Category Archives: Repertoire

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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The Minuet – Piano Teaching Ideas

I wonder how many piano teachers currently have a student learning the minuet? They are found everywhere in piano tutor books and elementary piano anthologies so the chances are fairly high I think. In this blog I am exploring a few teaching ideas for a Classical minuet, using Reinagle’s Minuet in C as my example. […]

A photo of all the resources and books mentioned in this article on top of a piano

INTRODUCING JAZZ: 10 FAVOURITE RESOURCES FOR PIANO LESSONS

Do you want to introduce jazz piano to your students? Or maybe you’re interested in finding out more about jazz piano for your own personal musical development? Curious Community Manager, Hannah O’Toole shares some of her favourite teaching activities and resources at all levels to get you started. 1. CREATE FIRST DUET & SOLO EDITIONS […]

A collection of the sheet music books referred to in the webinar and blog post, showing the book covers, laid on top of a piano.

Mood-Lifting Piano Pieces Your Students Will Love

Lockdown and online piano lessons can be tough-going at times. A few weeks ago, we were discussing at Team Curious how to keep lessons light-hearted, and our students engaged. We picked out ten mood-lifting piano pieces our students love, and now we’d like to share them with you! Sally, Sharon, and I each chose three […]

Three sheet music anthologies of female composers (published by Hal Leonard, Alfred, and Mel Bay) and the book Sounds And Sweet Airs by Anna Beer on top of a piano

Female Composers at the Keyboard – Part 2

Would you like suggestions for repertoire by female composers, and resources you can use and refer to in your piano teaching? Look no further. We’ve started a resource and repertoire list but feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments! At The Piano With Women Composers: January 2021 Curiosity Box Female composers are […]

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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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CELEBRATING BEETHOVEN’S BIRTHDAY

Are you planning on celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday on or around Wednesday, December 16th 2020? I am holding my annual Christmas Piano Party on that date, and we are going to be singing Happy Birthday to the great man. Such an important composer deserves to be celebrated on this big birthday. There were many concerts […]

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TEACHING THE PIANO AT CHRISTMAS

Every piano teacher I know loves teaching the piano at Christmas! I certainly do. That’s because students often get a huge burst of motivation that results in increased practice and enjoyment all round. CHRISTMAS CAROL EFFECT I first noticed The Christmas Carol Effect many years ago. Young students, who were practising rather reluctantly, suddenly started […]

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A CURIOUS TOP 10 YOUTUBE VIDEOS

Welcome to our end of year roundup; in this first part we are looking back at what we’ve been up to over on our YouTube Channel. YouTube is still a fairly recent addition to what we offer and during 2019 we’ve been consistently adding videos on a regular basis. Sally’s Tuesday Teaching Tips can all […]