Category Archives: Practice

The Power of Practice: 7 Practice Hats for Parents

‘Sally, it’s 6 o’clock – time to do your piano practice!’ ‘Mum, do I have to? I don’t feel like doing it tonight’. ‘Now, Sally, remember what we both agreed – if want to get better at playing the piano you need to practise it everyday’. So, slightly reluctantly I go to the piano and […]

The Power of Practice: 5 effective strategies for teachers

You see your piano pupils on average for 30 minutes each week leaving them 10,050 minutes between lessons to practise. And yet, as I showed in last week’s post, many of them don’t! You pour your heart and soul into their lessons, you’ve tried every tactic and yet most weeks they return with the same […]

The Power of Practice: the pupil’s perspective

Last week I saw  a young brass player taking part in the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2016. I was struck when his Mum said that he was always in his bedroom playing his instrument and that she never had to tell him to go and do his practise. What a joy such a […]

The Power of Practice

What do Lang Lang, Tiger Woods, Venus and Serena Williams and Mozart have in common? As you might have guessed from the title of this week’s post they are all shining examples of individuals who have become experts in their field through the act of purposeful practice. Over the next four weeks I am going […]

PLAY AND PLAYING – A PIANIST’S MUSINGS | PART 1

PLAYING FOR THE FUN OF IT! Over the Christmas holidays I went on a swing, for the first time in many years! Side-by-side with one of my great-nieces together we went higher and higher, both with enormous grins on our faces. A different kind of playing went on with my other great-niece. She has been […]

A HELPING HAND: LET’S GET THAT CHRISTMAS PIANO PARTY STARTED!

December. What 5 things do you associate with this month? Mince pies – I had my first on Tuesday (yum!) Christmas tree – mine’s up, thanks to my mom Presents – come on guys! I’m organised, but not *that* organised Christmas carols – our November Curiosity Box, for members of The Community, featured Christmas music – so […]

Learning the piano: 7 important points every parent should know

THE FIRST PIANO LESSON AND BEYOND… At this time of the year there are many children around the UK who start learning the piano. I am sure that I am just one of thousands of teachers who, this week, have had new piano pupils come for their first lessons. The look of wonder and joy […]

PUPIL NOTEBOOKS: TO HAVE OR NOT TO HAVE?

September. Love it or loathe it, it’s here (again). That back-to-routine month of the year. When I was a kid, September meant blackberry-picking afternoons. The task for the evening was ‘backing’ new notebooks and textbooks from school – with anything from durable, left-over wallpaper to wrapping paper. In fact, in my mind’s eye, I can […]