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Guest post by Liz Giannopoulos
As the New Year begins, my thoughts turn to my practice routine, and I’m full of good resolutions about what, when and how I will practise.
The new term also provides an opportunity to reflect on my students’ practice habits and how I can encourage them to commit to regular and effective practice.
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Piano Qigong Exercise
In my article about Breathing at the Piano, I shared some tips and simple exercises to help you reconnect with your breathing while playing.
Breathing at the Piano was warmly received. I have heard from, and worked with, many players who found the simple exercises helpful – even revolutionary for their playing. If you’ve not already printed off and tried the FREE exercises, please check them out before going on.
The aim here is to help players easily check in with our breathing when at the piano. To understand the importance of this, please read about “Awareness in Breathing” in my article What is Piano Qigong? and refer back to my article András Schiff and Natural Breathing for more background.
In this article, I will now build on the foundation of the exercises and ideas previously shared…
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Guest post by Karen Marshall
Here is the Get Set! Practice Chart DOWNLOAD
“… for student, teacher and parent partnership …”
The Get Set! Practice Chart is a simple practice record designed to support communication between students, teachers and parents. I’ve used it for over two years now, and it’s been the most ‘filled in’ chart to date!
As a teacher I have gained some excellent insights into what my students have enjoyed and found challenging each week, and it has really helped me to focus lessons on their needs.
The chart includes:
- practice focuses for the week ahead
- a daily practice log for students to fill in
- a list of questions for the student to complete during the week
- comment spaces for teacher and parents
- two staves to jot down any musical notes
The practice chart is free for anyone to download. I hope you find it as helpful as I have!
And remember – there’s loads of other FREE Get Set! Downloads available here.
Very best wishes, Karen Marshall
Karen, Heather and Collins Music want to thank all teachers for their support for Get Set! Piano and apologise for the delay in getting this out to you. Many thanks also to Andrew Eales for hosting this on the Pianodao site!
Guest post by Doug Hanvey
It is with great pleasure that I welcome Doug Hanvey from Portland Oregon as a guest author on Pianodao. Doug is a highly qualified and experienced educationalist and teacher of both piano pedagogy and mindfulness. Here he discusses the link between the two…
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