I had a really lovely time at a workshop on ‘Found’ Poetry this December. The workshop was conducted by Ankita Shah, co-founder of The Poetry Club, at G5A, Mumbai. We worked on two different kinds of found poetry – Blackout Poetry and Cento Poetry. It was a lot of fun! Interesting to see how different theContinue reading “Learning to write ‘Found’ Poetry”
Can we stop and just listen to what they say? ‘Cos the wheel will keep turning until every dog has it’s day. Can we withhold judgement even when we don’t agree? Even when their ideas make us want to shout and scream?
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”
Can you learn something new every day? Or open your mind to a different way. Or spend just 5 minutes during each week, Trying something different from hobbies you usually seek?
We must take a turn when the path is blocked,
And explore the lanes we usually do not.
For the path that’s familiar might lead us away,
From roads we must travel to help us find our place.
The light-bulb moment April 2019 was a month of breakthroughs in piano class. Some of my students had been struggling with things that should have been easy for them, and it took them months to reach that light-bulb moment when everything just fell into place. A solution so simple and easy to understand, and yet,Continue reading “Piano practise : The idea of ‘practising’ learning”
A letter to the piano student who fears failure and therefore just won’t try. Dear Student, I’m asking you to make an effort. I’m not asking you to succeed, but to just go through the motions to start with. Because I know that success will follow. Because I know, that someday you’ll move onContinue reading “Because I know that success will follow”
Piano teachers today often need to combine piano teaching with special education skills in order to get across to students that have different learning needs. Students who appear to be slow at first, often develop into creative students with ideas of their own. After some time, they come to class with questions.
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.
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?”
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.