More Resources for Rote Teaching

Since my last post on rote teaching, which focussed on Piano Safari, I've purchased several new books of rote pieces. I'm always on the lookout for resources which enable me to teach more effectively and I find that rote pieces are excellent for helping students to focus on their technique while playing enjoyable pieces. I'll be talking about this in much more detail at our workshops in October. For now I'd just like to introduce some of these new books. Katherine Fisher and Julie Knerr, the authors of Piano Safari, have reworked their Technique Exercises and Rote Pieces book into two separate volumes of rote pieces called Pattern Pieces, with a number of new pieces added to the collection.

Replacing Pain, Injury and Limitations with Speed, Ease and Virtuosity

Dorothy Taubman discovered that there are certain movements that are incoordinate and also likely to cause injury. Eradicating these from a pianist’s technique is important, not just to avoid injury, but because these movements can impede speed, ease and, ultimately, virtuosity. Tell-tale signs of issues or injury include the following: Pain Weakness Lack of control Numbness Tingling Nerve entrapment (e.g., carpal tunnel syndrome) Dystonia (the unexplained closing of the hand in on itself, or the inability to control any aspect of the fingers or arm) And other symptoms that interfere with your ability to play your instrument at the level you’re accustomed to What is disturbing is that the ra

Teaching Good Technique, Right Now

There are four main reasons why a good technique is important: A good technique is effortless and allows the student to progress quickly A good technique frees up the student to concentrate on other aspects of learning music (reading, playing, interpretation, etc) Students with good techniques are most likely to succeed, to continue with their music lessons and to grow up with a love of music (and their piano teachers!) We have a responsibility to not cause injury to our students There are many practical things that piano teachers can put into their teaching tool box, right now, that will make an immediate difference to their student’s playing including: Getting your students sitting at the

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