ABC Academy of Music

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Erin Plank2023-10-25T14:18:08-04:00

ARCT • Teachers’ Diploma (RCM) in-progress
Trained Music Together Teacher

Erin Plank (they/he) is a passionate young piano teacher. For their professional development, Erin received the highest exam scores in all of Canada last year for “Teaching Elementary Piano” with the RCM.

Erin’s main goal is to turn students into lifelong music lovers, not just pianists. I seek to provide them with the tools to practice efficiently at home, sight read a song at their friend’s piano, learn the melody to a song off the radio by ear, and nurture a technical foundation that lasts a lifetime so it’s “just like riding a bike” to play the piano. And even better, they’ll want to.

Get to know Erin…Beyond the Bio!

Hobbies: Piano, weightlifting, playing with my cat, and hanging out with friends

Musical influences: Ben Folds, Brad Mehldau, Edvard Grieg

Favourite food: Fried chicken sandwich

Least favourite food: snap peas, because I ate too many as a kid one time and threw up and now I dislike the smell

Favourite music: Romantic era piano music, Beach Boys and similar era music, math rock

Favourite song: “How Dare You Want More” by Bleachers

Favourite movie: Sing Street

Favouirite movie music: main theme for “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” or anything Star Wars

Favourite musical theatre/opera: Wozzeck

Best quote from your teacher: “Don’t show the audience you messed up, they won’t know! Keep going!”

Favourite quote: “That’s what life is, Happy Sad”

Favourite book: Recursion by Blake Crouch

Best thing about teaching at ABC: Getting to reach and connect with so many lovely people!

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Preferred Books for Erin Students

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Faber Piano Adventures

Lesson Book 1

Cover of Faber Piano Adventures Lesson Book 1

The 2nd Edition Level 1 Lesson Book introduces all the notes of the grand staff, elementary chord playing, and the concept of tonic and dominant notes. Students play in varied positions, reinforcing reading skills and recognizing intervals through the 5th. Musicianship is built with the introduction of legato and staccato touches. This level continues the interval orientation to reading across the full range of the Grand Staff. The 5-finger approach is presented here in a fresh, musically appealing way.

Piano Safari

Cover of Piano Safari

Note: This is an expensive source for this book, and you may find it cheaper at another source.

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