Gordon Harvey

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Scales

I am going deeper into “scale” with my more advanced students in the Development Levels and in Accompaniment 2. Having come from a very extensive classical musical training, I understand scale, key signature, and advanced theory. However, a student has asked me, and I ask…

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…

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…

All Inclusive Tuition

Alex (Thai), Stephanie, and I opened our combined commercial studio in March. So far, so good! We’re still working together and Thai doesn’t have too many white hairs yet. We recently started a discussion about switching to an “all inclusive” tuition package, where we would…

Slowing Down Students

What creative ways do you use to get students to slow down? I don’t know any creative ways, I just resort to tapping a slow beat, and getting them to play along to the audio slow version. I wonder if it is a stage they…

Teaching Advanced Students

There was a subject brought up during the last conference call with Kerry about not taking on advanced students. Up until then, I had it in my mind that I could pretty much teach whomever I like advanced or not because after all, everyone starts…

Checking Development Student Playlist

Playlist Time in a Development Student Lesson – I have five students at these levels. By this time they are old hands at pruning, choosing what’s in, whats’ out, making sure they have their one hour of playing materiel etc. My question is to what…

When to Introduce Outside Pieces

When Neil says, “. . . once a student has ventured far enough into the syllabus, we routinely begin dealing with the full array of pieces from any typical classical repertoire, Moonlight Sonata included”, does “far enough into the syllabus” mean once students are somewhat…