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:
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How to make a practice bead page marker

DIY Practice Beads Didsbury Piano
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...
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New studio challenge! Tempo Travellers

Tempo Travellers Didsbury Piano
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...
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Valentine’s Day 2020 activities

Valentines Day activities at Didsbury Piano
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...
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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...
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Our first Christmas mini-concerts

Christmas mini-concerts Didsbury Piano
Well our first Christmas mini-concert was a great success! What a fab way to round off the year. The first mini-concert took place at my home on Sunday afternoon.  There is just something really...
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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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