A sensation is worth more than a thousand words about what something feels like.
Each student who enters my studio gets a ladybug of their very own to keep on their home piano. I love watching students wrap their fingers around the Ladybug. Just like magic, their fingers are molded into a beautiful, round shape. Quick and easy to use, it shows a child what hand position should feel like by using propriaception.
Proprioception is the sense of the relative position of neighbouring parts of the body and strength of effort being employed in movement.
5-year-old student’s hand position before the Ladybug.
Ladybug under a 5-year-old student’s hand
I tell the child to line up their knuckles on top of the line that runs up the middle of the Ladybug. They need to put their thumb right around and into the Ladybug’s mouth.
After the Ladybug is removed.
Is there a student in your studio who needs a little Ladybug encouragement?
Bonus idea: Use ladybug stickers to remind a student to use their best hand position in difficult pieces or passages.