CKQC013: Improvising piano duets and exploring the keys

Beginning improvisation usually works best with an accompanist. This helps the music to sound fuller, and allows students to explore the melodies more freely.

In my piano students’ buddy time, I’ve been trying out some modified versions of the improvisation patterns from Create First by Forrest Kinney.

In last week’s quick clip, you saw how this works with some brand new beginners. Now I want to show you how that same duet works in a lesson with slightly older, late elementary students.

CKQC013- Improvising piano duets and exploring the keys Pinterest

No we’re not doing “proper” pedalling here – but that’s ok. This is about improvising piano together and exploration, we’ll deal with technique issues separately.

The follow week we added a vacation pattern and some more fanciness which you can see in the full video in the VMT library if you’re a member.

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 enjoyed 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.

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