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I’ve seen this idea very many times in the music shops around Denmark Street, London. But if not black underneath – maybe a picture of a kid or adult playing piano or something? There are many areas that offer group piano lessons as well, but most people have better results with learning from a teacher one on one. Before you realize it you will discover that you would be able to play familiar songs and also play music which is much more complex.  Taking beginner piano lessons will prove to be a lifetime experience and would be the best deal of your life.
If you are seriously considering beginner piano lessons, I recommend you check out my Rocket Piano Review for more information on the course I recommend.
Contact us with a description of the clipart you are searching for and we'll help you find it. Having the ability to play a number of different piano styles will help you become a better overall piano player.
What’s more, knowing the important composers, performers, and pieces of each piano style will assist you in your musical studies.
After browsing, if you’re still not sure what piano style fits you, take the quiz at the end of the article to help you determine. Throughout 1750-1820, classical piano was performed for royalty and the upper class in Europe.
As the years progressed and classical music transformed from renaissance to baroque and romantic, other great pianists emerged, including Haydn, Chopin, Handel, Wagner, Debussy, and Tchaikovsky.
Classical piano is often what students study first because it forces them to have a very strong technique and knowledge of music theory. Without having an understanding of the classical piano technique, it’s very hard to learn and pick up other piano styles. Just because classical music was popular many years ago, doesn’t mean it’s not thriving today. Phillip Glass: Glass had an extensive career in writing, recording, and orchestrating classical music ranging from symphonic orchestras to the big screen. Eric Whitacare: A regular chart-topper, Whitacare often writes for choirs, and has released several classical music albums that have won Grammys. At the time, jazz piano was a rebellious type of music, as it deviated from the classic rhythms, harmony, and technique. Jazz music incorporates swing, improvisation, ragtime, boogie woogie, and bee bop to create captivating melodies and rhythmic patterns.
People turned to jazz music during “The Great Depression” as well as in times of celebration.
It also became an important mark in history where African-Americans, Asians, Latinos, and Europeans were able to come together to create music in America.
While Joplin, Morton, and Waller paved the way for jazz piano, today’s contemporary jazz players are keeping it alive. Michel Camilo: Camilo is a Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer from the Dominican Republic who specializes in jazz, Latin, and classical work.
Kenny Barron: An American jazz piano player, Barron is one of the most influential mainstream jazz pianists of the bebop area, currently on faculty at Juilliard School. Musical theater accompanists must be very good sight readers and versatile, as every musical theater production is different.
Musical theater pianists can find work performing in the pit bands of shows, and can serve as accompanist alongside singers at auditions. Jason Robert Brown: Known for his works “Songs for a New World” and “The Last 5 Years,”  Brown uses incredible chords and harmonies.
Seth Rudetsky: An accompanist and radio talk show host, Rudetsky really knows how to work with singers whether it be for a cabaret performance, audition, or cruise ship! With this piano style, you’re free to explore new sounds, as the charts are always changing.
Alicia Keys: At the tender age of 16, Keys was already signed and recording her own original music.
Liturgical music originated as a part of religious ceremonies ranging from Catholic to Protestant to Jewish.
Almost every religion has their own unique sounding liturgical music that plays an important and meaningful role in its culture.
Liturgical music has been passed on from generation to generation, and today musicians are still performing and composing new music for religious services, performances, and recordings. David Haas: An influential pianist and composer of the modern day liturgies in the Christian community. Hector Olivera: An internationally acclaimed organist, watch his technique and how he brings the organ to life. I hope this guide to the five most popular piano styles will help determine what style you want to learn. From jazz to classical to pop, there are tons of different piano styles that you can learn.
Having the proper finger positioning is essential for beginners, as it helps prevent injury and improve technique. I mean, practically anyone can take a seat on the bench, place their fingers on the keys, and make some sort of sound come out. However, the technique we use to control the muscles in our hands, fingers, arms, and shoulders plays a very important role in our ability to play the piano well.
Specifically, the muscles in our fingers play a very vital role in our ability to make, as well as control, our desired sound. In this article, I will cover some basics about good piano hand position (which can be seen in greater brevity here). I will also share some educational piano finger exercises that beginner piano students can use to give themselves a head start in their development. Great piano finger technique is based on the idea of playing “from the finger”–or using the fingers as our main driving source of power. If you’re self-taught or new to piano, most of these ideas will be unfamiliar to you. The primary power source of most playing will actually come from the finger–specifically the knuckle at the top of the hand–rather than the wrist or arm.
Relaxation of the arm, elbow, and shoulder, and a very early preparation of the thumb and other fingers while playing.
Likewise, in piano playing, if you wanted to play an extremely fast succession of notes, would you opt for large-scale muscles or small-scale ones?

