I could write my own 10 tips for parents, but why re-invent the wheel, so to speak? This advice from another piano teacher is excellent. I hope you find it useful.
Breathing properly is SO important for wind instrument players! It is the "gas" that powers our instrument. Oboe players always have too much air left at the end of a passage, but this lesson is good for oboists to practice CONTROL. It is also just fun, and a good way to relax.
The only thing I do not agree with in the video is to practice yoga. If you do yoga and it helps you, fine. I personally have tried it, but it is not for me. I do Pilates instead.
I encourage all my students to try this, even piano students. Sometimes we concentrate so hard that we forget about inhaling deeply or regularly. Like anything, it takes practice, but you will learn to control your breathing quickly if you do!
Parents are an integral part of any successful teaching endeavor, as any teacher will tell you. The cooperation between student, parent and teacher is even more essential in private tutoring situations. I only get to see your child ONE time each week and for only 30 minutes, so I try to pack as much into it as I can. Progress is slower when the student is not prepared, or does not have the right equipment (such as playable reeds). You would not expect a soccer player to use a flat ball, would you?
Živa Kereži (7 y.) - Japan Piano Centar - zlatna plaketa
Very impressive technique! Look at those hand 'float-offs'!
Piano teacher Joy Morin from Ohio posted these on youtube.
I can do only so much in a short music lesson. There is SO much to cover!
By viewing a few of these videos, students (and parents) can get an idea of the various styles from each major period of music history.
by Anita Collins
When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.
Today, I performed a klezmer style duet, titled Miserlou by Mike Curtis.
If you're interested in more of this kind of music, an American Klezmer band called The Klezmatics have some interesting things on their web site. I think it's just fun to listen to; something completely different.
Getting a head start on black history month. These composers deserve recognition.
Utilizing the research of Professor Dominique-René de Lerma of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, historian William J. Zick in the article below provides vignettes which comprise an overview of various composers and musicians of African ancestry who performed in Europe, North America, and Latin America from the 16th Century to the 20th Century. His listing begins with the earliest known black performer, John Blanke, a royal trumpeter in the Courts of Henry VII and Henry VIII.
Portrait: Joseph de Bologne
Enjoy this short video by The Piano Guys. Hmm... creative ways to pay your acoustic piano! I do not recommend trying this at home.
I really enjoy the Clavinova I use for teaching lessons. I realize it does not have the same tone as other acoustic upright or grand models, but it does offer quite a few more features that regular pianos do not.
If you decide to get a digital (electronic) piano, please be sure it has weighted keys. Your dealer will know what that means. Yamaha - Clavinova has been an industry leader for many years.
The Electronic Keyboard - A Great Instrument to Own
An electronic keyboard is a musical instrument that makes sound when it is powered with electricity. This type of keyboard instrument models the whole technology of the piano with white keys as its natural and black keys as its sharp or flat. It is also has a great dynamic feature like that of the piano.
This mean that the keys are able to play at different volume (soft or loud) according to the force applied. These instruments however, may vary in sizes and physical structure when compared to the piano or organ.
Most electric keyboards are portable and so they are easy to carry from one location to another. This is one reason why musicians love to use them. Electronic keyboards are sometime referred to as digital keyboards because of the technology used to make it functional.
Since these instruments are not acoustic the sounds are amplified through a set of build on speakers or with the aid of an external amplifier.
As said earlier, these keyboard instruments are built in different sizes and shape and so, the number of keys may vary. Some electric keyboards have 61 keys while some have 77 keys. Some electronic keyboards even have 88 keys like the piano.
Electric keyboards are used mostly by modern or contemporary musicians. These instruments are often used in popular music such as jazz, souls ballad, reggae, R and B, hip hop, gospel and so on. The main advantage of an electric keyboard is that it has many sounds to choose from. For this reason a number of music producers prefer to use them in their music studio.
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