Ask your student to explain and demonstrate what is on the assignment sheet. Not to supervise or confirm that he is or is not doing it correctly, but just to become familiar with what is going on at our lessons. This conversation is good for both of you, and helps you avoid the risk of being perceived as a second teacher.
If he can’t explain a practice procedure, or if you believe that he has misunderstood the practice instructions, give me a call or send an e-mail so we can discuss it at the next lessson. I try to focus on specific issues each week, rather than try to change everything all at once: he may find this discouraging.
For more tips about practicing with ease, go to Practice tips.
“Music study is a child’s most important extra-curricular activity because it will help him in many areas of life. Piano training builds physical skills, develops mental focus, and uplifts the spirit at the same time; and no other activity integrates all three aspects of humanness.”
“There is nothing better than playing music to build wholesome, healthy human beings.”
Marvin Blickenstaff, pianist and pedagogue
I had the privilege to study as with Hungarian-born pianist who combined distinguished careers in both teaching and performing since his arrival in America. Born in 1912 in Sátoraljaújhely, Hungary, one of his first teachers was István Thoman. At the Liszt Academy in Hungary, he studied piano with Imre Keeri–Szanto and Ernö Dohnanyi, composition with Zoltan Kodaly, and chamber music with Leo Weiner.
In Dalcroze Eurhythmics, music is a full-body experience, and helps the student to physically experience all rhythms and movements of music, so they are not just intellectually understood. Eurhythmics uses the body as the interpreter of musical rhythm.
He contends that “a child’s body possesses instinctively the essential element of rhythm, which is a sense of time.” The beats of the heart convey a clear sense of time, breathing offers a division of time, and thus measure, and walking a model of measure and division of time into equal parts. Thus, walking is a natural beginning to the child’s initiation into rhythm.
“Muscles were made for movement, and rhythm is movement. It is impossible to conceive a rhythm without thinking of a body in motion.” –Emile Jacques-Dalcroze
Click here to learn more about Dalcroze Eurhythmics.
It is not only in the rose, It is not only in the bird,
Not only where the rainbow glows, Nor in the song of woman heard,
But in the darkest, meanest things, There always, always something sings.
Tis not in the high stars alone, Nor in the cups of budding flowers,
Nor in the redbreast’s mellow tone, Nor in the bow that smiles in showers,
But in the mud and scum of things, There always, always something sings.
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A guy goes to Vienna to pay his respects to the great composers. But when he gets to the graveyard, he hears a strange scratching sound coming from Beethoven’s tomb.Unable to restrain himself, he pries the lid off the tomb, and there sits the long-dead master, furiously crossing out musical notation from a piece of old music paper.
“What are you doing?” asks the guy in astonishment.
“What do you think I’m doing?” Beethoven retorts. “I’m decomposing!”