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 demonstrating loose and relaxed wrists, arms, and shoulders.

No worries if you missed the live video. You can check it out below.

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6 Replies to “Teaching Basic Technique to Beginners”

  1. I teach piano lab classes at a middle school (grades 6-8). Around 95 percent of these kids are beginners and hand positions and postures are not always the best as you can imagine. Sometimes I have as many as 24 students in a class so they need to be able to monitor themselves. I demonstrate correct posture and hand position, but I think sometimes they get tired of watching my demonstrations and tune me out. Could you possibly post a video covering those concepts for middle school students to view? Watching someone else for a change might be a good attention-getter and reinforcement. Thanks.

    1. Hi, Mary Jane! Thanks for your question. I’ll be happy to post a video on this topic for middle school students! I’ll be thinking on some analogies to use that would appeal to middle school students. They have a different level of humor, fun imagination, as you know! And it’s a joy to work with this age group. Best to you as you continue in your important work ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I teach all ages, some at a school and some from my home. But some middle school analogies for hand positions etc, would be great for me too. I have always told the littlies about the MOUSE HOUSE shape, for hands, but some little devils like to squash the mouse’s head deliberately, with cheeky giggles.

    1. Oh, those cheeky little students! I’m working on coming up with some middle school analogies. I’ll be posting soon ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep it up, Diane! Have a great day teaching.

  3. Thank you for posting these tips. I know exactly what you mean about the squashed mouse house lol.. for my middle primers I find movement visualising and labelling works best (especially boys) diving boards, running, air under a ‘trampoline hand’, pumping up the basketball (under palm). Lots of laminated photos you can put on the piano stand alongside your technique focus. Using a mirror or recording video to show them is useful too. I also find with the age, they will do it right if ‘they have to’ so setting the tone in your lesson of the expectation (but in a fun way) having a noisy ‘restart button’ on the iPad, or video recording their hands and choosing a ‘piano hands of the week’ to share recording with all other students as intro to lessons.. lots of options really. Positive reinforcement goes a long long way in children , when you see them do it right.. your reaction… they may as well be the next Rachmaninov ! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. It’s all about setting expectations. I love that you mention this, Lauren. It’s a critical step for any teacher. And yes, as you mention, you can do it in a fun way. But the important thing is to just do it, especially as students grow older. Thanks for the comment and keep up the important work you’re doing!

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