The other day, while teaching one of my beginner students, it hit me: the reason beginners sometimes feel frustrated with piano study is that they are immersed for awhile in the micro details of music, rather than the macro. What I mean is, rarely at the outset do they see and experience the big picture … Continue reading The Big Picture
I read a lot. What I mean to say is that I’m addicted to libraries and books. I’m slightly embarrassed to say that I go to a library about 2-3 times a week (the location varies, out of all the libraries in the twin cities). But books are a good addiction, right? The only downside … Continue reading Wisdom from (non-music) books, Part 1
When is a child ready for piano lessons? That is the question I’ve been asking myself over the last few years and I think I’m coming closer to an answer that makes sense to me. I’ve been teaching piano lessons regularly for about 12 years now, and after working with several children ages 4-7, I’ve … Continue reading When is a child ready for piano lessons?
Fall-term piano lessons are starting soon, and with the start of a fresh year, I always like to introduce new concepts into the studio. A couple weeks ago I checked out these books to get me thinking about piano lessons in a different way. I’m in the process of transitioning away from traditional piano methods, … Continue reading New season/new books/new method?