So your pupil arrives for their piano lesson. They sit and play what they have been working on, receive constructive feedback, work on some important techniques with you and leave with some new challenges for the week ahead, confident in their progress, right? If only it were that easy…
I am pleased to say that almost all my weekly piano and keyboard pupils practise between their lessons. However, there are always some exceptions.
What makes a good piano pupil? How can you improve your chances of success? Here are five key qualities to develop…
It’s true: not all pupils are equal. Some seem to develop new skills and pass through the curriculum quickly and easily, others struggle and hit roadblocks regularly. Whilst a degree of ‘natural talent’ has a part to play, there are other significant factors.
So what do good piano pupils look like? Continue reading
If you ask several piano players how they learnt to play, you’re likely to get some quite different answers. Some will have received very formal (probably classical) tuition from a ‘proper’ piano teacher. Others will have been taught by a parent, relative or friend. Still others will have used a book or an online resource to teach themselves from scratch. You will also find many who (like me) have used a combination of these methods. So, how do you decide which is best for you?
Here are 6 key questions to ask yourself and some ideas to get you thinking: Continue reading
In case you haven’t found it yet, here’s a great website for downloading and printing free sheet music for piano: MakingMusicFun. I visit it from time to time to supplement the teaching books I use, particularly when a pupil needs more practice at the current level before progressing to the next page or section.
They have a good selection of scores from beginner to intermediate. Although the music is organised into levels, there is no actual piece-by-piece progression so I wouldn’t recommend using it in place of a progressive course. If you want to learn to play the piano and make steady progress in a clear and logical manner, I would recommend something like the Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course. But the Making Music Fun website is a very useful additional resource.
Take a look – what do you think?