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Practice Excuses
Posted on 13 Aug 2012

 If you’ve ever taught a musical instrument – or anything at all for that matter – chances are you’ve heard your fair share of excuses as to why a student didn’t do their music practice / homework / training / whatever. I know I have. Maybe it’s because I’m not strict enough. In which case …Read More

The Magic of Mussorgsky
Posted on 6 Aug 2012

During my recent visit to Melbourne, I was excited to attend a performance by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. On the menu were Modest Mussorgsky’s Night on a Bald Mountain and Pictures at an Exhibition. But it was Sergei Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2  featuring Nicholas Angelich that was the real drawcard for me. And while the MSO’s …Read More

This Inspires That
Posted on 17 Jun 2012

I was reading a blog post on Allison Wrenn Composer where she shares about how a painting of a unicorn led to her composing a piano solo piece titled Unicorn in Rainbows. And it got me thinking about how much different works of art are inspired by other art forms. There are stunning choreographed dances that have …Read More

When frantic or stressed, try some Debussy
Posted on 2 Apr 2012

Music for Your Mood Yesterday afternoon I made a car trip to visit my lovely mother. And because I was running a bit late, I was in a rush. And on my way out of the door, I grabbed a CD of some of Debussy’s piano music and I’m so glad I did! It had …Read More

Posted on 28 Mar 2012

I’ve lately acquired an obsessive habit of slapping post-it notes over my piano student’s music. Why, you may ask? The reason being: while my students bring along a notebook to their lesson, quite a few tend to ‘forget’ to check the notes we’ve recorded in a lesson which doesn’t help their practice. I think my …Read More

Learn those Notes!
Posted on 19 Mar 2012

When learning the notes on the treble or bass staff, I find that my students quickly latch onto rhymes such as All Cows Eat Grass and Elephants Great Big Dirty Feet and so on. And while this can be a good strategy for learning notes, I also find students often rely too heavily on their …Read More

The Joy of Theory
Posted on 8 Mar 2012

When I was learning the piano as a child, I didn’t like theory. At all. But now, I actually enjoy teaching my students theory. So how did go from intensely disliking theory to liking it? I’m not 100% percent sure, but I think it may have something to do with the fact that there are …Read More

Musical Plates and things
Posted on 29 Feb 2012

I try to make sure I have a few musical knick-knacks in my music studio. Just to try and keep the space feeling a bit more, well…musical. And the object my students most often commented about is a display plate my Mum gave me for Christmas by Guritno. Isn’t it great? One of my students told …Read More

Mendelssohn – It Wasn’t Just Music
Posted on 23 Feb 2012

A Few Non-Musical Facts about Mendelssohn I first fell in love with Mendelssohn’s music when an old piano teacher put a piece from Songs Without Words in front of me. I was instantly hooked. But upon reading up on this Romantic composer, I discovered that music wasn’t the only thing Mendelssohn was good at. In fact, if …Read More

Raw Performances – Mistakes and all
Posted on 4 May 2011

A friend recently made the point that when it comes to music, we have become a society that demands perfection at all times. He was referring to how in the past, before technology, people would gather around a piano, a person who wasn’t a trained musician may have taken out their violin and a lively …Read More