Let’s make this school holiday period about the word ‘more‘.
Without being restricted by the kids’ school routine, you probably have more time. What does this mean for piano practise?
Don’t break the practise routine you have running through term, but use this opportunity to have more fun with practise.
Become more involved.
Create more interaction.
Understand more about what your kids are playing.
How do you do this? By asking them questions. Ask them about what they are playing. Ask them to show you how to do something. For my students, I can supply some flashcards you can use. Following are some examples/suggestions to get you started:
- What part of this piece do you find the hardest? Can you play just that part for me?
- Can you play a scale with your eyes closed?
- Can you show me how to play the last note and then nod at me when it’s time to play it?
- Can you play this piece in slow motion?
- Can you follow me conducting you? (Vary the speed and have them follow you).
- What story do you think this piece is telling?
- Can you pick one bar and clap the rhythm? I’ll try to copy you.
- Can you explain to me what this means? (Pointing to any marking on the music).
It doesn’t matter if you don’t know the answers. It is all about getting them to think about what they are doing and sharing it with you. They will love being able to teach you something!
If there is something they can’t answer, have them make a note to ask their teacher, but don’t dwell on it; move on to something else. You want to keep it interactive and fun.
Throw a different question at them every time they practise and you might be surprised how eager they are to share with you. Have fun with it 🙂
If you are considering music lessons for your child or for yourself, please contact me to discuss the options. Piano lessons are conducted at my studio in Wallsend, NSW.