Dozen a Day by Edna-Mae Burnam, pentascales, piano, piano blog, piano blogging, piano lessons, piano technique, Shirley Kirsten, Shirley Smith Kirsten

Piano Technique: Student/teacher echo exchanges stabilize rhythm and refine articulation

Of my favorite teaching strategies is bouncing warm-ups back and forth with students. We echo short phrases in legato and staccato as a form of rhythmic rehab. The recordings of these interactions become valuable practicing aids between lessons.

Yesterday, an adult pupil and I had fun sharing E Minor/Major penta-scales and five-finger position thirds from Burnam’s Dozen a Day, Book 1.

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Rhythmic cohesion and crisp staccato releases were playing goals, reinforced by persistent practice and suggested ways to refine.

Both teacher and student gain immensely from these weekly exchanges.

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