Online Resources for Parents


Whether you're wondering how to go about buying/renting a piano or guitar, looking for sheet music, or seeking information about musical events around Portland, this list of links should be able to help you out!


Academy Links
Download Fall 2011 Parent Orientation Handout

Download Mr. Hoffman's Article "How to Help Your Child Enjoy and Succeed at Piano Lessons"

Download Hoffman Piano Method Student Packets

Watch Free Online Video Piano Lessons for Beginners with Joseph Hoffman


How to Buy a Piano
Before You Buy Your First Piano: This article lists the general things one should be looking at when purchasing a piano, and also includes other links with more specific information about each guideline, as well as links at the bottom with more tips on buying pianos, both new and used.
Top 10 Tips for Buying an Acoustic Piano
Purchasing and Caring for a Piano or Keyboard
Buying or Selling a Piano
Tips from the Piano Technicians Guild
Guide to Pianos If you're looking for more info on buying a piano, the history of piano, famous pieces/players, or lessons for beginners/intermediate level players, this page contains many links you might find helpful!
My Piano Footrests Once you've got your piano, you might find you need a footrest. These are quality, affordable foot rests, and are recommended for all piano students whose legs are not long enough to have both feet resting firmly on the floor.


How to Buy a Guitar
Hoffman Academy's Guide to Purchasing a Guitar


Free Sheet Music
8notes: This is an easy to use site where you can view and print sheet music for free. It also allows you to listen to the songs from their website.
Free Scores: On this site you will find a wide variety of music. High-resolution PDFs are available to print, as are downloadable MP3 files of most songs.


Music for Kids
Classical Music for Kids: A great place to purchase and download whole albums or just single songs, all of classical music that is great for children to listen to.
Classics for Kids: This is a radioshow that highlights classical music targeted towards you children. You can listen to past shows on their site, or download the podcast, and children can also take quizzes or play games.
Classical Music 4 Kids: This blog highlights various classical songs that are good for children, contains reviews about children's song albums, and has tips on getting children to listen to classical music.
10 Classical Recordings to Start Your Kids With
Classical Music for a Family Roadtrip


Family Activities
Musical Events Around Portland


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