Welcome to our end of year roundup; in this first part we are looking back at what we’ve been up to over on our YouTube Channel.
YouTube is still a fairly recent addition to what we offer and during 2019 we’ve been consistently adding videos on a regular basis.
Sally’s Tuesday Teaching Tips can all be found on there with some real nuggets amongst them. We’ve created a YouTube Cheatsheet for members of The Community and subscribers to our free, weekly newsletter, The Curiosity Zone. To subscribe CLICK HERE
In the meantime here’s our Top 10, made up of the most popular Tuesday Teaching videos on YouTube and our Facebook page. So grab a well-earned coffee, put your feet up for a bit and enjoy the highlights.
#1 THE LITTLE SHEPHERD BY CLAUDE DEBUSSY
Sally analyses the Little Shepherd, explaining how this miniature piece contains all that music is made up out of. Join her as she explains the harmonic structure and discusses the rhythm.
#2 FOUR RHYTHM ACTIVITIES TO START PIANO LESSONS
Want to have a bit of fun with your students at the same time as finding out how good their understanding of rhythm is? Sally uses lollipop sticks to show just how easy this can be.
#3 Using LANDMARK nOtes in PiANO LessOns
If your piano pupils struggle, despite your best efforts, to read music easily and fluently then maybe it’s time to introduce Landmark Notes.
#4 PIANO LESSONS FOR ADULT BEGINNERS
Sally outlines the three areas that should form the basis of all adult beginner lessons. Join her as she gives practical examples of how to develop pianistic skills, reading skills and practice skills.
#5 HOW we Benefit fROm teAching stuDents with sPeciAl neeDs
Sally shows how teaching pupils with special needs can be beneficial for everyone.
# 6 WHEN PARENTS WANT VALUE FOR MONEY
What do you say to parents who want evidence that they are getting value for money? Sally shares some of her teaching philosophy using the 3 cups of value.
#7 SimPle iDeAS fOR imPROvising in PIANO lessOns
Some simple ideas for improvising using rhythm flashcards as starting points.
#8 DeAling with tensiOn in scAle PLAying
What are two common causes of tension in playing scales? Sally looks at some possible solutions.
#9 Putting stuDent lEARning At the heARt Of lessOns
Sally shares her thoughts and ideas on the importance of putting student learning at the centre of piano lessons
#10 The BENEFITS Of PLAYING BY ROTE
Filmed live the MTNA 2017 conference in Baltimore with Dr Julie Knerr Hague and Katherine Fisher, authors of the Piano Safari series.
All the team at The Curious Piano Teachers wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas.
This blog post was written by Dr Sally Cathcart, co-founder and Director of The Curious Piano Teachers.