Category Archives: Being a Teacher

online piano lessons

Zoom for online piano lessons – 10 ways to set up safe and secure lessons

In the last couple of weeks more and more people, including piano teachers, have turned to zoom for online piano lessons. It’s a great platform on the whole and for many people (although not all) it’s more stable and versatile than the alternatives of Skype, Facetime or What’s App. Zoom has been in the news […]

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TEACHING PIANO ONLINE – GETTING STARTED PART 2

Finding the positive in this current situation is challenging but, as piano teachers making the switch to teaching piano online, the profession has the opportunity to think of this as a big, long-term research project. Its hypothesis: what effect will teaching piano online have on the progress of students and the attitude and motivation of […]

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TEACHING PIANO ONLINE – GETTING STARTED PART 1

  As Coronavirus, Covid-19 continues to take hold across the world more and more piano teachers are considering the possibility of teaching piano online. It’s clearly not without its challenges but, if you approach it in the right way and with a positive, curious attitude you might find that it brings some unexpected, fresh ideas […]

Curiosity Box

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 […]

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7 reasons for using sol-fa in piano lessons

Teachers are often a bit scared of using sol-fa in piano lessons. Yet sol-fa is such a useful tool for piano teachers and once learnt is a real time-saver. Sol-fa is the use of singing names for vocal pitch: doh, rah, mi, fah, soh, lah, ti. doh’. As pitch cannot be seen, sol-fa helps our […]

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THE SECRET TO SUCCESSFUL PIANO LESSONS

You know those piano lessons that feel really, really good? Where both you and your student feel completely fired up and energised by the end of the lesson? Think back to these lessons and consider about what mades them so successful. For me I have pinpointed these lessons to be the ones when I stop […]

5 smart strategies for transfer students in your piano studio

Have you accepted any new transfer students into your teaching studio this new academic year? It can be a tricky time as everyone in the partnership works out how the others tick. Putting a few logical processes in place can really help though. Here are five smart strategies that we’ve found really helps to smooth […]