Music & Education

MUSIC & EDUCATION

Melanie has published over 850 articles and posts. On this page, they all relate to aspects of music education, performers, composers, master classes, and past weekend competitions. Please click on the links below to read each article.

Music

Martha Argerich: The Rehearsal

New repertoire for the New Academic Year 2022

G. Henle Verlag Piano Competition 2022

70 Years and the Queen’s Pianos

Eton College at Coach House Pianos

Easter Master Class with Leif Ove Andsnes

A Master Class with Murray Perahia

 A Master Class with Zoltán Kocsis

Historic Classes with Arthur Rubinstein

Julian Lloyd Webber at 70

An Easter Master Class

A Masterclass with Freddy Kempf

Masterclass with Alfred Brendel

Hamish Milne: reflective memories

A Happy Easter and master classes with Cyprien Katsaris

Masterclasses with Valentina Lisitsa

Master classes with Olga Kern

A masterclass with Jonathan Biss

The Montecatini Piano Festival

A visit to the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

The World’s First Piano Recording

Beethoven Piano Concerto Project

A Lecture Recital with Mitsuko Uchida

The Piano at the BBC Proms 2018

A Tippett Day at the City Literary Institute

A master class with Murray Perahia

Josef and Rosina Lhévinne and the Russian School

A master class with Stephen Hough

A master class with Richard Goode

Yuja Wang’s master class debut

A master class with Cristina Ortiz

The amazing piano with four pedals

A Visit the the August Forster Piano Factory

Would you adopt a piano?

Maria Ines Aguirre and the Steinway Piano

So You Want To Organize A Piano Competition? Part III

So You Want To Organize A Piano Competition? Part II

Peregrine’s Piano Presents a Trip to the Schimmel Factory 2016

David Bowie meets Minimalism

A masterclass with Jerome Lowenthal

New Pianofforte Magazine and Jaques Samuel Junior Piano Festival

So You Want To Organize A Piano Competition

The Piano at the BBC Proms 2015

New Steinway Spirio Piano and My Daily Telegraph Article

80th Anniversary Party at Jaques Samuel Pianos in London

A Trip to the Schimmel Piano Factory

Piano Showcase presented by Pianist Magazine and Schott Music

A Trip to the Schimmel Factory

BBC Proms 2014

BBC Young Musician 2014

A Fazioli Factory Visit in Sacile

‘There are no Fazioli artists, only ARTISTS who PLAY FAZIOLI’

It’s All About Piano! Festival 2014

An Exciting New Concert Series launched by Rhinegold Publishing

Salon Music

A visit to Holst’s Birthplace Museum

What musicians can learn from Andy Murray’s Wimbledon Victory

Guest interview with Morton Feldman Scholar

Some thoughts on the 2013 BBC Proms

Grandma Dingley on Kickstarter

Sounding Out – Stage notes

The pianoforte in Jane Austen’s world

The healing powers of music

Conductor carries the Olympic torch

BBC Proms 2012

The healing powers of music; repairing brain damage

Can music really slow down the ageing process?

BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012; Woodwind Final

RIP Titanic

Join the Classical Revolution

Melodramas

Performers

The Solomon Piano Quintet

Introducing Duo Feola

Celebrity Christmas Gala at Kings Place

Micro-Lectures with Boris Giltburg

Jamie’s Concerts with Noriko Ogawa

Words and Music with Lucy Parham and Friends

Artur Pizarro plays Rachmaninov at St. John’s Smith Square

The Grand Black and White Piano Party at the OSO Centre in Barnes

Genuine Joyce Hatto recordings

Joyce Hatto – The greatest hoax in classical music?

The Life and Loves of Claude Debussy with Lucy Parham and Dominic West

Dave Brubeck 1920 -2012

The Wallcast interview series featuring great classical artists

Do or Die; Lang Lang’s story

Pianist Mihaela Ursuleasa dies aged 33

British female pianists; Emily Daymond

British female pianists; Katharine Goodson

Brigitte Engerer

British pianists; Mathilde Verne

Dietrich Fischer- Dieskau

British pianists; Adelina de Lara

British pianists; Helen Hopekirk

British female pianists; Fanny Davies

British female pianists; Annie Jessy Curwen

Valentina Lisitsa

British female pianists; Arabella Goddard

An Interview with Vladimir Horowitz

Composers

Tha Anatomy of Melancholy: Marc Yeats

Sir John Tavener 1944 – 2013

Happy Birthday Claude Debussy

Steve Martland – a tribute

Celebrating 200 of Wagner via Liszt

New Beethoven work is premiered

Happy Birthday George

Marvin Hamlisch 1944 – 2012

New work by W A Mozart

Liza Lehemann

Music Education, Festivals and Competitions

Christmas Weekend Competition: Winners

Christmas Weekend Competition

Weekend Competition: Winners

Weekend Competition: Celebration Series®, Sixth Edition

MicroJazz Refreshed: the winners

Six Gift Ideas for Aspiring Young Musicians

2021 Online Global Piano Summit II

The London Youth Piano Competition 2022

The London College of Music Piano Exam Syllabus 2021 – 2024

Chetham’s International Piano Summer School 2021

The Key to Scales and Arpeggios: Weekend Competition

Weekend Competition: The Winners

Play Women Composers

Palm Court Waltz: The Winner

Palm Court Waltz: Weekend Competition

RSL Classical Piano Exams

Tokyo International Piano Association (TIPA)

