Did you enjoy learning how to play the piano as a child but have since given up? Why not learn alongside your child? It will provide more motivation for them to practice and it will help you get back your passion for music.
Here are some suggestions to help you make the most of piano lessons as you study side-by-side with your child.
Participate in Practice Sessions
No, this is not the time to nag your child to practice. Make practice fun! The next time you hear your child practicing, sit down beside him and try practicing his/her lessons together. If you still remember some of your past lessons you can motivate your child with some good advice.
On the other hand, if your child knows more than you, it’ll be fun for him/her to teach you his/her new found knowledge. Make practice an exciting bonding time to help boost both your musical abilities.
Ask Your Child’s Piano Teacher Important QuestionsContinue reading When Is The Right Time Get Lessons For Your Kids?
Is there any other educational area where students are taught only in a one-on-one situation? Not really!
In essence, this is what classical piano students do. It is very important (and monotonous) for students who are learning to play the piano to practice everyday. This takes discipline which you often do not see in either children or parents.
Both of these attitudes create artificial limitations for students that hinder their ability to grow and develop musically. Here’s the message piano students need to hear — “Your effort matters and it makes a difference.”
However, about a third of parents do too much and try to take over responsibility for their child’s progress, which hinders their child’s ability to develop positive learning skills on their own. To help their children learn and accomplish their goals, parents need to focus on the process and content of the learning rather than the final product. Continue reading Learn The Piano At A Young Age
Music Basics Series – Part 7
By Jan Durrant
The vehicle for expression in music comes through the context of dynamic markings. Since the Italians were the ones to first write marks of expression in their music as well as print the first music manuscripts on paper, all of the marks of expression or dynamics are from Italian words.
Please look over the list of dynamic markings below and familiarize yourself with them. This is by no means an exhaustive list. Only those basic symbols that are commonly used are included here.Continue reading Music Basics – Dynamic Markings
Music Basics Series – Part 6
By Jan Durrant
An Interval is defined as the distance between two notes.
The first interval to consider is the interval of a Second, notated as ‘2nd’. Continue reading Music Basics – Musical Intervals
Music Basics Series – Part 5
By Jan Durrant
BASICS OF RHYTHM
Both the Quarter Note and the Quarter Rest get one beat. Continue reading Music Basics – Rhythm and Chords