Just a short post today to share with you some links that your adult piano students might find useful. I suggest these more for adults than younger students as I’ve found that committed adult students tend to have more time and interest in doing extra background research into their study than, say, teenagers.
The Raven’s Spiral Guide to Music Theory – quirky name for a useful summary of music theory, pitched at adults. Written very conversationally and easy to read.
Chung Fundamentals of Piano Practice – most people are familiar with this work online. In PDF format, it’s a huge, unwieldy tome, but the online version is easier to read given all the hyperlinks to different sections. While I don’t always agree with his suggestions on technique and practice, it’s a good document for adult students to get more background on the different ideas around piano technique and suggestions for practice.
I check the Piano World Teachers’ Forum every week – it’s a great place for teachers to share ideas and help each other with teaching issues. Piano World also has an Adult Beginners’ Forum which is great for students. Adults may also like to check out their Pianist’s Corner.
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