Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a very happy and peaceful new year! Hope 2020 is full of great music 🙂

Garbage bins and music theory!

These cute monsters have been a huge hit in my music studio this term – from my very young beginners up to my older teenagers! I love music studio competitions and have always found them to be highly motivating amongst my students. Since September we have been playing ‘Garbage Monsters’, and at the start of…

A successful term of music making

How lovely to end the term with some excellent music exam results! I have always loved giving out good news to students when the results land on the doormat (or more often these days in my email inbox!). In fact, for many years of teaching we would only find out through the post, and I…

Don’t stop at the bar line!

Some pianists have alcoholic rubato – they stop at every bar Peter Mack If you have students who stop at the bar line this might make you smile!

Christmas in the music studio

What has been the most requested song to learn in your music studio this year? Last year, ‘Last Christmas’ was the definite winner but this year Frosty The Snowman seems to be the most popular with my students. I love getting out the Christmas books with students and it’s great to see them so enthusiastic…

Learning is fun

Learning should always be fun. They should be having a ball. It’s amazing how much they remember when it is fun. Dan Grable Stumbled across this quote today and couldn’t agree more!

Watch out for traffic lights!

Can you find your way through the maze of city streets to the music shop without running out of fuel? City Trip is a FREE music theory game at grade one level. Every time you hit a traffic light, your car can’t move forward until you answer the question correctly. Know your musical terms well…

Reconnecting with our childhood instincts

In my soul I am still that small child who did not care about anything else but the beautiful colours of a rainbow Papiha Gosh This has always been one of my favourite quotes. I love the way it refers to the innocence of childhood, when we just experienced life with true wonder and everything…

Dare to be different

Apparently YouTube was created in 2005 but can you remember a time without it? To me, it seems like it has been around forever and I have found it, at times, a useful tool when it comes to teaching. But it also raises some interesting questions to ponder. When I was learning there was no…