The PTC September newsletter


Steinway PianoWelcome 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 the course. 

To be even more helpful, we now have a new FAQ page: Frequently Asked Questions. Please let us know if we’ve missed anything. 

PTC is on the final run up to the 2013-14 course. Booking closes at the end of September, and we have just a handful of places available. To check availability before applying, please contact our Administrator, Jennie Parke Matheson on 07831 164430 or 

The 2013-14 Course
Full details are available in The Prospectus, either in printed version and available by post – or on-line at:
To download, please click here: 2013-14 Prospectus  and Application Form

Course Dates

  • October           25th, 26th and 27th                                                                    
  • December        1st 


  • February          21st, 22nd and 23rd                                                                  
  • April                 4th, 5th and 6th 
  • May/June         31st and 1st
  • June                 22nd

The fee for the course, including accommodation and meals, is £1,999 – or £1,800 for members of EPTA or the ISM

Application criteria
Students must be at least 18 years of age, and have:

  • Passed Grade 8 piano, or higher
  • At least one piano pupil for the duration of the course
  • Word processing (IT) skills and email access

If you have any queries or would like a printed copy of The Prospectus, please contact Jennie on or 07831 164430

All our tutors give workshops independently. A comprehensive list of upcoming workshops, seminars and courses can be found on our website at: PTC Events 

Coming up in September – some dates for your diary:-

  • 7th September – Effective Piano Practice with Graham Fitch. At Peregrine’s Pianos from 3pm. For more info, please go to: Effective Piano Practice
  • 9th September – Lucinda Mackworth-Young presents the keynote speech to the Derbyshire Instrumental MusicTeachers. For further info please contact:
  • 24th September – Heli Ignatius-Fleet presents “The Time between Lessons – the Key to Success” the next in the EPTA UK workshop series at Chappells of Bond Street – now at 152-160 Wardour Street. At 12 noon, this is a free event. 

Here are some thoughts and observations from past students. There are many more on the website…

“The tutors are great, extremely knowledgeable and experienced, as well as being very supportive. I took the course in 2008-9, thoroughly enjoyed it and got lots of ideas to try out on my pupils! Wish there’d been even more time to play all those lovely pianos – it was fun playing duets and trios. It can definitely be a challenge being the “one in the middle” of a trio!”

I took the PTC course recently and loved it! The tutors are wonderful and so helpful when you need advice and support – it was absolutely brilliant”

“It is by far the best and most practical qualification I have ever done. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone”

If you would like to link-up with us on Social Media, please “follow” us on our new Twitter account, “connect” to our LinkedIn profile and “like” our Facebook page. Our Facebook page has lots of interesting video clips to watch…

Our very best wishes

Sally Cathcart, Lucinda Mackworth-Young, Cathy Riley and Heli Ignatius-Fleet

The Tutor Team at The Piano Teachers’ Course EPTA UK


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