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 :
This post talks about piano posture, what to consider when buying a piano bench & where the Indian student can find piano benches to suit different budgets.
Plus an easy low-budget solution for a low piano bench.
“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’?”
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 :
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.