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ADJUSTING YOUR PIANO TEACHING STYLE ON A MOMENT-BY-MOMENT BASIS

The worst mistake a piano teacher can make is to decide the curriculum for a certain piano lesson in advance, and then be unwillingly to change from that agenda when the circumstances of the child dictate flexibility.

Fingering is a perfect example of a subject that must be broached at the right time. If you try to force it, the child will likely reject the experience. Other factors may be age related, bringing up the question of whether the child is ready for the subject at all.

I always look closely at the child's face and fingers. If they express mystification, they are either ill-prepared for that subject or are simply not ready physically or mentally.

Rather than force the experience and let the child experience failure, it is better to wait and choose a better time, and to prepare the subject in other ways.

A good piano teacher is like a net for a high-wire act: you are there to prevent catastrophic failure.

And the best results I get are from children with whom I banish the idea of failure.

That's right, I make it so easy that the child never experiences a major failure at the piano. This builds their confidence and interest. How do I do this? Break things down into smaller bits.

As I see them begin to veer off to the edge of failure, I pull them back, having observed what it was that made them fail.

For example, the very youngest kids do not want to use the thumb, at first,  at the piano. It's just their instinct to use the index finger. But fingering at the piano requires the child to use the thumb as the dominant member of the basketball team known as the piano hand.

Thus if a child shows lack of understanding of the thumb, it is useless for them to try fingering per se until they get used to using the thumbs. Make up a fingering game using thumbs for a while and then try fingering; you will find success and the child will enjoy organizing their fingers because they have come upon the idea without frustration.

I have happy students who are crazy about the piano because we always move at the child's pace, with just a little push from me towards the next bit of our curriculum. 

Resolve to break ideas down to the point where your students never experience failure, and you will be able to trade the child's confidence for skill.

By John Aschenbrenner Copyright 2008 Walden Pond Press All Rights Reserved

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