Why do we perform? Learn the reasons that a recital is an important part of music education!
In my years as a piano teacher, I've encountered students of all ages and backgrounds. Not surprisingly, I usually have at least one student who hates any of the music they are "supposed" to play. Many students can't connect to the standard teaching literature written by dead European guys; they want to learn music they know. However, standard teaching literature does serve a purpose in teaching specific techniques and composition tools, so what's a piano teacher to do, today?
Every spring Music Star Studios hosts a spring studio recital for all of our students. This year we will present our spring recital on Sunday, April 24. Close to 40 of our students will present songs they have been diligently working on for months. Every year when recital season rolls around I have clients ask if their child is "ready" to perform in our recital; or if they "should" perform in the recital. And my answer is always the same; I encourage every one of my studens who feels comfortable to participate. Even those who don't feel the most comfortable I encourage :)
Music History Monday: April 17 Happy Birthday, Artur Schnabel! Born April 17 in 1882, Artur Schnabel (1882-1952) is an Austrian classical pianist, composer and educator. Growing up in Vienna, Schnabel started taking piano lesson at age four, after becoming interested in his sister’s lessons. His talent and passion for learning led him to taking lessons...
One of my goals in beginning piano lessons is to identify the Right (high) and Left (low) side of the piano. (Accomplished via the Bird vs. Bear method) After this skill is mastered, my next step is to start introducing the keys. In a perfect world, I would like my beginner student (5 or 6) to be able to play a song after their first lesson.