Guest Post by Amy Wakefield Taylor
Continue reading How to motivate the demotivated student
Lack of motivation in our students is a problem that all teachers of piano can expect to encounter at some point in their practice, so it seems important to develop strategies for tackling it…
Steve Luck is a piano teacher from Newcastle Upon Tyne. This guest post originally appeared as a forum post within the Piano Network UK group, the leading Facebook community of piano players, teachers and enthusiasts living in the United Kingdom.
Steve’s post includes such useful information, aimed primarily at piano parents and students, that he has agreed to me giving it a public platform here on the Pianodao site, for which I am grateful, as I am sure many readers will be!
Continue reading Steve Luck’s Practice Tips
Guest Post by Karen Marshall
Continue reading “Me Time”: a work in progress
A work in progress! That’s how I would describe my work life balance. How’s yours?
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Guest Post by Mark Tanner
Continue reading Thumbs up for the Thumb!
Pianists tend to think of the thumb as being the root cause of unevenness, bumps and a host of other undesirables…
Simon Reich is a pianist and award-winning composer from Victoria, Australia. He has written several articles published here on the Pianodao site.
Simon’ latest post tells of how he has, in later life, turned to music as a full-time professional, and his experiences training as a media composer. As well as giving a special insight into his own personal journey, the post will be an encouragement to all considering a career in music.
Continue reading Your Story: Simon Reich
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Guest post by Liz Giannopoulos
As the New Year begins, my thoughts turn to my practice routine, and I’m full of good resolutions about what, when and how I will practise.
The new term also provides an opportunity to reflect on my students’ practice habits and how I can encourage them to commit to regular and effective practice.
Continue reading Practice Resolutions
Guest Post by Karen Marshall
A Student Perspective
Have you ever asked your student what makes a good instrumental lesson?
A number of years ago I did just that in a secondary school. There was a whole class full of students of different ages, learning different instruments with a variety of teachers.
Their feedback was enlightening. Here are the main themes, the messages I believe are still valuable.
Whilst revising this, from a personal perspective, it was a useful reminder to ask and listen more to the needs of my students and to think more creatively – especially when teaching sight reading and scales.
So, what did they say …
Continue reading What Makes a Good Lesson?
In a special Christmas message for Pianodao, Karen Marshall offers generous words of encouragement and advice for musicians, teachers and parents during this busy season…
Continue reading Tidings of Joy and Goodwill
In this guest post, Alison Mathews outlines a fabulous benefit project she has committed to, as well as unveiling a brilliant new piano composition…
Continue reading Gabriel’s Egg
Guest Post by Margaret Murray McLeod
This post is an exclusive excerpt from this month’s Piano Teacher Talk – the online newsletter from EPTA UK. The whole newsletter is also available as a PDF at the end of this excerpt, with the kind permission of EPTA.
In this month’s EPTA post, Margaret Murray McLeod offers much-needed advice on pedalling…
Continue reading First Steps in Pedalling