Piano Lessons for Young Children
Students develop a love for the instrument from the very first lesson and develop a healthy self-esteem and confidence so that they can be successful not only in music, but in life.
The main focus for preschool and primary aged students is to develop a love for piano right from the very first lesson and to facilitate with developing a healthy self-esteem and confidence in their abilities at the piano. Felicity is consistently positive, patient and supportive towards students and allows students to learn at their own pace in a relaxed and nurturing environment. She believes that it is vital that the student's first experiences with the piano are positive. She sets an example to her students to be encouraging and kind to themselves through consistent positive self-talk, and this helps them develop resilience, which assists them with life long learning. She has a positive, bubbly personality and enjoys seeing her students laugh and have fun in their lessons.
Felicity firmly believes that all students should develop proficiency at reading music, and not solely attempting to play by ear. Music theory is an important part of musical training and she incorporates the study of music theory from the very first piano lesson.
At the early stages of their development, it is essential that parents assist their children with establishing a regular practice regime. It is essential that parents take a moment to assist with scheduling in times for practice and record these in the child's practice diary sheet on a weekly basis. It is also highly recommended that for the first 2 - 3 months of piano lessons, that parents sit in during the student's practice to ensure that the teacher's practice suggestions are being carefully followed. Felicity provides advice on strategies to help motivate students to practice on a regular basis and is happy to answer any queries or concerns outside of the lesson to provide parents with additional support. Felicity maintains a high level of care towards her students and is happy to go that extra mile so that your child can get the most out of his/her lessons.
ESSENTIAL COMPONENTS OF LESSONS
Felicity uses a multi sensory approach to teaching young children, and tailors the lesson the meet the individual needs of the student. Felicity understands what makes students tick, she stimulates their imagination and appeals to their sense of play. Her bubbly and witty persona never fails to lighten any atmosphere and to maintain student interest during the lesson.
- Students learn familiar songs such as nursery rhymes and popular, recently released hits on the radio (i.e. Taylor Swift, Katy Perry) that they can showcase to their friends or family
- Students engage in fun and simple piano duets, which help to develop their ensemble skills as they maintain a consistent speed in their pieces and listen attentively to the teacher as she plays along with them.
- Scales help students grasp the concept of tonality, develop finger dexterity as well as memorising fundamental, systematic fingerings which support their repertoire. Although a variety of scales exist, the main focus will be on the major and harmonic minor scales in similar and contrary motion, then melodic and natural minor scales are introduced later on in their development. Felicity encourages students to experiment musically with the scales, by applying different dynamics and articulations to prevent boredom.
- Felicity uses a fun and hands on approach to theory with tactile activities. Note flashcards and the use of engaging iPad apps such as Music Tutor are a great addition to progressive theory books and traditional aural books. They cater to the beginner student to the more advanced student, allow me to assess each student's progress and have the added benefit of being able to be used in the car on the way to school or anywhere the student has a free moment.
- A multi sensory approach incorporating the use of body percussion, physical movement and singing and switching between different activities helps keep students engaged