Tag Archives: inspiration

Creating Musical Encounters

CREATING MUSICAL ENCOUNTERS

‘Why do you play the piano’? I asked this question last week when I gave a talk at Miller’s Music in Cambridge (UK) to a group of piano teachers. Overwhelmingly the answer was: “because of a love of music and the piano”. I went on and asked the same question about our pupils and came […]

DEBUSSY: CHILDHOOD & CHILDREN’S CORNER

Debussy and childhood. One’s thoughts immediately turn to Children’s Corner (more on that below) but his own childhood is an interesting starting point for finding out more about the composer. Here are a few fascinating gems about the young Claude-Achille Debussy. FAMILY FACTS Debussy’s father, grand-father and great-grand-father were all known as de Bussy. Debussy […]

CURIOUS LIVE

Curious Live

Sharon and I would like to say an enormous THANK YOU to everyone who came to or supported Curious Live last week! For those of you who couldn’t make it this time here are some photos along with a few thoughts from our delegates. REDEFINING THE CONFERENCE EXPERIENCE ‘I loved how you had considered all […]

improvisation in piano lessons

WHY SHOULD YOU INCLUDE IMPROVISATION IN PIANO LESSONS?

“Aaargh!! I see my pupil for such a short amount of time every week! There’s hardly enough time to do everything as it is. Do I really need to include improvisation as well?” Does this ring a bell? This week the 10 contributors to our Curious Improvisation Symposium make it quite clear: improvisation in piano […]

Refresher Summer Courses

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. It is so important that we all […]

PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR MESSY PIANO PART 7

In the Curious Community the other day we were discussing ‘demented’ 7ths.  The husband of a Curious Piano teacher had referred to a diminished 7th in this way! It wasn’t the first time I had heard this however as several years ago one of my A level students always referred to a diminished 7th as […]

HAVE A ‘BLUE SKY DAY’: AN AMAZING IDEA FOR PIANO TEACHERS TO TRY THIS SUMMER

When did you last feel excited and apprehensive? That’s just how I felt as I looked at my diary on Monday morning and thought “it’s this week”. Three full-on days of meetings. Pretty much everything we do, at The Curious Piano Teachers, is online. That includes about 85% of the meetings that my co-director Sally Cathcart […]