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Readiness to Learn

Is there any such thing as readiness in the Simply Music process? I am teaching a very bright little girl who is 6, but she is struggling even with the five fingers over five notes after 6 lessons. She can play the right hand of songs, but is struggling to even understand the concept of putting left and right hand together. Opinions vary - but I think 6 is…

Webinar Series: 05/12/2019 – Piano Stories Behind the Songs, Part 2

Continued from Piano Stories Behind the Songs (Part 1), Neil shares the inspiration behind many of his songs and song names, beginning in Foundation Level 5 through Development Level 12. Topics include: Introduction Introduction (00:05) (FL5) Shoo-Fly, The Gaz, Sit By My Side (02:59) (FL6) Chorale, One More Time (09:24) (FL6) Classical Pieces, Home (13:11) (FL7) Old Man Whistle, Church Song (17:24) (FL7) Miles, ‘57 12/8 Blues (20:25) (FL8) Shadow, D-Part (23:41) (FL8) Caught Between the Daybreak, Beautiful Boy (26:48)…

Webinar Series: 2/12/2019 – Piano – Stories Behind the Songs

This is a fascinating look at Neil’s compositions and the inspiration behind them. You will learn some things about Neil by listening to these stories, and have some cool things to share with your students as they learn them. Topics include: Background & Context (00:05) Dreams Come True (02:37) Night Storm (05:49) Jackson Blues, Honey Dew & Chester Chills Out (09:53) Bishop Street Blues & Fur Elise (14:13) Alma Mater Blues & I’ll Be There (16:04) Dog? & Sleeping (20:57)…

Pedaling Dark Blue

Advice for pedal use on Dark Blue? Just keep it down, or use your ear to know when to clear it? Or open to player's interpretation? Every time the LH plays is a good time to pedal on Dark Blue. Have you purchased the "Using the Pedal" from the Teacher Workshop Series? It's fantastic. I've used it for years to teach pedaling to my students. I'm…

Incorporating duets into lessons

I would appreciate advice about incorporating duets into lessons. Do you sit at the bench together? I have two pianos, a keyboard, and a guitar in my studio, so i have the option of using another instrument. I do duets at every lesson the same piano. If it's a group, then use a keyboard or other percussion. Duets have multiple layers of cognitive and motor learning to offer. [answer author="Laurie…

Student learned more advanced Fur Elise already

I have a very talented student who has a keyboard and he learns songs from the tutorials on the keyboard, i.e. Fur Elise. The version he has learned is more difficult than the Fur Elise in Foundation 2. I'm afraid he won't want to learn the Foundation 2 version as he is already playing a more advanced version. What would you do? Foundation 1 and 2 strategies are more important than…

Religious objections to Amazing Grace

Any suggestions on how to approach Amazing Grace being religiously offensive to a family? They are Jewish. AG is such a key component of the program, especially in Accompaniment 1. The mother of my new student is fine with him playing it, but politely insisted they would not be singing those words. My only thought is to have him write his own lyrics. Any other suggestions? I am using Happy Birthday…

Struggles with Alma Mater Blues

I need suggestions about an 11-year-old girl in a shared lesson with another 11-year-old. They both benefit from the shared setting (both were private until 2 months ago). She practices more since being in the shared situation, and the other student (a boy) is learning to slow down his playing more. The girl is having a much harder time with Alma Mater Blues than the boy is because she is not wanting or willing to slow…

Bishop Street chords: identifying and playing with small hands

I'm trying to figure out the I, IV, V chords in Bishop Street Blues. I know how to play it, but what are these chords? What makes it a I, IV, and V? Are the inverted/suspended/diminished chords? I wouldn't explain it to my students at this stage, but I'm trying to understand for myself. Also, tips for teaching a 6-year-old with small hands to play Bishop Street Blues? They're blues chords,…

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