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. Listen to music for joy – not as homework. Different genres and stylesContinue reading “The Piano Practise’r’s”

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. BecauseContinue reading “How to learn a new piano piece”

Because I know that success will follow

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. I’m asking you to try, knowing you might struggleContinue reading “Because I know that success will follow”

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”

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”

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

Learning to teach my students differently is a constant endeavor and my membership at Tim Topham’s Topmusic has really helped me explore different ways to make piano class challenging, fun and relaxing at the same time. I wrote a guest post (link below) based on my experiences teaching a batch of independent minded boys whoContinue reading “When piano class is a battle of wills with that teenage boy”

Coping with the overscheduled child in piano class

I write this based on my experiences as a piano teacher years ago, and success working with piano students and families that were over-scheduled. This is a child who never has a week-day at home after school. Who doesn’t get enough age appropriate unstructured play time that is necessary for growth and development. And whoContinue reading “Coping with the overscheduled child in piano class”