Group activities will be back. In the meantime we will all practice, stay safe and continue our lessons online.
It is fun.
It’s fun if you are young and playing with your mom, it’s fun if you are older and playing with your spouse. The experience of duet playing is social bounding.
The piece teaches so many skills to a neophyte.
If you like to be part of this, call me.
Before the current crisis about 1/3 of my student body had their lessons online. Now it is everyone.
I've lost 3 students. Two lost their jobs, one didn't like online lessons. We all look forward to resuming once the virus moves on and they get back to work. Five new students have been added in the same timeframe.
I now meet my music coaches online now as well. Today with my "classical coach', last week with my "jazz coach". Every week with my drum coach.
I believe a number of students will remain online after the crisis lifts and the others will resume as they were.
If I can help you,
Parents are dusting off their rusty piano skills and now playing daily with their kids. What a opportunity the lockdown has given them.
Some of them are one finger players, so they play whole notes with one finger.
Some of them were accomplished musicians, their playing reflects their growing confidence as skills return.
Most are somewhere in between.
This situation will be over soon enough, the opportunity will be gone. I say take it, it will bring added joy to your life and fond memories.
Here is a video of a parent getting ready to accompany their child at the upcoming Zoom piano recital.
"How good do you want to be?" A quick and snappy musicians answer. A gentler piano teacher question is, “what do you want to accomplish?"
RCM levels 1 to 4: 45 minutes a day
RCM levels 5 to 8: 60 minutes a day
RCM levels 9 and above: 90 minutes plus
This amount of time is sufficient to cover all that needs to be done.
PS: I'd like to thank my colleague Becky Yuan and former teacher Leon Karan for input on the numbers.
Becky Yuan: Mississauga http://beckyyuan.com/
Leon Karan: Hamilton http://www.leonkaran.com/
Maybe. But is that the point? Are music lessons taken and given for instrumental reasons only?
Playing music has its own rewards.
On the other hand.
Learning to play an instrument over a number of years instills though experience and a number of instrumental values that benefit children as they progress towards adulthood.
Parents’ commitment to music lessons is crucial, too. Parents not only need to make sure children stick to their practicing, but also defend music lessons as a priority when schedule conflicts arise with sports, dance, theater, or other activities.
“A parent has to think it’s important for a child to think it’s important,” said Green. “I had to pick between (Girl Scout age level) Brownies or piano.”
From the Blog: For parents, basic notes when considering music lessons
The Royal Conservatory of Music published a summary of studies on the benefits of music study in childhood development.
"A WEALTH OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH over
the last decade is proving that music education
is a powerful tool for attaining children’s full
intellectual, social, and creative potential.
l It speeds the development of speech and
l It trains children to focus their attention
for sustained periods
l It helps children gain a sense of empathy
Music study requires a high degree of precision
in auditory processing: being almost in tune
is not good enough. This means that musically
trained children are better able to distinguish
subtle details of speech, leading to improved
reading, better comprehension, and also a
greater ability to interpret what other people
– children and adults – are really saying. "
Here is the link to the full text. I think it is worth the read.
Your Child’s Development:Music Study may be the Best Tool
This past month I've had the privilege to adjudicate 2 festivals in Ontario. Here are some tips for preparing your children for competition.
Dorthy Delay asked parents of prospective students, "who is going to be your child's practice partner?"
If child prodigies are supervised during practice what about your child?
I encourage parents to attend lessons and take notes. Then they can help the child complete their assignments during the week. Prepared students are happy students. Prepared students are happy because they play well quickly and efficiently.
A tale of two adult students
Awesome advice. Click on the image or here for the full article.
Niagara Falls Workshop
What a fun day for 12 young musicians, ages 7 to 13, in Niagara Falls Ontario. At the studio of Alessandra Dicienzo we learned how to play in a band. Using iPhones, iPads, Keyboards, Pianos, Cajon, Alesis Drum Pad, Drum set, and shakers we rocked up a storm.
We started by learning a Rock-a-billy version of Abigail’s Boogie for multiple keyboards and finished up with a rousing reading of Katy Perry’s Part of Me. Then we performed the 2 pieces for family, all in three short hours.
I was really impressed at the intensity of the effort and the wonderful music that resulted.
Thank you kids.
Music lessons at the piano verses piano lessons
An important distinction
1. Some children bring little experience with music to their first lesson. They require music lessons at the piano. Here they explore the concepts of time, rhythm, metre, pitch, dynamics and improvisation.
2. Children with experience with music can proceed directly to piano lessons. They understand the basic concepts, if only intuitively.
How does a parent help prepare their toddler for lessons? I understand children like what they know. So… if you want them to play classical music play classical music in the home. Make it part of their normal everyday experience. Ditto for country, jazz, or pop.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted student and teacher of the drums.