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what do your students love to play?
#959657 08/11/06 01:32 PM
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I'm gathering repertoire to start teaching soon. Judy Magrath is helping (great book).

I just wondered what some of your students' favorite pieces were. I'm not trying to win a popularity contest here but if given a choice between something that's BORRRRRING and a similar piece that they enjoy that teaches the same point, why not use the ones they like?

Please jump in and help. I start teaching in less than 2 weeks.

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Virtually anything published by Nancy and Randall Faber is great! My students really love the reperoire.

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KatieB,

It would be a good idea to advise likely respondents of the following information:
1. Pupil ages
2. Musical experience ... raw beginners?
3. Individually taught or as a class
4. Teaching times
5. Support groups ... teachers or parents?

Armed with the above information,teachers from the Forum will be able to correlate your goings on with their own activities and come up with something helpful to your start in a fortnight.

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Hi South Africa.

So far I have seven students, twins eight years old who had one year. I met them but no lesson yet and they didn't play for me.

I have a very shy 14 YO girl who plays so quietly I don't know how she does it. When she played for me she played Hanon and Czerny then Chopin's Prelude in B Minor the one where the LH has the melody. She has a touch like I've never heard and I'm not sure if she even plays to the base of the keys but it's controlled. Good hand balance.

The other 4 are beginners, 3 kids who are seven i think and one who is nine.

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Here's a link to an old post where I made a list as well as a few other's lists that you might find helpful although I don't recall getting a ton of replies. One thing to watch out for is the arrangements of some popular or familiar tunes. Sometimes the arrangements are so watered down and sound nothing like the original tune and the students notice this. I made the mistake once when I first started teaching having 2 students who were siblings learn some songs from a $20 pop music book written with easy arrangements. Although there was some great songs kids would love in the book, the arrangements were simplified to the point of sounding horrible. The students really disliked the book and so did I. I do like the Faber and Faber arrangements mentioned. Bastein has some good books for supplemental music. Also the Denes Agay series. These are just off the top of my head.

Well, here's the link I mentioned:

student\'s all time favorite music


Have fun teaching!

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KatieB

As a grandfather with the magic of youth constanting throwing up reminders of the highly individual paths which each leads ... one thing is clear to me in following their dreams ... children learn quickest by play (having fun) than by any stuffy teaching ... how to educate through the medium of play has happily been highlighted by you.

With this in mind, standard primers should be avoided ... children at an illiterate stage are totally dependent on the spoken word ... they have to learn through their ears ... we think of the wrapped silence given to the story-teller ... the alphabet and it's conversion into words is still a distant hard-won adventure ... in the meanwhile we teach them with tunes and singalong words ... Nursery Rhymes.

Here's a successful gambit worth trying with small fry based on the certainty of having "Happy Birthday" in their memory bank... what greater challenge at the new keyboard than to find the 5 notes to "Happy Birthday to you ..." starting from (Middle C) ... but described as the white note left of the set of two black notes, and ... then steadily searching out the notes to progress through the whole tune.

Next: The same routine but starting with (C#) ... but described as the LH black note of the set of two black notes. The teacher might like to play the complete arrangement of "Happy Birthday" using both hands (and sing the words) to give the pupil a glimpse of the finished product. Even better to repeat the tune from C# to conjure the marvel of modulation.

By this time the pupil might register the need to name the notes and mark them up on the keyboard ... even use of an "X" will represent the first steps towards the sight-reading format.
Nursery Rhymes can provide and infinite source of material for early keyboard progress.

In the case of the 14 year old girl ... the key to her heart is likely to be opened by a teacher who can play the Chopin B minor Prelude like Askenazy and share a passion for this gem. I've just played through the Prelude and had to make a brown-study cup of tea to slowly unhinge myself from the astringent effect on the psyche of this haunting masterpiece ... maybe girls can handle this gem ... but can't imagine the boys come close.

In a similar age group I had the experience of playing through a series of show-stoppers to find a sutable "carrot" to lure Michelle ... and strangely, after having a gallop through the tired old "Moonlight" (grandmother of course thought it was divine!) ... and skating round the worn-out "Clair de Lune" and a Chopin Nocturne ... none of which had done anything to animate the blue-eyed pupil ... I chanced in desperation on the playing of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Memory" ... what a change ... it was as though I had just opened the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow ... look no further ... Michelle certainly knew what she wanted ... there was no quenching the enthusiasm ... at the later Xmas family-gathering she played the first movement of the dreaded Moonlight, "The Teddy Bears Picnic" and "Memory".

The moral of the story is to base any musical teaching on the dreams of the pupil. The words to "Memory" are not exactly Keats but certainly captivated blue eyes.

"Midnight ... not a sound from the pavement,
Has the moon lost her mem'ry? She is smiling alone".

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Thanks for giving me a wonderful idea. I can see going places with that idea. Thanks.


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