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Piano-Yoga® Launches New Assessment Lessons

February 17th, 2011 — 4:17pm

 

New year – New start with Piano-Yoga®: Assessment Lessons launched!

So often when I meet pianists for the first time they tell me: “I love playing piano, never any good at it as a child though. I hated practising and ive only just started to pick up the instrument again, but I wish I was more disciplined” or, “When is a good time for my daughter to start learning the piano?  She loves clapping and dancing to music, but is this a good enough basis to start having lessons?”  Quite often professionals complain: “Recently I started having terrible back pain – after a day at the piano, I feel completely exhausted.”  These are all very common and valid concerns, but the good news is that Piano-Yoga® can help.  With these questions in mind, and as it is still beginning of the year, as of February 2011 I am now offering all-new Assessment Lessons.  So, there is no need to book regular sessions or have continuous dependence on your teacher (although these things can be extremely beneficial), or endure a regular trek across the city trying to get to your lesson on time whilst beating the traffic and the rush hour…

During a Piano-Yoga® session your current level of playing will be assessed, highlighting all your strengths and weaknesses; we will discuss what you would like to achieve musically, look into your current time availability for practising and your ability to manage your schedule, and we will finalise the time scale for achieving your goals (you may even feel you need help in establishing what your goals should be!).  You will leave the lesson with a bespoke, personalised practice plan designed especially for you.

For parents, I will be able to suggest whether it is a good time for your child to start the piano, what type of lessons and books are beneficial at this stage, what you as a parent can do to help your child to learn faster, recommend a good local piano teacher, and provide advice on choosing an appropriate piano.

For professionals, I will focus on your ‘problem’ areas of technique and help you come up with a structured plan to find the best solution for you.  This may include some pure yoga postures as well as piano exercises.  For pianists suffering from post-injury syndrome, Piano-Yoga® can guide you gently back into practising and playing.  (In fact, in 2008 Piano-Yoga® helped me to get back into playing and onto the podium within 10 weeks after breaking my right wrist!)

For piano teachers, Assessment Lessons can provide the opportunity to ask any questions face-to-face that you have about the Piano-Yoga® method, so you can feel more confident when using it with your own students.  Likewise, anyone using the book can use an Assessment Lesson to get practical advice first-hand about how to execute the technical exercises.

And finally…if you are skeptical about the Piano-Yoga® method, an Assessment Lesson provides the perfect opportunity to test the water for yourself and ask as many questions as you like on a one-to-one basis.

And just to give you a little more of an insight, here’s a clip from one of my latest interviews.

For details of the venue and how to book, please see our website!

Looking forward to meeting you!

Namaste,

GéNIA

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