female composers

Female Composers At The Keyboard: Part 1

I wonder how many female composers you can name? Contemporary female composers are not too hard but what about the Baroque, Classical or Romantic period? This is why I’m excited about this month’s Curiosity Box on piano works by female composers. Community members CLICK HERE for access. AN EMERGING AWARENESS Of course, awareness of female […]

celebrating Beethoven's birthday

CELEBRATING BEETHOVEN’S BIRTHDAY

Are you planning on celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday on or around Wednesday, December 16th 2020? I am holding my annual Christmas Piano Party on that date, and we are going to be singing Happy Birthday to the great man. Such an important composer deserves to be celebrated on this big birthday. There were many concerts […]

teaching beginner pianists

TEACHING BEGINNER PIANISTS – 2020 SURVEY

We are launching the third annual survey into teaching beginner pianists. If you have started to give lessons to beginner pianists of any age you are invited to take part.    2020 has been a year that none of us is ever going to forget! As the Covid-19 pandemic spread across the world, all piano […]

teaching the piano at Christmas

TEACHING THE PIANO AT CHRISTMAS

Every piano teacher I know loves teaching the piano at Christmas! I certainly do. That’s because students often get a huge burst of motivation that results in increased practice and enjoyment all round. CHRISTMAS CAROL EFFECT I first noticed The Christmas Carol Effect many years ago. Young students, who were practising rather reluctantly, suddenly started […]

Socially-Distanced Piano Lessons: 7 Positive Things

Socially-distanced piano lessons can be a good thing. Hannah O’Toole shares 7 positive things she has discovered, and explores how COVID-19 restrictions can actually refresh our teaching. Socially-distanced piano lessons; a third way of teaching in 2020? One thing I have found myself saying a lot since July/August 2020, is that face-to-face piano lessons post-COVID […]

online piano lessons

7 ways to connect with students in online piano lessons

When teaching online piano lessons, whether via zoom, Facetime or Skype, do you sometimes find it’s hard to maintain your energy and purpose? Over the summer the thought of returning to teaching online made my heart sink. I wasn’t surprised to read that other teachers were feeling just the same way and dreading the thought […]

Hannah O’Toole Community Manager

A CURIOUS YEAR AS COMMUNITY MANAGER!

We’re delighted to welcome our Community Manager, Hannah O’Toole, with her very first contribution to our blogs. Hannah, over to you… Hi! I’m Hannah, Community Manager for The Curious Piano Teachers. I’m coming up to my first year in this role, and what a year…where has the time gone?! WHAT I DO My job, as […]

piano teaching survey

The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the piano teaching studio – part 1

The effect of COVID-19 over the last six months has been dramatic, causing disruption and anxiety throughout society. Its impact has been profound on many levels, and the piano teaching profession has felt this seismic change along with everyone else. From the initial results of the COVID-19 piano teaching survey, it is now clear just […]

piano parents

A letter to my piano parents – thank you!

To end my 2019-20 academic year I have written a thank you letter to my piano parents. Written from my own personal perspective it reflects my own circumstances and current thoughts about my piano teaching in Autumn 2020. I share it here in the hope that some of you find it useful.  Dear Piano Parents, […]

change

Change in the Piano Studio

Change has come dramatically to the world over the last six months. Now we all have a different perspective on life and living. I heard someone on the radio just this week say: there are decades where nothing happens and weeks where decades happen. That resonated with me and is certainly true in the piano […]