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

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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

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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

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At the Piano With……Pierre Tran

Pierre Tran What is your first memory of the piano? My first memory of the piano is from my childhood. Twice a week, my auntie used to teach Chinese songs to small pupils. I liked to join the group after school whenever I could. I still remember when she was at the piano, I was… Continue reading At the Piano With……Pierre Tran