Joyful Sounds Piano Studio - WHERE STUDENTS DEVELOP A LOVE OF MUSIC THROUGH AN ENJOYABLE LEARNING EXPERIENCE. Including piano, guitar, flute lessons and Piano Tuning and Repair and Piano Sales






Address: 1302 Walnut St. La Grande OR 97850


SKYPE: joyfulsounds88

The studio offers:  

1. Piano Lessons for ages 4 and up    -     Joyce Hoke (piano teacher) 541-910-3992

2. Piano Tuning and Repair/Refurbishing - Loyd Hoke (tuner/technician) 541-910-8075

3. Pianos and piano accessories, piano cleaning products for Sale


Text Box:

6 Ways to Make Music a Priority in Your Family

 1.  Tunes in the Truck - Vary your child’s listening repertoire in your vehicle. Have theme days!

Listen to Marches on Monday, Bluegrass on Tuesday, Folk on Wednesday… etc. You have a 

captive audience in your car as you hop amongst activities and errands… make this time count!  

You’ll quickly develop your child’s appreciation for music of all genres.

2.  Karaoke in the Kitchen - Fashion a fun microphone out of a wooden spoon, spatula, … anything!  

Tie a sparkly ribbon around it and have fun while you make dinner by playing some great Broadway 

tunes and singing along as loud as you can.  Pass the microphone back and forth – let them see you 

sing (who cares if you are horrible).  Try out some harmonies.  Let them see you enjoying music.

3.  Ballroom Blitz - Is your house a disaster?  Put on a fast and exciting song.  Can the toys be picked

 up by the time it’s over?  For this to work you have to crank the tunes… loud!  You’ll be amazed at 

the hustle you see as your children are motivated by music.

you think about.  Your child will drift into a peaceful sleep much easier after this brief moment of 

music therapy!

4.  Wake Up to WHAM!  When it’s time to get up blast a funny tune to rouse them from their beds 

like “Wake me up before you go go”.  Everyone has to be up & at ‘em by the time the song is over.  

Keep them guessing by changing the song.  It’s hard to have the morning grouchies when music is involved…

5. Let Them See You Learn  Take up a new musical instrument yourself.  Let your child see that 

musical learning is life-long and enjoyable.  Pick something you’ve always wanted to learn to play

 and go for it!  Even better, play your instruments together!  Turn off the TV & play & sing as a family. 

6. Make Music Lessons Count  You’ve made the financial investment in your child’s musical 

education by signing them up for lessons.  Make the most of the experience by investing your time.

  Give them the opportunity to practice each day, purchase needed materials & have their instrument 

professionally tuned.  Choose quality teachers who foster a life-long love of music in their students.

  Sit down to listen to them practice with your undivided attention. Offer frequent word of

 encouragement and praise.  Attend every recital & performance opportunity & encourage them 

to participate in school and community musical events.  Don’t let music lessons become

 “just one more activity”… make it clear that you deeply value music education and in turn they 

will rise to the occasion.



                        PIANO STORE!!

Joyful Sounds Pianos & More is located at 10302 W. 1ST in Island City. Used, reconditioned 

pianos for sale, piano art, paintings, sun catchers, refinished furniture, piano books and more. 

Store hours are Wednesday—Saturday 10 a.m.—5 p.m. and by appointment. Call Loyd at 541-910-8075





It is important for a piano to be kept tuned and repaired. Whether you are a

beginner, or a skilled piano player, the joy and motivation to continue playing is greatly enhanced by a piano that sounds

beautiful and responds well. 



Free is NOT free. Only a piano tuner/technician can check the inner workings of a piano to determine if a piano can still hold a tune.


PIANOS HAVE A LIFE SPAN of around 75 years if tuned yearly.




Joyful Sounds Studio is going to be using this new curriculum for ages 3 and 4!!!

Up till now the studio has only been accepting students as young as 4, but starting in August, will be

 accepting 3 year olds.  Here is a bit about this new curriculum from the creators of Wunderkeys.

 (By the way, these are the same creators that send us the piano games and piano book club every month.)

“An encouraging first experience in music lessons is critical to your child’s long-term enjoyment of

 the piano. WunderKeys Piano for Preschoolers has been designed to be that and more! Wunderkeys

 lessons are tailored to meet the needs of preschool-aged children and to ensure that their first music

 lesson experience is both positive and enjoyable.





Hello to Joyful Sounds,

Loyd, thank you for your very fine work on my old piano. I have now had several days of enjoyable playing. It is sounding wonderful in cleaner and much better condition. With all that dust in it, it was a wonder that when I played before that I didn't create a dust cloud! Your studio and business are well-named in that the piano is playing much more "joyful sounds!"

