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FOR PIANO STUDENTS

Why you should work on your scales

Learning to play your scales and arpeggios really well will help you develop as a pianist and as a musician.   When you play scales, you’re strengthening your fingers, the coordination between your hands and preparing yourself for scale passages which occur in a lot of music.  You can also use your scale practice to…

Online Piano Lessons – 5 tips for students

Here’s 5 simple tips that will help you have a great online piano lesson. 1. choosing which device to use If you have a laptop computer or chrome book, use this for your online lesson. The benefit of using a device with a large screen, is that you’ll be able to see the annotations that…

Rotorua LearnMusicNZ Cushion Concerts

The Rotorua Cushion Concerts organised by our local branch of LearnMusicNZ are held at St Lukes in May and September each year.  These concerts give students the opportunity to perform in front of a friendly audience. The programme is always diverse and represents a range of ages, levels and styles. Sometimes a guest artist is…

How to help your child learn piano

  5 little tips that’ll make a big difference Set aside a regular practice time Short, regular, consistent practice sessions are key Be involved and encourage your child’s pratice For younger children – sit with them while they practice and work through the lesson notes with your child. For older students – ask questions like…

ARTICLES, TIPS AND THOUGHTS

FOR COMPOSITION STUDENTS

Opportunities to compose

There are many composition competitions and opportunities for you to have your original pieces performed.  It’s hugely satisfying to hear other people perform your piece(s), to have your music recorded and have a meaningful, real context for your learning in composition.   Below you’ll find competitions and events that I’m aware of, and I’ll try…