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FLICK THROUGH OUR 2017 DIARY

It’s 3 sleeps to Christmas. At CURIOUS HQ we’re winding down – and we hope you are too! This morning Sally and I have been flicking through our diaries to remind ourselves of the curious happenings of 2017. Take a look with us below… Sharon Mark-Teggart & Sally Cathcart – Co-Founders of The Curious Piano […]

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IMPROVISATION – IN A NUTSHELL

It’s sad to say but we’ve come to the end of The Curious Improvisation Symposium!  This final blog of the series summarises, with links, all that we have covered previously. Thank You! First of all we’d like to say a HUGE thank you to our 12 contributors: Andrew Higgins, Bradley Sowash, Carol Matz, Christopher Norton, […]

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Improvisation – the experts share top resources

‘What are your top resources for improvisation?’ This was the question we asked our symposium contributors for this, the penultimate week of The Curious Improvisation Symposium. We really wanted them to share some of their own resources as well as some of their favourite books and ideas. They have all come up trumps and you’ll […]

FINDING IMPROVISATION INSPIRATION

Where do you get your improvisation inspiration from? What are some of your favourite places to go for a stimulus? We asked the contributors to The Curious Improvisation Symposium this very question and, as you might have come to expect from the series, there’s something here for everyone! ANDREW HIGGINS When teaching students I use […]

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HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT IMPROVISATION?

Are you a bit scared of improvisation? Does it make you feel slightly uncomfortable? A bit out of your depth? Wishing you had a few resources to help you get going? You’ll be pleased to know that you are not alone. In this week’s blog post our Curious Improvisation Symposium contributors consider just why so […]

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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 […]

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What is improvisation?

Have you ever wondered what people mean when they refer to ‘improvisation’? Is improvisation just to do with playing jazz? In the first of this brand new blog series we’ve got the thoughts from 10 of our contributors to our Curious Symposium. See if you can spot the themes running throughout the answers. ANDREW HIGGINS […]

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INTRODUCING THE CURIOUS IMPROVISATION SYMPOSIUM

‘Improvisation brings joy, creativity, and surprises into the lesson. For so many musicians, creating music spontaneously is the most joyous musical act’. Forrest Kinney   This is just one of the pearls of wisdom that we are going to be sharing with you all over the next eight weeks. We invited all the best piano […]

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Improvisation – the Power of Three

Do you ever include improvisation into your lessons? Does the very thought of having to improvise make you feel apprehensive? Are you puzzled by why so many music educators seem to think that improvisation is a good thing? Over the last two weeks I have been exploring the Power of Three. We’ve looked at internalisation […]