Category Archives: Notation

Your one-stop guide to teaching musical literacy

During April we have been looking at musical literacy from lots of angles. Today’s blog post is simply a round-up of all the different posts and videos we’ve put out there: a one-stop guide. MNEMONICS – HELP OR HINDRANCE? Back at the start of the month I questioned whether the use of mnemonics in learning […]

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Mnemonics in music reading: help or hindrance?

Do your young piano pupils struggle to fully grasp reading music notation? Do some pupils drop out because they can’t seem to get the hang of it despite your best efforts to help them? For teachers this can be very frustrating. Often, we wonder what exactly the problem is. USING MNEMONICS One traditional way of […]

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12 CURIOUS APPS FOR THE NEW TERM

The nights are beginning to draw in, the conkers are getting fatter and shinier by the day and the hedgrows are full of ripening blackberries. As Autumn gradually begins to make its presence felt in the Northern Hemisphere we are equally as gently turning our thoughts towards the new term ahead. We’ve asked all the […]

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BEING CREATIVE WITH THE NEW ABRSM SIGHT-READING APP

  The ABRSM’s newest app – the Sight-Reading Trainer – was launched last month. Designed to help pupils ‘develop the skills to quickly spot the key features, patterns and characteristics in music before you play it’ this new sight-reading app costs £4.99 and is available on the App Store and Google Play. For that you get a […]

HOW TO INSPIRE YOUR TEENAGE PIANO STARTER

Just before Christmas someone in my village asked me if I would consider teaching her teenage son. When the 16-year old son came round for a trial lesson he told me that he wanted a ‘new challenge’ and something that was a bit different from his academic work. As I started to think about how […]

PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR MESSY PIANO PART 1

It’s good to have been getting back into the swing of things this week. I started teaching again and last weekend I gave a ‘messy piano’ presentation that provided piano teachers at the EPTA UK conference in Cambridge with practical ideas for their lessons. The focus of my talk was the new ABRSM syllabus and […]

A HELPING HAND: LET’S GET THAT CHRISTMAS PIANO PARTY STARTED!

December. What 5 things do you associate with this month? Mince pies – I had my first on Tuesday (yum!) Christmas tree – mine’s up, thanks to my mom Presents – come on guys! I’m organised, but not *that* organised Christmas carols – our November Curiosity Box, for members of The Community, featured Christmas music – so […]

Are you a little hazy about how to teach compound time?

Is the way you teach compound time a little fuzzy around the edges? Do you find yourself scrabbling around trying to explain the whys and the wherefores? In today’s blog you get a song, a score and teaching ideas all designed to help you. To be honest, teaching compound time was something I really struggled […]

Questioning ourselves – teaching notation

HOW DO YOU TEACH NOTATION? One thing that we like to do at The Curious Piano Teachers is ask ourselves lots of questions. Here’s one of our favourites: Isn’t it rather strange that we spend so much time teaching pupils how to read notation in early lessons but sight reading is so often a weak […]

Understanding the difference between learning skills and concepts

What skills and concepts do our pupils actually learn in their piano lessons?  WE NEED TO BECOME MORE SYSTEMATIC IN OUR TEACHING  This week I went for a ‘quick’ spin in a Lamborghini Huracan. To say that I got out of the car with my knees trembling is a bit of an understatement! Sadly, I […]