The missing link in piano practise at home

If you’re the piano student who listens, follows instructions and basically does what your teacher asks you to, and are getting nowhere, then this post is for you.

A student like this came to his piano lesson the other day. He’d been practising at home, but it really didn’t sound like it, as not much had been accomplished during that time. Continue reading

I search

‘I search’ is a poem about my search for work-life balance.

I search for the empty that lets me embrace,
The busy that fills me with joy.

I listen for spaces,
For rests that give meaning,
To music that plays to the mood that I’m feeling. Continue reading

Piano teaching : Why I moved to No-Make-Ups

No more Make-ups when students miss piano lessons I recently switched from 100% Make-Ups for missed lessons, to No-Make-Ups with ‘Flex Slots’.  Each student who practises regularly qualifies for un-charged extra class time each month during my ‘Flex Slots’. In this post, I discuss my decision to make this change and tell piano students and … Continue reading

The breeze that knocked me over

You’re the breeze that knocked me over, And I’m lying on the floor. I struggle to rise, clinging to hope. I’m in a better place now, but still struggle to cope.

Minimising Piano Practise Disturbances

The set-up and placement of the piano at home may be the cause of disturbances during practise, or the cause of infrequent practise. In most Indian homes, the piano is placed in the hall-cum-living room. Unlike with the violin or guitar, the pianist cannot just take his/her instrument to another room when there are guests. So … Continue reading

The biggest practise mistake piano students make

Your piano teacher says you’re not doing well This is a student who wants progress. He/she is an older student, teen or adult, who is not content to learn lots of beginner level repertoire. Who comes to class having put a lot of effort into what is currently being worked on. But this student isn’t … Continue reading

My friend for a reason

My friend for a reason, I thought you were true, But you ran when you thought I had need. I was your friend for all time, And I thought you were mine, But now things have changed and there’s no going back.