Piano teaching, Practising, Repertoire, Students, Studying music

What Are Piano Lessons For?

This is a very personal manifesto about the purpose of piano lessons. You may not agree. You may disagree vehemently. But what you (as a piano teacher or as a parent of a piano student or as a piano student) believe piano lessons are for will affect your level of satisfaction with the piano lessons… Continue reading What Are Piano Lessons For?

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At the Piano with Dr Mark Polishook

What is your first memory of the piano? My piano journey began more or less when I was 3 or 4 years old. Movers brought a 1932 5’3” Chickering baby grand to our house. It was a gift from my grandparents. That piano eventually travelled with me from one coast to another in America, which… Continue reading At the Piano with Dr Mark Polishook

Piano teaching, Practising, Repertoire

Guest post: You Can Teach Jazz

by Elena Cobb  I am very grateful to all who took part in the lively discussions on the Facebook piano teachers forums, made suggestions and offered their opinions on this highly interesting and often controversial topic. Special thank you to Snake Davis (UK), Kay Alexander (Canada), Elissa Milne (Australia), Rami Bar-Niv (Israel), Tom Lydon, the editor of the Music Teacher… Continue reading Guest post: You Can Teach Jazz

Performing, Piano teaching

The Performing Teacher

I meet many piano teachers, at courses, workshops and masterclasses. It is always good to meet other piano teachers, to exchange ideas, and to enjoy a collective grumble about the exigencies of the job. Many of the teachers whom I meet are also performing musicians, professional or otherwise, and many regard performing as a necessary,… Continue reading The Performing Teacher

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At the Piano with……Lucinda Mackworth-Young

What is your first memory of the piano?  Aged four, coming down the stairs in our house to hear my ten year old sister playing the piano very fast. Then I knew that I wanted to play-the-piano-very-fast! Who or what inspired you to start teaching?  The discovery that music, more even than dancing (I had… Continue reading At the Piano with……Lucinda Mackworth-Young

Piano teaching

Encouraging curiosity and self-evaluation in practising

Seasoned musicians, students in conservatoire and specialist music schools, and piano teachers know that productive and self-critical practise is the key to progress. Younger piano students often need clear guidance and signposts to enable them to learn how to practise properly. Sally Cathcart, a musician, piano teacher, researcher, and founder/director of the Oxford Piano Group,… Continue reading Encouraging curiosity and self-evaluation in practising

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At the Piano With……GéNIA

I recently had the privilege of interviewing the Russian pianist, teacher and creator of Piano-Yoga® GéNIA (Evgenia Chudinovich). The interview took place at London's prestigious Steinway Hall and has been edited into six parts, each of which covers different aspects of GéNIA's varied pianistic and teaching life and career. Click on a video to watch… Continue reading At the Piano With……GéNIA

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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