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Encouraging Active Listening in Piano Lessons – Part 3

Did you teach Double, double using the active listening strategies outlined in the last blog? In this final post in our short series, the focus is on how to use active listening to pre-frame a new piece of music. PRE-FRAMING NEW PIECES You’ll have noticed that children like to play something that they have listened […]

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Encouraging Active Listening in Piano Lessons – part 2

Did you play the honesty game after reading the previous blog post on active listening? In this second part we are continuing to think about the benefits of active listening and I share a practical activity that you can use. THE LISTENING FUNNEL Imagine a funnel – the top is broad and wide but as […]

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Active Listening in Piano Lessons – Part 1 Teacher Talk

The act of listening, deep, active listening, is crucial to developing musical sensitivity. It is at the heart of all that we do as musicians. Helping our students to listen more actively and attentively is a particularly important job for piano teachers. We’ve all experienced how easy it is to switch off our ears and […]

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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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Female Composers At The Keyboard: Part 1

I wonder how many female composers you can name? Contemporary female composers are not too hard but what about the Baroque, Classical or Romantic period? This is why I’m excited about this month’s Curiosity Box on piano works by female composers. Community members CLICK HERE for access. AN EMERGING AWARENESS Of course, awareness of female […]

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TEACHING BEGINNER PIANISTS – 2020 SURVEY

We are launching the third annual survey into teaching beginner pianists. If you have started to give lessons to beginner pianists of any age you are invited to take part.    2020 has been a year that none of us is ever going to forget! As the Covid-19 pandemic spread across the world, all piano […]

Socially-Distanced Piano Lessons: 7 Positive Things

Socially-distanced piano lessons can be a good thing. Hannah O’Toole shares 7 positive things she has discovered, and explores how COVID-19 restrictions can actually refresh our teaching. Socially-distanced piano lessons; a third way of teaching in 2020? One thing I have found myself saying a lot since July/August 2020, is that face-to-face piano lessons post-COVID […]

The Curious Piano Teachers

The Curious Piano Teachers celebrate 5 years – part 1

This week it’s a whole five year since the official launch of The Curious Piano Teachers! We’re celebrating with online parties for our members and we’re also looking back at how we got here. Here’s the back story to date. WHEN SALLY MET SHARON …and what happened next. Back in 2004 Sally presented a lecture […]

Piano Teachers – thank you!

Piano teachers – Thank YOU! All across the world so many of you are doing a brilliant job in these extraordinary times. So during Teacher Appreciation Week* – from us to you – a huge thank you on behalf of all the piano students you are teaching and piano parents you are working with. PIANO […]

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THE SECRET TO SUCCESSFUL PIANO LESSONS

You know those piano lessons that feel really, really good? Where both you and your student feel completely fired up and energised by the end of the lesson? Think back to these lessons and consider about what mades them so successful. For me I have pinpointed these lessons to be the ones when I stop […]