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 Basic Technique to Beginners

Teaching Basic Technique to Beginners

Many thanks to those who were able to join me on the recent Facebook live training on the topic of teaching basic technique to beginners. It was a joy to share the spotlight with my almost five-year-old daughter, Emma-Kate. She was oh so good and did a fantastic job...
Practicing Scales in a Musical Context

Practicing Scales in a Musical Context

Scales are important, but why do we learn scales? To play music, of course! They help improve finger dexterity, hand and finger strength, speed, and coordination. But scale exercises don’t have to be boring. So don’t put your students (or yourself) through...