Explorer Piano Duets: Weekend Competition

Why is My Piano Black and White? The Winners

Why is My Piano Black and White? A Weekend Competition

Weekend Competition: the winners

The Faber Music Easy Piano Anthology Competition

Pianists Corner: a piano resource with a difference

Piano Music by Women

6 Favourite Piano Resources

Faber Music Piano Soundtracks Anthology Winner

Faber Music Piano Soundtracks Anthology Competition

Master Classes with Nelita True

Piano Notebook Miniatures

The Maze of Piano Methods Unpacked

Piano Companion

A String of Pearls, a Competition and the Female Composer

Let’s Make Way for the Ladies

Federico Colli and Fazioli at Eton College

Pro Corda at 50

Piano Workshops and Summer Adventures 2019

Finchcocks Piano Courses 2019

Touring in Singapore and Malaysia

Peaceful Piano Playlist: The Winners

Peaceful Piano Playlist: A Weekend Competition

PIANO WEEK 2019

10 Tips for Piano Exam Success

Preparing for your Piano Course; 5 Top Tips Part 2

Selecting the Piano Course for you; 5 Top Tips Part 1

10 Tips for Piano Exam Success

The Stars of the Albion Grand Prix 2019

Weekend Competition Winners

A Weekend Competition! Choral and Vocal Sight-Singing by Nancy Litten

Etude Op. 97 by Anton Reicha

A Piano Course with a Difference

No Words Necessary Competition

At The Piano: a study series by G Henle Verlag

Faber Competition: the winners

Faber Weekend Competition

PIANO WEEK: what happens on a piano course?

Cadenza Intermational Summer Music School

Weekend Competition: the winners

Weekend Competition: A Special Faber Competition

Lang Lang Music Theory Twitter Competition

Stars of the Albion Competition 2018

PIANO WEEK 2018

Learn to sight-read: the winner…

Learn to sight-read by E-Music Maestro: weekend competition

Stars of the Albion: 5th International Performing Arts Festival

Musical Chairs 2018

Piano Gallery: the winner…

Weekend Competition: Piano Gallery

The Manchester Music Young Artists Programme 201i8

The London College of Music Piano Syllabus 2018 – 2020

Piano Teacher’s Survival Guide: the winner…

Piano Teacher’s Survival Guide: weekend competition

Attending a piano pedagogy conference

Sight-reading success with Paul Harris

Jukebox solos and duets: the winners…

Weekend Competition: Jukebox Solos and Duets

Weekend Competition: The Intermediate Pianist

Weekend competition: the winner….

Weekend competition and review; Improve your sight-reading! Teacher’s book

A few thoughts on piano teaching in Singapore and Malaysia

Holistic Day for Pianists: the winners

Weekend Competition: Holistic Day for Pianists

Holistic Day for Pianists

A Piece a Week: the winners

Weekend Competition: A Piece a Week

Easy concert pieces: the winners

Weekend Competition: Easy Concert Pieces

Chetham’s Summer School hosts Fifth Concerto Competition

At the movies: the winners

Weekend Competition: At the movies

2017 Beethoven Junior Intercollegiate Piano Competition

Piano Junior: the winners

Weekend competition: Piano Junior

Musical Odyssey

Piano Playlist & My First Chopin: winners

Weekend competition: Piano Playlist & My First Chopin

Stars of the Albion Arts Competition & Festival

Piano Notes: the winners

Weekend Competition; Piano Notes 2017/18

Manchester Music Festival Young Artists Program

New Year Competition: the winner

New Year Weekend Competition

PIANO WEEK goes to Frankfurt

Overseas Masters Winter Piano Academy 2016

Around the Globe Piano Music Festival 2016

The Faber Music Piano Anthology; the winners…

The Faber Music Piano Anthology

Safari: the winners…

Weekend Competition: Safari by June Armstrong

The Value of Lectures & Masterclasses

Three Prizes; the winners…

Weekend Competition: Three Prizes

To Skype or not to Skype?

The Lang Lang Piano Method; winners…

Weekend Competition: The Lang Lang Piano Method

Do Piano Exams Matter?

