A welcome return to teaching

I have always loved music and I adore the piano. Teaching allows me to share my passion and, I hope, to encourage a similar enthusiasm in my students. Fundamentally, the piano journey should be about enjoyment and self-fulfilment. Giving students permission to be less than perfect, liberating them from old-fashioned or limiting attitudes to learning music, and enabling them to play with confidence, poise and a personal musical voice are my chief aims.

An Autumn Sonata – a personal journey through Schubert’s penultimate piano sonata: the Andantino and the Scherzo

This article first appeared in The Schubertian (No 97 January 2018), the journal of The Schubert Institute (UK) Startling contrasts – the Andantino and the Scherzo The second movement of the Sonata in A, D959, marked Andantino, is quite unlike anything else that Schubert wrote. Described by pianist Jonathan Biss as “a composed hallucination”, it …

An Autumn Sonata – a personal journey through Schubert’s penultimate piano sonata

This article, the first of five, was first published in the July 2017 issue of The Schubertian, the journal of the Schubert Institute (UK). In the autumn of 2014 I set myself the task of learning Schubert's penultimate piano sonata, No 20 in A, D959, composed in 1828. My intention was to learn and finesse …

Off The Podium podcast

Armenian-American conductor Tigran Arakelyan, creator of the Off The Podium podcast series, interviews Frances Wilson, pianist, piano teacher, writer and author of The Cross-Eyed Pianist, about her unusual path into piano teaching, the creation of her blog, concerts and concert reviewing, "changing the vocabulary" in teaching, and more..... More about Off The Podium and links …