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7 BENEFITS OF JOINING THE COMMUNITY

What are some of the weekly, termly, yearly struggles you face in piano lessons? We all have them whether large or small. It might be getting parents to pick up and pay up on time or just having someone else to chat through piano teaching problems with. Here at The Curious Piano Teachers we have […]

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Turning failure into success

How do you feel when you hear that one of your students is going to stop having lessons? Disappointed and/or frustrated because you know that they could do really well if they only practised? Relieved because you were struggling to motivate them? Or do you feel guilty and feel like a failure as a piano […]

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Is there a right age to start learning?

At what age did you start learning the piano?   MY STORY My lessons began aged 8 when one of the teachers at my school remarked to my parents that: ‘Sally sings loudly in assembly – maybe she should learn an instrument?’ Once lessons began I made quite swift progress through the grades arriving at […]

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 […]

CONNECTIONS AND COMMUNICATION

I love getting away from the computer! There’s nothing to beat getting out into the ‘real’ world and spending quality time with like-minded people. Sharon and I have done just that this week as we have been to a conference. It was held at the University of York and the theme – Connections and Communication […]

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METACOGNITIVE & EMOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Imagine the following scenario: Teacher to pupil: ‘Play middle C’. Pupil responds carefully and plays middle C. Teacher: ‘How did you know that was middle C?’. Pupil: ‘Because it’s by the keyhole’. METACOGNITION Maybe you’ve had a similar scenario with a pupil in the past – I know I certainly have. You believe that the […]

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Memorisation – the Power of Three

Were you ever encouraged to memorise pieces when you were learning the piano? For a lucky few the answer might be ‘yes’ but I suspect for many of you this was a neglected skill. Memorising is the second, vital connection in the Power of Three. Just like internalising (click here to read last week’s blog […]

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UNLOCKING THE POWER OF 3

The new music has been ordered, the pencils are all sharpened and the notebooks are ready. I expect you are nearly prepared for the new term. What about preparation though beyond the practicalities? Are you ready to incorporate improvising, memorising and internalising (audiation) into every lesson? Or are you really not convinced of their role […]

Instrumental Lessons for secondary school students

PIANO LESSONS IN OR OUT OF SCHOOL? (PART 1)

Parents often ask for advice about changing music teachers when their children transfer to secondary school. Many secondary schools provide instrumental lessons in school which means parents and students have pause to make a choice about whether to have lessons in the school or to continue lessons with their existing teacher. Our blog post this […]

The Curious Piano Teachers at the MTNA 2017 Conference

What was the best thing about being at the MTNA 2017 conference? Undoubtedly, it was meeting in person, people who had only been Facebook friends up till that point! I’m now back in the UK after an exciting and interesting few days over in Baltimore. Today’s blog is a brief overview of our time there. […]