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 :

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’?”

Recording and Guided Self-Assessment in piano in class

A review of my lessons this year made me realise that students just don’t hear what their teacher hears. This hearing gap is one of the reasons why students get upset with the critical evaluation that’s a part of every piano class.

This November 2017, I decided to put my cellphone recorder and a pile of unused file dividers (assessment cards) to use, to remedy this problem :

Coping with the overscheduled child in piano class

This child may grow to be an 8 year old, who has difficulty answering a question, if it differs from what he/she is thinking about….. often does not listen to what is being asked….. memorises very quickly and does everything by rote.

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.