Group piano class is one of my favorite events of the year. About six of my students are able to make it, and we gather in my basement studio. During this hour, we enjoy each other’s company, listen to each other’s pieces, play a couple group music games, and folk dance. The students usually bound…… Continue reading Group Piano Class – Ideas from Spring 2019
Steady beat used to be a concept that I used to assume all students just kind of knew. I didn’t understand the deep necessity for students experiencing it, and how a strong sense of the steady beat would improve other areas of a student’s performance in piano. I talked more about this in the importance…… Continue reading Steady Beat Part 2: Beyond the Metronome – Movement Activities to Establish Steady Beat with Piano Students
My first two years as a classroom music teacher, I had my students do rhythm drills. We started with rhythms of half and whole notes, while students used traditional counting (1-2-3-4). From one lesson to the next, they could not accurately clap the correct rhythms and count. They could tell me that a quarter note…… Continue reading Steady Beat Part 1: The Importance of Establishing Steady Beat in Piano Students
“What do I teach, and when?” Within my teaching career, both in the classroom and in private lessons, the above question has been my biggest obstacle. There is a lot to think about: What concepts do I teach, and in what order? What songs and pieces do I use to teach each concept? What concepts…… Continue reading Analysis of Beginning Piano Literature Series Part One: Why analyze music?