Struggling with scales

One of the most important things I realised when I started teaching the piano ten years ago was the value of time I had invested myself (however reluctantly at the time) in learning scale patterns. They really are one of the fundamentals of piano technique upon which much of the […]

New Arrival

Happy New Year! First announcement of the year is that I am now a daddy. Eleanor Felicity was born on 2nd January weighing 8lb 10oz. She is a gorgeous little girl (not that I’m biassed at all) and seems to enjoy vying for attention with Geoffrey and Ruxpin when she isn’t […]

Autumn Leaves Project

This term, my students have been creating a backing track for an Autumn Leaves video I made. Most have chosen to use a drum track and record a performance of their piano piece along with the drums. This provides the extra challenge of playing in time with the drums! We […]

Waterfalls Project 2014

 Waterfalls Project 2014 Starting this half term, I am running a studio-wide composition project; “Waterfalls“. Object: Compose a piece of piano music, 96 seconds in length, titled “Waterfalls” to reflect/accompany the video. There are three different types of waterfalls featured which may each be represented differently in your composition. You may want to […]

6 concerts in 8 days…

The next student concert series will be taking place at the beginning of March 2014. The title will be “River and Rainbow”, a pastoral countryside theme for springtime. The theme is inspired by some charming compositions of Walter Carroll who published a number of books of these delightful pieces over a […]

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