Teaching Ideas for The Flying Trunk by Yvonne Adair

I love teaching piano pieces with imaginative titles or back-stories!

And today we’re flying off inside an enchanted trunk (suitcase)…

If you’re curious, I invite you to grab a coffee and watch this 25 minute video where I walk (or should that be fly) you through 5 teaching points for Yvonne Adair’s imaginative little piece called The Flying Trunk.


Yvonne Adair was born in Guernsey, an island in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy, in 1897. After her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London she worked as a piano teacher and was involved with music teacher training.

Her book of 12 pieces for piano called Little Dog Tales is still in print. However, the piece that I’ve chosen to talk about today is from a lesser-known book of Sketches by Hans Andersen originally published in 1931 by Oxford University Press. This book of sketches is currently out-of-print, however LCM Exams recently re-published one sketch – The Flying Trunk – in their latest Grade 1 Piano Handbook


In this video, I present a variety of teaching ideas. Obviously you don’t need to use all of them – simply mix and match with your students as appropriate. There’s also scope to use some of the ideas with other pieces. (If you do this, I’d love you to share with me what you did in the comments below!)

If you want to watch a particular teaching point, the timings are below:
00.00 – Introduction
01.43 – Performance
02.15 – Understanding clef changes
06.20 – Crossing hands smoothly
09.10 – Identifying the structure and repeated patterns
14.25 – Making the melody sound like an enchanted, flying suitcase!
17.45 – Understanding and applying the metronome marking


Sketches from Hans Andersen by Yvonne Adair is currently out of print. However, The Flying Trunk has been published in the latest LCM Grade 1 Piano Handbook.
LCM Grade 1 Piano Handbook – click here


This is part of a 12-month project where, every month, I will feature a different piece and share my teaching ideas. Last month I got started with Elissa Milne’s super cute jazz miniature from Little Peppers called Rhyme Time – click here to access the blog and Video #1


On Friday 14 December, the video for another well-loved piano piece will be released… stay curious!

If there’s a piece that you’d like to see teaching ideas and resources for, please let me know in the comments below. I can’t promise that your piece will get chosen, but I will aim to use a few suggestions.

Meanwhile, I’d love to know how you get on with these teaching ideas for The Flying Trunk. You can write to me in the comments below or at sharon@curiouspiano.org – happy teaching and I look forward to connecting with you soon!

This blog post was written by Sharon Mark-Teggart | Co-Founder & Director of The Curious Piano Teachers

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