TTTV071: Exploring Piano Safari with Dr Julie Knerr and Katherine Fisher

piano safari

piano safari

When I started to explore Piano Safari I was excited. I’ve looked at many piano methods and none made quite as much sense to me as Piano Safari does. The books include rote teaching, intervallic reading, technique and improvisation all in one method. What’s not to love?

Dr. Julie Knerr

The way they approach technique is truly inspired. Julie and Katherine have distilled the essential movements needed by pianists down into animal themed exercises.

Not only do kids love this animal theme, but it makes the exercises more memorable. And when they remember the technique exercises better, they practice them more – and more accurately.

Katherine Fisher

Today on the podcast the creators of Piano Safari, Dr. Julie Knerr and Katherine Fisher are talking technique, sight reading and inspiration. They also give their top five piano teaching tips, and you’re not going to want to miss those.

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Please find a full transcript of this episode at the bottom of this page. If you are an Inner Circle Member, you can download a PDF of the transcript in the Member Resources AreaNot a member? See below for how you can get $1o0 off your membership today. 

In this episode, you’ll learn

  • How the Piano Safari method came about
  • The thinking behind the progression of the technique exercises
  • Why legato playing should be delayed longer than you think
  • What Julie and Katherine mean by the term rote teaching
  • The benefits of learning pieces by rote
  • How Piano Safari approaches teaching reading
  • How to get started with the Piano Safari method
  • Katherine & Julie’s top 5 teaching tips

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Full Transcript

What’s your favourite beginner piano method?

Have you tried Piano Safari yet? How do you approach teaching technique?

What do you think about rote teaching, do you teach by rote already?

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