PS : TOG & SEP are my short-forms for playing hands together and hands separately.
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.
Continue reading How to learn a new piano piece
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, something that these particular students could only understand after a lot of struggle.
The practise of LEARNING.
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 on and be independent in learning music. Continue reading Because I know that success will follow
How many books does a piano student really need?
And why should students need more than one book? 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. Continue reading The importance of books in piano class
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.
Good piano posture from the beginning helps students progress quicker, as their fingers move better. So they later play challenging pieces with ease.
Continue reading Is poor piano posture holding you back?
Many beginner level piano students struggle to learn. They find easy 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. Continue reading Piano Technique Concerns with Beginner Students
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.
Your child’s first piano teacher will set the foundations of his/her musical growth. The quality of learning at beginner level is important, as it determines whether the student will stay motivated enough to continue learning more. Continue reading 5 Thoughts to help you find the Piano Teacher that’s best for YOU