2019 has been a bumper year for our Curiosity Boxes, the monthly series of masterclasses, workshops and library of teaching resources available to members.
Here’s a round up of all the resources that have been published this year. If you’re already a member of The Community you can just click on the links for immediate access to all the Curiosity Boxes from 2015 onwards. If you’re not yet a member joining is easy: SUBSCRIBE TODAY
MOTIVATION COMES AS STANDARD
2019 got off to a cracking start with the January box packed full of practical, tangible resources designed to help motivate piano students. The highlight of the Curiosity Box were the podcasts where Sally introduces 21 Smart Strategies for Unblocking Motivation.
Some of the other resources included:
- Pupil Motivation Questionnaire
- Pupil Piano Planner
- 21 Smart Strategies Cheatsheet
- Playing the Piano Mini Posters
PRACTICE STRATEGIES TO TRANSFORM THE WORK BETWEEN LESSONS
In February we turned our attention to practice. Did you know that there are 10050 minutes each week between 30 minute lessons? What we do in lessons, to help students self-regulate their own learning between lessons, is so important.
This Curiosity Box breaks down simple, easy-to-use ideas and strategies to ensure that the work done in lessons enables students to go home from lessons, feeling empowered and excited about their practice. Sounds too good to be true? Members can access the materials Here.
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- The three [st]ages of practice lecture
- Podcast 18 strategies to help practice
- Studio resource | end of lessons questions
- Pupil practice chart
BURGMÜLLER OP 100
There is certain core teaching repertoire that every piano teacher should be familiar with for example, Burgmüller’s Op.100. Back in March it was the focus of the Curiosity Box.
The aim of the month is to provide teachers with a step by step guide to teaching a selection of these core repertoire pieces. The videos will help you gain a deeper understanding of the historical context of Burgmüller’s Op.100, give you a guided tour around all 25 pieces and provide insights into various issues of style and interpretation (editions, phrasing, fingering, tempo, pedalling). PLUS practice ideas for teaching and learning a few specific pieces.
- Podcast Parts 1 and 2 An Overview of Burgmüller’s Op. 100
- Issues of Style and Interpretation
- Practice ideas for selected pieces
- Student Workbooks for selected pieces
EDUCATING PIANO PARENTS
In April we were delighted to welcome parental expert, Dr Christopher Fisher. During the month we considered how we can create curious, well-informed and supportive piano parents.
There are two deeply inspiring videos where Dr Christopher Fisher shares invaluable insights and tips about how we can educate our piano parents – and how, in turn, that will impact hugely on student progress and achievement.
Also included are a number of resources to help parents. The Practice Triangle and A Parent’s Guide to Piano Lessons are e-books for parents specially written by our own Dr Sally Cathcart.
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EXPLORING TUTOR BOOKS
During May we were busy exploring tutor books, giving a snapshot overview of the good stuff available. The aim of the resources is to give teachers a firm understanding of how to differentiate between the many tutor books currently available and how to choose the right books for their pupils.
The starting point is a lecture video How to Choose Musical and Purposeful Tutor Books. Then join the co-authors of Get Set! Piano, Piano Safari and Piano Works for a tour of their piano tutor resources.
UNDERSTANDING THE NEEDS OF THE TRANSFER STUDENT
The arrival of June often brings new lesson enquiries including transfer students. Knowing how to assess new students and integrate them can be a struggle and so this Curiosity Box is all about providing guidance and strategies.
The starting point is a podcast where step-by-step guidance is given on how to carry out a professional interview with potential new students and their parents.
To support teachers further check out the Resources section where you’ll find:
- Transfer Student Interview Cheatsheet,
- Interview Assessment Sheet
- Expert Advice Booklet
HOW TO EXPLORE: THE MUSIC OF CLAUDE DEBUSSY
Our July/August Curiosity Boxes always span 2 months. In 2019 we focus on the piano music of the French composer Debussy. It could be that he’s a composer that you’ve always loved playing or maybe he’s someone who you have struggled to understand in the past. Either way there are plenty of resources to help deepen your understanding of the composer and his music.
- Podcast 1 – An historical overview
- Podcast 2 – Music in Paris during La Belle Epoque
- Podcast 3 – The Life of Debussy
- Podcast 4 – An interview with Stephen Walsh, author of Debussy, a painter in sound
- Debussy Style Guide
- Debussy Worksheet
- Access to Debussy Day videos
TEACHING BY ROTE
Understanding the processes involved to teach rote repertoire purposefully is important. That’s why this month features a series of videos where you get to see piano teachers teach rote repertoire to their students. It’s one of our most ‘expert-led’ Curiosity Boxes ever!
The line up includes Samantha Coates, Elissa Milne, Julie Knerr-Hague, Katherine Fisher, Pauline Dreyer Ganiaris, Diane Hidy, Anne Robinson and Sharon Mark-Teggart.
HOW TO TEACH ROMANTIC MUSIC
This month we’re excited to share a step-by-step guide to teaching selected romantic repertoire!
There are how-to videos, podcast episodes, student workbooks and lots more that will help you to teach romantic repertoire with flair.
We’ve matched all the content up with the Piano Framework (c). This means that you will not only teach your student about the romantic period, you’ll also be able to address some key skills and concepts all the way from Elementary to Advanced.
THE PRINCIPLES OF THE GREAT MUSIC EDUCATORS
How much do you know about the principles of the great music educators such as Dalcroze, Kodály, Orff and Suzuki? Even if you know a little, you may feel that you lack clarity about why their principles matter to you as a piano teacher!
The final Curiosity Box of 2019 aims to give you more understanding and:
- Provide you with an outline of the key principles for each music educator
- Help you understand why these principles matter and how application of these principles can help you deliver a far superior learning experience to your piano students
- Enable you to apply a couple of principles in your own teaching studio in a very practical way
We’d like to take this opportunity to say a big Thank You to the many guest presenters in 2019 who helped us put together such a cracking set of Curiosity Boxes.