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…

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…

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…

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!

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!

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…

Music feeds the heart and soul

Education isn’t just about feeding the brain. Art and music feed the heart and soul. Julie Garwood Hands up if you agree! I love the way music touches our emotions and feeds ‘the heart and soul’. This was brought home to me in a recent music lesson where the piece a student was playing connected…

Meet the student where they are

Meet the student where they are, not where you are, and not where you want them to be, but where they really are Frances Clark Meeting the student ‘where they are’ is perhaps likely to be easier in a one-to-one music lesson. We get to know our students on an individual basis and can tailor…