Monday, 2 February 2015

40 Pieces a Year Challenge

There has been a lot of hype among piano teachers over the past few years about the benefits of students learning at least 40 pieces a year.

Traditionally, many piano teachers have had their students learn only 3 new pieces a year, which they play at an exam at the end of the year, only to throw another 3 pieces a grade higher at the student the next year.  

Not only does this approach near bore the student to death, it also doesn't help them one iota in becoming independent musicians who can learn new piano pieces by themselves.  It's the equivalent of giving 3 novels to someone who is wanting to learn how to read a new language and saying "good luck with that!  Oh, and have fun!"