Case Study Portfolio – Greg (Part 1)


  • 32 years old

  • has been playing the piano for 10 years

  • taught since Jan 2014

  • lessons every second week for 1.5 hours

  • working towards Grade 8 in piano (December 2015)

Greg is one of my advanced students. He enjoys playing the piano, has a good understanding of the history of music and likes composing simple pieces. We’ve spent a few lessons learning about harmony and chords relationships. Unfortunately his enthusiasm and love to music aren’t reflected in the amount of time he spends practicing. When I’ve started teaching him, I struggled to decrease my high expectations towards him. I noticed a little improvement after suggesting to undertake Grade 8.

It’s difficult to group lessons into 2-months chunks because of the lack of progress that sometimes happened. That’s why I’ll concentrate on the general aims of my work with the student and also on the pieces we’ve been working on for the last 6 months.

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General aims:

  • Improvement of the elements of technique and musical interpretation

  • correct way of producing the sound and shaping it in all registers of the piano with a particular emphasis on a beauty of sound, variety of ways to make a sound, equality of sound, sensitivity to colour and wide range of dynamics

  • freedom and flexibility of playing with a particular emphasis on posture, synchronizing hands in all types of musical texture, independence of hands and high technical skills of the left hand

  • correct implementation of homophonic and polyphonic texture (proportions of the sound in homophonic texture, leading several voices with one hand and playing polyphony using three and four voices

  • mastering the different types of articulation (portato, non-legato, staccato and legato)

  • improving the elements of piano playing using various articulation:

  • finger technique (scales, figurations and arpeggios played with maintaining precision a balanced sound)

  • chords technique (clear and even sound of the notes and emphasizing one of the voices)

  • leading the cantilena

  • jumps and leaps (reflex and precision)

  • ornaments (trills, appoggiatura and mordents)

Edyta Lajdorf BMus (Hons), MMus, LRSM. I have an extensive experience teaching amateur pianists and teenagers aspiring to become professional musicians in the future. If you've been looking on the internet for Piano Lessons London, do get in touch to find out more about my teaching methodology and experience.

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