Piano Kids Need to Know What those Ticks Mean:  Setting a metronome to tick away incessantly in the background while your piano students play, without having them understand what each tick means, will do nothing but annoy them and eventually cause them to simply tune it out. Great idea to have students move something besides their fingers to the tick of the metronome. I have found that a critical element in teaching metronome use is to start using it from day one.
Private lesson students do similar activities, in addition to using the metronome with their songs.
My students generally HATE the metronome… but absolutely LOVE playing with a drum loop! Pro-metronome is a great app to use…its free and now that I have an Ipad, the kids love seeing the giant metronome on my piano. I’m pretty sure they would love to practice to Petronome, which is a metronome in where you can select and play along with different animals to keep your beat in time. The first question you may ask yourself is: “Should I do this or not?” It’s not an easy one to answer.
So, looking back, and knowing what I know now (nearly 10 years on) – would I still have ‘chosen’ him? On the positive side, and from a purely selfish point of view, having your own child to ‘test out’ your piano-teaching techniques is extremely handy. Even if you’re not using your child to ‘experiment’ on, and you’re already an established teacher with confidence in your own methods, there are still plenty of advantages to teaching your offspring yourself rather than looking elsewhere.
Firstly, of course, the money you will save from not paying another teacher can never be underestimated – nor the convenience of having the lessons in your own home and at a time which suits your family. Another advantage is that by teaching your child yourself, you have only yourself to blame. In an ideal world, full of ideal piano teachers with their ideal children, you would use exactly the same approach when teaching your own child as you would when teaching anyone else … and your child would respond in exactly the same way to you as he would to a piano teacher who didn’t happen to be his mother or father. So, in this ideal world, lessons would be scheduled at a regular time, your child would enter the room dressed appropriately, speak to you respectfully (assuming he is a reasonably well- behaved child who speaks respectfully to other teachers) and you would show as much interest in him and as much patience and tolerance towards him as you would with any of your other pupils. Your child may enter the room with a grumpy expression on his face, tell you he’s too tired to concentrate (which, if true, is something he wouldn’t necessarily mention to another teacher) and immediately display a sense of ‘attitude’. You will also find it extremely difficult not to interfere with your child’s practices (unless you are fortunate in having a large enough house where you can’t actually hear them) and he may find it hard not to ask you where he’s going wrong (in a scale, for example) when you’ve told him to try working it out himself. Obviously that’s a far from ideal situation for both pupil and teacher and it is also not conducive to a happy family atmosphere – I must admit there have been times when we’ve allowed a petty argument (“I did play a C sharp!”…  “ no, you didn’t!” … “I did!” etc.) to continue and develop outside the piano lesson environment. Lessons with my other child have been slightly easier – due to his more laid-back personality. Another ‘downside’ to teaching your own child is the huge sense of responsibility and anxiousness you feel – particularly before exams or public performances. However, I’m glad to say that, for me, the sense of having ‘double the stress, nerves and worry’ is balanced by ‘double the pride, happiness and relief’ when the exam results come out. So, yes – if the pair of you can suffer and survive the inevitable clashes – teaching your own child to play the piano is probably something you should do. All my tips and advice on how to Teach Piano at Home are now available to read on your Kindle or other tablet device in my new 240-page eBook at Amazon - you can read more about it by clicking the red or blue button below. I used to think that being a great teacher and building an amazing business was about time and effort.
I was stressed and had nothing left for other things that mattered– like family, health, and fun. One day, I took a step back and began to restructure my business– changing my long-time routine was scary, but it came like a breath of fresh air. Grace authors a lifestyle blog about music, travel, self-improvement, and entrepreneurship. Alfred Music is the world’s largest educational music publisher and has a really great kit for teaching piano to beginners called Teach Your Child to Play Piano. Teach Your Child to Play Piano, book 1 (Which also includes a CD of the songs they will learn). This book has parent instruction guides as well as student-friendly pages to help them learn on their own. This book is full of fun songs that your kids will love to play (Scooby Doo, Row Your Boat, Over the Rainbow, etc.) My older son, who has a little emote music knowledge enjoyed playing from this book.
While this Handy Tool will do wonders for home practice, it can be used for many in-lesson activities as well (that then also result in more effective practice).
Find the Intervals – The Handy Tool is the perfect visual for explaining intervals found within a given piece.
Step, Skip, Repeat – Reinforce early reading skills by finding sets of notes that step, skip or repeat within a current piece. I got a bag of styrofoam hands at Joanne’s craft store and glued them onto Popsicle sticks. September 15, 2015 : By TrevorWhen you’re eight years old, struggling with a new piano concept or skill is no fun at all! Wonder if you’d consider creating activities geared toward a slightly older age group?
If you’re looking to build your piano studio, teach outside of those typical after school hours or change things up and challenge yourself, then adult piano students is your niche market to explore!  With the right approach, a keen sense of what it is your adult students want from their lessons, and the ability to continue to provide approachable and stimulating challenges for your students, you are sure to find a richly rewarding teaching experience.
