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FINDING IMPROVISATION INSPIRATION

Where do you get your improvisation inspiration from? What are some of your favourite places to go for a stimulus? We asked the contributors to The Curious Improvisation Symposium this very question and, as you might have come to expect from the series, there’s something here for everyone! ANDREW HIGGINS When teaching students I use […]

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HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT IMPROVISATION?

Are you a bit scared of improvisation? Does it make you feel slightly uncomfortable? A bit out of your depth? Wishing you had a few resources to help you get going? You’ll be pleased to know that you are not alone. In this week’s blog post our Curious Improvisation Symposium contributors consider just why so […]

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WHY SHOULD YOU INCLUDE IMPROVISATION IN PIANO LESSONS?

“Aaargh!! I see my pupil for such a short amount of time every week! There’s hardly enough time to do everything as it is. Do I really need to include improvisation as well?” Does this ring a bell? This week the 10 contributors to our Curious Improvisation Symposium make it quite clear: improvisation in piano […]

Internalisation – The Power of Three

What do international musicians have in common with premier league footballers, Olympic athletes and top-flight tennis players? They all visualise their performance before an event either by ‘playing’ the piece in the concert hall, ‘running’ the race or ‘hitting’ the ball. But the visualisation isn’t just a mental image; it includes the sounds, the smells, […]

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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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3 top tips for first piano lessons – #1 Tuning in

  It’s the very first piano lesson. The piano stand is bare – not a bit of paper is in sight. Together with my pupil we will make some music, exploring the different sounds the piano makes. We are going to ‘play’ on and with the piano. This week I have been at the Music […]

PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR MESSY PIANO PART 2

Have you ever noticed how pupils are always keen to learn pieces their friends and peers are learning? Several years ago I had a pupil who was about late elementary level (grade 1+). One week she came bounding into her lesson: ‘Sally, my cousin came to stay this weekend and she’s a really, really good […]

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 5 STEP FORMULA FOR EASY LESSON PLANNING

Last week I presented the general principles behind messy piano. This week I am going to look at a messy lesson in more depth. As one-to-one instrumental teachers we have a potentially exciting and unique opportunity to explore how pupils can learn in new and deep ways. We are free to teach exactly how we […]