Guest Post by Roberta Wolff
One of the things I love about teaching is hitting upon that perfect explanation, aural, visual or verbal, which offers immediate clarity. Sometimes the answer comes after much reflection and thought and sometimes it seems to hit, apparently, from nowhere.
This is what happened recently with an adult student. After a strong start to her piece she began scrambling, reacting to the notes on the score rather than working with control. I pointed out that to keep playing at her current speed would be to create musical baggage.
This was the first time I had used the term, but her comprehension was immediate simply because she already understood the common phrase, emotional baggage. The idea of musical baggage resonated with her and so has proven to be a simple but powerful aid to her practice.
Naturally, I developed the idea so it could benefit more than just one student.
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Guest author – Roberta Wolff
Success Criteria to Develop and Enhance Students’ Performing Skills.
The season of exams, festivals and Spring Concerts is approaching so today I am sharing a simple but powerful approach to help students take their piece from practice room to stage.
The tools we will use are success criteria which leave almost no room for ‘failure’, and which develop confidence, and a sense of control and awareness as students practise the art of performance.
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Guest Post by Roberta Wolff
Download FREE Resources to motivate students to initiate their own practice sessions…
Here we are at the start of a New Year! There is a general sense of buzz and purpose as we all set about getting back into our usual routines and perhaps starting new ones…
This post is about helping our students harness this enthusiasm and turn it into regular and habitual practising time which is entirely self-initiated! Parents will love this and will also benefit from this article.
The free resources below will help you start a studio wide practice challenge. To Download and save, simply click on these links:
- Initiating Practice – student chart
- Initiating Practice: Teacher chart (master-sheet)
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Author of several great resources, Roberta Wolff here discusses the value of teaching students How to Practice, and introduces her latest publication ”My Practice Palette”…
Guest post by Roberta Wolff
Question: “Why should my child learn the piano?”
Answer: “Because it will give them the opportunity to learn how to practice!”
What Our Students Learn
This is what students learn when we teach them How to Practise:
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Peter Walsh’s new book The Non-musician’s Guide to Parenting a Piano Player seeks to offer valuable advice to parents – but does he strike the right notes?
Guest Reviewer: Roberta Wolff
Peter Walsh is an experienced pianist and educator. His work includes running a large studio for young pianists, teaching workshops, holding masterclasses, recording and performing in both Australia and Europe.
Drawing on this diverse experience Peter writes this, his first book, ‘The Non-Musician’s Guide to Parenting a Piano Player’. The book provides practical and insightful advice for parents about to embark on piano lessons for their children.
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