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Six Tips for Teaching Piano from 225 years of experience

2. Teach each student as a unique individual


17th May 2019

Welcome to The Piano Teachers’ Course UK blog, where our course tutors will share their 225 years of experience to help teachers inspire their pupils through fun, creative and well-informed lessons, which leave pupils longing (yes, longing!) to practise.

 

Today’s Teaching Tip is from PTC Principal Tutor, Graham Fitch: Pianist, Teacher, Writer, Lecturer

Graham’s PTC Teaching Tip for today is:

TEACH EACH PERSON AS A UNIQUE INDIVIDUAL

 

‘There is no one-size-fits-all approach to piano playing or music making, and no one way of doing things. As a teacher, I aim to discover what makes each of my students tick – how they learn, what motivates them and what they need from me. My job is to help each person play more expressively and more freely, with skill and confidence.

Awareness of different styles and a solid knowledge of the practice tools are vital elements for any well-equipped piano teacher.’

 

 

As a piano teacher, it’s so important to remember: 

  • Each student’s learning journey is unique
  • Bolstering your teaching toolkit will help ensure you are able to teach every pupil in a way that suits them personally
  • Always keep in mind the bigger picture – how can you best help them to play expressively and enjoy making music?

 

To see Graham in action, come along to the PTC Taster Day on Sunday 26th May where he, alongside the other PTC Principal Tutors, will be guiding the current PTC students in their preparation for their final performance of the year.

In the afternoon, don’t miss the opportunity to learn all about Social Media for Piano Teachers in a lecture led by Sally Cathcart and Jennie Parke Matheson.

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Graham Fitch

Internationally respected as a pianist, pedagogue, adjudicator and lecturer, Graham Fitch is the writer behind the highly successful blog, ‘Practising the Piano’ and Online Academy. He is a regular contributor to Pianist Magazine, and a popular name at Finchcocks and Jackdaws running short courses and workshops.

Graham Fitch

“Graham teaches not only the piano, he teaches music.”

– AT, October 2011



1. Teach with your solar plexus


10th May 2019

Welcome to The Piano Teachers’ Course UK blog, where our course tutors will share their 225 years of experience to help teachers inspire their pupils through fun, creative and well-informed lessons, which leave pupils longing (yes, longing!) to practise.

 

Today’s Piano Teaching Tip is from PTC Course Director, Lucinda Mackworth-Young: Pianist, Psychologist, Teacher, Lecturer and Consultant

Lucinda’s PTC Piano Teaching Tip for today is:

TEACH WITH YOUR INTUITION – OR SOLAR PLEXUS

 

‘As we know, we need to ‘get inside’ our pupils, understanding their feelings and thought processes, in order to teach them in a relevant and meaningful way.  

So how do we ‘get inside’? Of course, we can pay close attention, observing body language and listening to what is – and isn’t – said. But the best way is to pay attention to our own feelings.

Feelings travel energetically from person to person, usually by-passing conscious awareness but showing up as sensations in the body, mainly in the solar plexus, and fleeting imagery in the mind. So if, for example, you find your stomach in knots during a lesson, the chances are that your pupil is feeling anxious (a common feeling when learning something new).

Or if you suddenly find you can’t think clearly, the chances are that your pupil is also feeling confused

Psychologists call this ‘countertransference’, and it’s widely used as a therapeutic tool in helping therapists understand their clients.’

 

So remember: 

  • Your pupil is probably experiencing the same!
  • Be aware of your thoughts
  • Trust your feelings
Want to know more? Lucinda will be giving a workshop on this topic on Sunday 26th May at the Purcell School of Music, so come along to delve deeply into intuitive teaching and performing, and learn practical strategies to help you work ever more effectively and enjoyably.

 

This is one of the PTC’s regular Continuing Professional Development days, and also includes the crucially important: ‘Social Media for Piano Teachers’, with Sally Cathcart and Jennie Parke Matheson.

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Lucinda Mackworth-Young – PTC Director

Dedicated to helping everyone play the music they love and long to play, and develop as confident, all-round musicians, Lucinda has taught piano to pupils and students of all ages and stages.

A renowned pioneer and international lecturer, she has developed:

  • Practical Psychology for Musicians who are Teaching, Learning and Performing
  • Piano by Ear – a simple, step by step system for learning to play by ear and improvise
  • Dance for Musicians – workshops for musicians to learn the steps of the dance music they play

Lucinda Mackworth-Young

I just wanted to thank you for the chats over the weekend and the time you took … Being a great pianist and leader is one thing, but being sensitive to and caring about your students really makes the difference.

DG, April 2018

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    2 Comments

    1. Joanne Snowden
      Posted May 10, 2019 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

      Excellent tip, thank you Lucinda!

    2. Julie Garnham
      Posted May 10, 2019 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

      Hi Lucinda, you shared this ides similar to this on the PTC course when I was there in 2015…. This kind of perception, thinking and feeling has become ever more important throughout my teaching years…..thank you for this today….and really looking forward to seeing you on the 26th!!

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