Marina Petrov

Award winning Pianist, Occupational Piano Injury Specialist, Lecturer & Piano Teacher Managing Director of Around the Globe Piano Music Festival

Award winning Pianist, Occupational Piano Injury Specialist, Lecturer & Piano Teacher / Managing Director of Around the Globe Piano Music Festival

Musician's health : Healthy piano start

Every time when a young child walks in for the first piano lesson, many of us piano teachers perhaps wonder if this child will become a musician or he will give up learning altogether. Whatever the outcome, even if piano playing is going to be just a hobby, I am sure that we all wish him a very good start.

What is considered to be a good start?

At the very least, a good start means that the teacher should have a healthy approach to learning to introduce a technique that encourages a relaxed style of practising, thus protect the pupil from occupational injuries. If the pupils love music and their piano, they should be helped to play without any physical pain or discomfort as well as any psychological problems. Essentially, teachers themselves need to be aware and have a better understanding of one child's body, muscles and how they function. Also, they have an understanding of the child's mind and of the psychology of a young pupil. A good teacher should treat each pupil as an individual, each one needing a different approach. It is of great importance to teach them gradually about themselves, their bodies, how they function while playing, about their own abilities and restrictions from the very start. Only through our dedication and persistence can a young pianist develop good piano technique, the key to ensuring our students learn to perform any technical tasks effortlessly, and then they will enjoy their piano playing with confidence.

As early as from the first lesson we should pay attention on three main aspects such as posture, the position of hands and arms, and the release of tension in young students.