After my beginning students have mastered their right and left (Bird vs. Bear) and learned the first three notes on the piano (The Dog House), we learn the remaining notes
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.
One of the first things I teach young beginner piano students (those who have not had prior instruction) is the difference between the right (high) and left (low) side of the piano. My usual tactic is to say the right side is high and the left side is low. However, some of my younger students do not the know their right from left.
Is it possible to shift the thinking of younger music students? Is it possible to make their lessons seem less like a chore and more like a privilege? I think the answer to these questions is yes, and while it is not always the easiest task to accomplish, I think these 4 tips below will help shift your child's thinking and make practice sessions at home a little more peaceful.
One question I hear parents ask most often is, "How old does my child need to be to start lessons?" Many times they are looking for a magic number. "Oh, well you should wait until Suzy is 5 years old before she starts lessons." But every child is different. Every child grows, learns, and matures differently; so a magic number just won't work. So how do you know when it's the right time for you child to start music lessons? Here are 5 Questions to Ask Before Beginning Lessons.
There has been more sightings of yellow school buses, the back-to-school sales abound, Tax Free weekend is upon us, and your child's schedule is very quickly filling up with school, sports, clubs and other activities. Here are 5 reasons why Music Star Studios thinks you should consider adding music lessons into that schedule.
Stage fright is a very real feeling that children and adults alike find themselves dealing with, especially during recital season. Sometimes, those nervous, anxious feelings can help add life and excitement to a performance. But when those feelings get a little overwhelming, stage fright can be a paralyzing feeling that can ruin your child's recital experience. The key to a successful performance is to learn how to recognize and harness those anxious feelings. Below are three strategies for working with your child's stage fright.