November 6, 2017

'It's too hard! I can't do it!' An all too familiar cry from an aspiring, young pianist!

One of the hardest things when practicing a piece at home, is not to quit when you come up against a problem. Very often a child will come to a lesson and say they tried to practice...

October 25, 2017

Practicing is like baking a cake. It is a skill in itself. You can't rush it, you can't do it when your tired and the more you do it the better you will get at it.

In the lesson we go through a new piece in stages, slowly building a picture of what the music sounds like...

October 18, 2017

I spend a good part of my day repeating the mantra 'look at the music, not at your hands'. I started to ask myself, why is it that so many people want to look at their hands when they play?

When people look at their hands whilst they are playing, it is often because the...

October 15, 2017

One of the nicest things about being self employed is that you can set your own schedule, and that means that Succot is a week off to enjoy family time. Whilst I sit by the piano for many hours each week, helping and guiding my students through their pieces, rarely do...

October 2, 2017

As a teacher your job is to build people up, to make them believe that anything is possible, to enable them to fulfil their potential. All too often you will hear teachers telling children ‘don’t forget to bring your book to the lesson’, or ‘don’t do it like that’. Eve...

September 26, 2017

The old saying goes, practice makes perfect, and it couldn’t be more true, but something that many students struggle with is developing good practice habits. It is the start of a new year and there is no better time to work out a practice schedule. The first thing is t...

September 5, 2017

Our newly designed homework diaries have arrived! For those that don’t know, the idea is that in the lesson the teacher writes down what the student needs to practice and any helpful tips, and during the week the student makes a note of when and what they practiced. Ev...

July 23, 2017

Learning to read music is hard and it can be frustrating. Many children find the multi tasking required to be a challenge and we work very hard to make the challenge feel attainable. There is a school of thought, that worries about putting children off, that an emphasi...

July 16, 2017

Last week I got a message from a Mother who’s son had finished his lessons for the summer. He had chosen a very challenging piece to work on over the long break, and after struggling all week he was ready to give up. She wanted to know if we could squeeze in one more l...

July 9, 2017

Last week I was privileged to teach a most wonderful lesson. The lesson was with an 11 year old who started her piano lessons just one year ago. She did the Summer Crash Course which saw her go from never having a played a note to reading music and playing with all 10...

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