In addition, you wouldn’t use your whole arm and upper-body to rapidly move the pencil back and forth, so why would we do that when playing the piano? With this notion in mind, it’s easy to understand why using good piano finger technique is incredibly important. I’ve been teaching piano for several years now, which means I’ve seen my fair-share of interesting alternatives to using proper piano finger technique.
Rather than adjusting their piano hand position, my students sometimes compensate with their wrists by moving them very high or very low. Oftentimes, beginner students will play from the arm, rather than the finger, which makes for a very overly-rhythmic sound that tends to create accents on beats in which there are none written.
In no particular order, here are some of my favorite piano finger exercises that I use with my beginner students. The following finger exercises should be done with a consistent tempo, even if it’s very slow.
In this piano finger exercise, the student will play down one finger at a time and listen to the result. I often have my students change dynamic ranges only using their finger muscles rather than their whole arms or shoulders. It’s such an easy exercise, but also surprisingly difficult for those who may not have strong finger muscles. After the first finger exercise is mastered, play an ascending and descending pentascale from the lowest to highest finger with both hands. After the second exercise is mastered, using a pentascales, play in thirds (skip notes) between each note.
While having your hands at about playing level though not actually on the keys, prepare (bend) the knuckle closest to the finger-tip as though it were playing.
In essence, this finger exercise prepares you for the sensation of playing with a firm finger position without adding any arm weight or tension to the scenario. By dropping your hands and arm on the keys, it allows you to focus fully on getting a solid finger position. For example, if you were playing a C major pentascales, you would hold down your thumb until you played your index finger, after which, you would lift your thumb and play your middle finger, etc.
This piano finger exercise is great for developing a great awareness of your fingers and learning to control each one individually.
Czerny is quite a bit harder than the early Hanon books, so keep that in mind when deciding on a finger technique book. Practice full (1 or 2 octave) scales while preparing the thumb well before it’s actually played.
For instance, in a C major scale, after you have played the first D with your right hand index finger, immediately prepare the thumb so that it is ready on or near the note F. Practice all scales in this manner.
This exercise in particular is one that I continue to use within my professional studies as a pianist.
If done properly, it will eliminate bumps in your scales and passagework, and allow you to play with greater speed and accuracy.
For instance, the right hand thumb and middle finger play simultaneously while the other fingers relax. It’s important to verify that the other fingers are, in fact relaxing, as they will often try to interact when they don’t need to. The pinky finger is especially notorious for wanting to be a part of everything the other fingers are doing, even when not necessary. In conclusion, using these piano finger exercises on a consistent basis while using proper finger-technique will greatly enhance your ability to play the piano with great accuracy and speed. Since we know you don’t have time to sift through all of these pages, we’ve rounded up the 50 best Pinterest accounts for piano practice ideas, games, sheet music, and more. Whether you’re a student or a teacher, these Pinterest pages are great for finding ideas to spice up your piano practice routine.
If you’re bored with your piano practice routine or you simply want to mix things up, browse through these Pinterest accounts to get some inspiration. Performance anxiety (commonly referred to as stage fright) can devastate a performer’s career and enjoyment of their craft, but it doesn’t have to — performance anxiety is a normal human reaction and a completely curable condition if given the right resources, patience, and support system. Let’s start with anxiety, which is defined as a feeling or worry, nervousness, or unease about an upcoming event.
Performance anxiety (stage fright) in particular is nervousness or unease about a specific future event in which you will be required to execute a task, such as a song, a scene, speech, or test — and usually when you’ll be in front of an audience.
Knowing if you are truly experiencing anxiety is critically important, as it’s the first step toward understanding and overcoming it.
As you can see, this list of sensations is not only unpleasant, but makes performing at your best nearly impossible. Look at the list of anxiety symptoms, and make a mental checkmark next to the ones that you have felt during performance situations. Now go back next to each symptom that you’ve checked, and rate it on scale of 1-10 as to how severe it felt (1 being hardly felt it, 10 being you felt it so much you couldn’t concentrate on anything else).
If you are seeing numbers in the 1-4 range, it’s likely that you are experiencing normal, healthy jitters that can actually add to your performance by making you more focused. Before you can properly map a route to overcome stage fright, it’s important to know where you’ve been — and what has caused stage fright in the past. Start by asking yourself some questions about your performing career, starting from the very, very beginning, which might include childhood memories or more recent situations depending on your age.
Then the flier makes you want to peek under the other keys – or reveals another message when it’s done?
Let's face it though, QR codes are really neat, but currently their potential is only partially employed. There were three main composers who paved the way for classical piano composition: Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven. Pianists such as Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, and Fats Waller are piano players influential in building the jazz scene around New York, Chicago, and New Orleans.
What’s more, having the ability to both sing and play the piano looks and sounds great in performance.
Many pianists start out by playing religious services professionally to make their living as a musician. If you’ve been playing for a long time and using different techniques, breaking bad habits may take a little time. Just think of how objects move; if you’re holding a pencil in your hand and want to move it extremely quickly, is the motion large or small?
