Weekend Competition! Safari by June Armstrong

My competition this weekend features a new collection of beginner to pre-grade one piano pieces written by composer June Armstrong. Safari consists of 23 elementary pieces and follows the course of a day in Africa, starting with African Dawn and ending with Night Sky with Stars.  You can meet all the animals along the way…

A Weekend at Jackdaws Music Education Trust

I had the pleasure of tutoring a second piano course at Jackdaws Music Education Trust over the weekend. Jackdaws is dedicated to improving participation in and enjoyment of music through residential and one day instrumental and vocal courses, various education projects, a Young Artists Programme, as well as performances by world-class musicians. Piano courses, whether…

Jackdaws Piano Course 2016

My piano course at Jackdaws Music Education Trust will be held in October this year and the bookings open today!  This is my second visit to Jackdaws and I’m very much forward to it. Jackdaws has a wonderful history and tradition, and is renowned for its instrumental and vocal courses, education projects, young artists programme,…

Weekend Competition Double Bill

This weekend’s competition features two piano resources which I hope will be of interest. The first is a collection of 12 Tangos, written by Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992), arranged by Rachel Chapin, and published by Boosey and Hawkes. Each piece contains all the expected tango inflections, incorporated alongside elements of classical music…

A Few Thoughts on Selecting Piano Diploma Repertoire

Today’s post is the second exploring piano diploma repertoire. You can read my first post, here. As the previous article describes, there are many ways of ensuring an interesting well-balanced programme, but when it comes to choosing the music itself, how and what do you select? Which pieces make ‘safe’ choices and what constitutes an…

Selecting a piano diploma programme: 10 Top Tips

One of the most frequent questions I receive from those who read this blog, whether piano teachers or students, is how to prepare for diploma exams and how to select an interesting, innovative programme. My blog post today seeks to answer the latter question. There is no ‘correct’ answer of course, as programming is a…

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

Many thanks to all those who took part in my weekend competition. This week’s winners are: Gloria Pevy and Mary Loy Pa. Congratulations! Please send your addresses via my contact page on this blog. There are more competitions and giveaways coming very soon. If you would like to know more about my book So You…

Weekend Competition: So You Want To Play The Piano?

It’s time for the Weekend Competition, and this week I am offering my own book, So You Want To Play The Piano? as the prize. I haven’t offered this publication as a competition prize so far on this blog, and some readers have been kindly asking where it can be purchased. I’ve made a short…

Weekend Competition: Get Set! Piano

It’s Friday, and therefore time for another weekend competition. Today’s prize features several copies of Get Set! Piano which is a tutor (or method) book series published by Bloomsbury and written by Heather Hammond and Karen Marshall. Tutor Book 1 is accompanied by Pieces Book 1, and there is Tutor Book 2 and Pieces Book…

5 reasons to take a piano course

At this time of year, countless piano courses are being held all around the world. The Summer provides the perfect time for such an event; young piano students are generally on school holiday, and older students can finally use that last bit of holiday time from work. There are courses to suit every level and budget….