No Words Necessary: 12 Piano Pieces

It’s been a busy year so far, with several publications nearing completion. One new volume, about which I am particularly excited, has been released this week. It marks my debut as a composer for my German publisher, Schott Music. Whilst I already write for Schott as an author, I hadn’t previously published a book of…

The London College of Music Piano Syllabus 2018 – 2020

The much awaited London College of Music (LCM) piano syllabus has finally been published. A new syllabus is always exciting – both for student and teacher. I am an enthusiastic supporter of piano exams; they provide a veritable goal for anyone learning, particularly for younger players. And whilst an exam syllabus should never be used…

10 Top Tips To Pass Your Piano Exam

As the new term gets underway, many will be preparing for music exams at the end of the year and the aim of this post is to provide a few extra pointers and ideas for last-minute preparations. Once the pieces have been learnt, scales, arpeggios and technical work is all in place, and the dreaded…

Music Theory

The video-blog today deals with what I consider an important topic – music theory. This is the study of how music is written down and all too often it is left out of instrumental lessons. I do believe this to be a mistake. My publications: For much more information about how to practice piano repertoire,…

Sight Reading; 6 helpful hints

I have had several requests to write an article on piano sight reading (I love having requested blog topics so please do keep them coming). Sight reading is certainly a hot subject amongst those taking music exams and it simply means the ability to play a piece of music on looking at it for the…