Month: April 2015

Is your piano teacher a scruff?

Different people expect different things from their music teacher, but what’s really important? Is it the qualifications they hold? Or the skill with which they teach? Is it the price of lessons? Or does their professional appearance and tidy studio matter, too? During a recent ‘tidying up’ session I got to thinking…

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Recently I realised that my Teaching Room was looking a bit of a mess. Of course, we “creative” types like to have things strewn around the room and sometimes it gets a bit out of hand! Continue reading

What can I do with a smelly customer?

I’m going to address a more sensitive matter this week: have you ever wanted to tell someone about their personal hygiene problem?  But then you felt you just couldn’t find a way to do it?  Me too – and it stinks…

I have a ‘client’ who visits my house on a weekly basis.  It would be wrong to identify this person online, so I’m keeping quiet about whether they are child or adult, pupil or parent, male or female and whether they come for a lesson in piano, keyboard, ‘cello, Maths or English.

But…there’s no denying it… they smell very strongly of wee. Continue reading

Get paid to teach while you learn for free!

As a busy piano and keyboard teacher, I spend a lot of time teaching people to acquire and develop new musical skills and knowledge.  But these same people often teach me things too…

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John is one of my adult keyboard pupils.  He currently owns a Yamaha Tyros 5 – the “Rolls Royce” of keyboards!   Continue reading

VIDEO: How to play “Hold Back the River” by James Bay

This is a nice easy one – not many different notes, and all on the white keys!  Enjoy…

Magnetic musical note board makes note learning easy!

Do you teach a musical instrument?  Try this inexpensive and easy-to-make magnetic learning resource to teach note names and positions to your pupils!

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Like all the best ideas, this one is pinched from someone else.  My friend Sandie (herself a piano teacher) showed me a similar magnetic board she bought some years ago with movable note heads. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find one anywhere – so I decided to make one.  It’s quick and easy, and all the materials are really inexpensive.  Give it a try! Continue reading

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