Avoiding Apocalypse At All Costs – an interview with Lola Perrin

My first guest post this year features American composer and pianist Lola Perrin. Over the past few years, Lola, who is a popular composer and performer, has been engaged in the serious worldwide issue of climate change. More recently Lola has been incorporating climate change in her work and in her concerts, and in the…

A New Year and a New You. The Art of Manifesting for 2020

Happy New Year! And may all your dreams come true over the next 12 months. Welcome to a new decade! Have you made any new year’s resolutions? You may have set your intentions, but do you believe they can and will happen? Do certain goals or dreams which you hope to surmount sometimes feel out…

A Very Merry Christmas 2019

Another Christmas is nearly upon us and, as the year draws to a close, my hope is that you are able to reflect on a happy and successful 2019. I also hope you’ve enjoyed reading my articles as well as those of my many guest writers, and, if you are a piano student or piano…

The Classical Piano & Music Education Blog

Welcome to my blog and website. The Classical Piano and Music Education Blog is nearly eight years old, and during that time I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing every week on this site. I pen the majority of the articles and posts, but I particularly like to present guest writers and composers, who offer a whole range…

Winner of The Faber Music Soundtracks Piano Anthology Competition

Many thanks to all those who took part in my weekend competition. The prize is a copy of the new piano publication from Faber Music: The Faber Music Soundtracks Piano Anthology. This volume contains over 50 arrangements of your favourites themes from TV and film. You can find out much more and purchase this book…

The Faber Music Soundtracks Piano Anthology Competition

It’s time for a competition. The prize, for one lucky reader, is a copy of the latest piano publication from Faber Music: The Faber Music Soundtracks Piano Anthology. This hefty tome contains a generous selection of themes from the movies arranged for piano solo. The arrangements, of which there are over 50, are presented in…

Master Classes with Nelita True

In many respects a master class is a public lesson, the audience eavesdropping on proceedings. Attending public classes can be surprisingly beneficial both for students and teachers, as we can all learn from observing the lessons of others, and especially from esteemed pianists and teachers. I stumbled across this interesting filmed lesson, master class, and…

The ‘Chromasoul’ Steinway Piano

Earlier this year, I was invited to the launch of a new Steinway piano. Not entirely a new instrument, but more a new ‘design’; the Chromasoul Steinway. This Chromasoul piano is a Steinway Model D instrument that has been fastidiously painted by renowned Argentinian artist María Inés Aguirre. I wrote about Mia and the concept…

Piano Notebook

As many will know, I enjoy highlighting piano resources and today’s post focuses on the Piano Notebook; a new collection of short pieces intended for elementary students. Devised and written by Spanish teacher, Juan Cabeza Hernández, who is based in Madrid, the project has been created to provide various materials, resources, ideas and activities for…