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Lesson activities to help students understand intervals

How good are your students at recognising intervals? Are they quick to read interval shapes? Are they quick to aurally identify intervals? Are they quick to feel interval shapes (in different keys) on the piano? Are they quick to define what an interval is by telling you that it’s “the distance between two notes”? LESSON ACTIVITY […]

Why I’ve used lots of rote pieces to kick-start the new term

This was my first week back to teaching since the summer holidays and I’ve been using lots of rote pieces to kick-start the new term – much more so than ever before. That’s probably because – over in The Community – our monthly topic for September is Teaching by Rote. So I’ve been living and breathing […]

Teaching Ideas for ‘A Little Fable’ by Kabalevsky

I love sitting down with a piece of music, digging deep and surfacing a few hours (or days!) later with fun teaching ideas and resources. Today I want to share with you my teaching ideas for ‘A Little Fable’ – a cute little piece from Kabalevsky’s collection 30 Children’s Pieces Op.27. According to the Oxford Dictionary a […]

Teaching Ideas for War Dance by Kabalevsky

This blog presents a series of teaching ideas for War Dance by Kabalevsky (from his collection 30 Children’s Pieces Op.27)… … and with a title like this there is plenty of scope for the imagination! So what springs to mind when you think of the title ‘War Dance’? Totem poles. Feather headbands. Open, dusty plains. Buffalo. […]

Teaching Ideas for Watermark by Louise Chamberlain

We piano teachers, we’re all the same. We love our printable resources! So for this month’s ‘Teaching Ideas’ video, I thought I’d design a student workbook to accompany the piece I’ve chosen to present to you: Louise Chamberlain’s Watermark, currently on the Grade 2 LCM Exams piano syllabus. WATERMARK BY LOUISE CHAMBERLAIN Did you know […]

Teaching Ideas for The Flying Trunk by Yvonne Adair

I love teaching piano pieces with imaginative titles or back-stories! And today we’re flying off inside an enchanted trunk (suitcase)… If you’re curious, I invite you to grab a coffee and watch this 25 minute video where I walk (or should that be fly) you through 5 teaching points for Yvonne Adair’s imaginative little piece […]

Teaching Ideas for Rhyme Time by Elissa Milne

Have you ever been curious about how other piano teachers go about teaching repertoire? During my early days as a teacher I struggled to teach repertoire in colourful and creative ways. Finding ways to present pieces to students in musically meaningful ways didn’t always come easily. Ultimately, it was my observation of other teachers’ ideas […]

6 MONTHS IN THE LIFE OF THE CURIOUS PIANO TEACHERS

So what exactly does 6 months in the life of The Curious Piano Teachers look like? Here’s a snapshot of some of the things that Sally and Sharon have been working on over the past 6 months, from January – June 2018. And – just in case you’re wondering from the photo above – it […]

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HOW MUCH DO YOUR PIANO STUDENTS LIKE YOUR MENU?

It’s not just what we present our piano students with, it’s how. And how much. And when. AND there are many more questions and considerations along the way. Now, we’re not suggesting that it should be a candy-rich menu without any greens! It should be good and wholesome – yet colourful and appealing too. However, […]

MOTIVATING STUDENTS TO PRACTISE | PART 3

Do you have weak or average students? Do you struggle when motivating these students to practice? In this week’s blog you can read how Cadenza, a free online notebook, transformed the practising habits of weak and average students by reading teacher accounts. We’re delighted that Professor Rena Upitis has written a 3-part blog series for […]