Articulation and Touch – Part 2

1. Leggeiro This is the direct opposite of legatissimo.  Instead of the ‘heavy hand’ the hand is particularly light. The note appears to sound slightly ‘detached’. Raise the hand in a fixed shape, lift the wrist about 1 centimeter than its usual position Fingertips are to remain on the surface of the key without dropping... Continue Reading →

Articulation and Touch – Part 1

Articulation is used to both language and music. In spoken language, we used our tongue, jaw, mouth, throat and nasal to create the articulations and nuance for the spoken words. Although articulation is not the only tool to determine a quality of a speech, but it is one of the precondition for the listener to... Continue Reading →

Preparation for Artistic Interpretation

In my previous blog, I explained the approaches to preparing new repertoires, before tackling the very first bar. Conventionally, most students are taught to play hands separately first and, when all notations are learned, then to play hands together. This presents a challenge because often our muscles, motions and mental memory may not be sufficiently... Continue Reading →

A Paradigm Shift for the Music Exam Culture

I have encountered some interesting experiences when asked to prepare students for examinations. A classic example is the case of a student, a 10-year old girl who has been learning the piano since kindergarten, whose parents had wanted her to take the Level 1 Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) exam but that her previous two... Continue Reading →

The Learning Process

In most cases, very little is ever explained to students regarding the learning process of a music repertoire.  Successful learning is not about how much time we spend but rather about the quality of the time invested. There is no shortcut to this process, but if a student applies him or herself intelligently much time... Continue Reading →

Practice Management

Following on my recent blog on Student Motivation, one of the key elements of good instuction is the need for students to be taught how to practice effectively and efficiently. Younger students may lack the necessary attention spans or motivations while older students may get frustrated as they struggle with challenging technical requirements. These issues... Continue Reading →

Student Motivation

In the teaching profession, no matter what subject you teach, most teachers are bound to come across some students who are not as motivated as you would expect. Through my past and current experiences, I have found this is the result of a combination of reasons. 1. Negative Past Experiences Most teachers inherit students with previous... Continue Reading →

Music Class v Independent Piano Lesson

In my previous blog, Common mistakes that parents and adults make when choosing a piano teacher, I recommended that the ideal age to attend a private lesson is 6-7 years. At this age, the hand muscles are more developed and stronger, with the hand able to span up to 5 finger position. Lessons offered in... Continue Reading →

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