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Piano Hand Posture

I have a new adult student in her late 50s who started with me last week. She was given a lovely digital piano from her husband for Christmas and given subsequent traditional lessons with the piano salesman which didn’t work out for her although her…

Using Ballads, Songs & Vignettes

I’d like to talk about how I’m finding and using the Ballads, Songs and Vignettes recordings in my studio. There are so many aspects I’ve numbered them. Here are some benefits I see for my students . 1.They counter a mentality I often see that…

Mirron and Jazz Program Pieces‏

I have a student who is flying through the steps in the Jazz program. He can play the Mirron as a piano solo (with exact rhythm), with Jazz clue 1 and 2, and has almost completed all of the “dropping in” exercises for the the Mirron using just…

Managing the Transition to Reading‏

I have noticed that a difficult time for many parents is right before the reading program starts. At around 15 month point, parents are expecting their children to be reading fully and start to get afraid that SM will stunt their ability to read. I have been talking…

Getting the Humpty “Swing”

I have one student who is really struggling to get the “swing” feel for Alma Mater Blues and also Rocking Honey. It seems for some it comes so naturally, and for others, it’s a huge effort. We verbalise the “here’s humpty dumpty”, we clap the…

Jazz Clues Order

Hi everybody – is there an optimal/preferable way to process Jazz pieces and JC 1-4? Option 1: start with the Mirron and process all 4 Jazz Clues, then move on to the next piece, all 4 clues….vs. Option 2: Learn each song with Jazz Clue…

Current Pop Songs with Piano

I’m looking at what to suggest this Fall for my students who are playing with my Band in Spring concert. Some have their own ideas, which is best. For those who don’t– does anyone have ideas for current or somewhat current rock songs that feature…

Challenges with 3 note Chord

Greetings – I’ve got a 7 yr old student who is in week 12 or so of lessons, half way through Foundation 1, who has extreme difficulty playing finger 3 of a 3 note chord. He usually only plays a 2 note chord with finger…

Workshop Information

Last night we held our second night of the SM Workshop through our local Community Ed program. The class of 15 (an enrollment glitch!) knew NS BHT and learned JBLUES BHT in 30 minutes or less. Large group instruction warrants the use of 90% practice…

More on Workshops

Have any of you had any success extending the student workshops to 12 weeks? I may be able to teach a class or two but they expect me to teach the whole 12 weeks. I know some of you (Mark?) have talked about doing 8…