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learning piano in school

PIANO LESSONS IN OR OUT OF SCHOOL? (PART 2)

In this week’s blog post, Gill Shaw – a member of The Community of The Curious Piano Teachers – provides a different perspective to the ‘in or out’ question: Are piano lessons better in or out of school? Click here to read last week’s blog post Piano lessons in or out of school (Part 1) where […]

Instrumental Lessons for secondary school students

PIANO LESSONS IN OR OUT OF SCHOOL? (PART 1)

Parents often ask for advice about changing music teachers when their children transfer to secondary school. Many secondary schools provide instrumental lessons in school which means parents and students have pause to make a choice about whether to have lessons in the school or to continue lessons with their existing teacher. Our blog post this […]

MOZART – GIFTED PRODIGY OR SUPER PRACTISER?

Happy Birthday Mozart! This year is his 261st birthday and his music and story continues to inspire and delight people all over the world. Many of us have been brought up with the idea of Mozart as a young child genius, with an exceptional gift that only a few are born with. Is this really […]

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 […]

CADENZA: HOW DO I SET IT UP?

This is the 2nd instalment in a 4-part blog series about Cadenza – a free online resource that has been known to help students practice more frequently and more effectively. This article is written by Professor Rena Upitis (Ed.D. Harvard), a Professor of Education at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario, Canada), who is the Principal Investigator for […]

SURVIVING THE LAST WEEK OF TERM

This week’s blog post is written by Liz Giannopoulos, a member of The Community of The Curious Piano Teachers. The last week of term can be an uphill struggle – especially at the end of the academic year. For the most part, exams have been completed (results may or may not be in), end of […]

The Power of Practice: 7 Practice Hats for Parents

‘Sally, it’s 6 o’clock – time to do your piano practice!’ ‘Mum, do I have to? I don’t feel like doing it tonight’. ‘Now, Sally, remember what we both agreed – if want to get better at playing the piano you need to practise it everyday’. So, slightly reluctantly I go to the piano and […]

Learning the piano: 7 important points every parent should know

THE FIRST PIANO LESSON AND BEYOND… At this time of the year there are many children around the UK who start learning the piano. I am sure that I am just one of thousands of teachers who, this week, have had new piano pupils come for their first lessons. The look of wonder and joy […]