Over the years I have taught in many different ways and used many different method books. I am in the process of culling some of these systems, not because they don’t work, but because I am more comfortable working with some, so I’m simplifying my life.
In my long teaching life I have never met two children who are the same in any way. Even classifying children into types is very difficult, for each child is unique. This is what makes teaching for me. It’s so fascinating! There is not a one size fits all, I try to teach each child in a way that will work for them. By this approach I seem to have 80% success. There is the odd child where finding the right way for them proves difficult, and it may take a while before we are going in the right direction.
Some considerations would be personality of the child, parental involvement and practice routines. Piano Safari is an excellent method which has just reached Australia. It has a good balance of improvisation, rote and reading pieces and establishes good technique from the start. As it fits in with the feeling for adventure which we have at the studio, I love it.
It is crucial that exercises are done daily from earliest times as a weak hand causes most of the problems as the years pass. If the hand is strong is can quickly learn new skills. Fast progress leads to a happy child.
We also have a library of readers to borrow so that children can discover new pieces and improve their reading skills.