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Do you keep a box of tools that immediately solve the problem, make things clear, bring on the “aha” moment you always cherish as a teacher?

My ever-growing stash is stored in my piano bench. I recently added a new tool which will be implemented again and again as mastering scale finger is always a priority but never easy. First, I make sure pianists learn how to construct a scale with whole and half steps (ex: major scale = half steps between scale degrees 3 and 4 and 7 and  8). Thanks to the aid of Susan Paradis printables and nifty idea using erasers, this concept is grasped with ease. All students not only learn the major scale “code” (34-78) but I require it to be encoded in their memory bank –comparable to their zip code.

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