After the recital is done, many would assume that the year of lessons is done, much like an exam at school. However, in this video, Karen discusses the importance of having a post-performance lesson so the teacher and student can chat about the performance and their year as a whole.
For this blog, Karen discusses all the various components of a student putting on a good performance. It's more than just playing well.
This video, Karen discusses the importance of owning legitimate copies of sheet music.
This blog, Karen discusses the importance of students understanding bass lines. Karen gives multiple exercises to help pre-teach various bass line styles (those exercise sheets available for download below the video) so the student is well prepared for when they play their pieces.
This video, Karen discusses the importance of the musical terms used on sheet music, Italian and otherwise, and how to ensure a student is learning them, rather than just memorizing them for an exam and then forgetting them.
This video, Karen discusses the importance of getting accurate and consistent fingering in technique and pieces for the success of students, and how that may be taught.
New year, new pieces for many music students. In this video, Karen discusses the way she helps the guide the student through repertoire selection in all grades.
Happy new year all! A couple of months ago, RCM introduced a new syllabus for their exams which changes many of the technique aspects. Today, Karen will discuss some of the differences and the importance of introducing chord progressions, an aspect emphasized in the new syllabus.
For the next few weeks, Karen will be focusing on uploading progression sheets for various grades. These sheets can be found on the "Progression Sheets" page on the menu bar. That means that there will be no video blogs, unfortunately, but if you have any questions about the progression sheets, or anything else, please feel free to contact Karen on the "Contact" page.