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3 top tips for first piano lessons – #2 Away from the keyboard

How and where does your best thinking happen? Are you able to sustain your concentration for quite long periods? Or do you find that after a while, you need to get up, move around and have a short break before resuming what you were doing? Young children in particular tend to learn best through action […]

PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR MESSY PIANO PART 8

Do you have any pieces of music that live especially close to your heart? Pieces that were first learnt a while ago, maybe when you were young, that somehow you keep returning to? For me one such piece is Dr Gradus ad Parnassum from Children’s Corner Suite by Claude Debussy. I first learnt it when […]

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 […]

PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR MESSY PIANO PART 6

I was told by Olavo Alen that, in Cuba, “music is in the air.” This was back in 2005 when I spent a wonderful three weeks there, as part of my Churchill Travelling Fellowship. Music certainly did appear to be everywhere; every bar had a band and every street seemed to have salsa emanating from […]

PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR MESSY PIANO PART 5

How does music make you feel? How does teaching make you feel? How does teaching music make you feel? Just take a moment to reflect on these questions in your own experience before going on and reading further. I have a meditation app called Headspace that I love to use for my short, daily meditations. […]

PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR MESSY PIANO PART 3

I’ve found myself falling back into old ways a bit at the start of this term. I talked too much. I explained too much. And this meant that there wasn’t enough music making in lessons. It is so easy to slip into familiar and comfortable teaching habits especially when trying to juggle all the additional […]

PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR MESSY PIANO PART 2

Have you ever noticed how pupils are always keen to learn pieces their friends and peers are learning? Several years ago I had a pupil who was about late elementary level (grade 1+). One week she came bounding into her lesson: ‘Sally, my cousin came to stay this weekend and she’s a really, really good […]

A 5 STEP FORMULA FOR EASY LESSON PLANNING

Last week I presented the general principles behind messy piano. This week I am going to look at a messy lesson in more depth. As one-to-one instrumental teachers we have a potentially exciting and unique opportunity to explore how pupils can learn in new and deep ways. We are free to teach exactly how we […]

MESSY PIANO – AN ALTERNATIVE TO SPOON FEEDING PUPILS

Over the summer break I have been doing quite a bit of thinking about how we teach and how our pupils learn. As we know, each individual pupil has strengths or weaknesses and a pupil can sometimes make huge leaps in his/her¬†understanding, whilst at other times their learning appears to plateau. Research shows that learning […]