I hate car seats. If it weren’t for the inevitable massive clouds of black smoke, I would seriously consider hosting a seat-burning party when our girls finally graduate to car seat freedom. Yesterday I just about lost my mind over a car seat incident which, in the end, had more to do with my stupidity than it did the stupid car seat.
In a rush to pick up Lexi from school I chucked (not really) Halle into the car seat, buckled her in and prepared to hit the road. Except Halle started to holler. So I loosened the straps. And still Halle hollered. I attempted a fishy-cracker bribe. The hollering continued!
At my wits end, I took her out of the seat and discovered she had been sitting on an oversized piece of lego! Sometimes the silliest little things can create the biggest problems.
And So It Is With Piano Practice
Now if you think that was a silly story, imagine a piano student who goes an entire week without practicing simply because she can’t remember where to put her hands to begin her piece. Sounds ridiculous… but I’ve heard many teachers recount a similar story. And with the vast majority of parents unable to play piano, help at home isn’t readily available.
A week of wasted practice is too risky, and while piano teachers have many little tricks and tips for teaching students “where their hands go”, from time to time, piano students simply forget. So what are piano teachers to do?
There’s An App For That
Okay, I stretched the truth for the sake of a catchy title. There isn’t a “Where do my hands go?” app, but there is a camera built in to every smartphone these days. So, if you happen to have a forgetful piano student, take a picture of her hands in starting position while she’s at her lesson with you, and then send that picture to her mom or dad with a little message that includes the title of the corresponding piano piece.
Your non-musical parents will thank you for it! And once your student knows where her hands go, chances are she’ll be off to the races and she’ll return to next week’s lesson all practiced up!
Another Silly Little Piano Problem
Sometimes the difference between a child turning into a lifelong pianist or a child quitting piano lessons is simply choice of repertoire. Finding that “perfect piece” can be the spark that ignites a lifelong passion. It is for this reason that we have launched our newest project, PianoBookClub.com. If you spend hours searching for “just the right” supplementary music, pop on over to PianoBookClub.com and see how it can help!