A sensation is worth more than a thousand words.
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.
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.
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.
For the tiniest hands
I keep this bumpy ball nearby.
as a massage ball,
its bumps stimulate
the inside of the hand
of hand position
from the inside out.