ONLINE PIANO TEACHING INSPIRATION: 10 FREE WEBINARS

Looking for online piano teaching ideas? Wondering how to prepare your students for recorded and online exams? We’ve got you covered. Join Sally, Sharon, leading piano pedagogy experts and exam boards, and check out 10 of our most popular recent free webinars on YouTube. Even better, hop over and subscribe for much, much more…

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1. YOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO GIVING ONLINE PIANO LESSONS

Back in March 2020, Sally and Sharon recorded this emergency webinar which takes you step-by-step through the essentials of online piano teaching. It covers the basic equipment you need, the software to use, and how to get it onto your devices. It also covers how to set up your teaching room and tips on how to structure and deliver lessons online.

2. FACING THE FUTURE: PIANO TEACHING IN A COVID-19 WORLD

On this webinar from July 2020, a panel of piano teachers answer the following questions:

  1. What have you decided to do with your teaching studio when term resumes? (a) Remain online (b) Go face-to-face (c) Have a hybrid model (d) Still undecided
  2. What are your three main reasons behind this decision?
  3. What concerns do you have about your decision?
  4. If thinking about returning face-to-face, what precautions are you putting in place to ensure a safe working environment?
  5. Have you had any feedback from your piano parents about your choice?

3. 7 WAYS CADENZA PRACTICE APP WILL SUPPORT YOUR ONLINE PIANO STUDIO

This webinar shows how online piano teaching can still be highly effective when the right tools and support are being used. Being able to easily upload videos, comment directly on students’ playing in real time and share practice tasks eases the teaching workload and motivates young pianists. Hosted by The Curious Piano Teachers, guest presenter Jodie Compeau shares her expertise on the Cadenza Practice App.

4. 7 PLAYFUL AND ENGAGING ACTIVITIES TO BOOST THE ENERGY IN ONLINE PIANO LESSONS

Online piano lessons can be exhausting for both students and teachers! Join us for this FREE webinar where Sally shares 7 playful and engaging activities, taken from her newly published musicianship books Ready to Play, that will give an instant boost to your online piano lessons.

5. ABRSM PERFORMANCE GRADES

ABRSM’s new Performance Grades bring the essential performance skills of communication, interpretation and storytelling to a regulated qualification.

Back in September 2020, we were delighted to welcome ABRSM to this free webinar to answer your queries about this new qualification. Questions were answered by Mervyn Cousins, ABRSM’s Deputy Chief Examiner and Ali Bowen-Davies, Deputy Head of Learning & Qualifications.

Performance Grades are available at Grades 1 to 8 for all of ABRSM’s instrumental and singing syllabuses apart from Jazz, with the assessment made from a video recording submitted by the candidate. They have been designed to complement ABRSM’s existing Practical Grades and offer an additional progression route with a focus on performance.

As the exams are assessed from recordings that you and your student create, they offer flexibility and accessibility. Performances can take place at home, at school or in a community setting – perfect for all ages with the freedom to choose where to record the performance, and with whom.

6. YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED ABOUT LCME DIGITAL EXAMS

In this webinar recorded in August 2020, Merv Young (Head of LCM Exams) gives an overview of LCME’s Digital Exams, and responds to your questions.

7. TRINITY COLLEGE LONDON, DIGITAL GRADES AND DIPLOMAS

In December 2020, we hosted a webinar where Trinity College London presented their new Digital Grade and Diploma assessments for Music, with a particular focus on the requirements for Piano.

This session:

1. Introduces you to the new digital exams for Autumn 2020;

2. Explains how the format differs from the summer 2020 session; and

3. Informs you about what particular considerations you, as piano teachers, may need to take.

The session is led by Senior Examiner, Anna Dryer-Beer, Piano Specialist Examiner, Linda Nottingham, and Sector Support Manager, Natalie Christopher.

8. CURIOUS ABOUT MTB EXAMS?

Find out more about MTB’s Ofqual-regulated online graded piano exams from their Chief Examiner Mark Kesel and Naveen Arles (Development Director). MTB’s exams are recorded in audio during the lesson by the teacher, submitted online, and marked by MTB’s specialist examiners, and when the result is confirmed, a certificate is awarded.

9. MAKING CONNECTIONS BEGINS WITH THE END WITH LEILA VISS

Leila Viss (USA) the fabulous teacher of ‘88 Piano Keys‘ shares a set of FRESH, INNOVATIVE IDEAS to energise your online piano teaching as the new term gets going. When our students walk in the door, it’s our job to link their practice to their progress and most importantly, their motivation to their music-making.

10. DEVELOPING INSIDE OUT RHYTHM WITH WENDY STEVENS

Rhythm is the most foundational of all musical concepts and skills. Yet we often teach it alongside other concepts, which means rhythm takes longer to learn and yields inconsistent results. In this webinar, Wendy Stevens of ComposeCreate shows you how to develop rhythm inside your students’ bodies in a systematic and fun way with Rhythm Menagerie and Rhythm Manipulations to help develop rhythmic accuracy that transfers to all your students’ musical endeavours.

We hope you enjoy this collection of free webinars, and find them useful! Why not leave us a comment to let us know what tips you have found most helpful?

 

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This blog post was written by Hannah O’Toole, Community & Marketing Manager, The Curious Piano Teachers. 

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