You already have some level of skill in piano, but really want to improve. Your piano level just isn’t where you want it yet. Maybe you feel like there are gaps in your musical ability that are keeping you from being the pianist you’ve always wanted to be.
In piano, certain concepts and skills are grouped together into levels. Once you have mastery at a certain level, you can play a whole plethora of music at that level with ease. I use this framework of levels to help students to know where they are in piano. This helps in picking out music that they will enjoy, and also skills that need improvement.
Approaching piano lessons through this framework of levels helps students to progress at a quick pace. A level is skill based, note time based. This means that as soon as you master one level, you can progress to the next level.
How to increase your level in 3 easy steps:
1. Know what level you currently are
Look at your current lesson book. The level should be written on the cover. If this level is right for you, you should be able to learn 3 pages of music in about 3 hours of practice. If your current book doesn’t have a level, or the songs are easier/harder than 3 pages in 3 hours more evaluation should be done. The best way to find your true level is to do a sight reading test. Once you know your sight reading level, increase the level by 1-2. This will be your learning level.
2. Attend weekly piano lessons
Staying accountable with your practice and playing your songs for your teacher is a very important part of increasing your level. Your teacher will be able to see any problems or gaps forming. She will also be able to give you tips on how to improve more easily. Don’t underestimate weekly piano lessons
3. Practice, Practice, Practice!
You only are as good as the quality of practice you do at home. Notice I said quality, not time. Know how to practice for the best benefit. Some practice tips include: Break your music up into manageable parts. If a piece of music feels hard, you’re practicing too much at a time. I like the 1 measure at a time practice when you are first looking at a new song. Another tip is to practice with a goal in mind. For example, “I want to play this passage with perfect notes.” Then tell yourself the truth about what you did. “That was almost perfect! I had one wrong note in this measure.” Honesty to yourself in practice is important to learning. Being honest about the good that you are doing is imperative.
Begin to increase your level today by making an appointment for a complimentary 30 min. interview to talk to me about how piano lessons will help you to increase your piano level.