Ten Tried and Proven Strategies for a Successful Piano Recital
Most teachers hold one or more recitals a year and especially when starting out, it can be a source of much stress and angst. Whether you have never hosted a recital before, have previously run recitals but were less than happy with the results or just want to make sure there's not something more you can do, you will want to read Ten Tried and Proven Strategies for a Successful Piano Recital by Larisa Suknov (on our cover). With over 40 years teaching experience, Larisa has some great tips to share!
Teaching Tip: Using a Hoberman Sphere
Jennifer Foxx is back to share a Teaching Tip: Using a Hoberman Sphere. Learn how she uses this toy to teach musical concepts. I imagine this would be a great tool for visual learners!
A Bass Line for the Blues
Michael Katz is also back this month focusing on a Bass Line for the Blues in his column Play to Learn: Let's Play!
Review: How to Play Indian Sitar Raags on a Piano
If you are looking for something totally new to use with students (or even for yourself) in the upcoming year, be sure to read Gail Fischler's review of the book How to Play Indian Sitar Raags on a Piano by John Pitts. As always, Gail has valuable insights to share with her readers. When students Know how to play chords easily, so many other doors are open to them.
Mastery Without Fear (How 3 Tokens Can Change Everything)
This month Nick Ambrosino shares some thoughts on motivating students in lieu of his regular question and answer column. As always, Nick is thought provoking and provides great value in his piece Mastery Without Fear (How 3 Tokens Can Change Everything).
Teaching Chords - as Easy as 1-2-3
Do you have a system for teaching chords? Over the years I have developed a system that, once the first 12 major chords are learned, allows me to teach my students 12 - 24 chords at a time, and in about 10 seconds. I share how I do this in Teaching Chords - as Easy as 1-2-3.