How To Play The Piano More Expressively – 5 Major Tips

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Here are 5 major tips to help your piano playing sound more expressive for your Singapore ABRSM piano examinations.

First of all, always practise the loud parts of your piano exam song with your soft pedal on your piano turned on. This will ensure that when you eventually play your exam pieces without the soft pedal on, your piano playing will be sufficiently loud during the forte sections.

Second of all, always the soft parts of the song with the soft pedal off! This goes without saying. However, the key is to practise playing the soft parts of the song as softly as you can while maintaining melody and dynamics. This is difficult for most beginners so make sure to practise this way often.

Third of all, practise the parts which require you to use pedal work, without the pedal. This is important because too many students rely too heavily on using the sustain pedal to overcome major technical playing flaws. Some students’ playing are so detached, but they simply use the sustain pedal to overcome it. Although it may sound similar still to the untrained ear, it is very clear to ABRSM piano examiners. If you want to pass your music exam with ease, then make sure to practise connecting your notes together without using the sustain pedal.

Next of all, record your playing. That is right. Most pianists have the wrong idea of how their playing sounds like in reality to a listener. This is because most beginner to intermediate level pianists are distracted by their own playing to really listen to how their piano playing sounds like. However, when you record your playing, you will be able to clearly listen to the way your pieces sound like to a listener and more importantly to the future ABRSM piano examiner you will meet for your exams!

Finally, engage a good piano teacher in Singapore. All the playing and practice in the world won’t make you a better pianist if you do not have the right fundamentals. Finding a good piano teacher in Singapore is easy, simply look for agencies such as to help you look for a piano teacher in Singapore for free.

Why Many Singaporean Kids Learn The Piano – Linked To IQ!

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Do you know why many Singaporean parents send their kids to piano lessons? It is not just because they want their kids to be well rounded and know how to play a musical instrument. It is largely because playing the piano can increase a child’s brain grey matter, which is tightly correlated to the IQ of the kid! In Singapore, where academic excellence is expected, a high IQ will get a child much better academic results. Therefore, many parents send their kids to public schools like Yamaha and Cristofori, or find private home piano teachers in Singapore through agencies such as

Check out the following video to see the effects piano playing has on improving a child’s IQ!

Do NOT Become A Piano Teacher Before Reading This

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If you are a full time employee at a local company in Singapore, and considering a career jump to a piano teacher in Singapore because you are sick and tired of your corporate 9-6pm job with no bonuses, then read on.

If you love piano playing like us, you probably have dreamt of setting up your own piano teaching business before. Here are some tips to help you make the transition from full time employee, to part time piano teacher, to full time piano teacher and business owner.

First of all, you should not just quit your job right away. Finding clients and music students will take time. The easiest way to find students is to collaborate with a local agency which matches you up with piano students across Singapore. Here is an example of a local agency – Get students through such agencies until you are able to generate at least a part time income from piano teaching.

Second of all, there will be a temporary period of time in which your overall income will drop drastically before it rises dramatically. This is the time when you quit your job, but you only have a part time income from your piano teaching. This is the colloquial ‘leap of faith’ that most people who run their own piano teaching business might have told you before. This is because you will temporarily for 1 to 2 months have no income from your current job, while you use the free time to look for more clients until your eventual income becomes greater than your current one with a job. This period will come, but you will eventually go through it and make more money while having more freedom. Make sure you prepare yourself for this mental leap of faith, as this is really the hardest step. Therefore, I recommend that you work together with a good piano teacher-student match up agency so that it’s easier for you to find more students easily in Singapore!

Third of all, you need to know that your career success as a full time private home piano teacher in Singapore is dependent on your ability to teach. You will not be able to run your piano teaching business very long if your teaching is bad; regardless of how good your piano playing abilities are. Therefore, make sure to keep yourself updated with how to teach students better in order to ensure good word of mouth marketing for your business.

So there you go! The above are 3 BIG tips you must know before changing from being an employee to a full time private home piano teacher in Singapore! Hope I helped.

How To Pass ABRSM Exam Sight Reading Easily

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One of the most difficult segments of the ABRSM graded piano exams, it is important to master the skill of sight reading if you want to pass the exams with ease. In fact, this is a segment that most pianists struggle at, due to the inability to practise it in advance.

A lot of people practise sight seeing by trying to play new songs from scratch for the first time and trying to get all the notes perfectly right while slowing down the pace of their playing. However, this is not the right way to practise sight reading if you want to pass your ABRSM exams easily.

The right way to practise the piano playing for sight reading is to make sure that the rhythm and musical details (dynamics and articulation) is good and well done first. A few wrong notes is perfectly fine. This along with a confident playing style will net you far more points than you hitting all the right notes but completely messing up the rhythm.

Check out the following video for the video version of sight reading tips! Hopefully you can pass your ABRSM piano exams much easier with this tip!