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6 great ways to get more music pupils!

About two and a half years ago I left behind my career as a primary school teacher and set out to carve a new business teaching piano and keyboard. Now I have over 40 regular weekly pupils. With teaching, lesson preparation, blog & video posts and the development of an online business (more soon!) I am once again in ‘full-time’ work – and more!

A few years ago my son was in a similar position, starting out as a music teacher. A wealthy businessman friend of ours gave him this advice: “Early to bed, early to rise, practice like hell and ADVERTISE!” Perhaps you’re teaching music privately like me, or perhaps you’re just thinking about it? I’m certainly no business expert or guru, but I’m pleased with my progress so far, so I’m sharing my advertising methods in case they can help you on your way… Continue reading

You want to learn to play…what? (YouTube to the rescue!)

On occasions I ask people, “What song or piece would you like to be able to play on the piano?” Whether it’s a pupil I have been teaching for a while, a brand new starter or even someone who has never had a music lesson in their life, they almost always have an answer.  Most people have apparently thought about it before!  But when it comes to helping them reach their goal, their answers can be quite challenging…

Sometimes it might be a well-known (possibly classical) piece that is far beyond their skill level. If so, I have check to see if there is a published simplified arrangement. Continue reading

Sheet Music: Superman Theme

For those who want it, here’s the sheet music to go with the teaching video of the “Superman” theme:

Sheet music – “Superman theme”

I’ve included all the finger numbers from the video and the note names for those who prefer these.

The original video is here.

Can you play this yet?  Let me know in the comments below…

Piano: Teach Yourself Or Get A Teacher? 6 Key Questions To Help You Decide…

If you ask several piano players how they learnt to play, you’re likely to get some quite different answers.  Some will have received very formal (probably classical) tuition from a ‘proper’ piano teacher.  Others will have been taught by a parent, relative or friend.  Still others will have used a book or an online resource to teach themselves from scratch.  You will also find many who (like me) have used a combination of these methods.  So, how do you decide which is best for you?

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Here are 6 key questions to ask yourself and some ideas to get you thinking: Continue reading

Video: How to play the “Superman” theme tune

Here’s a nice simple one that lots of people will know when you play it.  Easy, step-by-step instructions.  I’ve added the note sheet above the video for those who like things that way, too.

I’ve put a handful of these videos up now – how are you finding them?  Are you able to play the songs I teach?  Is the training too slow, too fast or about right?  Was it any help that I added the note names to this video?  Please let me know your thoughts by commenting below.

Video: How to play the ‘Top Cat’ theme tune

A new video for you today – the theme tune from the cartoon series ‘Top Cat’ – one of my childhood favourites:

Let me know how you get on with it, and feel free to suggest any simple tunes for future videos!

Printable piano key guides

If you’re still learning the names of the notes on your piano, here’s a printable guide I made for you.  Many thanks to my good friend Sandie Barker who gave me the idea.  The note names are clear and you also have the treble clef and bass clef notes to help you:

piano key overlays

piano key overlays

Simply download the file here, print out onto paper or card and trim the two sections as shown. They will fit nicely behind the keys of most pianos and full-size keyboards.  Put them in the centre of your piano and make sure you line up the pattern of black keys correctly, as shown in the picture.

I think these are a much better alternative to putting stickers on the keys of your beloved instrument.  I would strongly recommend that you don’t put stickers on the keys of your piano or keyboard, even if the instructions say ‘easy to remove’ or ‘won’t leave marks’.  I have seen keys ruined by them!  These overlays can be removed and replaced whenever you need them.

One word of advice – use these key guides only for as long as you need them.  Get to know your notes and then remove them when you can!

5 reasons NOT to learn the piano!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I’d love to be able to play the piano”
“I wish I’d learnt to play when I was younger”
“It must be great just to be able to sit down and play”
“I never got round to learning the piano, but I should have”

Do any of these sound familiar to you?

I come across so many people who wish they could play, and yet so few that actually do anything about it.  Have you ever wondered why you really didn’t learn to play the piano?  Perhaps you’re using one or more of these regular excuses: Continue reading

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