Early on in my piano teaching career, I had the brilliant idea that ALL students could learn the piano, regardless of motivation, ability or background. I just needed to find the right music, or the most exciting games and activities, and they would be hooked. After teaching hundreds of students, I have realized my own … More 4 Reasons To NOT Take Piano Lessons
No, the title isn’t a typo. Today’s post is all about stopping stopping, or in other words, how to prevent pauses and hesitations when playing music. Frequently, after a student plays their piece for me, I will ask them what they thought of their performance. Students frequently point out note or rhythmic errors, or challenging … More Stopping Stopping
This year, I’ve come across two different books for beginners that are innovative and target different kinds of beginner piano students. Both are relatively new, and I’ve been implementing them into my lessons with success! 1. Cougar’s Great Adventure This book is by Marianne Marusic, piano teacher, RCM Examiner, and founder of the Metropolitan School … More Books for beginners you probably haven’t heard about
Students studying music have the opportunity to participate in many extra activities outside of their regular private lesson. I will be focusing on WHY piano students should participate, and HOW to succeed specifically at music festivals. Since 2010, I have been actively volunteering for music festivals (first in British Columbia, now in Ontario). As a … More How to succeed at a music festival
Over the past few years of teaching piano, I’ve noticed more and more the ADVANTAGES of spending LESS time at the piano during the piano lesson. Sounds counterintuitive, right? Here’s why students benefit from spending LESS time at the piano during the lesson: Most students start piano lessons because they want to ENJOY learning how … More Why I spend LESS time on the piano at the lesson
About 4 years ago, I told a young student that I was still taking piano lessons, and he was shocked to find out that his piano teacher “didn’t know everything about music”. The fact is teachers must always strive to learn and grow, no matter how many years one as been teaching. That’s why I’ve … More Jazz Piano and dance lessons for me!
In Part 1 of How to Read Music like a Pro, I talked about what sight reading is, why it’s important, and why it’s a common challenge for many musicians. In Part 2 of How to Read Music like a Pro, I mentioned the most common sight reading books used by teachers, and how to … More How to Read Music like a Pro – Part 3 (last)