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Piano Lessons: Peery Essential Habits Level One Explained

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The foundation of the Peery curriculum is
the essential habits program.
It has three levels,
and within these three levels it teaches
you all the essential habits that you need
to form a really strong foundation of
piano playing.
So each level is broken down into three
You have the muscular, the practical and
the musical.
So in the muscular, we focus on teaching
you how to play with the correct hand
position, how to use your fingers
correctly, your wrists, your arm,
how to sit correctly, all these muscular
things that need to become quite
automatic in order to be a really great
piano player.
And it's an important thing that you start
right from the beginning
with these habits so that they become
You don't want to start off playing the
piano with poor form and poor habits, and
then later decide, oh, I can't play the
piece I want to or
I'm not making the sound that I want and
go back only to realize it's because your
fingers are in a position that you can't
control, and you never learned how to play
your thumb correctly, and all these things
that go into making sound on the piano.
This way in the habits program, we teach
you right from the beginning how to get
these habits, we give you the number of
repetitions that you need to do
everyday so that these habits become
And so really as you grow these habits in
your muscles,
you really get the opportunity to start
playing the piano with your ear, so
your ear can hear the sounds and
just knowing what sound you want to make
your muscles will automatically respond.
Now of course this takes a lot of
repetition and a lot of practice.
But if you start out like this from the
it's absolutely possible to get to this
playing where
your muscles respond instantly to the
sound that you want to make.
The next category we have in, essential
habits is practical.
And the practical category, and
it carries through, through the whole
period curriculum, it covers all of
the practical things that most people
think of when they want to play the piano.
So when you think of playing the piano a
lot of times you think I want to be able
to read music, and sight read, to be able
to get a piece of music and play it.
I want to maybe sit down and play pieces
I've heard off of the radio, or,
a song I can sing along to.
I maybe want to play with another person,
do a duet or accompany somebody.
And just learning the language of music,
kind of knowing what symbols mean and what
your keys mean and things like that.
Getting well versed in the language of
That's what we cover in the practical
category, and
we start that right in habits.
So in habits, we really focus on learning
the notes and
being able to sight read, as well as doing
some ear training exercises
to start getting you to hear things and
eventually be able to play by ear.
In the essential habits musical category,
we focus on developing those detailed
musical abilities that really make the
difference between playing a piece and
having a piece really sound beautiful and
polished and concert level.
So even from the very first piece you will
play, you will be taught how to play it
musically with the right wrists, to make
specific sounds.
We'll teach you how to shape a phrase,
how to play with dynamics and different
So even from the very beginning, we'll
have you listening for
these different colors and sounds in your
And that's what we do in the musical
category is there are more advanced pieces
given step-by-step instruction of how to
get to the most
polished performance level.