Here’s an interesting tips how to choose a first piano lessons for your kids:
And here the dilemma starts… you want to encourage a child to be
ambitious with their piano pieces and know that if they love a piece
you’re more than half-way there because they’ll be very keen to practice
and want to play it. But you also know that this piece is too difficult
for them and that they will probably find it a struggle.
It’s great for kids to have a special piece that excites them and
that they are proud to perform. So what to do? Well many teachers would
frown upon this, but I usually come to a compromise.
I’ll agree to help them learn the over-ambitious piece, as long as
they realise that we are going to use some slightly different strategies
(mainly memory and repetition) and of course lots of practice. It is
really important that you emphasise that this approach can be used for
special pieces, but it’s also vital to continue playing their regular
standard pieces where they can actually read the notes and really understand the music.
I also came across a related article: http://elissamilne.wordpress.com/2011/08/10/10-things-you-should-do-before-your-child-begins-piano-lessons/
This is from Russell, one of my students. He’s performing a bit of Romance, Op.24, No.9.
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“Teacher Zachary provides a holistic experience of music and life that surpasses the confines of rudimentary piano techniques. I really appreciate how he seeks to develop our musical passion and he even employs sophisticated audio-visual, technology-enhanced learning experience that truly makes the entire process so much more rewarding.”
Daniel Lim, a pioneer student with Grade 8 Theory and Practical Distinction qualification
“I enjoy Teacher Zachary’s lessons because they are fun and exciting. He inspires us to practice piano. I don’t need to be forced by my mother to play piano any more.”
Annabelle Li, a beginner student with Grade 1 practical Distinction
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This webpage is in loving dedication to Leslie Hurford to whose devotion and solicitude I am eternally grateful. As a godfather, he was most gracious and understanding towards my flaws and infirmities. Even in what seemed most insignificant, he expressed genuine care for my well-being. Unspoken love evinced even in the tender act of invariably fetching me after lessons. Unforgettable memories. As a mentor, his encouragement and advice proved vital in spurring me on. In the toughest of times, a word of comfort and commiseration. In the best of times, a word of celebration and congratulation. Finally, as a friend, he showers amity and affections even to my family residing in Brisbane. Truly, this is a most time-honoured and dearly treasured fellowship extending through the generations. No words can ever repay the debt of gratitude I owe to him. It has indeed been my greatest honour and privilege to be loved, to be nurtured and to be known as his.