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 right height
Taking beginner students out of stretchy five finger positions
Using non-legato to connect the finger, hand and forearm from the very first lesson
Showing students how EVERY FINGER can feel EQUALLY as STRONG as the others
Avoiding speed limiting motions such as stretching, curling, twisting and collapsing
Learning how to co-opt gravity and the natural bounce of the piano to make the playing feel effortless and easy
Avoiding motions that can cause injury
In the upcoming workshop on developing a healthy/high-level technique from beginner to advanced levels, I will show how you can address each of the items above to make a difference to your student's technique.
If this sounds interesting to you, then be sure to book in for our Sydney (7-8 October) or Gold Coast/Logan (14-15 October) workshop. If you can’t make it in person, you can purchase video access to the lectures (available after the workshops have concluded and the videos edited).
Please note that the venue for the Gold Coast workshop has been changed to Shailer Park in Logan.
For a strictly limited time, you can save 10% off the cost of entry by using this discount code: EASYTECHNIQUE10