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.

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”

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”

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”

7 things you need to commit to before you start piano class

There are so many different kinds of classes – all called ‘Piano Class’ and parents have no real way of knowing exactly what they are getting into, until their child is enrolled. Teachers always talk to the parent before they take on a new student – i know i do, because the ‘Piano Class’ thatContinue reading “7 things you need to commit to before you start piano class”

A tribute to the Piano Mom’s

Children love to perform, but mostly do not like to practise. The first year of learning often goes slow, until their parents realise that daily practise is not going to happen, unless they (the parents) spend time with their kids and make it happen. With my students, it’s almost always the Mom. It does notContinue reading “A tribute to the Piano Mom’s”

2 minutes and 2 steps to Creative Piano Practise

….for piano students to make their practise spontaneous, yet regular and fun. So, students, this is how it works : Select a small section from a piece you like (a line or a phrase of music) – change the section every week Play it for 2 minutes, when you take a break from some otherContinue reading “2 minutes and 2 steps to Creative Piano Practise”