Why take part in an amateur piano competition? The Chicago Amateur Piano Competition

Double Bill Competition Winners

Weekend Competition Double Bill

A Master Class with Nikolai Lugansky

Rock & Pop Studies: the winner is…

Weekend Competition: Rock & Pop Studies

Jackdaws Piano Course 2016

You can read music: winner…

Weekend competition: You can read music

Mindfulness and Jazzin’ About; winners…

Weekend competition: Mindfulness and Jazzin’ About

Jazz Piano Tutorials by Tim Richards

It’s never too late to learn to play; winners…

Weekend Competition: It’s never too late to learn to play…

Funkey! Winners…

Weekend Competition: Funkey!

Variations for Judith: Contemporary Piano Music

Orchids for Piano by Ed Hughes

Master classes at the Royal College of Music with Sir Andras Schiff

So You Want To Play The Piano? The winners….

Weekend Competition: So You Want To Play The Piano?

A master class with Sir Andras Schiff

The Lang Lang Piano Method: The winners are…

Weekend Competition: The Lang Lang Piano Method

Choral and Vocal Warm-Ups: The winners…

Weekend Competition: Choral and Vocal Warm-Ups

The Graded Piano Player: The winners…

Weekend Competition: The Graded Piano Player

Musica Noca Stars of the Albion Competition

New Year Winner

New Year Competition

A Master Class with Emanuel Ax

The Piano Bench Mag: 2016 Edition

A Master Class with Andrei Gavrilov

Jazzin’ At Christmas; the winners are…

Weekend Competition; Jazzin’ At Christmas

Christmas Cool Piano Duets; the winner is…

Weekend Competition; Christmas Piano Duets

On My Travels – the winner is…

Friday Competition and Workshop by Pamela Wedgwood

A masterclass with Leon Fleisher

Get Set! Piano – Winners

Weekend Competition – Get Set! Piano

5 Reasons to Take a Piano Course

Piano by ear: the winner…

Piano by ear: back by popular demand!

Piano by Ear: The Winner is…

Weekend Competition: Piano by Ear

Improve Your Theory! 3. 4. & 5: The Winners…

Friday Competition Improve Your Theory! Grades 3, 4, & 5

Improve Your Theory: The Winners

Friday Competition: Improve Your Theory!

Great Piano Composers of the Classical Era: Out Now

The Winners

Friday Freebie Competition

Great Composers of the Classical Era: Pianist Magazine

New Sight-Reading Academy Launch

Cui International Music Festival 2015

Variations for Judith; And the Winner is…?

Variations for Judith; Win a Signed Copy

Training to be a Repetiteur

EPTA Yamaha Day with Nils Franke and Universal Edition

Piano Notes published by Rhinegold

Overseas Winter Piano Academy 2014

The Piano Bench Mag: And the Winner Is?

Faber Music launches the Lang Lang Piano Academy

A few thoughts on Practical Musicianship and Keyboard Harmony

International Piano Master Classes with Angela Hewitt

Piano Week 2014

2014 Dublin International Piano Festival and Summer Academy

And the WINNER is….?

A Chance to win the Pianist Magazine’s New Piano Techniques App

Andrei Gavrilov gives master classes in the UK

The Value of Music Theory

From the Adjudicator’s chair…

6 ways to introduce music making to babies and small children

Are you ever too young or too old to learn to play?

Appreciating your piano teacher!

Some thoughts on the Van Cliburn 2013 Competition

Transforming El Sistema

Young stars of Vladimir Spivakov’s International Foundation Concert

6 reasons why selecting a good piano teacher is vital…

Meet the orchestra; Let’s get children inspired to play orchestral instruments

Music education in Hong Kong

Music Festivals….how important are they?

Are music exams important?

The 2012 Overseas-Malaysian Winter Piano Academy

Winner’s recital at the 6th Jaques Samuel Junior Department Piano Festival 2012

Practical tips for your music exam

Introducing Stringbabies

The joys of the parent pupil

Music lessons apparently make you a better listener

The Orff Approach

The Olympic Effect

Why is Grade 5 Theory so important?

Dalcroze Eurhythmics – a creative way to study music

The Kodály method – a useful way to study music?

The Suzuki Method – an effective way to study an instrument?

Sistema England

Help, I can’t sing! Aural Tests

Do music examiners account for nerves?

Stage Fright – 5 tips

Music Festival Adjudicator

Stage Deportment – 5 tips

Performance Anxiety – 5 top tips

Teaching Young Children about Musical Instruments

Music Festivals – A Platform for your Child

Christmas Posts

Happy Christmas 2021

Merry Christmas 2020

A Very Merry Christmas 2019

Merry Christmas 2018

HAPPY CHRISTMAS 2017

Happy Christmas! And a trip down memory lane…

Happy Christmas 2015: A trip down memory lane

MERRY CHRISTMAS!