Piano teaching

Challenging traditional practice at the piano

There are certain habits of piano practice which are ingrained in us from an early age and which have become a form of “piano dogma”. As a young piano student we may accept these practices without question, trusting in our teacher’s seniority and assertion that these activities are “good for you”, that they will make you “a better pianist”.

Piano teaching, Practising, Students

Practice like it’s a Chopin Nocturne….

Quite a few of my students are familiar with this instruction by now, and I hope that most, if not all of them who have been asked to practice in this way can explain why it is important and useful. The Nocturnes of Fryderyk Chopin are considered amongst the finest short works for piano ever… Continue reading Practice like it’s a Chopin Nocturne….