REFRESHER COURSES THIS SUMMER

I’m feeling smug!

After having the best of intentions last year, I have already booked myself onto a summer school this year. As much as I love my teaching, lecturing and The Curious Piano Teachers work there comes a point where I start to need some inner nourishment.

Refresher Summer Courses

It is so important that we all look after ourselves emotionally, physically and musically. Running along on nearly empty I quickly notice the difference in my teaching. It becomes a bit long-winded and serious. A few days spent in the compary of like-minded musicians coupled with some inspirational teaching really stengthens and nurtures me.

I know I am not alone in this. So, here is a small selection of the many courses and summer schools available in the UK over the next few months.

THE PIANO TEACHER’S COURSE AT LEEDS COLLEGE OF MUSIC

Although this is in May (technically not quite in the summer) this 2-day course at the Leeds College of Music should be a fun and useful event. It is run in association with the Piano Teacher’s Course and is being delivered by Ilga Pitkevica and me. There are just a few spaces left with a booking deadline of May 1st. I’d love to see you there!

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KODALY SUMMER SCHOOL

This year’s Kodaly Summer School is a 10-day long bonaza to celebrate 50 years of the Kodaly approach in the UK. If you want boost your musicianship skills and be inspired by outstanding Hungarian pedagogues this is the place to be. In addition piano, singing, chamber music and choral work are also part of the mix. P.S. see you there!!

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DALCROZE SUMMER SCHOOL

Although it is far too long since I attended a Dalcroze Summer School I can highly recommend them.

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INSPIRING PROFESSIONALS | EPTA UK CONFERENCE

As the professional body for UK based piano teachers EPTA (UK) have put together a stimulating and thought-provoking few days. Designed in association with its flagship Piano Teacher’s Course the conference will be highly practical in nature everyone should leave feeling better equipped for the term ahead. William Westney, author of The Perfect Wrong Note, is the keynote speaker and heads up a variety of presenters from the UK, Europe and US.

Early booking for this is highly recommended as places are limited.

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SUMMER SCHOOL FOR PIANISTS

Graham Fitch, one of our Curious experts is part of the line-up for this summer school. It is being held at the All-Steinway Performance Hub at the University of Wolverhampton. I believe there are just a handful of places left for this year.

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LUCINDA MACKWORTH-YOUNG

Curious expert Lucinda Mackworth-Young has brought her 5 day course back to London. Designed to inspire and refresh instrumental and vocal teachers the course is packed with interesting sessions on practical psychology, playing by ear and improvising

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CHETHAMS SUMMER SCHOOL FOR PIANISTS

This Summer School continues to grow in popularity offering individuals the opportunity to work with so many fabulous and renowned pianists. Several of the Curious Community are big fans and go every year.

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As I found last year sometimes it just isn’t possible to attend a summer course. Life, family commitments and other priorities often get in the way. But if this year isn’t the right time get planning for another year. You owe it to yourself and to your pupils!

We’re having next weeks off for the Easter break. Look out for our next post on April 21st where we will have exciting news about our online piano teaching diploma courses.

This blog post was written by Dr. Sally Cathcart, Co-Founder of The Curious Piano Teachers

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9 thoughts on “REFRESHER COURSES THIS SUMMER

  1. Gwen N

    Although not specifically a piano course, I’ll be heading up the the Edinburgh Festival for the venerable (now in its 60th year!) Rehearsal Orchestra course, which has supported countless young musicians (including a young percussionist named Simon Rattle back in the day!). I love the opportunity to play as part of large group – so often piano-playing is a solo or small chamber group activity and there are some great orchestral keyboard parts – I’ve previously played keyed glockenspiel in the Turangalila Symphony, a vintage Moog keyboard for John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine, not to mention the famous (notorious?) celeste solo in Harry Potter!

    We now go as a family, with hubby on lead Trumpet and daughters (6 & 8 yo) hanging out soaking up the atmosphere (with some colouring/sticking to keep them entertained).

    We also keep our costs ultra low by camping nearby. It’s not for everyone obviously, but a large component of the cost of many courses is food & lodging. I’d strongly recommend looking into cheaper alternatives if the cost of a particular course is a barrier to entry, even if you do miss out on a bit of the camaraderie.

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  2. Janet Noakes

    I’ve been going to the Chethams summer school for a few years now, first as an observer to watch all the amazing teaching, and now also on the harpsichord course (my hobby!). I’m also going to Benslow in May for harpsichord; they offer a fantastic year-round variety of courses, well worth investigating for those who can’t get away in the summer.

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    1. Sally

      A harpsichord course sounds fascinating Janet. I agree that Benslow is an excellent venue with courses running all year. My friend Heli Ignatius-Fleet runs fabulous courses there regularly.

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  3. Aida Gavrilova

    Thank you for those posts and congratulations on always being curious and positive.I send this to all piano techers I know in Spain ( the ones who speak English ofcourse ) .I wish there was a similar site in Spanish because the teaching here is very dull ( Czerny, Bartok, Clementi , Czerny,Bartok, Bach
    , Czerny, Clementi and then again Bartok , Czerny, Clementi…..and all of them in the first two years- the kids come out of the lesson screaming with boredom and inevitably they give up very soon).The ones who don’t ,end up with really stiff wrists and no idea about sound- production or phrasing.The really talented ones succeed in spite of the dreadful approach and total absence of methodology.
    Keep up the good work,
    Aida

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    1. Sally

      Hi Aida, it’s so good to know that we are reaching out to you in Spain. Maybe we have get translated into Spanish one day……!

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    2. Ted Parkinson

      In reply to the boring curriculum in Spain, I can recommend highly the system of graded piano books by the Royal Conservatory of Music, based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The RCM has been in existence for decades, and its curriculum is terrific. Each grade has a repertoire book, sight and ear, studies and technical requirements. The RCM upgrades the syllabus every 5 or 6 years, and the variety of music is quite broad – from Baroque, to Classical, Romantic, 20th and 21st centuries, jazz and blues. There is a syllabus covering all repertoire (which is much broader than those pieces in the books) for Preparatory A and B, right up to Grade 10 and ARCT. The ARCT in performance in likely equivalent to a first or second year of a university B. Mus., and the ARCT (Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto) is available in teaching as well. The teaching program has recently been re-designed for online learning, and qualifications are available at 3 levels. It is a very interesting approach, as virtual classes are set up so that communication with the teacher and other students is very easy.
      As well, exams in piano and many other musical disciplines are offered by the RCM in Canada, the northern USA, and even at locations of Canadian military bases. The system is well worth investigating.

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      1. Aida

        Thank you, I am familiar with them.Suggest that to the conservatorios here in Spain , it’s them who follow the obsolete curriculums.I have tried but they just shrug their shoulders and say ” That’s Spain for you”.

  4. Gill J

    Myself and fellow CPTs, Janette and Steve are going to Mark Tanner’s summer school at Jackdaws! We’ve all been several times before…can’t wait!

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