Using video in teaching and learning 2) Video equipment – part two

This is the third instalment in the series of articles on using video in the private studio. You may like to read part one and part two before reading this article. If you’ve tried out making videos in your studio using your phone or tablet and have decided you’d like to take it to the next level, here are some equipment options you might like to consider. Your equipment requirements will depend on why you are making the videos. Your smart phone is fine for recording short snippets of a lesson, or maybe even a whole lesson, but may not be adequate (especially with regard to audio quality) for videos you want to upload, and won’t be adequate for online lessons. A high definition webcam is an

Teaching by Rote

A piano student of any age faces numerous challenges in the early stages of learning. Many piano method books appear to be more focused on teaching how to read notation than on how to play the instrument. The student ends up with eyes glued to the page, trying to decode the many layers of the notation (pitch, rhythm, volume, tempo, which hand to use, which finger and more), so that little or no attention is paid to the physical process of producing the sound. Since the pieces tend to be written in five finger positions, the students glue their fingers to the five notes, resulting in stretching, even in an adult hand. Immediately the hand is prevented from being able to produce a good sound,

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