Discovering Your Student’s Learning Style

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Everyone learns differently, and learning piano is no exception to this rule.

There are three basic learning styles widely recognized in education–visual, auditory, and kinaestetic.

In piano teaching, visual learners will likely respond well to reading music, while auditory students will learn better by hearing music, and kinaestetic learners will learn best by active application.

Recently, I’ve discovered that one of my students is an auditory learner. My typical “visual” approach to teaching hasn’t been as successful with her as with other students. This has led me on a quest to learn how to best teach an auditory student.

In my research I came across this wonderful article by Susanna Garcia on effectively recognizing and teaching to our student’s learning styles:

Learning Styles and Piano Teaching

If you don’t mind a “technical” read, then I would suggest the entire article. But if you simply want the “synopsis,” then skim along to the summary table later in the article, followed by some smart tips for teaching students with different learning styles.

Understanding our student’s learning style can eliminate the confusion when our teaching method isn’t working. And it can help us shape their musical education in a way that encourages them to excel.

I’d love to hear from you…What type of learning style do you typically teach? What has been your experience with teaching a students that learns differently than you?

Myths of Piano Teaching

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Here is a wonderful article that can open your mind to see piano teaching in a new way:

Advice for Pianists: Piano Lesson Myths…by Howard Richman

Piano lesson myths are so ingrained into our culture and our consciousness that it almost seems silly to counter them. But on close examination, even the most “obvious” beliefs about piano study and piano practice are not only wrong, they are damaging to the individual who is bound by their chains. This material is an attempt to help pianists of all levels be liberated from such mental constraints, attitudes and assumptions regarding piano lessons, so that they might truly reach their goals.

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