Keeping track of your technical progress

Students often bring a number of books to lessons… unless they leave them at home, and that happens too! But what if you have a really creative way of helping your student (and yourself!) keep track of their technical progress?

Andrea, from Teach Piano Today, has come up with a relatively painless way to help you and your piano students do this and is also offering free printables. These suit RCM exams but you could adapt them to suit your exam syllabus requirements fairly easily. There are also some “blanks” for you to fill in yourself. Check out what Andrea has to say here and pick up the free printables here 🙂C major scale

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25 Drummers Drumming

One of the most important aspects of any piece of music is the beat. All music needs a beat of some kind whether it is heard in the performers’ heads or given from a conductor, a percusssion section or from a drummer. However, sometimes drummers “do their own thing” together and with much practice achieve amazing results. Check out the spectacular Top Secret Drum Corps below!

 

About Top Secret Drum Corps

Top Secret Drum Corps is a precision drum corps based in Basel, Switzerland. It comprises 25 drummers and colorguard members. The corps became famous for its demanding six-minute routine performed at the Edinburgh Tattoo in 2003, thus becoming one of the first non-military, non-British Commonwealth acts to perform on the Esplanade at Edinburgh Castle. Since its success in 2003, Top Secret was invited to return to Edinburgh in 2006, 2009 and again in 2012. Under the leadership of Erik Julliard, the band is also responsible for the founding of the Basel Tattoo, a military tattoo show similar to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, now held annually in Basel.

Music is FUN!

We can learn a lot from children. When it comes to expressing ourselves musically, children lead the way. They move, they wriggle, they clap, they dance and they are totally uninhibited in doing so. Young Jonathan, at 3 years of age, is totally involved in his conducting of the fourth movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No 5. Watch how he uses his whole body to express what he is feeling in response to the music. He has it all: movement, energy, expression, intensity, humour and fun!  Enjoy 🙂

Jazz pianist, Joey Alexander

Joey Alexander is an amazing jazz pianist from Bali. If you heard him play without having seen him, you would probably guess he was a lot older than 11 years old! Joey learnt a lot from his dad and from listening to recordings and imitating them. Joey has just released his first album, My Favourite Things, which is available on iTunes. Check him out and be amazed!

You can read more of Joey’s journey on The Improvised Line – A Blog About The Piano, Improvising and Jazz.

Little Pianists Finger Strengthener

Here is a very simple idea but great for strengthening those little fingers. Using a small plastic cup and a balloon you too can make one of these little finger drums and help your youngest students to strengthen their fingers and have fun doing it!