

In Part 1 of How to Practice Creatively, I spoke about blind repetition inducing a phenomenon in the brain called "masking," whereby the brain doesn't pay attention to a repeated, predictable event like a clock ticking or a whirring of a fan after it knows that event will continue as before. So the "cure"

By | 2017-08-30T21:13:29+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Categories: Lesson, Piano, Practice, Technique|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Where Do I Start? Choosing an Instrument

So you’ve decided to take the plunge into studying piano. Maybe it’s been a lifelong dream and now is the perfect time in your life to finally begin, or maybe you had lessons as a child and always regretted quitting. Or perhaps your children want to take lessons and you’d like to learn alongside

By | 2017-07-31T13:47:27+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Categories: Piano, Tutorials|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Performance Anxiety – Part 1 of 8 – Love and Fear

Playing for your piano teacher at lessons. Playing in a formal recital. Playing at a nursing home. Playing for friends gathered around the piano to hear you play once they found out you were learning piano. Taking piano exams. Playing at a competition. Auditioning for college. Recording yourself for an online submission recital or

By | 2017-08-27T15:28:47+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Categories: Lesson, Performance, Piano, Practice, Tutorials, Voice|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

How to Practice Creatively – Part 1 of 9

Most adults who take up piano have an image of what it means to practice piano that often involves spending hours of pure enjoyment listening to themselves play beautiful music. Then they sit down at their first or maybe even 10th practice session and realize that it's actually quite far from what they imagined.

By | 2017-08-10T14:15:00+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Categories: Lesson, Piano, Practice, Technique|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Sample Piano Practice Session

This video is a sample of one of my practice sessions as I work on Chopin's Fantasie-Impromptu. Here I demonstrate application of practicing in Rhythms/Bursts, Accents, and Orders.  

By | 2017-07-03T14:16:23+00:00 July 2nd, 2017|Categories: Free-Content, Lesson, Piano, Practice, Technique|Tags: , , |0 Comments

How to Read Music Notation

If you are just starting out learning piano or voice, you may feel intimidated by reading music notation or finding pitches on the piano. This video gives you all the basics along with some reasons why music looks the way it does now. Due to the length of the video, I have provided times

By | 2017-07-03T14:13:00+00:00 July 2nd, 2017|Categories: Free-Content, Piano, Tutorials, Voice|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments