Things Piano Teachers Wish You Knew
Hard work out paces natural talent. Even when you are talented, you still need hard work. In the long run, skills are cultivated through practicing.
Calming your nerves is a skill - breathe slowly and deeply for a couple of minutes to lower your heart rate and absorb more oxygen. You will feel focused and settled.
Set you hand position first, then trust that your hands are in the correct place.
Remember to breathe when you play! The brain needs oxygen to perform.
Enjoy your time with the piece you are learning. Musicians learned it before you, and others will learn and perform it after you.This is your time - find your sound.
Follow the small markings left by the composer. They will help you understand the music better!
Give your best when practicing. Know what time of day works best for your practice.
Practicing is learning that you are capable of giving more, even when you feel like quitting. Remember to have faith in your perseverance.
Teachers are more patient than many realize.
It’s good to listen to all types of music.
Music is a way for children to communicate and express themselves.
Participate in your children's practicing - let them know you care about their piano studies!
Help your children make a practice plan - it's a great way to learn time management as well!
Trust the teacher.
Be your children's cheerleader - learning an instrument is challenging.
Listen to music with your children.
Take your children to an orchestra concert.
Children enjoy being teachers - ask your children to be your piano teacher once in a while!
Play different genres of music at home.
Sing with your children!