Piano Lessons

Piano Teacher

1 A teacher of practical and creative music, Susan Head uses contemporary and classical. Continue…

What You Can Expect

2 Through a continuous process each student is assessed to gauge their current. Continue…

You Part In Learning

3 As a student at Susan Head Music you will soon find out that lessons are creative and fun. Continue…

Fee Schedule

4 Enrolments are accepted by a process of application, interview and trial lesson. Continue…

 



3 YOUR PART IN LEARNING THE PIANO – WHAT IS EXPECTED OF EACH STUDENT

PIANOS 

As a student at Susan Head Music you will soon find out that lessons are creative and fun which helps to make learning easier! But the greater gains are made by students who practice regularly.

You will need a piano to practise what you learn. For the best listening pleasure have it tuned regularly. If you would like to hire a piano at very reasonable cost I recommend Hutchings Piano. 

When choosing a piano be guided by your ears and chose according to tone. You will be listening to it as you practise so liking the sound will encourage you to play. The piano should be in a well ventilated room but not in a draft. It can be tricky negotiating with the TV watchers sometimes!

 

POSTURE

An Adjustable Piano Stool or Chair and for young players, an Adjustable Footstool 

Correct posture is essential for ease of playing. With both adjusted to the correct height for the student, an adjustable stool and footstool makes correctly supported good posture easy. Sitting upright, feet flat on the floor or footstool, bodyweight centred firmly in the middle of the chair or stool, the elbows are above the keyboard so that the weight of the arm can fall easily from the shoulder through the elbow and wrist to the fingers.

 

“Music lessons are the stations in the journey not the journey itself” Susan Head, 2009

 

PRACTICE

Frequency vs Length

Focus on what is to be practised rather than how much time is spent. Focused daily practice for 10 minutes, seven days a week is more beneficial than one hour’s practice once a week. Build a practice routine that is regular and daily. To make life easier, attach it to another regular daily activity such as cleaning your teeth.

Mastering musical ability is dependent on developing the cognitive skills of the brain. Repetition is the means by which the brain gains the ability to master the physical skills of playing. Placing the fingers on the correct keys at the same time as keeping abreast of the rhythm, reading and interpreting music is a multifaceted technique developed both mentally and physically. Cognitive development is reinforced by focused physical practice.

 

BOOKS AND MUSIC

An A4 Artists diary and a set of coloured pencils or connector pens are the initial requirements.

An additional notebook to write yourself notes from the lesson is also useful, as is manuscript

paper of a size which suits you.

Sheet music will need to be purchased from time to time. This can often be done through the internet or either by phone or visiting a music retailer in person. See Useful Links.