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.