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