As musicians, performing and teaching are the two things that we are always passionate about; however, they cause conflicts (and headaches) all the time. Every time we need to travel and play concerts, we have to reschedule or postpone our students’ lessons—which makes us feel bad because we know this would interrupt their learning process.
Last year the same story happened again: we had to travel to Europe and this time, there were several students having concerts, exams and competitions coming up. Everyone freaked out. (Yes, not just the students and parents, but both of us, as teachers.)
Out of desperation, we came up with an idea. We asked students to videotape their playing by cellphone, and then after we watched their clips, we analyzed their problems and gave feedback. We used scores, texts, audio or video clips to tell students how to correct or improve their playing.
The results were surprisingly good. Not just because that our students passed the exams / did well in the competition and recitals, but they told us they really feel practicing becomes more efficient and effective. Parents were happy, too. First of all, they noticed their children progressed much faster than before. Secondly, they saved a lot of time driving a long way to our house only for the one-hour lesson.
Now, we truly believe that “piano learning” can be a bit unconventional in this Digital Era, but at the same time, we never forget the tradition and true value of arts and culture. In other words, our standard of music education is the same although the teaching format is slightly changed. We want to use technology as tools (not gimmicks) to pass on our knowledge and skills of piano playing.
Are you ready to make a NEW CHOICE for your children and yourself today?