The Problem with Piano Method Books

The Problem with Piano Method Books

There are many piano teachers out there who rely on method books more than they should, especially early on. Considering that I was one of these teachers, I have begun to question the practice of relying on method books as a primary curriculum. In fact, I suspect that...
Pentascales and Early Technical Routines

Pentascales and Early Technical Routines

The importance of establishing a technical regimen as a pianist cannot be overstated. Although we may think of technical routines with more advanced students in mind, I recommend focusing on technical work right from the beginning. How can we achieve a baseline...
Teaching Tone Quality to Beginners

Teaching Tone Quality to Beginners

How do you teach piano students to play with a rich, beautiful tone? It’s a skill that is fundamental to the more complex artistry tasks such as voicing, balance, and expressive phrasing. A singing tone quality elevates a very elementary piece instantly and makes your...
Creative Ways to Teach Basic Piano Technique

Creative Ways to Teach Basic Piano Technique

It’s so important that we look for creative ways to teach our students, especially those beginners! If we can help them quickly recall those basic techniques, such as appropriate piano posture, nice and curved hands, legato fingering, pedal technique, etc., then...
Setting Goals: Piano Edition

Setting Goals: Piano Edition

Happy New Year, fellow piano teachers! The month of December is so full, isn’t it? Full of joy, family, gatherings, all manners of busyness…and if you’re a musician, probably full of concerts, rehearsals, and just a tad of blinding chaos? Hopefully, the joy and peace...