The studio library has over 130 supplementary repertoire books so there is plenty of music to choose from!
Beginner piano methods for 5 to 9 yr olds:
Most students begin with Piano Safari. This series gives students a very solid foundation in music reading as well as teaching pieces by rote from day one. A listening CD promotes a listen-imitate approach alongside lots of note reading practice.Piano Safari has exceeding my expectations in so many areas. These are the benefits I am seeing in my students:
I ship Piano Safari from the USA because I believe it is worth it.
Older beginners want to play cool music right away. My approach is to pull in a variety of resources that suit the individual child. I want to give them motivational pieces to play that are just within reach technically/coordinationally, that engage them and give them instant success. At the same time I aim to teach them to read music through progressive series of simple pieces.
Classical or modern? Standard classical literature is an important and enjoyable part of a well-rounded piano education. Most students play a mix of classical and contemporary repertoire.
Technique is a fundamental part of playing the piano. It is a venue through which we create beautiful sounds. It allows us to play fast, slow, loud, soft etc. without injury.
I place great emphasis on correct physical motions leading to artistic playing right from the first few lessons. Learning occurs through technique exercises and awareness of technique used in all pieces.
Theory, ear training, sight reading, improvisation, composition: We do our best to fit a bit of everything into private and group lessons!I use a variety of hands-on activities/tools to teach and review theory/ear training concepts. Theory at the elementary level is interactive between student and teacher and is usually done in the lesson rather than at home. Rhythm exercises and sight reading are assigned for home practice.
Piano Examinations and Assessments
Motivational strategies: I primarily want students to be motivated by the joy of playing great music, progressing through their book and performing to others.
I also run incentives like the "40 piece challenge" or "One Minute Club" with rewards such as stickers, prizes or medals.