Stimulating the neural pathways with some Rachmaninoff, recording Piano V.1 at the Perth Concert Hall. Please support local music and purchase my album at www.justinjames.com

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  1. Monike
    Monike says:

    Very well played! I’m not a classical piano player (actually I don’t play piano at all). I play guitar but fell in love with that piece. But I think I could learn it easily on a keyboard with your lessons. Thanks!

  2. Alby
    Alby says:

    As a piano teacher, I try to pick a lesson book that has interesting, enjoyable songs/pieces, including a few that the children might already know and like. Piano Adventures is one of my favorite series to use. I still remember enjoying it as a piano student. It has a good variety of classical, popular and folk songs and it’s vibrantly colorful, which the younger students appreciate (and even some of the older ones). Of course, there are plenty of other good teaching materials out there. You should pick whatever you think will engage and interest each of your individual students. You don’t have to pick the same books or series for each. Some students prefer to focus on classical repertoire, for example. If a student finds scales and technical excercises to be a bore, I use the A Dozen a Day series of preperatory exercises, which makes these essential warmups more fun. I’ve also had success with the David Carr Glover series, which has good Theory books. Feel free to experiment with new materials and discover your own favourites. Remember, your attitude and techniques as a teacher make more difference than the books and materials do. All the best!

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