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69/100 – Jig-saw Learning

What do you do when a pupil turns up at a lesson, declaring that she hadn’t done any work on the piece from last week because “it is too difficult”…. Let’s pretend she was a violin pupil learning to play … Continue reading

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52/100 Brushing up on Sight Reading

  I’ve just bought some of the new syllabus ABRSM piano teaching books to have a look at what’s coming up for next term. So I open them up, and start playing through – and AAARGH! where have my sight-reading … Continue reading

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48/100 Prior Learning – It makes a difference!

I’ve just had a bit of a wake-up call about the importance of regular music lessons. At the primary school where I teach music all the way through from Reception to Year 6, I thought it would be a fair … Continue reading

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Issue 125: In the Mood for Practising

Years ago, I watched a television documentary on one of the specialist music schools. During a lesson, the music teacher was teaching a young lad, and issued the instruction “when you practice this exercise, if you are not in the mood to … Continue reading

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Issue 109: Festina Lente – Make Haste Slowly

I’ve a new student, already raring to take his Grade 5. He has chosen and taught himself his pieces, so, in his mind, there is very little left to do – just the scales and arpeggios, studies, sight-reading and aural tests. … Continue reading

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