So, enter technology - whether it be some kind of nice and expensive recording equipment, or something a little more common and affordable, like a small tape recorder of some sort or even an iPod (my iPod records sound and video - not the best quality out there but it definitely works). Here are a couple of ways to use this during a lesson:
- Are those little fingers not staying curved again? I have sometimes whipped out my little iPod video camera to show my student what their hands really look like. I'd say that 90% of the time, things like flat fingers can be fixed quite easily just by having the student see and realize what they are doing.
- A quick audio recording of a "polished" piece may save you many lectures about whether or not they are really playing piano in that one section, or if their phrases are really connected. Or whether or not the piece actually sounds musical and exciting to listen to. Sometimes students just need the chance to listen in on their own playing as an observer to really get what needs to be fixed.
How do you use recording equipment in your studio?