Author Archives: Kirsten

24/60 Using “this” to teach “that”

I’m currently teaching a whole class year 3 classical guitar group. https://makemusiceveryday.com/category/social-learning/ 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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21/60 The invisible pencil

It’s not the pencil that is invisible, come to think of it – the title is a bit misleading. I’ve inherited a number of young piano pupils who are very weak at note-reading, so the challenge is to encourage them … Continue reading

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20/60 Tears in my eyes

Last week I started about six brand new beginners, all aged between 7 and 9, who had never had a piano lesson in their life before. And in each of these lessons I had to brush away a little tear. … Continue reading

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19/60 Wobbly Chicken warm up

Click on the chicken to make it wobble….. I have led two singing assemblies now. The first one got off to a great start using the 5 second shower¬†. The second was started by another teacher, who was going to … Continue reading

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18/60 The five second shower

  Here’s a physical warm-up we learned on our training day last week;   The Five Second Shower hold a pretend bar of soap in on hand, and rub your hands together as though you are making a¬†lather while you … Continue reading

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