Ideas, Inspiration & Tips for Your Piano Playing

We’re delighted to have had the opportunity to collaborate with The Piano Teachers’ Course UK on several projects to date, including creating a collection of modules for the teaching section of the Online Academy. Our latest combined initiative is a new series of online workshops called PTC Live.

These workshops are presented by PTC tutors and aim to give piano players and teachers new ideas, inspiration and tips. Each session is recorded so you can revisit or watch the recordings in your own time. Questions for the tutors on the topics presented are also most welcome and discounts are available for Online Academy subscribers and PTC alumni!

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Psychology, ABRSM Repertoire & Technique for Musical Freedom

The first event took place on 4th December 2022 and featured Lucinda Mackworth-Young, Jill Morton and Masayuki Tayama giving presentations on teaching psychology, the new ABRSM syllabus and laying good technical foundations.

In this excerpt from the workshop recordings, Masa shows how to create a big sound without tension, Lucinda gives some ideas for introducing improvisation into a lesson and Jill explores a narrative for the Vals Poetico by Granados:

Click here to find out more or to purchase access to recordings.

Pedalling, Classical Style and Exploring Sound & Colour

The second set of workshops took place on Sunday 29th January 2023 with Kris Worsley and Jill Morton discussing pedalling, classical style and sound and colour possibilities in 20th C repertoire. 

In this excerpt from the workshop recordings, Kris gives an interesting example of how Mozart embellished a passage in one of his concertos and demonstrates partial pedalling in another work. Jill then explores the subject of voicing and creating the desired sound and colour in a prelude by Debussy:

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Building Your Bach, Understanding Rubato & The Suzuki Method

The next event in this series takes place on Sunday 5th March with Kris Worsley and Beate Toyka presenting the following sessions:

  • Building Your Bach (11:30 – 12:30 GMT) – Beate shows how to bring Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier to life with hints on articulation, technique and colours of touch.
  • Understanding Tempo Rubato (13:00 – 14:00 GMT) – Kris explores different types of tempo rubato and discusses how it can become an intrinsic part of performance
  • Suzuki Piano Teaching and Learning (14:15 – 15:15 GMT) – Beate explains the rationale of the Suzuki method and what makes it different from other methods

Click here to find out more or to book your place!

About the Piano Teachers’ Course

For 16 years, the Piano Teachers’ Course UK has been on a mission to raise the bar in piano teaching standards across the country. We’ve helped hundreds of teachers inspire in thousands of students and deep love of music that reaches beyond the pages of a tutor book. Click here to find out more.

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