The 5 C’s of Learning Piano Technique

The longer I teach, the more convinced I am that good technique is one of the most important areas for beginning students to develop. That’s why it’s so important for parents to seek out an excellent teacher for their beginning student. The techniques they learn (or don’t learn, as the case too often is) can make all the difference in their success as a pianist. I talk about the two pillars of finger strength and arm weight with all of my students almost constantly. In fact, a couple months ago one of my dedicated intermediate students had a break-through moment using arm weight to support her fingers and get a rich tone quality. She exclaimed, “I feel like I can really play the piano now!”

I really appreciate the list of 5 C’s of Learning Piano Technique that Christ Foley of the Collaborative Piano Blog put together. The latest newsletter from Mid-America Piano re-printed the article, and it was a great reminder to me of how to think and talk about technique in an effective and organized manner. Here are his 5 C’s:

  1. Command
  2. Clarity
  3. Comfort
  4. Creativity
  5. Confidence

Check out the original post for insights into each of these 5 C’s that you can use with your students!

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