There’s nothing worse than having to practice or teach the same piano songs and techniques over and over again.

Hannah-Lee Ableson: “Teaching Piano” has a ton of piano practice tips both parents and teachers can easily implement.
Chrissy Krahn: “Piano-Tips for Teachers” has a variety of how-to’s that are primarily geared toward teachers.
Laura Lowe: “Piano Studio” is another great board that boasts an array of piano practice tips students can use to improve.
Christy Young: From sight reading to proper posture, “Piano Practice Techniques” covers everything beginner piano players need to get started. Leila Viss: “Keys to Piano” features a ton of quality information for piano players, teachers, and parents. Melody Payne: “Piano Teacher Articles” isn’t just great for teachers, but it’s also helpful for students and parents. Gail Fischler: With four boards related to piano, Fischler has a wide scope of information related to piano. The Plucky Pianista: “The Plucky Pianista” has over 100 useful pins for students and teachers, including a ton of fun and educational games.
Andrea Dow: “Teach Piano Today” has over 27 boards full of inspiration geared toward piano teachers.
Wendy Stevens: With 17 boards dedicated to piano, Wendy Stevens has everything a piano teacher or parent is looking for.
Joy Morin: “Color in My Piano” features a great roundup of piano practice games for students. Chantelle Thaler: With over 467 pins related to piano, “Piano Studio-Inspiration, Games, Printables,” has everything a budding piano player needs, including a number of unique and education piano practice games. Kathy Williamson: If you’re looking to engage your child or student, “Teaching Piano” is a great resource. Kacie Zajic: “Teaching Piano” is a great resource for young musicians, as the board features several themed piano practice sheets.
Patti Kolk: “Piano Teaching Ideas” has a wide variety of piano practice sheets for beginners as well as general music exercises to help little ones understand how to read scales and rhythms. Music Teacher Resources: With over 69 boards, “Music Teacher Resources” has everything from free, printable piano practice sheets to music theory assignments. Shirley Cadle: “Love Teaching the Piano” is a wonderful board with everything from helpful time signature worksheets to metronome tips. Inge Borg: While this board is primarily geared toward teachers, it has a ton of great practice sheets and tips for students. Diane Hidy: With over 10 boards dedicated to piano, Diana Hidy has an array of practice charts, inspiration, tools, and ideas for students, teachers, and parents. Tracy King: The self-proclaimed “Bulletin Board Lady,” Tracy King has ton of music practice charts that can be applied to several instruments, including the piano. Whether you’re acting out a role in a musical theatre setting, giving a speech in front of a crowd, or even playing a solo at an open mic night, the experience can be nerve-wracking even for seasoned performers. This article is a guide to learning how to overcome stage fright, for anyone who may experience it — musicians, actors, dancers, speakers, educators, and students. Most people have experienced some level of anxiety before, during, or after a performance, speech, sports game, or test. Symptoms may be present during the task, for weeks or months leading up to it, and sometimes after the event is over.
Even most experienced performers feel anxiety, so it’s more a process of learning how to deal with stage fright. If you are seeing numbers in the 5-10 range, you are experiencing moderate to severe stage fright and should read on to discover strategies for improvement. Let’s look at some of the reasons why you are experiencing stage fright, how they might contribute to your present challenges, and how you can utilize them most effectively. Are there any pivotal events that dramatically changed the course of your performance history? I think it adds to the visual interest – I think it should catch my attention and make me walk to to it to see why there are keys missing.
We particular love all the tips for parents, such as how to end piano practice wars and how to deal with never-ending excuses. However, there are some tips and exercises that parents can use to encourage their children to practice. It also has some great tips for teachers who are might be struggling to think of practice exercises.
We particularly like all of the advice for parents who want to help their child practice. Check it out here.
We particularly love her piano teaching games board, which features dozens of fun and education piano practice games for students. Even better, the board has a number of printable PDFs that you can download and use during your next piano practice. The board has a number of piano practice games that are simple for parents and teachers to play with their budding musician. The board features an array of practice sheets to help students learn rhythms, notes, and more.
Whether you want to work on rhythm or melody, this board has everything you’re looking for.
You’re sure to find something that will keep your little one engaged while practicing. If you wish to understand and improve anxiety issues that are holding you back from giving your best performances, read on!
Anxiety differs from fear in that fear addresses a present threat, while anxiety is typically felt in relation to something in the future. It also falls on the idea of other tear-offs [think the ones you see on bulletin boards for babysitting at the coffee house bulletin boards] where you tear one off when you put it up giving a clue that you can take one – or that someone already has. Anxiety is a normal, healthy human experience and, in small doses, is beneficial in making decisions and in achieving peak success. If different from #1, what do you think sparked anxiety if there were previous performances that didn’t?

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