Reflections of a novice piano teacher

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This past week a very interesting topic came up during one of the lectures I attend.

Are the current piano teachers fulfilling  the demands of the parents/students when selecting material for lessons?

This was an interesting question fruit for thought among my peers as most of us are music educators.

It was a revelation for my lecturer as she has been teaching piano for decades and it made her question herself when parents thanked her for teaching a modern repertoire that they could related to.

What then has happened to the years of teaching classical music or grade level repertoire?

What is the main purpose of being a music educator anyway?

I was stumbled with this quandary yesterday when teaching a private student. This boy has excellent memory and wit but he is tortured (me included) when we’re following the pages of a method book which I think was very good. He constantly yawned for the first 15 minutes or so of the lesson and I was getting very impatient with him.

Prior to the class, I knew this was going to happen as I see a consistent lack of interest in the lessons for the past few weeks and I felt very upset that I could not engage this student. I decided that perhaps a familiar tune will perk his interest and quickly made a simple piano sheet on ‘Row, row, row your boat’.

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Given that my student has a good grasp of the basics and he was also learning about intervals, I felt that this piece was sufficiently challenging for him.

After boring ourselves with the method book, I brought this sheet out and asked him if he knew the song. He was immediately familiar to the words and gave the piece a try. I am happy to report that this song encouraged him to sing a bit more than usual and he was even willing to play it several times.

I heaved a sigh of relieve as I was able to engage him without instructing him impatiently. I even asked him at the end of the lesson if he liked the piece more than the book and his reply was positive.

I reflect that one book cannot fit for all students even if I think the method book is the most engaging of all. Times has change and teachers have to adjust according to the demands. At the same time, we still can teach the lesson.


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Music Dynamics: Loud and Soft (Piano/Forte)

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Check out my simple worksheet on music dynamics: Piano and forte for young learners.

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Music Pitch Worksheets @ Teachers Pay Teachers

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Check out my latest music worksheet offerings at Teacher Pay Teachers.

It contains one introductory activity and instructions for pitch lesson.

Worksheets for recognizing keyboard range (high and low keys).
Worksheets suitable for piano or keyboard students in recognizing C position and G position keys.
Suitable for beginner piano or keyboard students.

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Corporate Music/Uplifting Music- Stock Music – Royalty Free Music

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For non-commercial purpose (eg. school presentations), you may email me at cherylynmusic@gmail.com to request to use it. Please credit me for the usage of the music.

For commercial purpose (eg. monetized video), please follow instructions below, specifying the duration of the music.

Duration and price as follows:

30-sec Corporate(1)/(2)      – free upon request by email

1-minute Corporate(1)/(2) – 3.50 USD

2-minute Corporate(1)/(2) – 4.00 USD

3-minute Corporate(1)/(2) – 5.00 USD

 

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Happy Forest – Stock Music – Royalty Free Music

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You may email me at cherylynmusic@gmail.com to use this 30sec version for free if used for non-commercial purpose (eg. school presentation).

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Duration and price as follows:

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Professional Piano Tutorial Video and more…

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For Piano Tutorial only:

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Virtual Drum Lesson with Garage Band

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With Quicktime Player Screen Recording mode, Garage Band, Google Slide (lesson powerpoint) and Spotify, I created a playlist of Virtual Drum Lessons for my Secondary class.

Kids were quite impressed especially when they get to play along simple drum beats with pop songs.

There are 10 videos in the playlist including the a quick setup video at the beginning. You may skip to the last two videos to hear some surprise pop music.

This videos are not perfectly made they give a strong idea of how you can teach music tech in class for lack of real instruments.