How rock climbing inspired my piano playing

If you always do what is easy and choose the path of least resistance, you never step outside your comfort zone. Great things don’t come from comfort zones Roy Bennett A few weeks ago I went rock climbing for the first time. I’m not great with heights so it was quite a big deal for…

How to improve your piano playing

Have I a secret about playing the piano? It is a very simple one. I sit down on the piano-stool and make myself comfortable – and I always make sure that the lid over the keyboard is open before I start to play Artur Schnabel Had to share this sound advice for piano players with…

Practice makes progress

“A little progress each day adds up to big results” Some mid week practice inspiration! What are you practising today?

An invisible tune

“Everything in the universe has rhythm, everything dances” Maya Angelou I found this quote today and thought how beautiful it is. It got me curious so I did a search to find out what Maya Angelou originally meant by it. I drew a blank, but that’s the great thing about quotes. It doesn’t really matter…

Discovering new music

There is always more to explore It’s lovely to be back teaching again after the long summer break and this week I have been enjoying searching out new music for my returning students. It made me realise that, even though I have been teaching for more than 20 years (and playing for even longer –…

Teachers open the door

Teachers open the door but you must enter by yourself Chinese Proverb A quote to ponder as the new academic year starts in the UK. How much of a student’s musical journey do you believe lies with the teacher and how much with the student? How much responsibility for their learning is in our hands…

My heart is full of music

The new school year is starting here in the UK and I’m looking forward to seeing all my students again after a long summer break. It has been a lovely summer and I have spent a lot of it playing the piano and making music theory games. The new ABRSM syllabus came out in July…

What is on your list?

Rest, nature, books, music … such is my idea of happiness Leo Tolstoy Isn’t this a lovely quote? I think all of those would be on the list of things that make me happy! Music is definitely at the top. What is on your list?

The love of new music

So much music so little time Don’t you just love getting new music? Some people like to buy new shoes or a shiny new car but for me it has to be music! I love exploring books or discovering new composers. Each book or piece is like an exciting new story to delve into. It’s…

My favourite place

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

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…