Category Archives: Piano

22/60 Finger Puppets

I have two – an elephant and a giraffe – and they usually get involved in piano lessons most days. Sometimes I wedge them on the keyboard to indicate where E and G are, and other times they sit as … Continue reading

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21/60 The invisible pencil

It’s not the pencil that is invisible, come to think of it – the title is a bit misleading. I’ve inherited a number of young piano pupils who are very weak at note-reading, so the challenge is to encourage them … Continue reading

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20/60 Tears in my eyes

Last week I started about six brand new beginners, all aged between 7 and 9, who had never had a piano lesson in their life before. And in each of these lessons I had to brush away a little tear. … Continue reading

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16/60 Jazz Piano

I’m about to start teaching Jazz Piano. Again. Now here’s an admission – many, many years ago, I did teach the ABRSM Jazz syllabus. I had a Grade 1, and Grade 2 and a Grade 3 pupil, and at the … Continue reading

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14/60 Lead Sheets and Piano Lessons

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lead_sheet At the music service that I work for (when I’m not working for other schools or as a private teacher) we have been revising the piano curriculum that supports and underpins what we teach. For the first time, teaching … Continue reading

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2017/12 Prep Tests and Teaching by Rote

Rote is how I learned to play piano – I had a “knuckle-rapper” teacher to start with. “It goes like this, dear” she would say, playing the first phrase. If I copied it right, all was well and good. If … Continue reading

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2017/11 The New ABRSM Prep Test

I’m a fan! I can’t remember how long the old prep test book had been out, but if I never teach “Boating Lake” or “Jogalong” again I won’t mind a bit. Not to mention “Walking”, “Rocking” and “Hopping”. The new … Continue reading

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92/100 Another Christmas Collection for piano

I follow the website www.pianodao.com run by Andrew Earles. He has recently reviewed this collection of Christmas Carols for piano solo;                   by Barbara Arens and Alison Mathews published by Editions Musica … Continue reading

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