The Alexander technique has helped professionals in many different fields to achieve greater coordination and ease, doing the thing they love. Many pianists have found this technique to be the solution to recovery from pain, while also helping them to perform at their best.
As teachers, we all strive to foster good technique in our students, but some of the information we were taught might not always be the best advice. Telling kids to “Sit up straight!” for example, could be counterproductive if they are not balanced and moving comfortably from this position.
Deeply ingrained habits can be hard to break. We all want our students to continue to play piano, and to be lifetime music lovers. Poor posture and technique can get in the way of this however. If we teach students good habits from the start, we are setting them up for success at the piano.
Greg Holdaway has helped countless musicians to achieve pain free and tension free performance, and I’m so excited to have him share some of his insights today.
There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run. Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons.
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Do you have any students who you think might benefit from this approach to piano playing? Or have you yourself experienced pain or injury and recovered from it?
Tim Topham has one mission in life: to stem the tide of children quitting music lessons by helping teachers maximise student engagement through creativity, technology and innovation. Tim hosts the popular Creative Piano Teaching Podcast, blogs regularly at topmusic.co and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, Californian Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.