Category Archives: Piano lessons


Scale fingering keyboard visual


Here’s how I use visuals to help with learning octave scale fingerings. The piano scales of C, G, D, A and E major, all use a 123-1234 fingering pattern. It’s not such a tricky pattern once you have memorised and in your ‘muscle memory’  ….but it’s much easier to actively memorise anything when we use […]

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Tactile learning in a virtual lesson!


Unharnessing the possibilities of technology has been an exciting journey, full of discoveries.  But when our world revolves around the click of a mouse, sometimes it’s a nice change for your piano teacher to crack open a pot of playdoh to teach technique, just like in the good old real-life days of.  Do you remember […]

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Key-sized stave freebie


Beginner pianists can sometimes find it tricky to correlate that one step to the right on the keyboard = moving up to the next line or space on the stave…. it’s a fairly abstract concept.  Here’s a stave with light horizontal lines spaced the same distance as a standard key width (22mm).  It can help […]

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Happy Birthday Haydn!


On March 31st it’s Haydn’s birthday. Here are some ways you can learn about this important composer: Watch this quick video for kids all about Haydn:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bQNFZZWVc4 Now try a quick quiz: Find your Haydn vocab in this wordsearch:http://www.wordsearchfun.com/51636_Franz_Joseph_Haydn_wordsearch.html One of his most famous pieces is the Surprise Symphony! Find out about it here: Why is it […]

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How to make a practice bead page marker


Here’s a nice tactile way to remind your child or pupil to practice those tricky spots! I’ll often get my pupils to play a tricky spot 3 or 5 times.  Use these practice beads to help them keep track!  They simply slide one bead from the top end to the bottom end (or vice versa) […]

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New studio challenge! Tempo Travellers


Having a great sense of pulse is a crucial part of being a musician.  We do lots of activities in our lessons to build a strong internal sense of pulse.  Tempo is the speed of the pulse. In terms of tempo, this is what I expect from all my pupils, right from beginners: to be […]

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Valentine’s Day 2020 activities


This year Valentines Day falls on a Friday (and the last day of half term at local schools)- so all my pupils get to have fun with Valentines-themed activities!  I’m really excited to see their reactions and hope they have a special time this week 🙂 The home studio is bedecked in pink and loveliness […]

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Chinese New Year activities


Here in Manchester, Chinese New Year is a big celebration, with a big, colourful Dragon Parade through town and lots of noise!  Perfect for inspiring a splash of colour and imagination into our piano lessons during the misty, grey month of January.  So here are some ways we explored Chinese sounds in our piano lessons […]

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Easy bass part for Cauliflowers Fluffy


In the UK, Cauliflowers Fluffy is a really popular primary school song for harvest time.  It brings back a lot of memories for me!  Children love being able to play the songs they sing at school, and so I’ve written a simple pre-reading bass part for beginners to play. I’m happy to share it with […]

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Shape phrases with playdough


A quick technique activity to develop phrase shaping. Musicians often talk about ‘shaping the phrases’.  OK, there are countless ways to shape a phrase, but your classic phrase shape is the arch-shaped phrase. Here the first note is lighter, then the tone deepens as we reach the middle of the phrase, then ends more softly.  […]

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