Workshops

Workshops

Melanie has presented around the world and 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, by contacting Melanie here.

Presenting to a group of students and teachers at Schott Music, London. September 2017

Workshops For All

demystifying Composition

Composition is becoming increasingly more 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. 

Rhythm in Practice

A challenging subject which many students find daunting. This presentation seeks to unravel the mysteries around reliable time keeping. Melanie aims to offer several different strategies, firstly exploring the whole ethos of instigating a regular pulse, and, secondly, implementing various methods of engaging students during their practice sessions, building an awareness of rhythm throughout practice and performance.

Working with a teacher in Jakarta, Indonesia. November 2019.

Piano Workshops

Developing a Flexible Piano Technique

A secure, flexible piano technique, free from tension and injury, is of paramount importance to every pianists. 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. 

Let’s gET IT RIGHT!

Let’s Get It Right! 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. But the fun really begins when participants work together and enjoy a duet and trio session!

Working with teachers at the Tom Lee Academy in Hong Kong. October 2019

Piano Courses

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 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.

Working with an adult student in Chicago, USA. September 2016

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’. 

To find out more or to book a workshop or class, contact Melanie by clicking here.

Presenting a class in Singapore: November 2019