What’s so different about the way we do things? In many ways our approach is quite traditional. Children are taught to read music and to develop a sound and healthy technique (the whole process of how the body interacts with the instrument) – and of course none of this can be achieved without practice as a routine part of life. But there are certain features in the way we go about things which help our pupils to get there more effectively:
- Our Piano Course Vols 1–24 takes our pupils from beginner to Grade 8 standard.
- All the music can be heard on CDs or our YouTube video playlists so our pupils have a clear idea of how the music should sound.
- Parents of our primary school-age pupils attend the lessons and take notes. This means they are in touch with what happens in the lesson and are able to make the best use of the child’s practice sessions at home. Having parents involved in lessons and practice means that even very young children can make real progress.
- Using our piano course it’s possible for very young children to play more than just the few notes they can read from the page. Children are able to play colourful music, with easily absorbed patterns, ranging over the whole keyboard. Pieces like this are learned by listening to the CD/video and copying the teacher or parent.
Once underway, pupils find the energy to sustain their efforts precisely because they experience the rewards that success brings. Our approach, then, is to balance the desire for speedy progress with the need to ensure that the tasks set in the weekly lessons are manageable in the short term. Pupils need encouragement (lots of it!) from their teachers and their families. They also need to see results from their work. In time, the satisfaction of playing well becomes the principal motivator to improving one’s playing.