January 6, 2016
Sharing Tips on How To Practice Effectively

Hi Everyone, Just started my week of teaching. Some students improved over the holidays while some can do better. I have been asked many times how should one practice effectively. Some students spend time and effort to practice, however they see little improvements. Shouldn't they be seeing results after having put in so much effort? It […]

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December 14, 2015
How to Play Jingle Bells Effectively

Hello Everyone, This is Min-Min and I'm back. It's that time of the year again, and since Christmas is just around the corner, here's a famous Jingle Bell rendition just for you. Here is the video below. Watch it and I'll have a tip for you on how to create the Jingle Bell sound in […]

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August 8, 2011
Fantastic Video on Vitality and Technical Precision

Chanced upon this website by Valentine Lisitsa. Watch her hands gliding over the keyboard with such accuracy and precision of each note. Such strong and confident sound and yet lyrical when called for. This video is for all my students, especially my students preparing for their Diploma exam. Let this video be an inspiration for […]

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October 19, 2010
How To Improve One's Sight-Reading

Playing a new piece for the first time is crucial.  As accomplished pianists/teachers, we automatically know to scan the piece to check the time signature, key signature, texture, etc. before playing through a piece. Many students find sight-reading difficult and a chore. They struggle through note reading, and keeping the rhythm. Before having students sight-read, […]

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October 8, 2010
Why Do We Learn Scales?

5 Reasons to learning scales: Why do we have to learn and practice scales?  Have you or any of your students ever asked this question?  Is it a tradition that every piano teacher assign scales for students to work on? or is it part of the ABRSM syllabus?  I think it is important not only […]

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September 15, 2010
How to Develop a Sense of Rhythm

In lieu of the on-going piano examinations and my experience in conducting Sight-Reading classes for students, many students find developing a good sense of rhythm is one of the most challenging part of playing the piano. Some piano teachers might also find developing a good sense of rhythm in their students is also just as […]

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August 26, 2010
How to Overcome Frustrations

How many of you when practicing the piano or sight reading a new piece, get really frustrated with yourself whenever you make a mistake? I want to address this issue especially during the on-going piano examinations. This blog is also addressed to all students taking their examinations, be it violin, flute, voice etc. The reason […]

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August 3, 2010
Music Resources for Young Students

Music Resources I have been scouting for educational music websites for young kids and recently discovered the Classics for Kids Website. It is used to introduce elementary (primary) students to the periods of music history and expose them to the lives and works of the composers of each era. Children are more likely to play […]

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July 12, 2010
Playing with expression

Whenever I teach students a slow piece, I always tell them to relax, and think of the melody line. It is important to always keep your chest open. Tension in the shoulders can affect the arms  and wrist in a negative way. Once you keep your chest open and relax, the sound created is just […]

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July 6, 2010
Playing the Piano using Natural Body Movements

Ever wonder how some musicians are able to Produce Beautiful Sound from the Piano? Musicians often have the misconception of  being  emotionally intense with being physically tense. Having intense expressiveness and power does not come from over-tightening of your muscles that produces the sound but from freeing it to work smoothly, effectively and efficiently. If […]

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