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Piano Technique Tips: How Not to Offend

By Samantha Coates Technique is an incredibly subjective issue. Get 10 piano teachers in a room and you will have10 different techniques. Dare to criticise someone else’s and you’re in for a long night. I’d like to start this article by describing three personal experiences, all to do with comments […]

The Benefits of Music Instruction in Schools

     Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons  By Marcela De Vivo Art and music are usually the first programs to be cut from the school budget. Considered to not be an integral part of learning skills and information that would be useful in the future (on the job, out in […]

4 Ways to Improve Your Songwriting

By Bynn Alexander   If you have dabbled in songwriting but have found yourself disappointed with your efforts, it’s easy to get discouraged. Equally frustrating is when you think your songs are good, but they fail to interest others, to the point where you start to second-guess your abilities. Yes, […]

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10 Ways to Stand Out While Playing an Outdoor Street Piano

By Colin Forrester You see it. Standing there on its own begging to be played. Maybe someone is playing it to a half-decent level and you feel you could do something similar but you talk yourself out if it. You’re ‘not confident‘/don’t have the time/don’t want to cause a scene/be […]

Ipod learning – how to use audio to teach songs

This post is for teachers and pupils on how to use audio to help learning of songs on piano. It is important for the pupil to be able on some level to develop good aural skills in order for them to play their favourite songs. This means they should be […]

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List of musical dynamics, articulations and their meanings

Dynamics and articulation are about how each note is played. Without incorporating these into your playing, music will sound ‘one-dimensional’. Below is a list of what you must know to take your performances to the next level. Dynamics Dynamics are indicators of the relative intensity or volume of a musical […]