1. Shoulder Pull
HEARING: Get a round sound that has core.
MOVEMENT: Take your shoulders and pull them up, back, and down.
GAME: Open your heart and throat chakra to each other.
2. Staying Put
HEARING: Get a singing melody note that has a sound that sufficiently sustains.
MOVEMENT: Stay or rest in the key that requires singing until the next melody note.
GAME: Have the student press / play their melody into your hand or arm.
HEARING: Get a consistent sound between black and white keys.
MOVEMENT: The wrist is drawn by the finger as the finger follows the white and black shape of the keyboard.
GAME: Chromatic Scale Bingo (teacher calls “up / down” if hands separate or “contrary / up / down” if hands together.
4. Chest Push-Offs
HEARING: Get a good forte tone that speaks to the back of the room.
MOVEMENT: The bottom of the keyboard pushes your body away from the piano and opens your chest.
GAME: Wall Push-Offs into neutral fall back or fall forward.
5. Stomach Stable
HEARING: Get a good piano tone that speaks clearly as if speaking to friend face-to-face.
MOVEMENT: The bottom of the keyboard supports your flexed torso and opens your stomach area.
GAME: Make your students do crunches in their lesson to isolate the sensation.
HEARING: Get a clear singing bass line.
MOVEMENT: Playing the melody notes with the bone of your distal interphalangeal joint.
GAME: Wall Push-Offs and Push-Off Wars (student and teacher push off finger tips from one another)
HEARING: A soaring outer line
MOVEMENT: Align all of the digits of your finger, making it straight and supported
GAME: Connect your own straight finger with your students straight finger
8. Large Shifts with U-Shift
HEARING: Get a clear sound between the notes of a large shift
MOVEMENT: Play note, pull arm directly towards your body, sneak into the next chord.
GAME: Get your student to discover their largest possible U-Shift.