Careless Words

Posted on: December 1, 2019 by in Piano Teacher
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Careless Words One of my friends told me a story yesterday. It broke my heart. She’s given me permission to share it here. When Jill was a child she and her brother learned piano. The piano teacher told Jill that she was unmusical and had no sense of rhythm. As a result, Jill gave up with her playing and has a sadness about that even now, at the age of 58. She never allowed herself to sing as a result of this comment - she never joined a choir, never took part in anything musical that Continue Reading ...

Little Hands

Posted on: October 27, 2019 by in Piano Teacher
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When hands and fingers are too little to be able to maintain that traditional piano hand position....and yet there is musicality wanting to come forward. What to do? This is where use of just one or two fingers comes in for a while. If the child is allowed to follow their own instinct in terms of picking out sounds and notes and just having fun with that so many foundational musical abilities can develop eg. a sense of pitch, rhythm, the ability to hear and imitate, a sense of Continue Reading ...

Learning through play

Posted on: October 27, 2019 by in Piano Teacher
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Everyone loves to play! Even if playing is a dim distant memory...even if we can't remember a time when we were allowed to just let go, play and have fun. The world can be a pressured place - a place of expectations and demands. A place of moving fast - getting here, getting there. We often have full lives and little time to just smell the roses. I've found that learning happens best when the nervous system is relaxed - when the environment is safe, predictable, trust Continue Reading ...