Discover how almost anyone can learn piano, even if they have always struggled in the past, through this new scientifically proven brain-based learning method.
Learning piano is much more than just learning the names of the notes and keys, reading music, developing rhythm, and using dynamics. In fact, in order to play well, there is one key component that must be present. I’ll tell you what it is in just a minute.
First, let me ask you this…
Do you know anyone who has quit, or wanted to quit, piano? Was it, “too hard” or just plain old “boring”? Chances are, they didn’t have this one essential ingredient.
How about those who are involved with multiple activities such as sports, dance, work, or school and are “too busy” to practice?
The truth of the matter is that we make time for things that we enjoy doing. So then, why do most people (especially beginners) struggle to practice and learn piano?
As a society, we’ve come to expect and demand instant gratification and entertainment – but we also require perfection, which takes time, patience, and dedication. The secret to mastery is developing this component that I mentioned earlier, after all, it’s not like the mechanics of the piano are really that hard – nearly everyone can push the keys down with their fingers.
What is it then, that frustrates so many people, that drives them away from learning, when many studies show the huge benefits that come from playing?
Every piano teacher (and probably parent as well) has heard “too hard” or “boring”. These, along with restlessness, are typically signals of frustration – the brain’s way objecting to too many demands at once.
Research over the past 30 years shows that the brain learns best when concentrating on just one new thing at a time. More than that and the brain goes into defensive mode. On the other hand the brain is the ultimate reward seeker. When an objective is met, certain chemicals are released into the brain, chemicals that make you feel good.
The one essential ingredient that I promised to tell you about is musicianship – or the ability to bring all of the elements of music together while performing music with artistic sensitivity. While musicianship cannot be taught, it can be learned or improved upon by most people.
Piano requires a lot of multitasking – something which studies show that less than 5% of the population actually does well. These studies have found that the more elements required at once, the worse the performance is for nearly everyone.
Because playing piano requires multitasking, the brain typically objects to learning and fights even practicing. Traditional methods of teaching piano require this type of mental gymnastics – learning to keep a steady pace, while trying to remember which each note on the page corresponds to what key on the instrument, while trying to figure note value, etc.
The trick then is to break learning piano and musicianship down – isolating each component to make it easy for the brain – and by providing instant rewards along the way to keep the motivation high. When focusing on rhythm only rhythm should be taught – note reading actually gets in the way.
Introducing Finger Olympiad – Musicianship Made Easy. This new warm-up series is designed to teach musicianship one building block at a time – the way the brain actually learns. With its many activities and built-in reward system, it keeps students motivated to practice and learn.
Finger Olympiad gets students ready to practice each and every day. It teaches and reinforces good practice habits, posture, dynamics, rhythm, tempo, finger coordination, and so much more!
Built on more than 50 years of combined piano and musical teaching experience, brain studies, and motivational research, Finger Olympiad has students of all ages excited about learning piano.
“My students are progressing way too fast” – Annette Jackson, piano teacher with more than 20 years experience.
Finger Olympiad will work with any and all other methods out there, filling in the gaps that have been missing for so many people.
To find out how Finger Olympiad can benefit you, check out the following resources:
Learn how Finger Olympiad is revolutionizing practice time. Students learn the fundamentals of music in less than half the time of traditional lessons, while having more fun. Elements of competition and Olympic style medals keep motivation high.
Learn how Finger Olympiad eliminates frustrations while boosting the effectiveness of each practice session. Cut the time it takes to learn to play. Spend just a few minutes a day on Finger Olympiad to make learning piano easier. Field tested and parent approved, Finger Olympiad also allows students to earn Olympic style medals as they progress through their musical journey.