Composition Festival: Compose Yourself! logo and submission deadline of 31st May 2021


Do you have piano students who enjoy being creative? This week on the blog, we are delighted to welcome composer Alison Mathews to talk about Compose Yourself! the online composition festival for UK pianists aged 5-18. But first, a little about Alison and co-creator of the festival, composer Lindsey Berwin… ALISON MATHEWS Alison is a classically trained […]

A collection of the sheet music books referred to in the webinar and blog post, showing the book covers, laid on top of a piano.

Mood-Lifting Piano Pieces Your Students Will Love

Lockdown and online piano lessons can be tough-going at times. A few weeks ago, we were discussing at Team Curious how to keep lessons light-hearted, and our students engaged. We picked out ten mood-lifting piano pieces our students love, and now we’d like to share them with you! Sally, Sharon, and I each chose three […]


Wondering if you should attend a virtual conference? Online events are standard during the pandemic, and there could be real benefits for your piano studio. Everyone has upped their online game, and there are some fabulous events to inspire you from the comfort of your own home. BENEFITS OF ONLINE CONFERENCES FOR PIANO TEACHERS This […]

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Looking for online piano teaching ideas? Wondering how to prepare your students for recorded and online exams? We’ve got you covered. Join Sally, Sharon, leading piano pedagogy experts and exam boards, and check out 10 of our most popular recent free webinars on YouTube. Even better, hop over and subscribe for much, much more… 1. […]

Three sheet music anthologies of female composers (published by Hal Leonard, Alfred, and Mel Bay) and the book Sounds And Sweet Airs by Anna Beer on top of a piano

Female Composers at the Keyboard – Part 2

Would you like suggestions for repertoire by female composers, and resources you can use and refer to in your piano teaching? Look no further. We’ve started a resource and repertoire list but feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments! At The Piano With Women Composers: January 2021 Curiosity Box Female composers are […]

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Looking for fresh inspiration and ways to level up your online piano teaching? We asked members of our Community to share their top tips to inspire you for the long haul! March 2020 saw many teachers (in all subjects, not just the piano) taking their teaching online for the first time during the coronavirus pandemic. […]

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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


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


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


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 […]