A Students Guide To Online Piano Lessons

A guide for my piano students who are moving to online lessons on a temporary basis. I hope this post helps other students who are moving to online learning. The set-up in this post is basic and at no extra cost, for students who don’t want to spend on setting up for online lessons. It isContinue reading “A Students Guide To Online Piano Lessons”

The Piano Practise’r’s

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.

3 Steps To Preventing A Goal Mismatch In Piano Class

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”

The importance of books in piano class

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.

Is poor piano posture holding you back?

Teachers can explain keyboard set-up, and how posture, body-weight and balance affects freedom of movement in the hands and arms. And how this helps students use relaxed arms to depress the weighted piano keys or play at their keyboard without banging, so they’re better prepared when they move to a better instrument.

But students often wait until something is wrong and the pace of their learning is really slow, before they listen. Here are some really big errors students make :

Piano Technique Concerns with Beginner Students

Many beginner level piano students struggle to learn and find 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.

The missing link in piano practise at home

If you’re the piano student who listens, follows instructions and basically does what your teacher asks you to, and are getting nowhere, then this post is for you.

A student like this came to his piano lesson the other day. He’d been practising at home, but it really didn’t sound like it, as not much had been accomplished during that time.

What young beginners learn in piano class

“Playing the piano has changed the way I think. I can’t really identify the difference, but I can feel it in the way I get things done.”

I get feedback similar to this from parents of young children after a year or two of piano class.

A step-wise approach to mindful piano practise

Piano practise should be a time of attention to detail and focus, but so often ends up being mindless repetition. This often leads to breakdowns & insecure playing during piano performances. Many many young students who say they panic and are therefore unable to perform, actually have the ability to perform well, when they use the right tools to practise effectively. 

Here’s a check-list, to help piano students make mindfulness a part of their practise.

How to assess your own piano playing

A guide for intermediate to advanced piano students who have learned their piece and want to be able to assess the quality of their playing on their own, with guidance from their teacher. Getting rid of mistakes You should have learned your piece correct from the very first. However, it is likely that you stillContinue reading “How to assess your own piano playing”

Aiming low = reaching high?

 The tried and tested path to success “Aim higher than you want to reach. You may miss your target, but you will still reach your original goal” This way of thinking has worked very well for me and many of my  piano students who wanted sucess easy. Who wanted to do just barely enough thatContinue reading “Aiming low = reaching high?”

Preschool piano teaching with WunderKeys

WunderKeys is a Preschool Piano Program for children between 3 to 5 years of age. It gets  children familiar with the piano keyboard, and helps them to develop skills they will need later, when they complete the course and move on to a beginner piano method book.   My first experience with WunderKeys I startedContinue reading “Preschool piano teaching with WunderKeys”

Teaching parents the value of struggle – and how it’s helping

When parent support turns into spoon-feeding Young beginner level piano students need their parents to be involved, So they practise daily Read their homework book, understand, and following instructions. Develop independence as they grow older and learn to practise on their own. Unfortunately, parents often use this time to show their child what is correct,Continue reading “Teaching parents the value of struggle – and how it’s helping”

What practising scales is good for..

7 reasons why scales are an essential part of learning to play the piano…. Understanding the ‘key’ of a piece of music Exercising each and every finger Developing strength and agility of the fingers Hand coordination Playing scales in different ways can be used to improve rhythmic ability Developing a good tone Developing focus –Continue reading “What practising scales is good for..”

Questions parents of young beginner piano students need to ask

Here’s a list of 8 questions that come up over the course of piano teaching. I’m addressing these answer’s specifically to the parents of my new beginner students. 1) Does my teaching approach suit the parent and child? Do the parent, student and teacher have the same goals? Parents and students goals change over time,Continue reading “Questions parents of young beginner piano students need to ask”

Getting your child to the piano at practise time

Young piano students generally don’t practise unless there’s supervision. They need help with scheduling practise and they also need daily reminders to practise. Here are a few effective and not so effective ways that parents handle the daily reminders. Tell my children to practise and they will do it on their own Most parents whoContinue reading “Getting your child to the piano at practise time”

Coping with the overscheduled child in piano class

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.

Recording your performance

Recording performances once or twice a week, is an excellent method of “Performance practise” – for students who have very few opportunites to perform. Dealing with pre-performance nerves is something every young piano student needs to learn to do and this gets easier with practise. “Performance practise” needs to be a part of the studentsContinue reading “Recording your performance”

Why young students give up the piano

‘Parents thinking a child can practise alone, is a major reason why children stop piano study’ .. i quote here, from a blog by the Vahl Piano Studio. The blog makes an interesting point, that students give up, because they can’t progress.. because they don’t practise enough to learn something new every time.. That whenContinue reading “Why young students give up the piano”