At Caroline Springs School of Music we place great importance on the art of improvisation. All of our instrumental teachers spend time regularly facilitating student's improvisations. In years gone by great classical musicians such as Bach, Beethoven and Mozart were renowned for their improvisational skills. Somewhere in the Romantic and Classical periods improvisation became an almost forgotten art. Of course improvisation is the basis of Jazz and many modern styles. Greats
One of the most important aspects of teaching young beginners piano is commencing on the black keys. Bastien and Alfreds young beginner methods both begin on the black keys.
Greats such as Franz Liszt and Frederic Chopin also recommended small children starting out on the black keys.
Smaller hands sit much more comfortably on the black keys. It’s also easier to play many simple tunes as the black keys make up the omnipresent pentatonic scale. Improvising and making up tun