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The Important Elements in Learning and Teaching Music
by: Ido from www.piano-play-it.com

Hi William,

Thank you for sharing with us your thoughts and your method as a piano teacher.

I have been teaching piano for many years and I can say that every day I learn something new.

You have written some good points here. However, I would like to talk about something that is no less important - and that's the personal attitude and relationship with the student.

Some of the teachers have very good discipline. They have a great method of teaching which works on the majority of their piano students. The problem (or the fun) is that each of the students is a world of his own and you may find that what usually works with the majority of your students, may not work with others.

I'll give you an example from my experience. At the beginning of my career as a piano teacher I taught all my students to read notes straight from the first lesson. I have encountered students (especially small kids) who found it very difficult and frustrating. Few of them even quit because of my demand that they read music... I understood that I had to be more flexible, so I developed some special techniques that help students with difficulties in reading music.

In my opinion it is very important that the student has a good and enjoyable experience straight from the beginning, otherwise he will be less enthusiastic when learning how to play the piano. Hence, if I get a student with a major difficulty in reading, I spend most of the lesson teaching by imitation and I dedicate just a few minutes for reading. After a while I gradually increase the amount of time for teaching the notes.

If you have more impressions about piano teaching, please share them with us. It is very helpful to hear different opinions and get to know new methods.

Ido from www.piano-play-it.com

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