Category Archives: scales

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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 […]

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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. […]

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 […]

THE JOY OF SCALES | PART 7: GETTING CREATIVE

So this is it – the final post on scales. This week, I want to encourage everyone to get creative with how you play scales and with what scales you play. FRESH CHALLENGES Back in Part 1 of The Joy of Scales series I mentioned the need for us to engage our brain when playing scales. […]

THE JOY OF SCALES | PART 6: THREE TOP TIPS FOR EXAM PREPARATION

As teachers many of us enter our students for exams. For many boards, scales are an integral part of the assessment system. In today’s post I am going to share three top tips to help your students get the most out of the experience and, as a consequence, achieve higher marks! PREPARATION I’ve already spent […]

THE JOY OF SCALES | PART 5: MINOR SCALES

Today we are returning to our series on scales. We have already spent some time exploring how to introduce scale playing in Part 4 as well as examining the construction of a major scale through the use of tetrachords in Part 2. In this blog post we are turning out attention back to the theoretical side […]

THE JOY OF SCALES | PART 4: FIVE TIPS FOR PUTTING HANDS TOGETHER

You know those penny dropping moments? Those times when something suddenly takes on a new and unexpected meaning? For example I remember a time as a young teacher when I spelt ‘rehearsal’ incorrectly on a notice and one of my pupils pointed out to me that it really says ‘re-hEAR’ sal. Definitely an ah-ha moment! […]

THE JOY OF SCALES | PART 3: FINGERS AND THUMBS

Well, I hope you have all been having fun working out the tetrachord patterns of scales with your pupils this week? In part 3 of our series we are focussing on the physical aspects of introducing scales, putting the theoretical aspects to one side. It’s good to remind ourselves at this point that the physical […]

THE JOY OF SCALES | PART 2: SINGING & TETRACHORDS

First, Sharon and I would like to say that we know we don’t have the magic key or solution when it comes to teaching and learning about scales! We know that not everyone will necessarily agree with some of our ideas along the way and that is just fine – no, honestly it really is. […]

THE JOY OF SCALES | PART 1: WHAT’S THE VALUE?

How did you learn scales as a child? Were they presented in systematic and imaginative ways or did you struggle to get the point of why they had to be practised? Maybe you still do! I have to admit that when I was growing up scales were not at the top of my most popularity […]