I recently heard about a well-known piano teacher who waited years before presenting his approach to piano technique at a major music educators’ convention. And even then, he was riddled with anxiety about the backlash he might receive from those who disagreed with him.
We are in a state of great controversy over piano technique. But the wonderful news is that we are responding to the epidemic of musicians’ injuries. We’re helping many of them recover, and we’ve really begun to care intensely about what we’re teaching our students.
How do we break the ice and connect with each other more on this hot topic?
First, we need to appreciate that we are making a lot of headway.
We’re beginning to understand some of the fundamental principles involved in playing with ease, and in using our bodies more effectively to bring out our innate musicality.
Then, we need to stay curious about the details of technique—to be open to making new discoveries each day in our practicing and teaching.
And before we can even look at the physical details of what we’re doing when we play or teach, it’s essential to clear our mind enough to create the high level of awareness and focus required to work with the complexities of our coordination in making music.
I am thrilled to invite you to participate in my first online program about technique: Unlocking Natural Piano Technique, beginning October 3. In this five-week series, you will learn important facts about how your body works at the piano, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions and to experience the work in detail.
The series will give you the clarity you need to move forward with greater confidence as a performer and teacher.
And it will help you enjoy the process more each day.
Get more info and apply here.
And if you have any questions about the series, please feel free to contact me.
I’d love to have you with us!