Monthly Archives: October 2017

24/60 Using “this” to teach “that”

I’m currently teaching a whole class year 3 classical guitar group. That’s 30 children, sitting on chairs in three rows in the school hall, each encumbered by what looks like a guitar the size of a baby whale balanced … Continue reading

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24/60 The Benefits of Teaching by Numbers/Letters

What!?! I hear you cry. Wasn’t the last post a diatribe against exactly this idea? Err, but nothing is quite as black and white as it seems. For example, teaching little five-finger warm ups (here I am wearing my pianist … Continue reading

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23/60 Teaching by Finger Number/Note Letter

Please don’t. I think it is is such a BAD idea… What has provoked this post, is taking on a number of young piano students recently. They turned up with numbers written over EVERY SINGLE NOTE in their pieces. Ugh. … Continue reading

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22/60 Finger Puppets

I have two – an elephant and a giraffe – and they usually get involved in piano lessons most days. Sometimes I wedge them on the keyboard to indicate where E and G are, and other times they sit as … Continue reading

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