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 28th September
  • A residential weekend:     Thursday 24th – Sunday 27th October (3 nights)
  • A study day:                     Sunday 24th November


  • A study day:                     Sunday 26th January
  • A residential weekend:     Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd February (1 night)

Module B – Pianism and the Piano Teacher


  • A residential weekend:     Thursday 2nd – Sunday 5th April (3 nights)
  • A study day:                     Sunday 24th May
  • A performance day:          Sunday 21st June

Topics covered include: 

Where have we come from and where are we going?

– A look at the history of the piano and piano teaching in relation to your own philosophy, principles and practice for teaching in the 21st century

First years at the piano

– Inspiring and creative approaches

– Recommended tutor books

Resources and repertoire

– Beginner, intermediate and advanced pupils, including those with special needs

Multi-sensory teaching methods

– Imagery and imagination

– Dance and Dalcroze

Playing by ear and improvising

– Simple steps

– How to teach both regularly, so your pupils can play with and without notation

Style and interpretation

– Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, 20th Century, Jazz and Contemporary music

Practice tools and techniques

– Beginner, intermediate and advanced pupils

Preparing for performances

– Safe Circle duet, trio and solo performance opportunities

Musical moments

– Inspired and informative performances from the tutors

Practical psychology

– Promoting a positive atmosphere in teaching, learning and performing

Running a teaching practice

– Developing studio policies

– Dealing with difficulty

– Promoting your business

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