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May 6, 2015 : By AndreaWhen teaching young children, piano teachers are exposed to a staggering variety of technique issues. No more searching for hours; just check out the categories below and head on over to the corresponding blog post for the assistance you’re looking for! Student With Stiff Wrists? Check out this post where we share simple 2 ways to loosen wrists. Poor Posture? Here are 3 steps to correcting piano student posture that are lots of fun and impossible to ignore! Need your students to develop “dual vision” so they can see their hands AND their music? We’ll be updating this post as we continue to blog with inventive and useful ways to fix piano student technique, so be sure to check back in whenever you need assistance! How about rhythm issues, particularly students who can’t seem to match their playing up with a metronome? Acoustic pianos typically range in price from $2,000 to $10,000 or more for some high-quality concert grand pianos.


If the cost is an issue for you, however, a digital keyboard is a totally acceptable place to start. Before you can expect to play more than Mary Had a Little Lamb, you need to pin down some good resources that explain how to teach yourself piano. DataDragon: Learning to read music is not quite as simple or straightforward as finding Middle C. OnlinePianist: Chords (multiple notes played at the same time) and scales (a succession of notes played one after the other) are the foundation of piano playing. Hanon exercises: It’s important to build finger strength and improve your musical aptitude. MusicNotes: When you’re ready to start playing actual songs, MusicNotes is a great resource to find sheet music for your favorite songs, in a variety of difficulty levels.
You may think you now know how to teach yourself piano, but just like a New Year’s resolution, you may only keep it up for a couple of weeks. Individualized instruction: Even with the above resources at your disposal, it’s difficult to know if you’re doing everything right.
Accountability: What are the odds that you will hold yourself accountable to complete your music theory work and Hanon exercises needed to become a better pianist?
Motivation: Anticipating your next lesson and having a desire to show your teacher how much you have improved is a huge motivational tool. A broadened perspective: Perhaps the only reason you want to learn how to teach yourself piano is so you can play Christina Perri and Adele songs.
If you find that learning how to teach yourself piano isn’t allowing you to progress the way you want, find a piano teacher near you and commit to lessons. 5 Inspiring San Diego Artists You Should Know Feeling Stuck? I use GarageBand all the time during lessons and will just turn on one of the prerecorded drum loops – especially great for putting some hip-hop into Hanon! Probably … although I certainly don’t think it’s always been the ‘ideal’ situation – and I could probably list just as many ‘cons’ as ‘pros’. You can change your mind about so many things – such as which books to use or how much practice work to set – without confusing or annoying fee-paying customers and their parents. You can participate in your child’s practice sessions and – as you will obviously know the piece he’s playing, having taught it to him – you can instantly ensure that he corrects wrong notes or rhythms long before they become habit-forming … bearing in mind that after a week rather than a day’s practice a mistake becomes far harder to reverse.
If, on the other hand, you send your child to another teacher, that teacher is unlikely to have the same methods as you and you’re likely to find yourself becoming critical in areas where you differ.
You would never interfere in his practices and he would never ask for your help outside the regular lesson time.
You, in return, will forget to ask him how his day or week has been (as you feel you know the answer already) and will respond to his attitude by speaking firmly and without the friendly smile which your paying customers receive. I also admit that it’s often my fault as much as his: for some reason I find it far harder to be patient with my own children than with others and tend to give a lot more criticism and a lot less praise. He is quick to admit his mistakes and less likely to bear a grudge when my patience breaks down.
Between them, my sons have taken 15 piano grades and I haven’t had a decent night’s sleep before any of them. The book teaches kids all about hand position, the black and white keys, note names and values, and begins with some simple songs to play.
This way kids and parents can hear what the song should sound like while they are learning it. For my youngest students specifically, I want to send them home with the tools they need to minimize confusion and maximize success.
Ask your student to fold down the fingers he would use to play a 4th on C, to fold down the fingers he would use to skip from E to G etc. Ask your student to show you the step, skip or repeat by bending down the fingers (or finger) that is used.
Because students spend so little time in our studios, success on the piano truly depends on what happens at home. You can also buy a fake manniquin hand (like the type to practice nail art on) and use that!
Put a big blue dot on the top of one piece and then blue dots on the fingers she’ll need for that piece on the paper hands etc?
Dynamico to your studio all you need is this fun piano printable, a pencil, and a superhero-sized imagination.
And one of our most successful ways to use stories is with our technique resource TEDDtales.
Dynamico can get those fingers curved, legato & stacatto signs observed, and with a name like that he will kick dynamic signs into being! As Editor of the Clavier Companion magazine, he’s no stranger to the world of piano… or the world of adult piano students. I am just starting to teach piano after finishing my Grade 10 Royal Conservatory practical exam. Be sure to pin this post, because we’ve put together The Ultimate Collection of Piano Technique Fixes so you can find everything you need to get your students back on track.
Here’s an amazingly simple yet effective DIY tool you can make to strengthen and correct collapsing joints. It’s one of the most versatile instruments, and learning how to teach yourself piano will surely serve you in other areas of your life.
Even if there’s a public place where you have access to a piano, it’s far better if you have one in the privacy of your home. Obviously, as a beginner, you don’t need a grand piano, but you’ll at least want a quality instrument to practice on.
