In an effort to get back into posting on pianopedagogy.org, I challenged myself to write “a thought a day” about basic pedagogy principles that inform teaching decisions I made this week. Each day, I added a new thought. This week-long journey took me in unexpected directions, including a bit of research on learning temperaments.
Day 1: “DOING”
An adult student was playing “Celebration” by Roger Grove, from Music Tree 2B (Clark, Goss, distributed by Alfred Publishing). I was so pleased with her preparation. She mastered the left hand moves in one week and played at a completely steady tempo. There was just one thing to improve: she was lifting the pedal prematurely, therefore, there was a gap in her sound.