Tag Archives: piano teachers

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 […]

THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF PIANO TEACHING – PART 4

This week we return to The Social History of Piano Teaching, rejoining it just after the First World War when everything, including the piano, was about to undergo enormous change. THE 20TH CENTURY – MAINTAINING THE STATUS QUO The end of the First World War meant the end of life as many people had known […]

SURVIVING THE LAST WEEK OF TERM

This week’s blog post is written by Liz Giannopoulos, a member of The Community of The Curious Piano Teachers. The last week of term can be an uphill struggle – especially at the end of the academic year. For the most part, exams have been completed (results may or may not be in), end of […]

THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF PIANO TEACHING – PART 2

Last week’s post traced the development of the piano from the early days to its emergence as the instrument of choice for many from the late Georgian period onwards. The story continues as we turn our attention to the rise of the Victorian piano teacher and we take a glimpse into the Victorian piano lesson […]

THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF PIANO TEACHING – PART 1

What do you know about the social history of piano teaching? This new blog series, which originally formed a chapter in Sally’s PhD thesis, will trace the development of piano teaching in the UK from its inception, during the Victorian era, to the present day. If you are wondering whether this social history still has […]

THE ‘LAZY’ PIANO TEACHER – PART 2

Here are some thoughts and strategies for how careful use of language can enhance the self-esteem, and motivation of pupils. DO YOU TALK TOO MUCH IN LESSONS? As the members of The Community of The Curious Piano Teachers are finding out, recording yourself teaching a pupil (whether by video or audio) is quite an ear-opening […]

THE ‘LAZY’ PIANO TEACHER – PART 1

I wonder if piano teachers all work too hard in piano lessons? If you find yourself explaining things again and again to your pupils – wondering why they aren’t getting it – then you just might need to be a bit ‘lazier’! I am in the lucky position of being able to watch many other […]

More Than Just a Piano Teacher

Sharon and I are away planning the future development of The Curious Piano Teachers this week so we are delighted that Claire Bowes, one of our Curious Community, has written this post. Often we undervalue ourselves as piano teachers, but if we actually think about exactly what we do and what is expected of us, […]

The Power of Practice: 7 Practice Hats for Parents

‘Sally, it’s 6 o’clock – time to do your piano practice!’ ‘Mum, do I have to? I don’t feel like doing it tonight’. ‘Now, Sally, remember what we both agreed – if want to get better at playing the piano you need to practise it everyday’. So, slightly reluctantly I go to the piano and […]

The Power of Practice: 5 effective strategies for teachers

You see your piano pupils on average for 30 minutes each week leaving them 10,050 minutes between lessons to practise. And yet, as I showed in last week’s post, many of them don’t! You pour your heart and soul into their lessons, you’ve tried every tactic and yet most weeks they return with the same […]