Motif of the Month: The Idea of Monthly Learning ‘Themes’

I often worry about not sufficiently covering important areas in my lessons because they are so short. How am I going to make sure that I am providing my students with a holistic musical education in sometimes as little as 30 minutes per week? Periodical group lessons do shoulder some of this worry; however –… Continue reading Motif of the Month: The Idea of Monthly Learning ‘Themes’

Review: Piano Maestro from JoyTunes

If I wasn’t a piano teacher I definitely wouldn’t have an Ipad. I would probably be quite rude about them: they are not user friendly for viewing web pages, writing emails or filling out online forms. They are easy to drop. They attract sticky fingers. But despite these rather damning traits, they are an absolute… Continue reading Review: Piano Maestro from JoyTunes

Back to school: Some tips for a happy and successful start to the new year

There is something that feels so positive about the start of a new school year. In the last two weeks of July and the majority of August, I curse the ‘great value’ school uniform adverts on bus stops and ‘Back to School!’ shop plinths piled high with pencil cases and geometry sets. But in the… Continue reading Back to school: Some tips for a happy and successful start to the new year