Category Archives: Parents

how to choose a good piano teacher

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT PIANO TEACHER – PART 2

Learning to play the piano to a reasonable standard takes time and commitment so it’s vital to do your research. Here’s part 2 of our article for parents on how to choose the right piano teacher.    In Part 1 of our blog on this topic, we suggested that the first important step is for […]

how to choose the right piano teacher

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT PIANO TEACHER – PART 1

Learning to play the piano is a popular activity at the moment with both children and adults turning to the instrument during the lockdown. Choosing the right piano teacher is central to the success of the project. So if you are a parent or an adult wanting to learn here is the first part of […]

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A letter to my piano parents – thank you!

To end my 2019-20 academic year I have written a thank you letter to my piano parents. Written from my own personal perspective it reflects my own circumstances and current thoughts about my piano teaching in Autumn 2020. I share it here in the hope that some of you find it useful.  Dear Piano Parents, […]

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A CURIOUS TOP 10 YOUTUBE VIDEOS

Welcome to our end of year roundup; in this first part we are looking back at what we’ve been up to over on our YouTube Channel. YouTube is still a fairly recent addition to what we offer and during 2019 we’ve been consistently adding videos on a regular basis. Sally’s Tuesday Teaching Tips can all […]

7 tips for feeling prepared

7 TOP TIPS FOR STARTING YOUR NEW TERM FEELING PREPARED

Are you feeling prepared yet for the new piano teaching term ahead? Are you wondering if there’s something that you’ve missed doing so far? Our wonderfully creative, open and curious piano teachers who make up The Community have all been busy getting ready. Here are their 7 top tips for starting the term ahead feeling […]

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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 […]