Category Archives: Being a Pianist

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Co-ordination at the piano: 7 tips from Ilga Pitkevica

One of the new categories to be added the updated edition of the Piano Framework is how to develop co-ordination at the piano. Ilga Pitkevica, tutor on the Piano Teachers’ Course, shares her top tips for teaching co-ordination to our youngest students, right through to the most advanced. The full video is available to watch […]

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INTRODUCING JAZZ: 10 FAVOURITE RESOURCES FOR PIANO LESSONS

Do you want to introduce jazz piano to your students? Or maybe you’re interested in finding out more about jazz piano for your own personal musical development? Curious Community Manager, Hannah O’Toole shares some of her favourite teaching activities and resources at all levels to get you started. 1. CREATE FIRST DUET & SOLO EDITIONS […]

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 […]

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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The Curious Piano Teachers – celebrating five years, part 2

May 17th 2020 finds The Curious Piano Teachers celebrating their fifth birthday. In part 1, we followed Sally and Sharon as they developed their idea; in part 2, we look back over the past five years of Curiousness.   ONE STEP AT A TIME By early spring 2015, we were ready to start building an […]

The Curious Piano Teachers

The Curious Piano Teachers celebrate 5 years – part 1

This week it’s a whole five year since the official launch of The Curious Piano Teachers! We’re celebrating with online parties for our members and we’re also looking back at how we got here. Here’s the back story to date. WHEN SALLY MET SHARON …and what happened next. Back in 2004 Sally presented a lecture […]

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A REVIEW OF 2019 CURIOSITY BOXES

2019 has been a bumper year for our Curiosity Boxes, the monthly series of masterclasses, workshops and library of teaching resources available to members. Here’s a round up of all the resources that have been published this year. If you’re already a member of The Community you can just click on the links for immediate […]