Category Archives: Repertoire

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 Pieces 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 […]

DEBUSSY: CHILDHOOD & CHILDREN’S CORNER

Debussy and childhood. One’s thoughts immediately turn to Children’s Corner (more on that below) but his own childhood is an interesting starting point for finding out more about the composer. Here are a few fascinating gems about the young Claude-Achille Debussy. FAMILY FACTS Debussy’s father, grand-father and great-grand-father were all known as de Bussy. Debussy […]

FLICK THROUGH OUR 2017 DIARY

It’s 3 sleeps to Christmas. At CURIOUS HQ we’re winding down – and we hope you are too! This morning Sally and I have been flicking through our diaries to remind ourselves of the curious happenings of 2017. Take a look with us below… Sharon Mark-Teggart & Sally Cathcart – Co-Founders of The Curious Piano […]

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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. […]

PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR MESSY PIANO PART 8

Do you have any pieces of music that live especially close to your heart? Pieces that were first learnt a while ago, maybe when you were young, that somehow you keep returning to? For me one such piece is Dr Gradus ad Parnassum from Children’s Corner Suite by Claude Debussy. I first learnt it when […]

PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR MESSY PIANO PART 7

In the Curious Community the other day we were discussing ‘demented’ 7ths.  The husband of a Curious Piano teacher had referred to a diminished 7th in this way! It wasn’t the first time I had heard this however as several years ago one of my A level students always referred to a diminished 7th as […]

PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR MESSY PIANO PART 6

I was told by Olavo Alen that, in Cuba, “music is in the air.” This was back in 2005 when I spent a wonderful three weeks there, as part of my Churchill Travelling Fellowship. Music certainly did appear to be everywhere; every bar had a band and every street seemed to have salsa emanating from […]

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. […]