Making the most of your lessons

Piano practice is:

Being thorough

Work on all items on your assignment – not just your favorites.

Using your assignment sheet to guide you

Mrs. Winner provides you with a summary of what you worked on during the lesson and what she’d like you to work on until the next lesson. These are customized notes that are specific to you. Read all instructions in your notebook and follow them to the best of your ability.

Asking questions

Ask Mrs. Winner to explain anything you don’t understand during your lessons. If questions arise at home, enlist your parent’s help to relay them to Mrs. Winner through a phone call or by email.

Asking for and accepting help at home

Your parents and people who wish to see you succeed are important resources. Share your lesson notes with them and let them supervise and offer constructive guidance when you practice at home. This input will accelerate your progress—particularly if you’re a beginner.

Practicing daily and carefully

Understand that practicing daily and practicing carefully are the “keys” to learning to play well:

Slow practice = fast progress.
Fast practice = slow progress.
Little practice = little progress.

Going for the details

Playing the correct notes is only the first step in learning to play the piano well. Explore phrasing, slurs, staccatos, accents, and dynamics that make music sound exciting, dramatic, frightening, dreamy, sad or happy – whatever the composer intended.

Listening to the music you are playing

How does it sound? (Your ears won’t lie to you!)