3 Steps To Preventing A Goal Mismatch In Piano Class

Piano teachers teaching in localities where interest in piano lessons is just developing often encounter a lot of students who have an examination mindset. With many, this mindset can be so fixed, that these students will not practise anything unless it is clearly evident that it is part of an examination syllabus. Many piano teachersContinue reading “3 Steps To Preventing A Goal Mismatch In Piano Class”

The importance of books in piano class

Student families often hesitate to invest in piano books. Some question the need to purchase anything other than the lesson book or the examination book. And some even think that the examination book is the lesson book! 

This post answers common questions new piano students have about the need for many books when learning the language of music.

Is poor piano posture holding you back?

Teachers can explain keyboard set-up, and how posture, body-weight and balance affects freedom of movement in the hands and arms. And how this helps students use relaxed arms to depress the weighted piano keys or play at their keyboard without banging, so they’re better prepared when they move to a better instrument.

But students often wait until something is wrong and the pace of their learning is really slow, before they listen. Here are some really big errors students make :

Piano Technique Concerns with Beginner Students

Many beginner level piano students struggle to learn and find playing difficult, because they play the piano with poor technique. Beginner level piano students need to have some basic understanding of the purpose of good piano technique. This helps them understand when it’s time to take their difficulties to their piano teacher.

Here’s a post that, I hope, explains all of this, in brief.

5 Thoughts to help you find the Piano Teacher that’s best for YOU

Families new to piano lessons can find the search for a new piano teacher quite confusing. 

I write this post to help these parents and students who have difficulty assessing which piano teacher or lesson format is the best for them.

Respect and Effective Learning in Piano Class

While many parents were happy to take the time to understand what was going on in piano lessons, there were quite a few who weren’t. 

I learned that educating parents was the secret to progress. Quite a challenge even with those that were interested, and a lost effort with those that weren’t.

There were two major difficulties I faced when teaching in this market which is new to the kind of piano teaching teachers like me do. . .

Parent support in piano class

Parent support for piano practise with young piano students is a huge issue. With teachers, because they know the likelihood of any student actually progressing beyond the beginner level depends on this. Even the musically talented student.

For piano parents it’s time and commitment and something more for them to add to their already busy schedules.

15 easy steps for students, to a really effective piano class

Sometimes piano teachers have those days. And we need to decide whether to have a good laugh or scream at the walls after our students leave. I’ve decided to laugh at all the crazy things my piano students do…

This class called ‘Piano class’

Piano class here in Khargar, Navi Mumbai, encompasses a wide variety of different kinds of classes and parents new to music and piano class get confused. Read here, about the 4 common misconceptions that piano teachers here struggle with and about why keyboard teachers who don’t play the piano should consider joining piano class.

Can you Learn On Your Own?

Young beginner students who understand and learn, generally start coming to class within a month or two, having learned an new easy piece on their own. Students with learning difficulties, poor exposure to education or discipline issues take longer. However, even with these students, there will be visible signs of comprehension and a slow growth in learning independence over time.

What do piano teachers ‘DO’?

“You teach the piano?  That’s wonderful!  What do you do with the rest of your time?” Many piano teachers hear variations of this. From friends, relatives and even parents of new students, who think piano teaching happens just at class time. They see the joy that a teacher feels when students do well, and don’tContinue reading “What do piano teachers ‘DO’?”

What your piano fees pay for

Parents often think that piano teaching is just a 1 hour class once a week for the teacher. Here’s a print from a brochure I keep handy, for parents of all new students to read….It helps parents see that the piano teaching is a ‘profession’ as well as a vocation for the teacher – asContinue reading “What your piano fees pay for”

Learning goals change over time and piano parents need to expect it

“But my child achieved this level of playing and learning last year, and you said it was excellent….this year you say it’s not good enough.” This is something many piano teachers will hear from parents, and it can be the cause of a lot of discord when parents want progress in piano class, but don’tContinue reading “Learning goals change over time and piano parents need to expect it”

Is piano class fun?

My answer to that is Yes and No. Yes Because young children learn rhythm and scales while doing a lot of fun activities. Every young child has heard do, re, mi, etc, in ‘The Sound of Music,’ so learning to play scales is exciting for the young piano student (see What practising scales is goodContinue reading “Is piano class fun?”

Questions parents of young beginner piano students need to ask

Here’s a list of 8 questions that come up over the course of piano teaching. I’m addressing these answer’s specifically to the parents of my new beginner students. 1) Does my teaching approach suit the parent and child? Do the parent, student and teacher have the same goals? Parents and students goals change over time,Continue reading “Questions parents of young beginner piano students need to ask”

Why young students give up the piano

‘Parents thinking a child can practise alone, is a major reason why children stop piano study’ .. i quote here, from a blog by the Vahl Piano Studio. The blog makes an interesting point, that students give up, because they can’t progress.. because they don’t practise enough to learn something new every time.. That whenContinue reading “Why young students give up the piano”

7 things you need to commit to before you start piano class

There are so many different kinds of classes – all called ‘Piano Class’ and parents have no real way of knowing exactly what they are getting into, until their child is enrolled. Teachers always talk to the parent before they take on a new student – i know i do, because the ‘Piano Class’ thatContinue reading “7 things you need to commit to before you start piano class”

We have a keyboard at home – why should we buy a piano?

There are 2 important reasons why piano teachers always recommend students buy an acoustic piano – Weighted keys and Responsiveness to touch, with a a capacity to produce variations in tone.