Friday, March 13, 2009

Get Descriptive

Imagery works wonders with children and it's fun!

Instead of "curve your fingers" try "pretend you have a golf ball under your knuckles"
Instead of "keep your elbow up" try "pretend you have a quarter on your elbow, try to keep it on there while you play this piece"
Instead of "play loud" try "play like a lion"
Instead of "play staccato" try "play like your keys are hot coals"

Sometimes I will actually try the visual to help them with the image.
You get the idea!

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