Developing a clear rhythmic notion is our main concern while delivering piano lessons in London.
Either if you are a beginner or you have already taken piano lessons previously, the rhythmic layer of music notation has been always a difficult topic to govern in order to have a solid foundation to build upon.
Every piano teacher delivering piano lessons at the studio has the responsibility to guide the student to become a high quality performer, and in order to achieve this goal, it’s absolutely paramount to have a deep insight into the essentials of musical scores to avoid superficial performances without any deeper penetration into its core: the rhythm.
First and foremost, the rhythmic layer (also called “surface rhythm”) of the piece has to be considered separately of the pitch layer (melody). Through this way, we can focus on the durational symbols without any “melodic distractions”; especially if we already know the piece you are studying. Most musicians pick up what they know of these things at random, trying to listen to the pieces they want to perform from a recording, without realizing the liberties each one of the players add to the piece. This can be seen as the easiest way at the beginning, but with no real fundamental knowledge can be gained by this defective method, which permits all sort of individualistic distortions of the ideas expressed in a composer’s score.
Every piano teacher here at the studio in London will thoroughly guide you through this process in order to help you creating your own version, but upon a solid and precise rhythmic background.
As we said before, the rhythmic layer has to be prepared and read separately. Only the durational symbols should be considered at this stage of learning; this can be achieved by the solfeggio or “Solfege”.
The solfeggio is the art of precisely decoding the duration of the rhythmic patterns presented on the music sheet, for that reason, each one of them has to be trained isolated but with the presentation through specific exercises which will give the knowledge of all the basic conventions and facts of musical theory and their traditional representation in written form.
An excellent method used in our piano lessons in London is a book called “Elementary training for musicians”; the author is Paul Hindemith, a renowned German composer, violist, violinist, conductor and teacher who designed a method from beginners to professional musicians.
Hindemith is among the most significant German composers of his time. His early works are in a late romantic idiom, and he later produced expressionist works, rather in the style of early Arnold Schoenberg, before developing a leaner, contrapuntally complex style in the 1920s. This style has been described as neoclassical.
His method is not only destined to be delivered for piano lessons, but also for guitar lessons and music theory lessons, making this book extremely useful for every teacher here at WKMT.