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Passion and piano lesson fees

Why passion shouldn’t get in the way of lesson fees

Back in my 20s I found it hard to believe that someone would pay me to do something I had a real passion for. The fact that I was teaching the piano and earning money from it was frankly astonishing. Seeing and being around people who love their job is life affirming. We often feel […]

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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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5 STRATEGIES FOR UNBLOCKING MOTIVATION

Do some of your students struggle to find their motivation? Can lesson after lesson go past without any worthwhile practice happening? In the worst case scenario, do some students stop having lessons completely? So often learning the piano starts so well; beaming and joyful students with heaps of motivation and so eager and willing to […]

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Is learning the piano in decline? Part 2

  How long have you been teaching the piano? If it is three or more years you’ve probably got a good sense of how fluid or stable your pupil numbers are. I wonder if you have noted any changes or trends in the number of adults starting lessons for example? Last week I looked at […]

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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 […]

WHAT’S GOING ON AT THE CURIOUS PIANO TEACHERS?

Have you noticed that everything at The Curious Piano Teachers has been very quiet over the last few weeks? HAVING A BREATHER To be honest both Sharon and I were in need of a complete break from what is often the non-stop, hurly-burly world of The Curious Piano Teachers. So this summer we have taken […]

musical backstory

STARTING OFF: WHAT’S YOUR MUSICAL BACKSTORY?

What’s your musical ‘backstory’? Sharon and I were chatting recently about the various events in our childhood and beyond that brought us, ultimately, to start teaching the piano. It can be fascinating for us to recollect our first encounters with music. It’s also inspiring for others to read about the influences, the opportunities, the choices […]

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 […]

special needs

THE RICH REWARDS OF TEACHING STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Have you ever been approach by a parent about teaching a child or young person with special needs? One of the joys of my teaching week is the time I spend working with my special needs pupil. Let’s call her Sam. The first time she ever came to a lesson was memorable for the fact […]

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 […]