Tag Archives: Online piano instruction

When the flu hits or the weather tanks, ONLINE piano lessons preserve progress

Here in California we’ve been blitzed by pounding rain, gusty winds and the inevitable round of flu. In the midst of bad weather conditions and the flight of viral illnesses, piano lessons are often suspended, as students are immobilized and … Continue reading

Posted in piano instruction | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Piano Technique: Soft staccato scales with projection, springboard energy, resilience, and shape

One of the biggest weaknesses that present in soft dynamic range staccato scales, is a lack of projection. Students often snuff out notes, play them in a whisper without a tenacious spring UP character, or a necessary rebound effect from … Continue reading

Posted in piano, piano blog, piano blogging, playing scales in staccato, Shirley Kirsten, staccato, staccato scales | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Piano Technique: Different Strokes for Different Folks

I’ve heard myself say a thousand times over, that each individual piano student deserves a custom designed plan of study. In essence, there’s no instructional METHOD fixed in perpetuity that will fit every musical traveler. In fact, with a diversity … Continue reading

Posted in piano instruction, piano lessons | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Creating a seamless, singing tone legato through arpeggios and scales

My students are often amused by my prompts that frequently include “oohs,” “ahhs,” and “wah’s,” among other spaced out sounds, to prevent consonant sounding notes or hard-liners from interrupting a smooth, “sighing” stepwise descent to the tonic. And from this … Continue reading

Posted in adult piano instruction, piano, piano blog, piano teaching, singing tone legato | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

When Upbeats have a new meaning and importance

For most piano students, an upbeat is considered a lighter springboard to a more predominant DOWN-beat, as if the UP in music should always be taken LIGHTLY. (except in Jazz framings where syncopations are characteristic of the genre.) *** We … Continue reading

Posted in Kinderszenen, piano instruction, piano lessons, piano teaching, Robert Schumann, Schumann | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Learning J.S. Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze” (Egon Petri piano transcription)

Egon Petri offers a transcription of J.S. Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze,” (based on the Baroque composer’s “Birthday” Cantata) and it’s drawn a cult of admirers, mostly adult students begging to learn it. The work originally scored for two flutes, … Continue reading

Posted in Bach, Egon Petri, J.S. Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach, piano, piano arrangement, piano transcription, Sheep May Safely Graze, Shirley Kirsten, Shirley Smith Kirsten | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

An adult and child share common goals in playing piano artistically

There’s no big ocean of divide in working with children and adult piano students. In fact, today I found common threads running through two lessons: one with a local beginner, age, 8–the other, a seasoned adult. Liz, 8, completed her … Continue reading

Posted in piano, piano blog, piano instruction, piano pedagogy, piano technique | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments