Being a piano instructor in London can be very challenging sometimes: not only we have the already difficult task to impart knowledge on our students, but as well to teach how to approach the keyboard tuition, how to build the stamina towards the hours of hard practise, how to develop the focus, to keep our students engaged and committed with their musical path, to advise when they lose their enthusiasm explaining how long does it take and how much effort is to embark on such an amazing adventure like is playing an instrument. But one of the most laborious and demanding tasks in piano tuition is to guide either the piano students or their parents, who to structure the musical path they have chosen.
Maestra Sabrina Curpanen, one of the most valuable members of WKMT Team, shares with us some experiences she has acquired throughout the years of teaching piano in that regard.
The most common situations are related to the amount of time that the prospective students and/or parents believe is needed to achieve a certain goal in music.
When we think about all the necessary elements to sit for an exam, we should take into account that not only the Piano students have to prepare three pieces, but to acquire the necessary skills for the Aural test and the sight-reading test, not to mention that either ABRSM or Trinity asks to prepare an extensive technical work that comprises scales, arpeggios and broken chords (major and minor) and depending on the level, we should add contrary motion scales, chromatic scales and even staccato and scales by thirds. In order to develop all these skills, students must show a daily commitment towards the instrument as Maestra Curpanen says in her article; Piano practice cannot be compared with practising a sport, in which the student goes to the day of the practice. Piano requires from the student at least one hour of solid effort every day and that will show on the results.