Don’t Skip Bongo Drummers

There is a piece in the Piano Adventures method that I’m willing to bet a lot of people gloss over or skip altogether. It’s in Level 1, and it’s called “Bongo Drummers.”

The piece introduces the three G’s on the grand staff – low G, bass G, and treble G. Students are to play a . . . → Read More: Don’t Skip Bongo Drummers

The Holy Grail of Piano Teaching

I suppose it’s about time I said something about sight-reading. I’ve actually thought a lot about it over the last several years – it’s a hot topic for piano teachers, and plenty of ink and air has been spent on it in magazines and at conferences.

The best article in recent memory is Kenneth Saxon’s . . . → Read More: The Holy Grail of Piano Teaching

Rhythmic Augmentation

Something I’ve noticed in elementary literature is the practice of rhythmic augmentation. Since elementary students (Primer – Level 1 in Piano Adventures, for example) haven’t been introduced to 8th notes yet, composers and editors will write a piece using quarter notes instead of 8th notes and then choosing a very brisk tempo.

So a piece . . . → Read More: Rhythmic Augmentation

The Landmark Approach

I often take a “landmark approach” in teaching note reading to my students. I begin by giving them six flash cards – Bass C (2nd space on the bass staff), Bass F (4th line on the bass staff), LH Middle C (middle C on the bass staff), RH Middle C (middle C on the treble . . . → Read More: The Landmark Approach