Category Archives: piano lesson inspiration

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 […]

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ONLINE PIANO TEACHING INSPIRATION: 10 FREE WEBINARS

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. […]

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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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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 […]

Socially-Distanced Piano Lessons: 7 Positive Things

Socially-distanced piano lessons can be a good thing. Hannah O’Toole shares 7 positive things she has discovered, and explores how COVID-19 restrictions can actually refresh our teaching. Socially-distanced piano lessons; a third way of teaching in 2020? One thing I have found myself saying a lot since July/August 2020, is that face-to-face piano lessons post-COVID […]

Teaching Ideas for War Dance by Kabalevsky

This blog presents a series of teaching ideas for War Dance by Kabalevsky (from his collection 30 Children’s Pieces Op.27)… … and with a title like this there is plenty of scope for the imagination! So what springs to mind when you think of the title ‘War Dance’? Totem poles. Feather headbands. Open, dusty plains. Buffalo. […]

Teaching Ideas for Watermark by Louise Chamberlain

We piano teachers, we’re all the same. We love our printable resources! So for this month’s ‘Teaching Ideas’ video, I thought I’d design a student workbook to accompany the piece I’ve chosen to present to you: Louise Chamberlain’s Watermark, currently on the Grade 2 LCM Exams piano syllabus. WATERMARK BY LOUISE CHAMBERLAIN Did you know […]

Creating Musical Encounters

CREATING MUSICAL ENCOUNTERS

‘Why do you play the piano’? I asked this question last week when I gave a talk at Miller’s Music in Cambridge (UK) to a group of piano teachers. Overwhelmingly the answer was: “because of a love of music and the piano”. I went on and asked the same question about our pupils and came […]

DEBUSSY: CHILDHOOD & CHILDREN’S CORNER

Debussy and childhood. One’s thoughts immediately turn to Children’s Corner (more on that below) but his own childhood is an interesting starting point for finding out more about the composer. Here are a few fascinating gems about the young Claude-Achille Debussy. FAMILY FACTS Debussy’s father, grand-father and great-grand-father were all known as de Bussy. Debussy […]

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MOTIVATING STUDENTS TO PRACTISE | PART 1

The enormous time and effort it takes to learn a musical instrument can be daunting for students – and especially discouraging when contrasted with our digital world, where contact is instantaneous and learning can happen so quickly. We’re delighted that Professor Rena Upitis has written a 3-part blog series for us on the topic of […]