Some piano students are able to practise regularly without much effort, while others struggle. Long term piano students who do well in piano lessons often excel in their studies. And some even have time for other hobbies.
This poem explores two important factors that give long term piano students their ability to do so much.
Continue reading The Piano Practise’r’s
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 teachers here in Navi Mumbai work with students where examination goals are the only motivating factor for learning. Until achievement changes things and makes the student start to love practising. Students here in India LOVE examinations, so it works really well with most. Unless there’s a goal mismatch.
A goal mismatch is when the examination oriented student wants to achieve high goals, but doesn’t enjoy the learning process that is needed for this to happen.
A goal mismatch can lead to a lot of student-teacher discord, because the students feelings are in conflict with his/her goals. Continue reading 3 Steps To Preventing A Goal Mismatch In Piano Class
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
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
The changing face of piano lessons
My early years as a piano teacher were about teaching music. My young students got music concepts easily. They ran rings around me those first few years, until I had enough teaching experience. Because they could remember what was taught even without practise and I’d get fooled into thinking they’d done their work!
They were flexible thinkers and asked questions when they couldn’t understand. I had a few students with learning issues later, and I wrote a post about them – ‘Coping with the overscheduled child in piano class’. But mostly, it was just about teaching music.
It’s so very different these days, as a lot of beginner level piano teachers now need to be skilled in remedial teaching. Because the percentage of children who struggle with learning and comprehension grows each year. Teachers in different parts of the world often notice the same trend. Continue reading Remedial teaching in piano lessons
Brain gym in piano class
Playing the piano needs different parts of the brain to work together simultaneously.
Young piano students in their first year learn to :
- Read written music and play the correct pitch & rhythm, at a steady pace with an appropriate tempo.
- Play soft, loud, legato (joining the notes) or staccato (with notes detached).
- Sing so they learn phrasing, and can identify mistakes in pitch.
- Listen and hear what’s good and what needs to be worked on.
- Accept correction even when their work is excellent. This is because standards of achievement need to move higher over time, for progress.
- Practise on their own at home with parent support, growing more independent as they grow up.
Continue reading What young beginners learn in piano class
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. Continue reading A guide to buying a suitable piano bench