Category Archives: Practice

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 […]

motivating students to practice

MOTIVATING STUDENTS TO PRACTISE | PART 1

The enormous time and effort it takes to learn a musical instrument can be daunting for students – and especially discouraging when contrasted with our digital world, where contact is instantaneous and learning can happen so quickly. We’re delighted that Professor Rena Upitis has written a 3-part blog series for us on the topic of […]

sight-reading app

BEING CREATIVE WITH THE NEW ABRSM SIGHT-READING APP

  The ABRSM’s newest app – the Sight-Reading Trainer – was launched last month. Designed to help pupils ‘develop the skills to quickly spot the key features, patterns and characteristics in music before you play it’ this new sight-reading app costs £4.99 and is available on the App Store and Google Play. For that you get a […]

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101 Curious Blogs – and counting!

Whoo-hoo! This is our 101st post on The Blog! To celebrate here are some of our favourite blogs that feature resources and videos. 10 TOP TIPS FOR ONCE A MAN One of the first blogs we ever published! The song Once a man fell in a well has to be one of my all-time favourites. […]

End well - crossing the lesson finishing line successfully!

3 top tips for first lessons #3 Ending well

All good athletes know that whilst running the race correctly is important, what happens at the end can determine whether the race is won or lost. In other words the end needs thoughts and careful preparation. It’s the same for a piano lesson (see my previous posts on lesson planning). No matter how brilliant the […]

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: WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO CHANGE WHEN I START USING THIS TOOL?

This is the final instalment in this 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 […]

CADENZA: HOW DO I CREATE A LESSON WITH MY STUDENT?

This is the 3rd 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 […]

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 […]