For young piano students, playing in position is comforting and predictable. It aids very young kids when exploring the keyboard and learning to read notes.
But leave kids locked into position too long and things become problematic. The longer they stay “in position” the more challenging it becomes to move their hands out of position… even if only for a brief moment.
In today’s post we’re previewing a resource that is so motivating and exciting that your students will happily unlock their hands from the position-based playing!
How To Move Beyond Position-Based Playing
When young piano students are reluctant to move beyond position-based playing, it takes a piano book that is “out of this world” to motivate them to explore the unknown 🙂
July’s Piano Book of the Month, The All-Over Adventures of Kelzo Keys: Moving Beyond Position-Based Playing, is an interactive, story-based piano resource that offers an entertaining first introduction to playing “out of position”. Your students will be over the moon as they experiment with simple hand movements, delving into the outer limits of their developing keyboard awareness.
The seven elementary-level piano pieces in this book are preceded by comic-based story pages where “out-of-position” practice exercises follow sets of illustrated frames, allowing students to play along as a teacher reads the tale.
“Oooh! Loving this month’s PianoBookClub offering. I can see a group of my students loving moving out of 5 finger positions. Add some projected copies of the illustrations, a narrator and another inspiring group recital performance is born….! Thank you for your continuing brilliance!” ~ Sarah B.
Watch the hands of your piano students fly through space as they explore the concept-focused repertoire needed to bolster their comfort levels as they move beyond position-based music.
Preview The All-Over Adventures Of Kelso Keys
The All-Over Adventures of Kelzo Keys was July 2017’s Book of the Month from PianoBookClub. To see this month’s book visit PianoBookClub.com.