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See why mental preparation is just as important as physical practice, and how training won’t get you all the way without focus and determination.
If you’ve ever had the privilege of watching a good sight reader play with ease from a tricky score, it is awe-inspiring. This blog post is about five general things that good sight-readers do. All good sight readers do these things: scan, edit, guess, predict and fudge.
Performance-readiness is like peak physical fitness: it must be maintained, or it disappears. That’s because rehearsing and performing, in and of itself, does not develop any of the skills required for retaining long-term piano skills. Here are three ways of playing that are essential for keeping piano skills for life.
I will simply be delighted to have my students in the same room with me again. Whilst online teaching is an excellent option when in-person teaching is not practical, it most definitely has its limits, and most of my students are hankering to come back.
There are lots of studio families who have been caught up in the financial nightmare of COVID-19. I know many teachers, including myself, who have been helping these families by teaching students on scholarship or for free, as needed. That is not what I am talking about here.
Like everyone else, I have experienced a very steep learning curve by embracing online teaching. I have developed skills I never thought I’d have: camera use, audio adjustment, screen-sharing – the list goes on! Teachers have been SO generous in sharing their insights, discoveries and expertise with each other that I think I have actually become a bit overwhelmed with all the information.
So this short post is about the ONE thing I have found to be most useful in online teaching.
After years and years leaping at every opportunity and upskilling myself as much as humanly possible (and often more), I’ve learned five things that I think every person aged 8 or up who’s got that perfectionist streak needs to hear. Everything in moderation – especially moderation! Here they are.