Teaching music online with Pharaoh Fred!

If you are a music teacher like me, due to recent world events you might have found yourself researching the possibilities for teaching online (or perhaps you already are). But have you thought about how you might make it fun and engaging? I have created a selection of online flashcard games which can work well…

Students love musical mysteries!

One thing I have noticed about my own music students is that they love a good mystery! Almost one of the first theory games I made was ‘Who Stole My Doughnut?’ and I have found it to be a great way to learn theory without students even realising – they are having so much fun…

Improve note reading with Fruit Ninja!

Are you looking for fun resources or games to make note reading fun? If you are like me, you might have lots of music students at different levels. Some have learnt only a few notes in their method book, whereas others have covered the whole of the stave. Wouldn’t it be great if you could…

Who ate my cake?: an interactive mystery for beginner musicians!

Make music lessons fun with this new interactive musical mystery for beginners! Learn the music, search for clues and work out who ate the cake. At around 2 p.m on Thursday Mrs Sponge, the cook of Cherrywood Castle, told King Bomblebeard she had made his favourite cake and left it in the kitchen. The King…

My favourite place

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

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…

The ‘secret’ to playing the piano!

Have I a secret about playing the piano? It’s 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 I love this! You start reading, thinking it’s going to…

Music and storytelling

I’m an interpreter of stories. When I perform it’s like sitting down at my piano and telling fairy stories. Nat King Cole What a fantastic quote! A student’s performance can come alive when it is about storytelling. I would love to hear how you approach interpretation with your students. Do you use pictures or mood…

So many possibilities

There are eighty-eight keys on a piano and within that, an entire universe James Rhodes I absolutely love this quote. When I’m playing piano I often get lost in my own world – or universe! Do you have a favourite instrument related quote?