Make friends with the music

Too often it seems that we view learning, studying, practising and performing music as a kind of fight. People talk about “doing battle with Beethoven” or “fighting the fear” (of performing) as if one must take up arms against unseen, powerful forces. It’s true that learning new repertoire can be a Herculean task, and practisingContinue reading “Make friends with the music”

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.

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 linksContinue reading “Off The Podium podcast”

Reflections on ten years as a piano teacher

Another term is over and as my students depart for their summer holidays, I have time to pause and reflect as my piano teaching studio approaches its 10th birthday. I never intended to be a piano teacher. I worked for ten years in art and academic publishing after leaving university and I continued to freelanceContinue reading “Reflections on ten years as a piano teacher”

Teaching students to teach themselves

Following on from a post on my blog The Cross-Eyed Pianist about the notion of the “self-taught pianist”, I would like to explore further how teachers can – and should – enable their students to teach themselves. The word “teach” comes from the Old English tĒ£can which means “to show, present, point out”. This forContinue reading “Teaching students to teach themselves”