Tag Archives: Rhythm Drills

Brain Goals

This is your Brain… on Music.  Our studio incentive program for this year is off to a fine (well, slow – my fault) start this year. I have FINALLY got the pages in everyone’s binder. I printed this on 2 … Continue reading

Posted in Inspirational, Method Books, Piano pedagogy | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Jaws and Trills

Friday night, with my daughter, I watched Jaws for the first time in my life. It came out when I was in my teens and simply everybody went to see it – standing in line-ups that went around the block … Continue reading

Posted in Piano pedagogy, Practice Tips, Technic, Theory | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

It’s all about the brain

After looking at numerous incentive programs, and rejecting many because they’re more complicated than I’d like them to be, I’ve decided to use Jennifer Fink’s This is Your Brain… on Music! (Pianimation) I like this because : (1) It’s easy. It’s … Continue reading

Posted in Piano pedagogy, Sight Reading, Studio News | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

When do we give that sticker?

Should students be rewarded for something as basic as getting the rhythm correct – especially after weeks of being reminded, drilling at the lesson, and assignment sheets with instructions in an ever-increasing font size? Tonight I gave a student a … Continue reading

Posted in Piano pedagogy | Tagged , | 9 Comments

Use Whatever Works

Any good teacher will relate new or difficult concepts to something the student already knows – “From the known to the unknown” is the familiar educational maxim. As piano teachers of private one-on-one students, we get to know them well … Continue reading

Posted in Piano pedagogy | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Teaching note-reading without reading notes

To use an over-used phrase, I was forced to think outside the box with one of my young students this fall. He has now had a year and a half of lessons but can barely read any notes. Being strongly … Continue reading

Posted in Piano pedagogy, Studio News, Theory | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

A Year of Blogging

Today this blog is one year old. It’s been way more adventurous than I could have imagined. I started it for two reasons: one, to record some of my impressions of the Artistry at the Piano method – a method … Continue reading

Posted in Books about Music, CFMTA 2011, Piano pedagogy, Sight Reading, Studio News | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Tasty Fix to 3/4 Time

Erica Ann Sipes at Beyond the Notes recently wrote a witty, almost poignant apology to 3/4 time. It is massacred so often. Students invariably add a fourth beat, completely unaware of what they’re doing. There is nothing stable, nothing to ground … Continue reading

Posted in Studio News | Tagged | Leave a comment

Performance Classes

We’re in the midst of Performance Classes this week. I’m having my Christmas Piano Parties over the next 2 weekends, so the primary focus of the classes is to prepare for the recitals. A few students missed last weeks’ lessons, … Continue reading

Posted in Piano pedagogy, Studio News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Performance Class: Elementary

A class with a half-dozen 7-9 year-olds, pretty much all starting their second year of piano lessons, needs to be over-prepared with plans, materials, and energy on the part of the teacher! Between the six students, I’m using 3 different … Continue reading

Posted in Piano pedagogy, Studio News, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

But I Don’t Like Peanut Butter

Ah – that wonderful late intermediate stage – grade 7/8 and up – where those nasty cross-rhythms appear. Playing two against three is fairly straight-forward. It works out to be the equivalent of a quarter, 2 eighths, then another quarter … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Fingering – the solution to most problems

One of my regrets is that I didn’t take the piano pedagogy course during my university studies. It conflicted with a shift that I had working in the library on campus, and I thought the few dollars a week were … Continue reading

Posted in Piano pedagogy, Technic | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments