Apologies for the couple weeks of missing videos, my editor had many projects due as his semester was wrapping up. We are currently working together to create a plan to hopefully avoid missing our schedule in the future.
In this week's video, Karen discusses the use of pentascales to introduce new themes to students. Whether it be keys, time signatures, or articulation, the pentascale can be altered slightly to fit the need of introducing that theme to the student.
In this week's video, Karen discusses the importance of not letting a piece fall out of memory as soon as it's been learned. While it is important to keep a flow of new pieces to keep the student interested, keeping a list of pieces that the student can perform well is important too.
To round out the listening skills series, this week Karen talks about the importance of listening to yourself play. Having students record themselves playing their pieces, both audio and video, can be an interesting exercise, having them figure out the best part of their playing, and what they need to work on. YouTube is also an excellent resource to have students hear many other versions of the pieces they're playing.
This week, Karen continues her discussion of developing listening skills. This one is a little bit longer, but hopefully you have the time to enjoy it!
A break from the listening skills series to celebrate Thanksgiving.
On this week's blog, Karen continues to talk about developing listening skills in early students. Second year is a time for great expansion and building on themes they learned in the previous year.
In this blog, Karen gives a few recommendations for how to incorporate ear training and listening skills into the first year of piano lessons. Games and fun exercises keep the young student engaged and wanting to come back for more.
In this week's video, Karen discusses rhythm and counting as it pertains to new students. Some may have a natural gift for finding rhythm, while others will not. In either case, Karen gives a few exercises to do with your students to introduce musical counting.
Going along with your policy for students, each studio should have a philosophy for how you wish your studio to be run. Karen shares her philosophy and gives suggested homework for helping to flush out your own.
Karen explains the importance of having a strong studio policy so that new, and even returning students and their parents can know what to expect from the year of piano lessons. She gives guidelines for what to include and how to present it to the client.