Category Archives: teenage

Instrumental Lessons for secondary school students

PIANO LESSONS IN OR OUT OF SCHOOL? (PART 1)

Parents often ask for advice about changing music teachers when their children transfer to secondary school. Many secondary schools provide instrumental lessons in school which means parents and students have pause to make a choice about whether to have lessons in the school or to continue lessons with their existing teacher. Our blog post this […]

When singing in piano lessons isn’t an option…

Lots of teachers ask Sharon and me why singing is so important when we are teaching the piano. Well, as Professor Gary McPherson stresses: ‘singing should be a common and natural part of all early [instrumental] lessons’.[1] Singing matters because it helps children to build up important mental models. For example, without a mental model […]

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 […]