What should a Royal Conservatory of Music piano student practice each week according to Shakespear?
A Royal Conservatory piano student's goal,
Is mastering the art of playing with control.
Begin with scales and arpeggios in hand,
To warm up fingers and help you understand.
Next, pieces chosen with purpose and care,
Played often, so the music's easy to bear.
Technical studies such as Hanon or Czerny,
Can help you play with dexterity so cleanly.
Sight-reading and ear training are quite a treat,
To build essential skills and make progress sweet.
Choose challenging repertoire to extend,
Your capabilities, and become a true friend.
Lastly, review and refine what you've learned,
So your piano skills will be well-earned.
A Royal Conservatory piano student's way,
Is to practice each week, with dedication and play.
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You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.