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I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to establish a solid foundation in any kind of musical study that your child pursues. This requires a teacher who knows the importance of acquiring good habits from day one. Once this foundation is set, your child will not only play the piano beautifully, but will also able to start a different instrument with ease. This process may seem frustrating and time consuming at first, but you should never rush your child through this critical phase. It will take more time to correct bad habits later than to get it right from the start.
There are two phases in Musical Foundation - Musical Foundation I and Musical Foundation II. The initial phase is for children who are first time learners and plan to reach phase II or even Total Musicianship. It is also ideal for students who intend to switch to another instrument in the near future or for those who thrive under minimum pressure and enjoy playing the piano 'just for fun'. Whatever your final goal may be, I believe the following areas of learning are the minimum requirements you need to obtain a quality piano education.
The following chart illustrates the importance of each area of learning at this level:
Musical Foundation should include but not be limited to:
Students should be actively involved in programs outside regular piano lessons (i.e. auditions). I also highly recommend supplementing your regular repertoire with the The Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) for its rigorous program in Music Theory and Piano Examinations.
This stage is for students who have already established a solid foundation and are ready for a more intense level of training with a serious commitment to daily practice. There are two phases in total Musicianship - Total Musicianship I and Total Musicianship II. Both phases are considered great achievements and children who reach this far will always enjoy playing the piano their entire life. Total Musicianship II is meant for the exceptional few who love the competitive edge and extra challenge, or perhaps for those who consider a college degree in Music.
The following chart illustrates the importance of each area of learning:
Total Musicianship should include but not be limited to:
Students should be actively involved in programs that offer auditions and competitions. I also highly recommend supplementing your regular repertoire with the ABRSM for its rigorous program in Music Theory and Piano Examinations.
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