August 4. 2020
Celebrate your strong points. Don't dwell on your week points.
On of my students is working on some pretty challenging piano music. The kind of music that concert pianiests would perform all over the world. This student is actually pretty amazing. He never had any piano lessons prior to age 21and now he is tackling some of the most challagning music ever written for piano. But he would put himself down: I am not good at reading music! My life would be so much easier if I could read music well! But I told him: yes, reading music is not your strong suit, but you have am amazing ability to memeorize music. You should pat yourself on the back for that! Use your gigantic ability to memorize music to learn music; utilize your strength!
August 9, 2020
I am so proud of my students today. Because of the conoravirus situation, I am doing all my teaching today online. I sent the music sheet of Beatle's "Let it be" yesterday to one of my students. When she and I had virtual lessons today, she already taught herself the first page, and got most of it right! I am so proud of her. And another student, I was teaching him how to play "Pink Panther" last week. He was able to play for me perfectly today! I praised him profusely.
August 5, 2020
I am grateful that I know how to teach piano lessons through Skype for Facetime.I am grateful for my students because I am learning every day how to be a better teacher and how to use my voice and my classicaly traning ears to guide them to the realm of the beauty of music. even though we are no physcially sitting together.
September 19, 2020
I spent a lot of times drilling the basics of music theory into the brains of my students. Today, this particular student is learning two new songs. In one of them, if you do not have the knowledge that one chord, four chord, and five chord have very specific rules governing them, you will spent a lot of times trying to decipher each individual note on the music sheet before you can even begin to play them. Because she has that knowledge about how one chord, four chord, and five chord look like and how to play them in a bunch of different keys, this song, called "At the band practice," is a breeze for her. She is so excited that she could apply her music theory knowledge to her piano learning, she clapped her hands in delight and let out some joyous shouts---great to see!
Journal of virtual piano teaching