Drumming apps and backing tracks are like metronomes…with added pixie dust. Super Metronome Groovebox is one of my favourite apps for bringing a drummer into your piano lessons.
If kids have spent any time at all listening to the radio, drumming just makes sense to them. They feel it. They get it.
This arrangement of ‘William Tell Overture’ from Piano Pronto Movement 1 is actually one of my favourite pieces in the book. But it does take some practice to get that rhythm just right.
We started by practising clapping the rhythm of the piece with the drumming track. After this is quite secure, we can move on to playing.
It’s best to layer the rhythm work in this way, even when you feel like you’re short on time. I would prefer to only get to the clapping work (and assign this too) than to launch straight into playing the piece.
The most important thing is that the student is successful so they can enjoy the process.
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