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October 19, 2011


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Hi there,
I'm new to blogging, so new to reading your blog... but this made me laugh - how "mean" of you. It's great to hear other teachers teaching these concepts, and truly preparing students to learn and explore the piano - not just repeat or memorize patterns. I've found many students who actually enjoy the challenge once you present it to them!


I think it is great to teach students how to understand the relationships between the different keys, so they fully understand the keyboard rather than repeat a pattern without having the comfort of feeling that they understand WHY the pattern is what it is and the musical landscape that lies outside the pattern. Of course, this should be done once the student has already reached the most important stage - ie playing something that gives them enjoyment. Teaching transposition before the student has mastered a piece of music that makes them proud and fuels their desire to learn more, might risk dampening their overall enjoyment of piano - but teaching it after they have reached this stage can be a great fun challenge and a great skill to learn.


Hi Declan -- Thanks for your comment. I agree it's important for students to play something they enjoy. I always find in my teaching that past the very first lessons, students enjoy moving their pieces around the keyboard quite a bit. Hope you enjoy the blog!

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Thank you for sharing this "mean" lesson plan - I almost laughed when I read the title.

Transposing and modulation are important skills to be taught in private and pass on to each piano student. I think we are doing our students a dis-favor by not teaching them this technique.

Yes, they will hate it at first thought - but will soon learn the importance of it.


I've been playing piano for almost 9 years now and there was nothing that I hated more in my beginning years than transposing pieces. Like you, my teacher made me transpose at least one full piece a month and I always dreaded it. But when I stopped taking piano lessons (after 8 years) I got into a band and let me tell you, those hours of transposing really pay off in a band setting! Push your students through complaining and someday they will thank you for it!


Its a great technique to teach students work with all fingers at one time. As this will help in increasing skills of the students. This thing really appreciate by me but one suggestion, don't be so hard.

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Great Post! I like it.

I totally agree with you. Transposing is one way to find out if your piano students are understanding the concepts taught and how they can apply them to other areas of the keyboard.

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