Category Archives: Musical Skills and Concepts

4 Essential Ingredients for Piano Teachers

I love cake! What’s more I love making cakes, especially cupcakes but I am not someone who just remembers recipes so when I have to make a special, celebratory tea with a menu made up of sandwiches, jelly, cupcakes, swiss roll etc. I go straight to my recipe books, usually Nigella where I know I […]

THE JOY OF SCALES | PART 5: MINOR SCALES

Today we are returning to our series on scales. We have already spent some time exploring how to introduce scale playing in Part 4 as well as examining the construction of a major scale through the use of tetrachords in Part 2. In this blog post we are turning out attention back to the theoretical side […]

THE JOY OF SCALES | PART 2: SINGING & TETRACHORDS

First, Sharon and I would like to say that we know we don’t have the magic key or solution when it comes to teaching and learning about scales! We know that not everyone will necessarily agree with some of our ideas along the way and that is just fine – no, honestly it really is. […]

A HELPING HAND: LET’S GET THAT CHRISTMAS PIANO PARTY STARTED!

December. What 5 things do you associate with this month? Mince pies – I had my first on Tuesday (yum!) Christmas tree – mine’s up, thanks to my mom Presents – come on guys! I’m organised, but not *that* organised Christmas carols – our November Curiosity Box, for members of The Community, featured Christmas music – so […]

A week in the life of a Curious Piano Teacher

This week Sharon and I have been busy filming for our forthcoming video series ‘Let’s Play’ so we handed this week’s blog over to Angie Tse, one of the Community members of The Curious Piano Teachers.   ANGIE: When I first volunteered to pen a few words to share my typical week as a Curious […]

Are you a little hazy about how to teach compound time?

Is the way you teach compound time a little fuzzy around the edges? Do you find yourself scrabbling around trying to explain the whys and the wherefores? In today’s blog you get a song, a score and teaching ideas all designed to help you. To be honest, teaching compound time was something I really struggled […]

CURIOUS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS ‘BACKSTAGE’ AT THE CURIOUS PIANO TEACHERS?

When did you last have one of those weeks? The sort where the washing machine spins its last cycle, the toaster goes on fire and then the dishwasher dies…  Oh and then the much-beloved family pet, following a bit of a crisis, has an overnight stay at the local veterinary surgery – at a cost which […]

Why music matters – really matters!

4 proven arguments explaining why music matters I love teaching music for many reasons and I am a passionate advocate of why music matters. For me whilst getting a student to really ‘own’ a piece of music after weeks of hard work is really rewarding, I know that what goes on in my piano lessons […]

piano tutor books

5 questions to help choose the right piano tutor books for your pupils 

CAN YOU NAME 3 PIANO TUTOR BOOKS? I suspect that you can almost without hesitation! Go into any music shop, even those that mostly deal with guitars and electronic equipment, and somewhere you will be sure to find a piano tutor book. There are so many out there these days and every year a few […]

Questioning ourselves – teaching notation

HOW DO YOU TEACH NOTATION? One thing that we like to do at The Curious Piano Teachers is ask ourselves lots of questions. Here’s one of our favourites: Isn’t it rather strange that we spend so much time teaching pupils how to read notation in early lessons but sight reading is so often a weak […]