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Easy bass part for Cauliflowers Fluffy

Cauliflowers Fluffy Didsbury Piano
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...
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Shape phrases with playdough

playdough phrase shaping post Didsbury Piano
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...
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Strengthen finger joints with this crocodile game

Here is a fun tool I made that strengthens all the fingers to help stop collapsing knuckles.  It’s easy to make your own.     Collapsing knuckle joints like the one pictured...
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Summer Practice Challenge

The summer holidays are nearly here! For pupils that have piano lessons in school, that can mean a very long time before they have their next piano lesson in September. Here is a practice challenge I...
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Beat lollipops

Beat lollipops Didsbury Piano
Here is a bright and simple way I help beginner musicians embed pulse and beat in their first year of learning. My piano pupils do lots of aural activities during lessons. They learn through a...
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Monstrous Fun with Rhythm

Dont Eat Pete with rhythms Didsbury Piano game
This is a hugely versatile game that children especially love in piano lessons, but I use it with students of all ages! 10 of my beginners at Didsbury Piano have started learning crotchet, quaver,...
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A practice game to make repetition fun

finger number bingo practice game from DIdsbury Piano Manchester
Here’s how I use a fun game with a beginner teaching piece that really reaps its rewards through repetition.  The piece: Zebra on a Playground This is a beginner improv/technique piece...
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Multi-tasking finger puppet

Finger puppets for piano posture and note accuracy in Didsbury Manchester
I am a big fan of using lots of fun props and manipulatives in lessons, and over the last few years I have ended up with boxes full of them.   I just can’t resist their lure! So I extra-love...
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My Latest Music Displays

New Studio Displays in Didsbury Piano Manchester
New Displays- 2 for £2.50! Today I’m giving a peek at two displays I made to brighten up piano lessons at the studio.  Next week I am excited to start teaching piano at a primary school in...
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Fun with sight reading – 13 ways to mix things up

Make Sight Reading Fun. Didsbury Piano teacher tips
We need a toolbox of clever tricks to keep sight reading fresh and fun because there are no pictures or stories, yet each exercise needs to be played 3 times.  Kids often want to play it just...
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