This page is reference for my students.
I have played piano for over 30 years, taking some time out during college and grad school, but never quite stopping (I played for church in grad school and even for a wedding!). I started teaching my own kids last year (2015). After a year of teaching, I enrolled them with a teacher at the Cleveland Institute of Music. This teacher is also my mentor for guiding me in how to teach my kids the art of piano. I also take lessons from her to help improve my own technique and playing.
My goals are to become certified by the Royal Conservatory to teach elementary piano. I am currently working on passing the Level 8 practical and theory exams.
The curriculum I use with my students is from the Royal Conservatory of Music. The program is very strong. There are 12 levels, beginning with the Preparatory A and B levels and then progressing from Level 1 through Level 10. The program consists of Ear Training, Sight Reading, Repetoire pieces (engaging and fun – great choices) and Etudes. The Repetoire and Etudes books come with recordings. The Ear Training/Sight Reading book has daily lessons for the student to complete as well as online ear training. Theory courses are also available.
Practical examinations and theory examinations are available through the Royal Conservatory of Music and the student can earn certificates. These certificates issued by RCM are a great way to document all the work and effort (and money!) that goes into years of piano lessons. Since its hard to play a piece for the admission counselor, its nice to have some sort of documentation. I can’t imagine college admission counselors not being impressed when viewing these certificates in an application.
RCM has both a Canadian website as well as a United States page. As far as I can, tell they are the same. However, if you are in the US, you will want to use the bookstore on the US website. However, shipping is still out of Canada, so you will pay higher shipping costs. Amazon might be your most cost-effective option if purchasing single levels at a time
Lessons will consist of 3 major components: 1) sight reading/ear training; 2) scales and arpeggios; and 3) repetoire pieces. Etudes may also be assigned in addition to theory papers.
Piano is a skill. There is much talk that people have talent, but honestly, I do not believe it. Playing piano and playing piano well depends on how much you practice. If you have ever watched the documentary “The Reluctant Prodigy” Jan Lisiecki almost seems insulted that people do not give credit to his work ethic.
So yes, practice, and practice every day.
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