One of my favourite parts of teaching is when students find or suggest new songs for us to learn together.
A life of music is hugely rewarding and fulfilling but, like most things, can get monotonous at times if you don’t keep it fresh and new. So how do we keep music and lessons interesting?
Are you someone who really loves to sing but are afraid to sing in public?
Scales and arpeggios do seem to get a bad name for themselves and are often the unlovable part of practising.
We live in a society where we are constantly expected to grow, develop and improve. Where we are expected to reach specific standards by a certain age or timeframe and if we don’t then we are behind, failing and not good enough.
Knowing what instrument your child should learn and at what age can be a tricky decision for parents and finding the right guidance can be even more challenging.
Over the last 25 years of music teaching, one of the common questions that parents ask, is how to encourage their child to practice and not quit after learning for several years.
When reflecting back on the last week of teaching, confidence was the topic that I had found myself discussing in depth with all of my students and choirs. It didn’t matter about age, gender or experience, because the challenges were all the same.
How do we help our talented piano students excel in the classroom and find their rightful place?
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