February 18, 2018

'Oh a new piece!' said my husband as I sat down to practice the piano last night. 'Don't get too excited, its just the next page of the same piece!'.

Over Succot (October 2017) I set myself a challenge to learn a new piece by Beethoven in my week 'off'. (See my blog htt...

February 16, 2018

Everyone can sing! So why would you need to pay for singing lessons? Here are my top 5 things you will learn in a singing lesson that will make you a better singer:

1. Good breathing technique: The basis of all good singing is good breathe control. You need to develop...

February 14, 2018

We live in a world of instant gratification. Where with one click you can find out anything and pleasure is so often achieved in an instant. This presents a struggle for a music teacher, because becoming accomplished at playing an instrument does not come quickly. It r...

February 4, 2018

'Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as a Fiddler on the Roof!'

This is the closing line to the opening scene of the wonderful show, Fiddler on the Roof, that I have just had the privilege to work on with a group of 50 women and girls. After 5 months of...

January 8, 2018

If I had a shekel for every time a student said 'it's too hard' I could probably retire soon enough! However, part of my job as a teacher is to make sure that this is never true. The music needs to be a challenge to ensure progress, but never to be too hard that it fee...

December 31, 2017

In our lessons we always model good practice habits, and we also talk about what we are doing so that they understand how to practice when they are sat alone at their piano at home. However, if they are not able to spot the mistakes it is difficult for them to fix the...

December 27, 2017

Two weeks ago we had our wonderful Winter Concerts, where all of our piano pupils had the opportunity to perform to an enthusiastic and supportive audience.  We had been working hard to perfect our pieces so that they were 'concert ready', and everyone really rose to t...

November 27, 2017

So much of what we do in our chugim is aimed at developing our children's listening skills. Here are 3 of my top listening activities that you can try at home!

1. 'It's Oh So Quiet' by Bjork

 This song is a fantastic and fun way to introduce the idea of loud and soft. Th...

November 14, 2017

Last week I went to a pupils house and was greeted with some delicious, home made truffles. What a wonderful way to start the lesson! The student was struggling with her piece and we worked through it together in the lesson, bar by bar.  This is her third year of lesso...

November 12, 2017

Whether you can read music or not, it is often difficult to know how to help your child when they are practicing. The ideal scenario is that they can practice independently but it can be really useful to understand the methodology for good practice so that you can inte...

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