Workshops

WORKSHOPS

Melanie offers a comprehensive range of workshops and lectures which would be of benefit to teachers, students and parents. Presentation topics are listed and explained in more detail below.

You can book a workshop or class here.

Demystifying Composition

Composition is becoming increasingly important in the examination process and plays a large part in developing musicianship skills. This workshop is effective for almost anyone with an interest in honing their compositional skills. Built around Melanie’s own compositional technique, she carefully charts various methods of introducing composition into individual lessons, as well as in a group session or classroom. 

Developing a Flexible Piano Technique

A secure, flexible piano technique, free from tension and injury, is of paramount importance to every pianist. This workshop is suitable for students of all ages and abilities, and is also useful for teachers and parents. Melanie works with students at the piano, employing a series of simple but useful exercises, which will focus on relaxed shoulders, arms, wrists and hands, whilst developing finger power and a sonorous tone.

Piano Technique For Today

This series of four workshops, lasting a full day, is based on Melanie’s own teaching, exploring and putting into practice the concepts of relaxation and flexibility in piano playing. Starting with simple exercises, which aim to build flexibility, relaxation, firm fingers coupled with a rich tone, it also spotlights a myriad of challenging issues such as evenness in rapid passage work and ornaments, as well as touch, double notes, octaves, chords, chordal balance, and the concept of arm-weight. Practice notes will be provided for every audience member, and there will be plenty of student participation around the piano, too. 

Piano Success!

Piano Success! is all about micro-managing our students; working in a detailed manner during lessons, with the aim of providing students with a wide range of practice tools, which they can use during their practice sessions in order to really improve their playing.

Sight-reading

A fun session for students and teachers. The workshop begins with a plethora of sight-reading strategies, which can be tried out at the piano by workshop members. However, the fun really begins when participants work together and enjoy a duet and trio session!

Piano Teaching Course

A full four-day course offering teachers practical skills to use in their individual, group or classroom lessons. A practically-based course, with plenty of teacher participation around the piano. Subjects covered include four substantial piano technique workshops, exploration of piano music from beginners (including a session on piano method books) to advanced level, sight-reading, memorisation, pedalling, fingering, micro-managing students, piano exams, rhythm and notation, composition, the psychology of piano teaching, as well as practical teaching, with a chance for teachers to teach in front of the class, receiving helpful feedback.

A shorter version of this course, held over two days, is also available.

Master Classes and Group Lessons

Melanie is highly experienced at giving piano master classes and group sessions to students of all levels and abilities. Classes can be tailored to cater for almost any group of students, but she also specialises in those preparing for grade and diploma exams,  

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Most of the presentations and workshops can be delievered effectively online as well as ‘live’.