Milton Keynes Piano Teacher

Pianodao: Review of 2017

2017 has been a fabulous year in so many ways!

I want to start by thanking everyone who has supported me – personally and professionally – and the Pianodao site this year,

The site has welcomed 120,000 visits, coming from almost every country in the world (more than 90 – but there just a few central African countries still resisting the site’s charms!) and has been recognised as one of the top 20 piano blog sites worldwide.


Here are some highlights – specifically I will list the Top Ten Most Read Reviews of 2017, as well as the Top Ten Most Read Articles.

Phew! Here goes…

Top Ten Most Read Posts 2017

In reverse order, these are the posts published this year which were read the most widely (not including reviews – see below for those!):

10:  The Problem with Method Books

Few topics generate as much heat online as discussion about which piano Method Book series is ‘the best’…

9:  ABRSM’s Michael Elliott – the Pianodao Interview

And many of the crowd-sourced questions were very probing – so get comfortable and prepare for an in-depth and revealing read! …

8:  Initiating Practice

Guest Post by Roberta Wolff. Download FREE Resources to motivate students to initiate their own practice sessions…

7:  Piano Lessons – Dealing with Anxiety

I am sure that most piano teachers will be alert to the fact that some pupils coming to lessons are anxious. This post looks at some reasons for that, and offer some suggestions that might help normalise lessons.

6:  Three Types of Repertoire

To understand exactly what Active Repertoire is, it is useful to consider the three basic types of repertoire that make up most of our playing experience. 

5:  ABRSM’s Theory Rethink – a Step in the right direction?

In this post I explain the changes ABRSM are planning from January 2018, assess reaction from teachers online, and share my own views, particularly in the context of my previous writings on this topic.

4:  The Active Repertoire Project

The Active Repertoire Project aims to encourage piano players from around the world to develop their own Active Repertoire of three pieces which can be played any time, any place…

3:  How Much Musical Baggage do you Carry?

Roberta Wolff probes an important issue and offers great advice …

2:  Piano Lessons: More than a Commodity

In this article I examine what happens when a student or parent treats piano lessons purely as a commodity. I hope that teachers will come away feeling more able to spot the signs, and better empowered to develop a piano teaching practice that works well for the benefit of all.

1:  What Can You Play?

Put simply, being able to PLAY is the whole reason most of us took up the piano in the first place!


Top Ten Most Read Reviews 2017

10:  Play it Again: Piano

9:  Easy Concert Pieces

8:  First Term at the Piano

7:  The Intermediate Pianist

6:  Mozart: Sonata in A major K.331

5:  A Schumann Rediscovery

4:  The Piano Teacher’s Survival Guide

3:  Piano Junior – the big review

2:  Trinity Syllabus 2018-20

1:  La La Land music books

La La Land Music Book

Into 2018

I have lots of plans for the coming year, including more articles about playing, teaching, monthly reflections, and reviews of new resources and music.

And as well as that, by the Summer I hope to have finally completed Piano Qigong as a full-fledged resource here that players around the world can access freely.

On top of all that, Your Stories will return in early in 2018, and will be an ongoing feature of the site moving forward – thanks to all who contributed to the pilot series, and please complete the form here if YOU would like to be featured!

In the meantime, may I wish each and every one of you …

A Peaceful and Prosperous New Year!


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Andrew Eales

Andrew Eales is a pianist, writer and teacher based in Milton Keynes UK, where he runs Keyquest Music - his successful independent music education business, private teaching practice and creative outlet.

2 thoughts on “Pianodao: Review of 2017”

  1. Well done and thank you! Along with the Facebook page you have contributed so much to a real and positive feeling of piano community. Much appreciated! Happy New Year to you and yours!

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