Category Archives: Personal Musical Development

curious perfect pitch

IS PERFECT PITCH REALLY SO PERFECT?

Can you sing the opening motif of Beethoven’s 5th symphony? Or for something a little lighter what about Karen Carpenter singing I’m On The Top Of The World or Queen strutting their stuff with Bohemian Rhapsody? Whatever you chose there’s a good chance that you sang it at the right pitch. Does that mean you […]

6 MONTHS IN THE LIFE OF THE CURIOUS PIANO TEACHERS

So what exactly does 6 months in the life of The Curious Piano Teachers look like? Here’s a snapshot of some of the things that Sally and Sharon have been working on over the past 6 months, from January – June 2018. And – just in case you’re wondering from the photo above – it […]

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IMPROVISATION – IN A NUTSHELL

It’s sad to say but we’ve come to the end of The Curious Improvisation Symposium!  This final blog of the series summarises, with links, all that we have covered previously. Thank You! First of all we’d like to say a HUGE thank you to our 12 contributors: Andrew Higgins, Bradley Sowash, Carol Matz, Christopher Norton, […]

IMPROVISATION – START SMALL BUT START!

Have you tried to improvise yet? Have you taken that first, vital step to give it a go? If you’re struggling to get started I want you to stop reading right now! Grab your diary and schedule 3-4 five minute appointments with yourself over the next week. These are your improvisation slots – your moments […]

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UNLOCKING THE POWER OF 3

The new music has been ordered, the pencils are all sharpened and the notebooks are ready. I expect you are nearly prepared for the new term. What about preparation though beyond the practicalities? Are you ready to incorporate improvising, memorising and internalising (audiation) into every lesson? Or are you really not convinced of their role […]

5 things to do this summer!

I was giving one of my adult students a lesson this week and explaining that it was the last one till September. She sighed, pulled a face and said: “You are so lucky to be able to stop like this.” And of course, as teachers, we are indeed very fortunate to be able to take breaks […]

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ARE YOU READY TO PREPARE FOR A PIANO TEACHING DIPLOMA?

If you don’t yet have a piano teaching diploma, take a moment to imagine how it would feel to achieve one in 2018. Preparing for and achieving a piano teaching diploma can help you to build the skills necessary to increase your confidence, your impact and your income. THE HURDLES TO ACHIEVING A PIANO TEACHING […]

Refresher Summer Courses

REFRESHER COURSES THIS SUMMER

I’m feeling smug! After having the best of intentions last year, I have already booked myself onto a summer school this year. As much as I love my teaching, lecturing and The Curious Piano Teachers work there comes a point where I start to need some inner nourishment. It is so important that we all […]

PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR MESSY PIANO PART 3

I’ve found myself falling back into old ways a bit at the start of this term. I talked too much. I explained too much. And this meant that there wasn’t enough music making in lessons. It is so easy to slip into familiar and comfortable teaching habits especially when trying to juggle all the additional […]

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 […]