At the start of my teaching career, I always find I can’t utilize timing wisely despite the fact that I have attempted my best to plan and arrange my weekly piano lesson.
For me, it sounds impossible to fit everything in one lesson. To stop myself from rushing is incorporating all sorts of skills though repertoire. Don’t isolate the same concept, this is called INTEGRATION.
I am not against separate elements should not be drilled but looking at how each concept relates to others to form overall character.
Here are some tips on how you can actually teaching the same concept rather than separately.
1. Scales and theory
Help student to relate the scales and the theory rather than teaching them separately. For instance, combine the scales playing with the key signature topic. You can include the concept such as semitones and tones. Don’t forget to include the solfege singing at this point.
2. Chords and cadences
Analyze the pieces to show the student the chords and cadences at the same time to introduce the type of cadences.
Never teach sight reading only when exam is closer. Teach them notes reading through interval whenever you introduce new piece.
This integrated approach will be a huge stepping stone for you to teach the piano effectively start from today.
Ms Liew Hui Jie
A passionate full time piano teacher in Singapore, with great ideas about how to ensure that students start with learning, playing and finally loving the piano.