Why Can't I Just Play Already? – Addressing Adult Frustrations at the Piano Through Mindsets and Experiential Learning Strategies
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Many adult students start piano lessons with unrealistic expectations and aspirations to be able to "play" without much effort. This can impede their learning and result in frustration at uncooperative fingers and feelings of helplessness. This paper conveys that the answer to uncooperative fingers may not lie in motor issues, but in those of the mind. It addresses how the power of language, experiential learning techniques, and technology may be utilised to guide students' focus towards a process-oriented mindset. This may allow students to reach their end goals faster while also allowing them to enjoy the journey.
Proceedings of the 11th Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference “Opening Doors: The Complete Musician in a Digital Age”
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