,As we head into the summer break I'd like to share some important end-of-term information, give you a round-up from the past term and most importantly thank you for continuing your commitment to online lessons.
Congratulations to my exam pupils who have adapted to the new pre-recorded exams and have been busy or are still busy making videos to upload to Trinity. This has been very popular and you will need to wait for results, but it has provided an excellent goal for those who were in the middle of their exam preparation. There is now a wide variety of exam options moving forward as exams boards adapt to the changing situation, including a new exam board which is proving popular with many teachers I know - MTB Exams
If you're in need of a few ideas to keep piano going over the summer you can download one of my activity sheets Summer Piano Sheet or there are plenty of ideas on my Summer Practice page. I will be teaching on a few days during August, so please email me for details.
The final word is about dates for the term ahead. Lessons will begin again on September 7th and will run for six weeks until October 18th. I do hope you all enjoy the summer break ahead and I look forward to seeing you all in September!
Below are four of short, simple games I use to help reinforce beginner pupil's knowledge of music theory. There are instructions for each game and links to any printables you need. I'd encourage you to play these at home with your child as it's a fun and engaging way to support and improve the whole family's musical knowledge!
One of the topics at the top of my list as term begins is practice and establishing good routines. Here are my top tips and a link to a great printable information sheet.
After Christmas, came the European Piano Teachers Association Piano Competition. Congratulations to Mattias, who secured a place in the Regional Finals and then achieved second place in the Regional Final Intermediate Class, performing two of his Grade 5 pieces. I am delighted!
Looking ahead, the annual European Piano Teachers Association UK composing event is not far away and I am encouraging pupils to continue being creative. Several have already started ice-cream inspired piano pieces! Over the years many of my pupils entered the competition for pupils and it has been a good experience all round, providing a sense of achievement. This is something everyone can do, though it does take time and needs to be planned as part of the lessons, so please do let me know if you are interested before the end of the March.
Spring Concert 2019
On Sunday May 12th I am inviting all my pupils and their families to join me for a pupil's concert where we can share our love of music and the piano!
The event will take place at St George's Church in Esher and will start at 2.30pm. It will be an opportunity to perform, share favourite pieces and perhaps a composition too! I will send all the information you need to know in a separate email.
Our Summer Playlist has been growing over the past two weeks, with pupils recording favourite pieces to share. I've uploaded tracks to my Soundcloud account and will update this as more are completed. Please do listen and enjoy the varied selection - it's lovely to be able share the music we've been working on and for pupils to listen to each other. All tracks are downloadable.
Finally, this year I will be offering summer holiday lessons on an ad-hoc basis during the weeks beginning:
I will email details closer to the time but please do let me know if you are interested - thank you.
Wishing you all a lovely summer break. I look forward to welcoming you back in the Autumn term:
September 9th - October 21st
Alison is a classical pianist, teacher, and composer running a thriving piano studio in Surrey, South East of England.