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Stories from our Alumni

Every now and then, we receive a wonderful story from one of our alumni which reiterates the worth of the work we do. In this month’s blog, we wanted to share with you a couple of the inspirational stories that we’ve received from some of our piano teacher after they’ve graduated from The Piano Teachers’ […]

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A Multitude of First Impressions

We are piano teachers: we teach the piano. Right? But are we not also freelance entrepreneurs and timetabling magicians?  We manage schedules, budgets, resources, events and deadlines – not to mention the emotions of students and parents! So surely this is more than enough to think about without having to consider marketing strategies as well? It […]

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CPD – How Jeni made the most of her PTC

Although the piano has always been a huge part of my life, I can’t say I ever added ‘piano teacher’ to my list of long-term career options when I was at school…

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Summer Practice Challenge

We’re excited to announce this week’s post is by guest blogger Alexa Madison, owner of Piano Language and piano teacher in Arizona, USA. She shares her insights and tactics for encouraging and motivating students to practise over the summer months. ‘A problem that many teachers face during the summer is that students take breaks and […]

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A Recipe for Performance

When performing, imagine you are the host entertaining your guests, wanting them to enjoy themselves, and delivering delicious food (music)…

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All about… Student Concerts

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Why have student concerts, and why is it important for our pupils to perform?

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What do you say inside your head to yourself as you perform?

In the season of student concerts, this blog post from Lucinda Mackworth-Young (25/03/2018) is particularly relevant to many teachers and students at the moment. ‘What do you say inside your head to yourself as you perform? Anything at all? I’m hoping the answer is: “Nothing”. I’m hoping that you don’t talk to yourself, but concentrate […]

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Why should teachers continue to learn?

Why is continuing education important for piano teachers, and how can we justify it in our busy lives?

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The PTC September newsletter

  Welcome back after the summer holidays. We hope you enjoyed the lovely sunny weather. We would like to thank everyone for the excellent feedback we’ve received about our new website, The videos appear to have been most useful, and the online application & payment has proven a simple and highly effective way to apply for […]

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Piano Duets with Cathy Riley and Graham Fitch – Wednesday 31st July

The Bosendorfer Concert Series Wednesday 31st July at 7pm -St Mary Magdalene Church, NW1 Tickets £6, concessions £3 Graham Fitch and Cathy Riley perform a programme of piano duets – by Faure, Poulenc, Schumann, Brahms and Debussy Cathy and Graham first met as students at the Royal College of Music, where they both studied with the pianist Peter Wallfisch. […]

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