Had a very enjoyable lesson with an adult pupil this morning, in which a discussion about different practice strategies developed. She is working on a Schubert Minuet and Trio, A Major (about Grade 6 standard) after some years away from formal lessons. As in so much of Schubert's composition, the Minuet has a homophonic texture under the melodic line and asks for independent finger action to aid balance within the voices and maintain legato. How important it is to explore different ways of practising - not just for learning the harmonic progression, but fingering patterns that facilitate legato movement; listening for awareness of balance within the chords (sometimes with eyes closed too) ; playing one part of the chord only as if rehearsing different choral voices etc. The piano lid was brought down and we practised on the 'table top', something to try at home. Indeed, I always find that studying a piece away from the keyboard can make us aware of the finer details and develop a greater understanding of a piece. 'Twas a good morning - and I hope it helped my pupil with her prep for next week!
Diane completed her LRSM piano teaching diploma with the ABRSM in 2002.