General, Piano teaching

ABRSM launches a new Diploma

Source: ABRSM Media release - 4 August 2016 ABRSM is strengthening its current diploma offering with the addition of a new performance qualification, launched today (4 August). The new assessment, the Associate of the Royal Schools of Music (ARSM), has been launched to provide learners with an opportunity to develop and demonstrate their performance skills… Continue reading ABRSM launches a new Diploma

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New books for pianists from Trinity College London

It's good to see Trinity College London extending its publishing programme to include more books for pianists, including collections of pieces from beginner to advanced level, and a compilation of piano exercises, selected from past exam syllabuses, all of which offer excellent resources for teachers and students alike. Raise the Bar is a new series… Continue reading New books for pianists from Trinity College London

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Be a concert pianist in your own home

Do you dream of playing Beethoven's Emperor Piano Concerto to a packed house at Carnegie Hall? Do you long to play the graceful slow movement of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 with a full orchestra? When I was a teenager there was Music Minus One, which consisted of an LP and a score. I had… Continue reading Be a concert pianist in your own home

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Beautiful music in motivating pieces

Why I love playing and teaching Ludovico Einaudi's piano music - guest post by Maria Busqué Ludovico Einaudi's piano music is a delight to play. That aside, there are many advantages to teaching it. I'm still grateful to the person who first introduced me to his pieces. Einaudi's music is beautiful and unpretentious. It's sincere, simple, and allows… Continue reading Beautiful music in motivating pieces

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Exam mark sheets: help or hindrance?

  It's that time of the year again - exam season, when teachers and students everywhere are awaiting the results of their practical exams. All exam candidates receive a mark sheet which includes brief commentaries on and marks for their pieces, technical work (scales, arpeggios and exercises), aural tests, sight-reading etc. At the bottom of… Continue reading Exam mark sheets: help or hindrance?

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Why go on a piano course?

Piano courses are more popular than ever now, in part thanks to Alan Rusbridger's book 'Play It Again'. (For many years, Alan was a regular at what he described as "piano camp" - Lot Music, based in the Lot-et-Garonne region of France). So what is the attraction of a piano course? I think most pianists… Continue reading Why go on a piano course?

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You don’t have to be perfect to be amazing

The desire for perfection surrounds us in our modern society. "Getting it right" and "being perfect" are inculcated in children from the moment they enter the formal school system, where they are continually assessed and tested, where correct answers are rewarded with stickers and other symbols of approval and mistakes are regarded are "wrong". Many… Continue reading You don’t have to be perfect to be amazing

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The curse of the pushy parent

Guest post by A Piano Teacher Anyone who teaches will know the type - and those of us who teach privately will know the type very well. The pushy parent - sometimes also known as the Tiger Parent - whose demands seem to take up far more time than anyone else's, whose child/children require special… Continue reading The curse of the pushy parent

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Piano lessons are good for you and your brain!

Ask any piano teacher, and they'll tell you their lessons involve more than music. Dedication, discipline and critical thinking are all part of learning to play the piano. Communicating these other benefits to students and parents can renew their interest in the instrument and give a greater sense of purpose to lessons. This helpful infographic… Continue reading Piano lessons are good for you and your brain!

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The Mozart Project – interactive e-book

One of the best things about contemporary technology and media is its ability to offer new ways of exploring well-trodden paths. In an earlier age, The Mozart Project, a new interactive e-book created by two non-musicians, James Fairclough and Harry Farnham, would probably come in several volumes (given its wide-ranging and comprehensive text), with innumerable… Continue reading The Mozart Project – interactive e-book