My favourite place

Sitting playing the piano is definitely one of my favourite places to be! Where is yours?

Focus on the good

Do you come away from your music practice sessions feeling generally positive or negative? The main point of practice is to improve and make our music sound better. In doing so we naturally focus on the sections we can’t play. Sometimes, though, it is really easy to think about everything that is wrong with how…

Making comparisons in music lessons

Never compare one student’s test score to another’s. Always measure a child’s progress against her past performance. There will always be a better reader, mathematician, or baseball player. Our goal is to help each student become as special as she can be as an individual – not to be more special than the kid sitting next…

Music as brain training

Train your brain with music I was quite interested to read recently that playing the piano (or any musical instrument) can burn calories. It certainly feels like a workout sometimes, particularly when playing fiendish passages of fast semiquavers in more advanced music! But there are also numerous studies that have found learning music is good…

Which instrumentalists have a “rakish, scampish” look?!

Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music George Eliot Hands up if you enjoy reading! As a student (which seems a long time ago now), I enjoyed quite a lot of Victorian literature. I didn’t read much by George Eliot (or Mary Ann Evans), however, but I really like…

What is a teacher?

What is a teacher? I’ll tell you: it isn’t someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows. Paul Coelho It is the start of a new term for me today and I’m looking forward to seeing all my students again….

Music is a gift

Music is a gift from one person’s soul to another. It is the art of all things we cannot see nor touch Nicola Bennedetti, Classic FM Interview What a beautiful quote and a lovely way to restart the blog in 2020! Hope everyone had a lovely teaching break (if you had one) and a Happy…