Course Content

The Piano Teachers’ Course UK is holistic in its approach and includes aural, educational, historical, imaginative, intellectual, intuitive, musical, pianistic, psychological, stylistic, technical and theoretical concepts and skills.

Course students will be shown how to inspire their pupils to play by ear as well as read notes – and to improvise as well as interpret repertoire. They will also be encouraged to develop their own pianistic skills in workshops and through informal duet, trio and solo performances of Grades 1 to 8 in standard. Students will not be required to perform at a standard higher than Grade 6, though they may choose to do so.

The Course is delivered in two Modules: Practical Piano Teaching, followed by Pianism and the Piano Teacher. It is not an option to start with the second Module.

Module A – Practical Piano Teaching


  • Orientation Day:               Saturday ??? September
  • A residential weekend:     Thursday ??? – Sunday ??? October (3 nights)
  • A study day:                     Sunday ??? November


  • A study day:                     Sunday ??? January
  • A residential weekend:     Saturday ??? & Sunday ??? February (1 night)

Topics covered include: 

  • Creating a Positive Atmosphere – Promoting Positive Behaviour
  • Creative use of Teaching Material – including for pupils with Special Needs
  • Duets and Trios Repertoire and Performance
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • First Years at the Piano
  • History of Piano Teaching
  • Improvisation in Simple Steps
  • Keys, Scales and Chords
  • Motivation: Success Breeds Success
  • Multi Sensory approaches to Teaching
  • Musical Moments
  • Observing Teaching
  • Past & Present Thinking about Pianism
  • Playing By Ear
  • Practical Psychology for Piano Teaching
  • Practical Psychology for Dealing with Difficulty
  • Practice Tools
  • Professional Development Plan
  • Repertoire and Resources for Beginner and Intermediate Pupils
  • Running a Teaching Practice
  • Teaching the Older Beginner
  • Technique for Beginner and Intermediate Pupils
  • Safeguarding
  • Sing, then Play
  • Tutor Groups and Tutorials

Module B – Pianism and the Piano Teacher 


  • A residential weekend:     Thursday ??? – Sunday ??? April (3 nights)
  • A study day:                     Sunday ??? May
  • A performance day:          Sunday ??? June

Topics covered include: 

  • Analysis and Interpretation
  • Dance for Musicians
  • Diploma Overview – Teaching and Performing
  • Exams – which Board? Comparing syllabuses and using them wisely
  • Introducing Jazz
  • Memorisation
  • Musical Moments
  • Performance Workshops
  • Practical Psychology for Performing
  • Repertoire and Resources for Advanced Pupils
  • Safe Circle Performance
  • Sing, then Play
  • Social Media for Teaching and Marketing
  • Technical and Stylistic Features:-
    • Baroque – on the Harpsichord and Piano
    • Classical
    • Romantic
    • Impressionist                                                                      
    • 20th Century and Contemporary
  • Technique for Advanced Pupils
  • Tutor Groups and Tutorials
  • End of Course Concert

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