Your Stories No.16
Swan Kiezebrink is a Suzuki and traditional piano, voice and theory teacher in BC, Canada. Here she shares her piano story …
I would like to thank Liz Giannopoulos for this exclusive article which will be of special interest and importance to all piano and instrumental teachers working in the UK.
Guest post by Liz Giannopoulos
Your Stories No.6
Sue Greenham is a piano teacher from Maidstone in Kent, UK. She introduces herself:
“At the moment, I’ve teaching around 75 students each week. Most come to my home in Maidstone and have either 30 minutes or an hour. But I also do peri work in two secondary schools and the students there have 20 minute lessons, which isn’t very long, but they’re coming out of lessons so that’s the way it has to be.”
Here is Sue’s Story…
Your Stories No.4
I am a pianist in the Seattle area who enjoys performing solo and collaborating with other musicians.
My parents never let me quit taking piano lessons. That, really, is the crux of my story. I did not grow up under a Tiger Mom, but from the very beginning, I grew up being surrounded by classical music…
The hottest potato on UK Piano Forums within the last couple of weeks has been the issue of using touch in our teaching.
One good thing to come from the discussion has been the reminder that some UK professional associations advise teachers to obtain written permission from parents before using touch with students under the age of 18.
This post considers how we can create such a policy, and why it is actually useful to do so.
Book Review by Andrew Eales, with a Second Opinion by Karen Marshall.
All good piano teachers are concerned to teach and monitor good posture to their students, and as players we are hopefully equally aware of our own posture at the piano.
But how about our posture when we are teaching?
This, in my experience, can too easily be overlooked as a less important concern.
I am trying to address my own posture while teaching, so write this article to share my experiences and findings, while also suggesting a few easy tricks that other piano teachers can incorporate into their thinking and practice where helpful.
In this article I will hope to touch upon:
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