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Do any of you require your students to use mental visualization? By this I mean methodically and intensely studying the score before ever practicing or playing it. Or perhaps memorizing it (if it's not too complex) before playing.


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Hopefully you don't mind me contributing. While I have no students, I like to methodically study scores before ever practicing or playing them. If for no other reason than to understand the form and contemplate fingerings, I would think this is an efficient thing to do. Even for jazz tunes, I like to intensely understand the harmonic progressions before working on playing them. This is also, of course, useful in identifying technically difficult sections (and this is prior to even giving an earnest attempt to sightread, which would further illuminate such difficulties). Oh, and most important of all, it's obviously imperative to make note - either literally, mentally, or both - of what you're going to practice before you sit down to start lest you waste any valuable time or inadvertently ingrain bad habits.

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I use ask my student to "pretend playing" while doing sight-reading line (usually 1 or 2 lines only). What they need to do is to find the position at piano, place their hands there and "pretend play" without sound. They can move their fingers around, touching piano but they cannot make any sound from piano. When they finish pretending, then they will play it "for real" for me. Usually they can get mostly correct if they pretend play compare to without.

I have not try it with repertoire yet, only sight-reading lines so far.


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Originally Posted by Bobpickle
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Thanks for the contributions - I'll check out the links.


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Originally Posted by ezpiano.org
I use ask my student to "pretend playing" while doing sight-reading line (usually 1 or 2 lines only). What they need to do is to find the position at piano, place their hands there and "pretend play" without sound. They can move their fingers around, touching piano but they cannot make any sound from piano. When they finish pretending, then they will play it "for real" for me. Usually they can get mostly correct if they pretend play compare to without.

I have not try it with repertoire yet, only sight-reading lines so far.

This is pretty much what I've done with my students so far. However I am considering upping the game with the mental work.


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Originally Posted by Bobpickle

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The outlline/layering concept was quite interesting. I'll give it a try.


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Like EZ, I also have my students pretend to play during sight reading. I too find that they play the piece much better afterwards.

With some students I might ask them to "hear" the song in their head and try to get an idea of what it is going to sound like along with the mood, theme, or even create a short story about it.

With very receptive students I see it making a difference in their current repertoire.

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