Category Archives: Let’s Play

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3 top tips for first piano lessons – #2 Away from the keyboard

How and where does your best thinking happen? Are you able to sustain your concentration for quite long periods? Or do you find that after a while, you need to get up, move around and have a short break before resuming what you were doing? Young children in particular tend to learn best through action […]

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 […]

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8 nuggets of advice for newbie piano teachers

I wish there had been somebody who I could have asked for advice when I was a new teacher. I can remember feeling very bewildered and confused sometimes about what to teach and how to teach it. I say this because last week in the Curiosity Lounge (our private Facebook group for paid up subscribers […]

STAYING CURIOUS…

Sally writes…  As I begin to write this, the last blog of the year, I am flying over the Irish Sea in what has become a familiar route for our quarterly Curious Piano Teachers business meetings. 2016 has been quite a year in one way or another, hasn’t it? As I have struggled to make […]

PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR MESSY PIANO PART 5

How does music make you feel? How does teaching make you feel? How does teaching music make you feel? Just take a moment to reflect on these questions in your own experience before going on and reading further. I have a meditation app called Headspace that I love to use for my short, daily meditations. […]

TEACHING BEGINNERS IS EASY, RIGHT?

It exists: the preconception that teaching beginners is ‘easier’ compared to teaching higher level pupils. Consider just how many fledgling piano teachers start their teaching careers – by teaching beginners. (I know I did). It can be easy to assume that teaching the basics is an obvious place to start. Yet how does one design a series of effective lessons […]

MUSIC EDUCATION EXPO 2016 AT LONDON OLYMPIA

For another year, the Music Education Expo (this year at London Olympia) has come and gone. What a cracking couple of days it’s been! So today you’re getting the round-up. Photos, videos and recorded Periscope broadcasts. CAFFE NERO, LONDON HEATHROW Wednesday, 24 February – 9.30am. Because all good things start with coffee. Remember this?! The rest […]

PLAY AND PLAYING – A PIANIST’S MUSINGS | PART 2

Last Friday I spent the day singing playground songs and canons in the company of some very willing and enthusiastic class and instrumental teachers. This was Day 2 of The Voices Foundations Essential Musicianship for Teachers course. As I travelled back home on the train I thought to myself how very lucky I was to […]