When it’s time for technical exercises, do your piano students roll their eyes? Or, if they’re too polite to roll their eyes, does the energy drain from their faces?
Traditional technical exercises suck the fun out of a studio. They’re the musical equivalent of times tables. But… they’re necessary!
There are certain skills that require muscle memory. And muscle memory is only developed through repeated practice of technical exercises.
So, does this mean your students must approach technical exercises with a “grin and bear it” kind of attitude? Of course not! With the right repertoire-based resources, your students can master technical exercises while completely forgetting they are even doing technical exercises.
And today, we are showcasing one of these resources.
How To Add Some KAPOW! To Technical Piano Exercises
June’s Piano Book of the Month from Teach Piano Today’s PianoBookClub is here and it’s going to add some KAPOW! to your students’ technical workouts.
KEY-POW: Piano Tactics For Technical Success is the tool teachers need to get their students excited about technical work. Armed with these high-energy, late-elementary piano pieces that focus on specific “technical tricks”, your students will hone their skills with the efficiency and accuracy of a ninja.
Listen to a few samples below and you’ll probably say to yourself, “Wow! These are technical exercises?!”
1. The Leap: In this piece piano students are learning to anticipate the distance of a left hand octave leap.
2. The Pivot: In this piece piano students are learning to execute crossovers to neighboring keys.
3. The Balance: In this piece piano students are learning to perform two-note slurs between a harmonic interval and a single note.
Check Out A Visual Preview Of KEY-POW!
If you click on the image below you’ll be able to preview 11 pages from Teach Piano Today’s PianoBookClub Book of the Month for June.
If you like what you see (and love the idea of receiving inspiring piano repertoire each and every month), become a member of Teach Piano Today’s PianoBookClub for just $8 monthly and we’ll start you off with KEY-POW! – Piano Tactics For Technical Success. Note: This book is available only until June 30, 2018.