If you have no musical background, you may feel overwhelmed by looking at all those keys – but don’t worry! This resource teaches you how to play every major and minor scale on the piano as well as a huge variety of chords. A free one-page sample gives you a feel for the difficulty of the piece before you pay for the entire song. Working with a private piano teacher can make a drastic difference in your motivation and the speed at which you progress.
Without a teacher to report to, you may find yourself skipping these important steps after just a few weeks. But if you find that learning a particular song is incredibly difficult, you’re likely to get frustrated and give up.


However, a teacher can open your eyes to the beauty of other genres of music to round out your repertoire.
Enjoy live interaction and real-time performance with friendly teachers in a fun group setting. This could easily lead to confusion for your child if you were to start trying to intervene using your own methods. In his case, there have been considerably fewer mother-son differences during the lesson – although I have felt the need to interfere a lot more in his practises – mainly because if I hadn’t started setting a minimum time for them it would have been once through a piece and ‘dunnit!’.
I sense the nervousness of other parents in the examination waiting room but envy them for not having the added pressure that I’m experiencing. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jan Hazell with appropriate and specific direction to the original content on this site.
It has a guide for parents to help them keep a practice schedule and tips for teaching the new concepts to the kids with each lesson. I love using these with my kids to help them practice all the different aspects of theory they need to learn while learning piano. There is no instruction given on this game, so it is better for kids who have a little more musical knowledge.
If you are looking for something for your beginners to use at home, this is a fun way to go. In 5-finger positions the specific finger used rarely changes, and so a very clear reminder can be helpful in preventing mistakes from being reinforced over and over.
If you want another awesome resource for maximizing home practice check out our book, Shhhh… Your Piano Teacher Thinks This Is Practice.
Dynamico is going to help her with a certain piano skill or concept (playing legato, remembering to count rests, posture etc.) that she is struggling with and discuss with your student aspects of the concept that “need work”. Because your piano student will be taking this printable home as a reminder of something to work on, you can use this section to tell your student what she needs to work on at home to help Dr.
Our interactive, story-based approach to technical exercises will have your technically-terrified piano students begging for more! It’s just big big help for teachers like me who is busy with own kids, home, non musician hubby and yet adores teaching her students but doesn’t have time and fantasy to create such amazing things! Through his uber-successful group programs at Southern Methodist University he’s had the opportunity to share his love of piano with hundreds of adult students. DataDragon can help with this; the various lessons cover time signatures, types of notes and rests, counting, sheet music symbols, and more.
As you click through the options, keep in mind that the major and minor chords are a great place to start. The link provided here lets you download a free PDF version of each exercise, as well as play a sample so you can hear how the exercise is supposed to sound.
Your technique is bound to falter and you may find pieces more difficult to learn without a rock-solid foundation encouraged by a piano teacher. If you’re teaching yourself, you could easily lose your drive if you get stuck on a tricky piece. The right teacher will know how to pace you so you’re always challenging yourself, but not to the degree of complete frustration. With the right teacher, you’ll learn about composers you may have never considered on your own.
He works exceptionally hard and achieves very good results but he finds it hard to accept criticism (certainly from me!) and – for this reason – some of his piano lessons have ‘fallen apart’ – culminating in raised voices, tempers flaring and one or the other of us leaving the room. Plus, buying all of these as a set saves a great deal of money over purchasing them all separately.
To eliminate this headache, ask your student to fold down the fingers of the Handy Tool that begin their piece (one each hand).
It contains 88 piano practice activities that are absolutely, positively, most definitely, NOT BORING! You make my lessons a lot interesting funny and creative which make my students enjoy every lesson:) thank you so much!!!!
Even though these aspects seem like downsides, nothing can truly replace the sound and feel of a real piano. The more features you want (UBS drive, sound effects, internal metronome, sample songs, etc.), the higher the investment will be.
Middle C is the white key just to the left of the grouping of two black keys near the middle of the keyboard. Is your bad posture the reason you find it tough to play for more than 10 minutes at a time? There are only so many words of encouragement you can give yourself, but a teacher can whip you back into shape.
Dynamico has been battling the perils of the piano for years and that he has come to help defeat a piano villain today. Dynamico in defeating “the villain” she must place the sheet on the piano each time she practices in the coming week as a reminder.
Place your right thumb on Middle C, pointer finger on the next white note (D), and your middle finger on the white note next to that (E). No matter how many tutorials you watch or samples you listen to, many of these questions will remain unanswered unless you have a teacher at your side. I have been using the beginning piano kit with my two kids for about 2 months now and have been really pleased with all they have learned in this time. Also ask her to bring the piano printable back to her lesson next week with a wonderfully scary portrait of “the villain” drawn in the photo frame on the worksheet. Insist on weighted keys, which is the key to achieving different dynamics in the music you play. Using these three notes, you should be able to play Mary Had a Little Lamb by ear (start with E, D, C…). Now he has a very effective visual and tactile reminder that can sit beside him on his home piano. Let your imaginations run wild as you create a comic villain name, date of birth, and identifying characteristics for “the villain”… or piano concept. My kids really love music and are excelling at piano from these simple at home teaching materials.



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