When a 5-year-old saw a piano for the first time, he/she could not wait to touch it, to press the black/white keys, and was amazed by the sounds. It instantly became his/her new favourite giant toy, on which the child could spend hours making the “music”. The parents saw this with joy and thought, our kid might be the next Mozart, we should get him/her a piano teacher… Sure enough, after 6 months of “professional” training, the eagerness in the child’s eyes are gone, practice piano had turned into a burden or even torture, instead of joy and fun…
Helen Cheng Music Studio
As a music teacher of more than 25 years of experiences, I have heard so many stories like this. I feel for the parents, and even more for the kids. Since the day one of my music teaching career, either in private lessons or school teaching environment, i was determined to bring fun back to music learning, while providing my students with solid and sound techniques and fundamentals.
Here are some key points that I emphasize in my music teaching,
Appropriate selection of teaching materials
There have been hundreds of piano method books and series, but most of them are outdated. The improper selection of outdated teaching materials will undoubtedly suppress students interests in learning.
Bring fun back to practicing
Practicing piano should be a fun experience, and only when a child gets as much joy in practicing piano as playing iPad, he/she will voluntarily spend time practicing piano. My job is to help my students to discover the fun and joy in practicing piano
Importance of score reading
One of the most important factors contributing to the students’ lack of interest in practicing piano is the inadequate ability to read the scores. helping students to improve their score-reading ability is essential in getting fun back to their piano learning
Development of stage manners and etiquette
Through entering exams, competitions, and recitals, I have been helping my students dealing with stage frights, and developing solid and proper stage manners and etiquette, which would greatly benefit their later life and career development, regardless of what their life style or career choices will be
Development of music interpretation ability
Each music piece has its own background, history, and life. I will teach my students not only technical skills to a piece of music, but also help them to understand its background，proper execution of musical phrases, so that they will not play a piece of Mozart into Chopin
Most importantly, my teaching is tailored to fit each students’ needs
Either a student’s goal is to become a professional musician or just playing music as a hobby, the student will be taught according to his/her ultimate goal, in an equally enjoyable learning environment.