Sandra Good

Good Road, Elgin




Do you know of people outside of La Grande that would like piano lessons? Joyful Sounds Piano Studio now offers lessons via the Internet—Skype—this is a free download—just go to and all you need is a webcam which most computers have. Call me for more information.



What Do You Do If Your Child Wants to Quit Piano Lessons?

Once in a while I hear about a child that wants to quit piano lessons. While this in one thing I DO NOT like to hear, it is a fact that does happen. However, quitting is not the answer. Here are some helpful hints from Premier Level 1A on what to do if this happens. Comments are followed by teachers input.

1. Expect plateaus in lessons when it appears that progress has stopped and the student seems to be stuck at that level. Children often want to quit during these periods. (let the child play more favorite songs during this time)

2. Provide encouragement and understanding during those times when students are having a difficult time with practice or lessons. (do not give the option of quitting but rather share times when you have had difficulty with projects and how you overcame them)

3. Always talk to the teacher when the child first wants to quit. Changes of pace in the lesson can often regenerate interest.(let the teacher know what has interested the child in the past and whether the child seems stressed from too much to accomplish or needs to be pushed a little more)

4. Explore activities to help motivate students. Attend music events in the community. For Premier book students explore the learning links in the theory book or for any student. Listen to arrangements of songs on or research composers.

5. Computers can be beneficial in motivating the student, and are excellent tools for working on theory, composition, ear training, notating music and learning to perform with an accompaniment. ( There are also websites that have fun music games that could google. Also use the CD that accompanies many of the books-you can play along or just listen and tap)

6. Duets can be motivating when played with a parent or friends, and can make piano practice a social experience, as well.

7. Competitions and auditions are important in setting and achieving goals for many students. Other students, who are not interested in competitions, may want to explore other areas such as improvisation or composition. (the studio has several competitions including contests and the Honor Roll as well as once a year goal setting)



Ever had a new piece of music and when you opened it up you thought  oh my goodness, I don't know if I can play THIS piece.

This article will help you deal with this problem. First of all, we need to get rid of the negative frame of mind. This means that you shouldn't be afraid of the piece or even think that it is too hard. You just have to understand the piece and how to deal with it, then you CAN play it. In other words we will change the words tricky, hard, and difficult to -no problem, got it and okay, I get it!

All pieces have easy bits even if they look hard at first and a lot of easy bits lead to being able to play the piece of music and even enjoy it!

1. Repeating section bonuses: That is when you learn a measure or a couple of measures and find that they are repeated elsewhere in the music a bonus you only have to learn it once, but you now know more measures or lines because of that.

2. Pattern Magic: You can also go through your piece and find scales, chords or other patterns. How about a series of chords or inversions that use the same fingering? There may be places where the notes move down or up in steps or skips find those patterns as well. You can even circle these patterns if you like. Patterns are great for making a piece easier to play.

3. Ive seen that before: Sometimes you can find sections in your new piece that remind you of pieces that you have already played (and learned!) If youve played it once, you can play it again!

4. Playing to my strengths: Every student will have particular technical challenges that they cope with particularly well  it might be playing staccato, holding long notes, extended passages of piano, jumps or trills.

5. Nothing Much Happening: Some sections of the piece will look easy because they are easy. If there are eight consecutive bars with nothing but whole notes, you can add that to your list of Reasons This Piece is Not So Tough After All.

Here is the exciting thing though.

By the time you have gone through and highlighted each instance of each of these elements, there really will not be much of the piece that is not touched by at least one of them. Your pencil marks highlighting Easy Bits will be everywhere, and you now have reasons for regarding just about every measure in the piece as being easy to learn in some way.



Show interest in music in everyday life

Take your child to extra-curricular musical events such as recitals, concerts and musicals

Play music in the home using videos and recordings

Listen to music on TV and radio

Get a good instrument but not necessarily top-of-the-line. Students will not advance beyond the quality of their instruments. Have the piano tuned twice a year to keep it in best shape.

Encourage your child to form a group of friends with similar interests and goals in music.

Relate music study to other subjects and life in general

Encourage your child to sing, sight-read and experiment with the piano to foster creativity, improvisation and playing by ear.

Encourage your child to read books about music, use computer programs and websites related to music theory and fundamentals.

Encourage your child to experiment with the features of digital pianos and sequencers.


learning to play the piano has enriched the lives of our household"
-mother of a piano student