Course Content

The Piano Teachers’ Course UK is holistic in its approach and includes aural, educational, historical, imaginative, intuitive, musical, pianistic, psychological and technical 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


A Pre-course Introduction & Orientation Day – Saturday 23rd September: new additional date

  • A residential weekend:     Thursday 19th – Sunday 22nd October (3 nights)
  • A study day:                     Sunday 19th November


  • A CME study day:              Sunday 28th January
  • A residential weekend:     Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th February (1 night)

Topics covered include: 

  • Chords and Chordal Warm-ups
  • Creating a Positive Atmosphere: Approaches and Teaching Styles
  • Creating a Positive Atmosphere: Understanding Pupils and Teachers
  • Creative use of Teaching Material – including pupils with Special Needs
  • Effective Practising
  • Developing Pianistic Skills
  • Duets and Trios Repertoire
  • First Years at the Piano for Young Beginners
  • Grade 1-3 repertoire
  • Intermediate Repertoire – with basic pedalling advice
  • Intermediate Technique
  • Improvisation and Playing By Ear
  • Introducing the Baroque style on the Harpsichord and Piano
  • Keys, Scales and Chords
  • Motivation: Success Breeds Success
  • Observing Teaching
  • Past & Present Thinking about Pianism
  • Practical Psychology for Piano Teaching
  • Practical Psychology for Performing
  • Practical Psychology for Dealing with Difficulty
  • Running a Teaching Practice
  • Teaching the Older Beginner

Module B – Pianism and the Piano Teacher 


  • A residential weekend:     Thursday 12th – Sunday 15th April (3 nights)
  • A study day:                     Sunday 27th May
  • A performance day:          Sunday 24th June

Topics covered include: 

  • Advanced Repertoire
  • Advanced Technique
  • Dance for Musicians
  • Early Keyboards
  • Jazz Improvisation
  • Mind Mapping and Memorisation
  • Music Diplomas
  • Platform Performance Problem Solving
  • The Difference between a Curriculum and a Syllabus
  • Using Exams Wisely – The Pros and Cons
  • Which Exam Board? Comparing syllabuses
  • Technical & Stylistic Aspects: Classical
  • Technical & Stylistic Aspects: Romantic
  • Technical & Stylistic Aspects: Impressionist                                                                         
  • Technical & Stylistic Aspects: 20th Century and Contemporary
  • End of Course Concert

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