Once a note cruncher always a note cruncher. Do you have teens that fit that description? I’m always amazed when I discover a teen piano student who has somehow managed to play piano for years while reading every single note every single time.
These students can fly under the radar. They are so proficient at note reading that a teacher may not even know that they are a note-by-note reader.
Unfortunately this is no way for a teen to play music. The mental power it takes to read every single note on every single page drains the brain, leaving the student too exhausted to consider the other elements of music that make a piano piece great; like dynamics, emotion, and other forms of musical interpretation. The key, therefore, is in teaching your teens to blend their note-reading abilities with a keen awareness of musical patterns. The result? Efficient and confident piano students who can “piece crunch” instead of simply “note crunch”
To help your note-by-note readers break this energy-zapping habit, today we’re sharing a pop-infused teen piano piece to reinforce left hand chord patterns.
Making Magic With Left-Hand Accompaniment Patterns and Improvisation
When reinforcing left-hand accompaniment patterns with teen piano students, it is necessary to remove challenges associated with playing the right-hand melody. This allows students to really focus in on the LH and quickly build a level of comfort with the chord progression and pattern. The easiest way to force this focus is to have teens play only left-hand patterns.
But that is too boring for this blog!
So, in the activity below, we’ve combined a common left-hand accompaniment pattern in the Key of A Minor with right-hand improvisation to create a musical experience that your teens will play over and over again!
The activity below is themed to coordinate with our collection of Classical Pop Crossover books (also known as The Sessions Books). If you’ve never played from these books before, you’ll definitely want to check out The Amadeus Anthems, The Beethoven Sessions, and The Chopin Sessions (see below).
Click here or on the image below to download today’s activity:
A Quick-Start Guide To Our Teen Piano Books
Do you spend way too much time searching for music that will motivate your teen piano students? When you finally find something, does it miss the mark? Over this last year, we have published a great selection of teen repertoire books that will become your go-to resources. Here is a quick rundown of the teen books we released in 2018, along with audio samples: