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Video: Teaching Good Technique Right From the Beginning

Teaching your students good technique sets them up for success later on at the piano.

And teaching technique really doesn’t have to be dull or boring. Done well, it becomes part of every lesson as you guide the student to move with freedom and ease and help them develop 10 equally strong fingers.

In this lecture from the October 2017 Piano Pedagogues Sydney Workshop, Anthony van den Broek shows how to get the fundamentals of technique into your student’s hands, right from the very beginning.

In this lecture, you will find information on:

  • How to find the right seat height and position for each student

  • How to avoid stretchy five finger positions

  • How to help a student feel strong on all 10 of their fingers – even including the fourth and fifth fingers

  • Technique is covered using pieces from popular method books such as Piano Adventures, Music Tree, Burgmuller, Kabalevsky and Kuhlau and covers:

  • Developing the staccato touch

  • Using gravity and the natural bounce of the piano to do the heavy lifting for you

  • Using in and out motions to avoid curling

  • How to teach leaps

  • Thirds

  • Scales and arpeggios

  • And sixths, which is an essential step towards to playing octaves

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