Everyone is back into the swing of lessons again! This term is about variety, with pupils tackling different goals, depending on whether there is an exam on the horizon or not.
Almost everyone has had a go with my app - iReal Pro - which creates instant backing tracks in a wide variety of styles. Ideal for improvisation, composing, prep for pieces, scale practice..... the list goes on and on! Some pupils created music from simple ingredients - just 4 or 5 notes. Here's Katie playing Bright Jazz and Chloe playing Bluegrass Pop.
Pupils have also been busy recording, especially those who are preparing for exams. You can listen to the most recent recordings here on my new soundcloud stream. I'm including one on this page - Caitlyn's first ever uploaded recording, a duet called Rocking Horse:
After half term I will be encouraging as many pupils as possible to record or video favourite pieces from this year so we can put together a special playlist. Over half term, take a look and play through the pieces you've learnt since September and see if you have a favourite you would like to share!
Alison is a classical pianist, teacher, and composer running a thriving piano studio in Surrey, South East of England.