A Students Guide To Online Piano Lessons

This is a post on the format of online piano lessons at Anitaelise Piano Studio, with some ideas on how piano students can have a basic set up at home without spending too much. In-Studio Lessons moving to Online Lessons for the lockdown. Lessons will be held at the same time slot as In-Studio lessons.Continue reading “A Students Guide To Online Piano Lessons”

The Piano Practise’r’s

They go to the piano on days that are sad, On days they feel happy, or to let out their mad. On days that go well and on days they feel taxed, Because, most important of all – they play to relax. They listen to music for joy – not as homework. Different genres andContinue reading “The Piano Practise’r’s”

Writing to minimise drudgery and find solutions

This phase of sadness usually lasts four days each year. I pull out papers – not a lot – this is the easy part. Then, I bravely open my email – which is so full of spam, advertisements, and constant reminders, that I can’t find any mails I really need. And that when panic hits!

You’ll know I’m having a bad day if you see me at the local coffee shop with my never fail solution, that helps me through this stressful time each year. Chocolate cake and hot cup of chai!

How to learn a new piano piece

Sight reading a new piece it’s always TOG, Bit by bit else you’ll have to slog. Go through the motions on days that it’s tough, Because small bits of practise will make smooth out of rough. Later it’s SEP ‘cos you’ll pick it apart, Exploring aurals and technique till it gets in your heart. Because musicContinue reading “How to learn a new piano piece”

Because I know that success will follow

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”

Is poor piano posture holding you back?

Are you a piano or keyboard student who struggles with stiff fingers, that won’t move fast? Do you have difficulty joining notes? Do you experience either hand, arm, shoulders or back pain when playing? If you do, then this post will help you.   Many beginner piano students in India start learning on basic keyboards beforeContinue reading “Is poor piano posture holding you back?”

A guide to buying a suitable piano bench

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. Practising on a basic keyboard during the early years of piano class Many Indian students buy basic 5-octaveContinue reading “A guide to buying a suitable piano bench”

What Piano Practise Is

Piano practise is different from playing. Rather, it is an exploration of some work, or a section of work. Using a method or technique of practising and working. To achieve a specific goal. Here’s a short reminder of what piano practise is Correctly shaped hands. Different from playing a piece. Repetition. Good posture. Short slotsContinue reading “What Piano Practise Is”

Book Review : The Art of Piano Fingering

The Art of Piano Fingering by Rami Bar-Niv is a wonderfully detailed exploration of piano fingering. It’s become my textbook for when I get stuck with fingering and need to study it in relation to playing technique, hand size and the kind of effect that a passage of piano music requires the pianist to produce.Continue reading “Book Review : The Art of Piano Fingering”

7 Scheduling Tips for Relaxed Piano Practise

The way piano practise is scheduled matters. Students who manage their piano practise schedule well also learn, in the process, to manage their daily schedule well. They practise less and achieve more because they’re more relaxed. This fosters better piano playing technique and helps students move to challenging repertoire easily. The aim of good practiseContinue reading “7 Scheduling Tips for Relaxed Piano Practise”

15 Steps To Effective Learning In Piano Class

Piano students often learn slow when they start piano lessons, and the remedy can be quite simple. Here’s 15 easy steps to effective learning in piano class. Arrive at class on time. Leave home budgeting time for traffic jams and other delays, so you walk in relaxed. You will learn better. Take all your booksContinue reading “15 Steps To Effective Learning In Piano Class”

Teaching my first Skype piano class

I first tried online piano teaching in 2016, when I stopped teaching in Bandra and started teaching full time in Kharghar Navi Mumbai. My student, a 9 year old boy, wasn’t yet ready to move on to a new in-studio teacher. He therefore decided to take a combination of weekly online lessons via Skype, with a onceContinue reading “Teaching my first Skype piano class”

When piano class is a battle of wills with that teenage boy

Teenage boys in piano class Consider the musically-talented teenage boy who is learning the piano because he loves to play. He’s enthusiastic, but there’s just one problem. He does not want to practise daily, and has little or no interest in anything that leads up to good playing: note reading, theory, practice techniques, piano technique or interpretation.Continue reading “When piano class is a battle of wills with that teenage boy”

Coping with the overscheduled child in piano class

An essay about helping children learn how to learn. I wrote this based on my teaching experiences years ago, and success with working with piano students and families that were over-scheduled. This is the child who never has a week-day at home after school. Who does not get enough unstructured play time, that is necessary,Continue reading “Coping with the overscheduled child in piano class”

A tribute to Piano Mom’s

Children love to perform and play. But many don’t understand, or have the maturity, to commit to the routine of daily practise. The first year of learning often goes slow, until their parents realise that daily practise will only happen when THEY get involved and make it happen. With my students, it’s almost always theContinue reading “A tribute to Piano Mom’s”