When you begin teaching young students how to play the piano, sometimes one of the most difficult things is getting them to master the basics. Here are 3 things you can do as a teacher at a piano school to introduce basic piano concepts so that your new students have a good foundation for learning. Hand Position One of the most challenging things for little hands is keeping the right piano position because their hands are not used to being curved. The hands should make a cupping shape or a “C” shape when they are in the correct position. To get your students to do this, start by placing a small ball in their hands, and then wrap tape or a string around the ball so that it stays attached to their hands. Make sure that the ball is not too big because your students need to be able to get their fingers on the piano without the ball hitting the keys. When your students put their hands in the playing position, their fingers should curve around the front of the balls so that their fingers are lifted and are not flat. They may feel uncomfortable trying to play with the balls at first, but they will eventually get the concept of keeping their hands in the right position. Lifted Wrists Next, you need to work on keeping the wrists lifted so that they do not rest on the piano. Lifted wrists can be achieved by constant diligence and reminding your students to keep the wrists up. Also, you can tie a string around each wrist, and then lift the strings up so that their wrists are not touching the piano. If you want to make this easier, tie the strings loosely to a bar above the students, and this will keep their wrists suspended at all times. Just make sure that the strings are not tight on the wrists so that your students do not get uncomfortable. Key Recognition Lastly, helping your students to find the right notes and keys on the piano can sometimes be difficult. That is why you should start by teaching a simple song about each letter on the piano. For example, let your students play all of the “C’s” on the piano with a little song that you have come up with. Continue this with all of the other letters, and make sure that the song includes hints about where the keys are. For example, instead of just telling your students to play “A” throughout the song, you should say that “A” is in the middle of the 3 black keys repeatedly so that he or she will understand where to find the...
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