Guide to Teaching Piano

Guide to Teaching Piano

I used to think that being a great teacher and building an amazing business was about time and effort.

I was stressed and had nothing left for other things that mattered– like family, health, and fun.

One day, I took a step back and began to restructure my business– changing my long-time routine was scary, but it came like a breath of fresh air.

I started working smarter, and my business kept growing. I read hundreds of psychology and business studies. I made time for my friends and family, people who mattered.

You’ve got what it takes, so what’s stopping you?

“I’m a huge fan of Artiden.”
– Chris Foley, RCM Senior Examiner

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4 Comments

  • Reply Tammy Tanner February 14, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Grace, I stumbled on your website because I was interested in learning more about muscle memory and how that helps with piano playing and yours was one of the links I clicked on. I’m an older “re-beginner”, meaning I took lessons on and off for about 10 years while in elementary and high school, that is, if and when there was a teacher available. Now, after raising 8 children of my own and being an empty nester, I’m trying to make some time for myself and perhaps discover if I can learn enough play for my own personal enjoyment or maybe at my future retirement home!!

    Your website has a wealth of knowledge and helpful ideas. Back in the late 70’s, early ’80’s, teaching and learning was different. Back then, everyone was grouped into the same box; some kids were gifted and excelled and some of us just stumbled around in the dark getting yelled at and criticized for hitting the wrong notes. (In fact, my mom who was not musical at all, would consistently call out from the kitchen as I was practicing … “that’s not right”, when in fact, sometimes it was right, but because of “dissonance” it might not have sounded right to her, especially when it’s being practiced in a “chunk”. That criticism still haunts me today. I have to work at overcoming my fear of practicing with other people in the house. Also, I’ve discovered that I must have some mild form of learning disability because, even now, I still have a really hard time recognizing when there is a change in the notes, especially when they go up or down a step. I’ve discovered that when the note stem lines for two side by side notes change between up and down, it totally messes with my brain and then I’m back to guessing. I know – practice more. But overcoming these visual issues are hard! Also, I realize that I have no natural rhythm or “ear” for sounds or change in pitch, etc. Maybe in realizing that I’ve got some learning disability (self-diagnosed), I can learn to lay off my “inner-child” and not be so hard on myself. “Why didn’t I practice more? Why didn’t I try harder? Why wasn’t I more invested?” (For example, I didn’t understand FLOW until you explained it!) I guess there were a lot of factors to take into consideration on why I didn’t succeed as a child, but maybe now’s my time!?! I’m enjoying it more this time, and I don’t feel so much pressure, I don’t hear the dreaded threat: “why am I wasting my money if you aren’t going to practice?”
    Parents: if you want your child to practice and learn … encourage them and support them. Help them to learn to love the music they are making, despite their short comings. Don’t criticize them. Don’t use negative manipulation tactics. If you aren’t musical, have them be your teacher. It will take time and patience, but the investment in THEM will far outweigh the $$ you are spending on their lessons! Don’t get frustrated when your child shows NO natural talent. I had none, and I still have none, but talents can be learned and nurtured. It does take time and effort!
    Anyhow … my comment was really suppose to be just this: I been searching for link to hear you play some of your favorite pieces, if it’s here, it’s eluded me!! I hope you will want to add that soon. Thank you for being so willing to share your talents with the world. I appreciate your help, guidance and insight!

  • Reply Sam Eze September 9, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Pls can I get a copy of a beginners guide? I use to have one but I lost it. I contain almost all the keys, majors minors and 7ths. It contains diagrams n pictures on how to place ur fingers when playing all d keys. Please help

    • Reply Grace Lam September 9, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      Hi Sam, Have you looked at Faber’s beginner piano series? That has some great diagrams and pieces of music.

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