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Tips for Pupils

Tips for Piano Pupils 1) You need short, regular (i.e. habit-forming) practice sessions – with no room for excuses (e.g. ‘I’m too tired’ etc.). 2) Use ‘FaceBook’ to identify keys on the piano (i.e. ‘F’ and ‘B’ are ‘bookends’ with … Continue reading

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After the Exam

Piano Examinations: After the Exam I am not usually at the examination centre when my pupil comes out of the exam room, so I have to wait until the next lesson to find out how he felt about the experience. … Continue reading

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Pieces

Piano Examinations: Pieces (See also Lesson Format: Current Piece and New and Old Pieces) Once the scales are in progress, it’s time to start my pupil working on his first exam piece. The examination board I use – the ABRSM … Continue reading

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4) New and Old Pieces

Piano Lesson Format 4: New and Old Pieces Depending what stage the ‘piece in progress’ is at, I might also give the pupil a new piece to work on. New Piece With the John W. Schaum series of books, this … Continue reading

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3) Current Piece

Piano Lesson Format 3: Current Piece After scales, the next part of my lesson is taken up with the pupil’s most recently-learned piece – his ‘work in progress’. This will generally have been acquired in stages – depending on the … Continue reading

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2) Scales

Piano Lesson Format 2: Scales After the ‘chat’ and the discussion about the week’s practice, the next part of the lesson is taken up with scales (for the learners who have reached that stage). I generally introduce the first scale … Continue reading

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Reading Music

Reading Music The thing that strikes most fear into learners is not sitting at the piano or the playing of the notes but the reading of the music. Children, in particular, will – generally subconsciously – try to avoid this … Continue reading

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