I just started a new student last week who has a condition which has resulted in the left half of her body being pretty paralyzed (hemiparesis). It basically means that her left arm and hand are extremely weak. During her first lesson we were getting acquainted with the groups of black keys, and she was struggling pretty hard to get her LH to make the keys sound at all. I suggested that she raise her hand high and let it fall, but of course the accuracy of that motion produces sound - and a lot of wrong notes.

Does anyone here have any suggestions for working with her? Her mother sees piano as an opportunity for another therapeutic exercise for her hand, and is a harp teacher herself, so she understands what the problems are we're going to face. I just don't want this little girl to get frustrated after a few months because of her hand.

Thanks,
Zach
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