Category Archives: Piano

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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84/100 Easy Piano Sight Reading in F major

Here are three short pieces in F major for learning to do Grade 1 piano sight reading. The last one doesn’t have any dynamics; so you can add your own.   They are meant to be a starting point; try adding … Continue reading

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71/100 More about sight-reading

Following on from my previous post on C major sight-reading… I started the ABRSM Grade 1 piano exam piece “O when the saints” place with a very young pupil this morning. She’s an astonishingly quick learner, but like many children (and … Continue reading

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70/100 – Sight-Reading – Grade 1 Piano

This might become a short series of posts… or there again it might not – see how time and inclination go… I’ve a couple of young students who started working towards their Grade 1 (ABRSM) piano exams this term, Sight-reading … Continue reading

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63/100 Colouring-In for speedy learning

Going back to the contents of my teaching pencil-case, let’s talk about “colouring-in”. I don’t mean the mindfulness colouring books which are the current fashion! Here’s an example – the ABRSM Grade 5 piano piece, “Tarantella” At first sight, the … Continue reading

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62/100 My Piano Teaching Pack

This little bag (about A5 size) comes to all the piano lessons that I teach.  And here is what lives inside: Items: A pair of castanets – for rhythm work Some coloured pencils – for livening up notes in the … Continue reading

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