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I hope that this content will be useful to parents of my piano students!

I Love Coffee

Monday, October 1, 2018 by Cherie Norquay | Uncategorized

Students are doing an amazing job of learning to read notes.  We are really focusing in on Middle C and the steps moving up D, E, F, G.  There are so many songs that can be played with these notes.

However, it is nice to take a break from note reading to play something more whimsical and fun.  I have taught "I Love Coffee" to many students.  If your child has already played "I Love Coffee" it may be time to refresh their memory (or older students may learn the accompaniment part).  

If your child is brand new, you will be delighted that these step by step video tutorials will teach your child to play like a pro!  There are 6 parts to I Love Coffee.  The fourth part is the most difficult to play.  The second part is the most fun!  I put a little fuzz ball on the starting two black keys just to help with placement!


Flashy Fingers!

Friday, September 14, 2018 by Cherie Norquay | Uncategorized

Flashy Fingers is for newer beginning students.  It can even be helpful for improving technique in older students who struggle with proper hand shape and collapsing finger joints.  You will see that your student is bringing home Flashy Fingers (maybe already has it) in the next week or two.  I put this little video together to demonstrate some ways to use this resource.  5-6 year old students may have some trouble initially moving fingers independently.  The simplest way fro them to gain confidence is to put two hands together and wiggle fingers from the cards.  Please notice I always demonstrate tall fingers, not flat fingers, and that the knuckles are the highest point of the hand.  If you ask a child to gently hold a bubble, you take that hand shape and turn it upside down.  That is the proper shape to develop good hand position.

MOST IMPORTANTLY....  Make it fun!

A child can close their eyes and find two black keys and then open their eyes and play a flashy finger card on C or D or E.

Sometimes I have them go to the middle of the room and turn around three times and then see if they can find CDE again.  

If you have a digital keyboard you can gain a lot of mileage by changing the sound for each Flashy Card.

Call a grandma and play a flashy card over the phone (or live messenger).

Take a video on your phone of your child's favorite flashy card and send it to your piano teacher!  Or post it on our Studio Facebook Page here:

https://www.facebook.com/JanesvillePianoLessons/

I love for students to see their success!  Finger independence takes work and practice.  I hope you have fun with this activity!