Category Archives: piano exam repertoire resources

Teaching Ideas for War Dance by Kabalevsky

This blog presents a series of teaching ideas for War Dance by Kabalevsky (from his collection 30 Children’s PiecesĀ Op.27)… … and with a title like this there is plenty of scope for the imagination! So what springs to mind when you think of the title ‘War Dance’? Totem poles. Feather headbands. Open, dusty plains. Buffalo. […]

Teaching Ideas for Watermark by Louise Chamberlain

We piano teachers, we’re all the same. We love our printable resources! So for this month’s ‘Teaching Ideas’ video, I thought I’d design a student workbook to accompany the piece I’ve chosen to present to you: Louise Chamberlain’s Watermark, currently on the Grade 2 LCM Exams piano syllabus. WATERMARK BY LOUISE CHAMBERLAIN Did you know […]

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. […]

PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR MESSY PIANO PART 4

When I am wearing my hat as an ABRSM examiner it is not uncommon to get a whole group of pupils from the same teacher, all taking the same practical grade exam, all playing the same pieces. THE NEED FOR TAILOR-MADE TEACHING I wonder why this is the case? Whilst it might make preparation easier […]

PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR MESSY PIANO PART 2

Have you ever noticed how pupils are always keen to learn pieces their friends and peers are learning? Several years ago I had a pupil who was about late elementary level (grade 1+). One week she came bounding into her lesson: ‘Sally, my cousin came to stay this weekend and she’s a really, really good […]