I recently hosted a concert and played a very short video with some information about each piece, prior to every student’s performance. Is it important to do it?
Is it possible for children to go on stage not once, but several times during the same recital?
How often do you host recitals for students?
How to make the concert more lively and interesting, so it is not boring for children?
The 5th finger is always tense. What to do?
How to explain to older students the importance of hand breaths at the end of phrases? My beginner younger students are all in, but my older students don’t see the point of ”all that arm movement“.
What curriculum do you recommend after completing Tales 2 and Journey 2A? Prior to Tales, I had been using Alfred Premier through Level 6. I’ve also used Faber, Thompson, Bastien, and others over the years. I wish there were more of your Journey books!
What do you think about students practicing with a program like Piano Marvel (or other computer programs like it)?
Some children don’t want to practice at home. How to motivate them?
Could you do a quick review of teaching “jelly keys”? It is one of the harder techniques that I am having trouble implementing – Do we talk about use of the whole arm here? Finger firmness versus loose or weighted elbows/shoulder?
What exercises do you teach students to play smooth fast scales and arpeggios?
Do your students complete exams as they progress levels?
About Scales: which books would you recommend to start with students, who are in Levels 1 – 2 of RCM and about 9 years old? Same question about Theory books
How do you prepare for lessons with students? Do you just remember, what was happening in previous lesson, or you made written notes for yourself?
Which DUET BOOKS do you use for intermediate levels?