Piano teaching

Pedagogues and Demigods

….never had I had a piano teacher so demanding and tyrannical – Leonard Bernstein on Isabelle Vengerova The composer Philip Glass described her as somewhere “between intimidating and terrifying” whose lessons invariably left students “shaken and silent”, while Virgil Thomson wrote that she had a “no-nonsense approach to musical skills and a no-fooling-around treatment of… Continue reading Pedagogues and Demigods

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Practising the Piano Online Academy goes live

Those fortunate enough to have studied with acclaimed pianist, teacher and writer Graham Fitch will be very familiar with his intelligent, insightful, inspiring and highly accessible approach to piano playing. The internet allowed Graham to share his expertise and knowledge initially via his very popular and readable blog 'Practising the Piano'. This was followed by… Continue reading Practising the Piano Online Academy goes live

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Reflections on ten years as a piano teacher

Another term is over, and as my students depart for their summer holidays, I have time to pause and reflect as my piano teaching studio approaches its 10th birthday. I never intended to be a piano teacher. I worked for ten years in art and academic publishing after leaving university and I continued to freelance… Continue reading Reflections on ten years as a piano teacher

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Professionalism in Private Piano Teaching – a presentation for The Oxford Piano Group

I was delighted to be invited to contribute to a very interesting and stimulating discussion on the subject of professionalism in piano teaching at the The Oxford Piano Group  on 29th October 2014. Other contributors to this important debate were Nigel Scaife (Syllabus Director, ABRSM), Lucinda Mackworth-Young and Sharon Mark-Teggart (Evoco) who each gave presentations… Continue reading Professionalism in Private Piano Teaching – a presentation for The Oxford Piano Group

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Being professional – the characteristics of a professional

Many people regard piano teaching as a vocation rather than a profession, including some who are active practitioners, and I have encountered many people outside of the profession of piano teaching who regard the role as some kind of superannuated "hobby": on one occasion the parent of one of my (former) students actually said to… Continue reading Being professional – the characteristics of a professional

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At the Piano With……Frances Wilson

AT THE PIANO WITH……is a series of interviews with piano teachers which is running on my sister blog, The Cross-Eyed Pianist, with occasional posts on this blog. What is your first memory of the piano? My paternal grandfather playing Methodist hymns and excerpts from Bach, Haydn and Beethoven on the Victorian upright piano in the… Continue reading At the Piano With……Frances Wilson

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What to look for in a piano teacher

Where to look A Google search will throw up a confusing array of links, to teachers' personal websites, and listings sites such as EPTA, ISM, Music Teachers, Music Teacher Map, Pianist Profiles, and more. A personal recommendation is often the best: if you know people whose children are taking lessons in your neighbourhood, ask them.… Continue reading What to look for in a piano teacher

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At the Piano With……Karl Lutchmayer

Karl Lutchmayer What is your first memory of the piano? Actually, and rather embarrassingly, I used to use the spaces between Bb and C# and Eb and F# to park my Dinky cars – and run them along the fronts of the white notes! It always vexed me that the spaces between other black notes… Continue reading At the Piano With……Karl Lutchmayer