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The key to children’s music lessons? Teach them in 10 minute chunks

He’s also a very nice salesman, with an amazing story: he says he started learning piano at the age of three, and four years old and 17 exasperated teachers later decided it was better to teach. himself (oh, and by the way the first book he ever picked up was the Encyclopaedia Britannica).

By his mid-teens, he was teaching 165 students a week and had “isolated 23 basic points of confusion” among students struggling with learning music, he says. One was “middle C”, a standard starting point for music lessons that makes no sense: it’s a historical relic from a time when there was “a lower note considered acceptable. for a monk to sing, and a highest note above which it was unacceptable for a boy to sing, ”says Lorien.

The pandemic changed his business: he was making two-month tours across Europe. Today, he is inspired by the video generation that learns everything from Internet videos: he has a studio with aerial cameras, close-up cameras and professional lighting, and leads online seminars that integrate live exchanges with slides, diagrams and films.

“In fact, it has been a huge boon,” he says: his students can see what he is doing more clearly on a screen more than 10 meters into a room.

He had hoped to set up a “hybrid” model, with some students live and others via the Internet: but in Melbourne this time around, it is likely that it could not happen.

But at 67, he thinks he may have moved beyond the jet-set lifestyle, anyway. The next step is a fully online project: small workshops, YouTube sound clips, the complete 21st century package.

In a way, he’s inspired by his own book.

“Motivation is based on setting an achievable goal,” he says. “Then you set the next target. “

For more information on Duncan Lorien’s upcoming seminar in Melbourne, visit

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