Category: Piano Technique

A Deep Dive into Sonatina in F Major by Beethoven

When approaching any piece of intermediate historical repertoire, I always ask myself how can I help my students navigate the challenges of simply playing this piece in their first few weeks of practice. Sonatina in F Major by Beethoven is truly playable by a mid-intermediate student and can prepare a student for his easiest Sonatas, such as Op.49, No.2. Join me as I take a deep dive into this lovely and accessible Sonatina by Beethoven.

Teaching Scales, Chords, and Arpeggios Using the Superstar Scales Piano Technique Book

The Superstar Scales Piano Technique Book is clean and simple, yet thorough enough that students should not need any additional books for learning scales, chords, and arpeggios after mastering this book. The alternate fingerings allow students to seamlessly transition to two and four- octave scales.

5 Reasons to Use Junior Superstar Scales with Young Beginners

Young beginners can feel excited when starting piano lessons. It is important to capitalize on that early enthusiasm and help students to progress quickly. Even young beginners can benefit so much through learning to play pentascales. It’s a great means to isolate important skills such as keyboard geography and recognizing intervals.

Prevent “Tech Neck” And Poor Posture In Piano Students And Teachers Tip 4: Lower Back

Piano teachers are complaining of back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain from spending hours each day teaching online piano lessons. We’re twisting at the waist, sitting partially turned towards the screen, and we’re exhibiting overall poor piano posture. Our students are developing round shoulders and a hunched back from time spent on devices. Learn how to address these issues in Part 4 of my interview with Dr. Stephanie Elkins, DPT.

Prevent “Tech Neck” And Poor Posture In Piano Students And Teachers Tip 3: Chest Stretches

Piano teachers are complaining of back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain from spending hours each day teaching online piano lessons. We’re twisting at the waist, sitting partially turned towards the screen, and we’re exhibiting overall poor piano posture. Our students are developing round shoulders and a hunched back from time spent on devices. Learn how to address these issues in Part 3 of my interview with Dr. Stephanie Elkins, DPT.

Prevent “Tech Neck” And Poor Posture In Piano Students And Teachers Tip 2: Upper Back Exercises

Piano teachers are complaining of back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain from spending hours each day teaching online piano lessons. We’re twisting at the waist, sitting partially turned towards the screen, and we’re exhibiting overall poor piano posture. Our students are developing round shoulders and a hunched back from time spent on devices. Learn how to address these issues in Part Two of my interview with Dr. Stephanie Elkins, DPT.

Prevent “Tech Neck” and Poor Posture in Piano Students and Teachers Tip 1: Chin Tucks

Piano teachers are complaining of back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain from spending hours each day teaching online piano lessons. We’re twisting at the waist, sitting partially turned towards the screen, and we’re exhibiting overall poor piano posture. Our students are developing round shoulders and a hunched back from time spent on devices. Learn how to address these issues in Part One of my interview with Dr. Stephanie Elkins, DPT.

A Deep Dive into Schubert’s Waltz in B Minor

Teachers – what is your superpower? My piano teacher superpower seems to be teaching intermediate historical repertoire in a way that allows my students to play expressively. I love getting my students engaged with works by the great masters, including one of my all-time favorites, Franz Schubert, whose Waltz in B minor, D.145 / Op.18, No.6 will be discussed here.

Teaching Beginning Piano Technique to Young Piano Students

Introduce your students to major and minor pentascales, chords, and arpeggios in a colorful and engaging way with this vibrant beginning piano technique book. The study of piano scales, chords, and arpeggios is extremely important to a pianist’s development. Help your students become Scales Superstars as they work their way through this valuable beginning piano scales book.

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At MelodyPayne.com, our mission is to provide piano teaching resources, sheet music, and ideas that will help you and your piano students thrive!

Hi! I’m Melody Payne, a pianist and piano teacher, educational resource author, a fun-loving wife to the most wonderful and talented hubby I could ask for, and a lifelong learner who loves to share. I want to make your life as a music teacher easier by writing and sharing helpful and relevant music teaching articles, and by creating educational resources with your very own students in mind. If you are a parent who wants to enroll your child in piano lessons, I’d love for us to get started building those skills that can give your child a lifetime of musical enjoyment!

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