This video is the third in the video series: Colourful Keys Quick Clips. You can catch all the quick clips published so far by clicking here.
When you’re teaching pattern pieces you sometimes need to employ a rote teaching aid to help you on your way. Anything you can do to make the learning easier for your student, you should.
- Singing along
- Saying reminder words
- Singing the finger numbers
- Pointing out patterns/repeats
- Taking your student for a ride on the back of your hands as you play the piece
- Saying the rhythm words
- Pointing to the keys from above
- Tapping your students’ hands to help with right and left
It’s that last one that you’ll see in Colourful Keys Quick Clip number 3. In this video, I use the tapping along with saying “right, right, left” to help my student with the pattern in the first ending of ‘Swans on the Lake’ from Piano Safari Book 1.
Notice how this little assist helps my student to figure out the pattern. She has a very good ear, so she does know when she’s getting it wrong – she just needs a little help to execute the correct pattern.
What are quick clips?
Colourful Keys Quick Clips are all about giving you a taste of what my lessons are actually like – in action.
I certainly don’t claim to be an expert, and I don’t have all the answers. I just know how much seeing real teaching with real students has helped me to grow and improve as a teacher.
Let me know what you think!
I hope you had fun watching this Colourful Keys Quick Clip. If you have any thoughts or questions, be sure to ask them in the Vibrant Music Studio Teachers group on Facebook or in the comments here, and do make sure to subscribe to my emails and YouTube channel to get notified when a new quick clip is published.
If you want more and extended clips of my teaching, be sure to check out the Vibrant Music Teaching library. There’s tons more like this as well as a whole library of teaching games to boot.