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What Happens In The Early Stages With PianoEasy?

Below is a quick outline of what will happen in the early days of PianoEasy lessons:

  • PianoEasy players become familiar with the mechanics of the piano and how the keys, strings, pedal and dampers work;
  • PianoEasy players learn how to work best with their bodies in order to make the most beautiful music on this instrument (that isn’t very easy to adjust to your body);
  • PianoEasy players become familiar with that wonderful pattern of 2 blacks and 3 blacks and learn all the white note...

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Blues

You know what really brings people together? Complaining. And blues music is the catchiest way to do that.

 

It began in the cotton fields of the USA's deep South, where slaves or descendants of slaves would work long hours and sometimes sing to get through the day, play songs when their work was done, or sing together in church. Stylistically, what characterised the blues in the beginning was its call-and-response structure and the flattened notes it used, but because blues is so...

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Fake music - Sad

Musicians Graph

It’s a tragedy that nowadays people generally feel bad about their playing! It’s true! Most people who have had, sometimes years of piano lessons apologise and tell you they are not very good. Even performing musicians say they are scared of being found out for not being good enough. They often will tell you that they are just self-taught and can’t even read. Only a small percentage of our top players and some people who are blessed with a bit less of the “I care...

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Be kind to yourself

Image from Catherine Masi

 

Playing music should be relaxing and make you feel good, but sometimes it ends up being frustrating and stressful. If you've been trying to play one bar for 20 minutes and it's turned out wrong every time, you start thinking you're incompetent and doubting yourself.

 

If the piano is making you feel bad, it's time to stop, take a step back, breathe, and remember to be kind to yourself.

 

Learning anything new has its challenges - there are always...

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Ten ideas to connect with your inner musician

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  1. Open up to a fresh take on an old piece in your repertoire.
    Pay close attention to the way you're playing each note, your posture and breathing, and think of how you are making those hammers hit the strings. Try playing loud, soft, fast, slow, sustained, snappy, straight, or swinging - see how the piece can change completely when you mix up the dynamics. You can also try changing the piece itself by adding notes or doubling up on them, changing words and melodies or altering the rhythm.
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Don't stop the music

 

Instruments are expensive, and with such a huge variety of priorities in education (STEM topics, getting kids to be active, sustainability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures) it's easy for music to be pushed to the bottom of the list when funding is  allocated.

 

Musica Viva is fighting back to promote the importance of music in classrooms with their Don't Stop the Music campaign, which they're running in conjunction with ABC TV and the Salvation...

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Make Music

 

If you've ever been to a PianoEasy class you know that everyone has somemusical ability. Playing an instrument doesn't come naturally to everyone, but everyone who can hear a melody or see a rhythm being played has a basic understanding of how music is created.

 

It's a shame that, despite this, so many people are apprehensive about playing music. That's why Make Music Day exists.

 

Make Music Day invites everybody to be a musician. It began in France in 1982 and has spread...

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Where Traditional Music Education Went Down The Wrong Path

Being completely besotted with playing the piano myself, I believe that unfortunately Western music education, that is generally focussed on teaching people to make music by teaching them how to read, has created a society where now there is this mythical idea that making music is only either for those who are mysteriously gifted or for people who started at 3 years of age and practise for 8 hours a day…

it always struck me that I commonly meet two types of piano players:

  1. People who...

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Salvado's Story: How an Impromptu Piano Concert Saved a Regional Church Mission

About 170 years ago, Dom Rosendo Salvado walked 130 km from New Norcia to Perth to ask the Bishop there for funds to support his mission.

 

To put that into perspective, the average Australian only walks 3.2 km per day - and after Salvado walked the distance of three marathons to ask for those funds, he was turned down.

 

Still in his tattered long-distance-walking clothes, Salvado organised and performed a piano concert in the Old Perth Courthouse, where he played for...

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Group Learning

 


PianoEasy lessons are delivered to a small class of students rather than one-on-one because there are lots of benefits to learning piano, or anything for that matter, in a group.

 

Some of the benefits found in research by Felder and Brent (North Carolina State University, 1994) included:

 

  • Higher academic achievement
  • Greater persistence
  • Better high-level reasoning and critical thinking skills
  • Deeper understanding of learned material
  • Lower levels of anxiety and stress
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