But for now, I wanted to share a quick video of a black key improvisation from a recent piano lesson with one of my new students. This is only the third time we’ve tried an improvisation together, and each time I’ve noticed that Andelus instinctively creates a motif or theme that she uses throughout the improvisation, which is great because it creates a natural sense of unity for the composition! (Great job, Andelus!)
For this improvisation, the only discussion beforehand was “You may play any of the black keys,” and “Let’s make a happy, upbeat improvisation!” Enjoy!!
October is here, and so is another Teacher Feature! Meet Shauna from the Leavitt Piano Studio in Viginia!
- Name: Shauna Leavitt
- Area: Herndon, VA
- Website: http://www.leavittpianostudio.com/
Please tell us about your piano and/or teaching background:
Background: I started teaching when I was 16 with the assistance of my mother who runs a successful piano studio in Utah. I taught upstairs while she taught downstairs and whenever I needed help, she was always there to mentor me along. I was fortunate to grow up near Brigham Young University where I studied with wonderful Professors there (Dr. Douglas Humpherys and Dr. Robert Smith). When I started attending Dr. Humpherys’ weekly college master-classes, I knew that I wanted to be a piano major when I went to college. Continue reading “Teacher Feature | Shauna Leavitt”
I apologize for being a bit MIA around the blog lately. I have a couple of projects that I am working on right now for my local MTNA association. One of them is designing a website. It’s about half-way done and if you’re interested in taking a sneak peek, you can click here to see it. :)
Anyway, our last Forum Q&A was a discussion about accepting and then teaching adult students at the students’ homes. We also hit on a few other situations, like females teaching male adult students at the teacher’s home. There was a good overall consensus about handling such situations. It’s so great to get advice and support from others, so thank you all for your contributions to the discussion! (As always, it’s never too late to comment if you haven’t already!)
Here’s the question for today:
What is the ideal role for the parents when it comes to piano lessons? If a parent asks about what they can be doing to help and support their child, what is your answer? Do you require or encourage parents to sit in on lessons? Do you require parents to help young beginners practice? Do you hold yearly or semesterly meetings with parents to discuss progress?
Leave your thoughts in the comments below.