TO THE CURIOUS PIANO TEACHERS
We help piano teachers across the world learn as much as they teach.
Our Members are at the heart of The Curious Piano Teachers. Together we all learn as much as we teach. As a community we help each other to find solutions to teaching problems and create a fantastic and super supportive, professional learning atmosphere. With access to all the resources and your peers, you save time, energy and money.
Had tried hard to motivate her young beginners prior to becoming a member.
Through joining Hannah discovered a wealth of new material that transformed her teaching of beginners.
Was struggling to teach pedalling in a logical way.
By buddying up and chatting with another Curious member he was able to develop a more systematic set of approaches.
Felt stuck on a 3 pieces a year treadmill.
Until she discovered The Piano Framework which helped her to fill in all the gaps.
Wrestled with the disconnect between teaching theory and practical application.
Once she asked for help she had many suggestions from other members and our experts.
Living in a rural location Jodie routinely experienced a sense of professional isolation.
Membership of The Curious Piano Teachers changed all that for her.
Anne always felt obliged to make-up cancelled lessons.
Inspired by our Profitable Business Models resources, new parent contracts have seen attendance improve dramatically.
The Curious Piano Teachers was founded in 2015 by Dr Sally Cathcart and Sharon Mark- Teggart. Both are outstanding practitioners and communicators, as well researchers in music education. They realised the power of learning from each other to make their lessons work better, pursue new opportunities and increase their love of teaching piano. Together, Sally and Sharon created this unique online Community that is now helping hundreds of piano teachers from across the globe to learn as much as they teach.
Sally and Sharon are supported by some of the leading piano pedagogues from around the world. Our range of experts contribute via how-to-teaching videos, lesson snapshots or on our monthly, members-only webinars. Here's just a few but you'll find loads more well-known faces inside.
Pianist, teacher, writer, adjudicator, tutor (UK)
Author and creator of Blitzbooks (Aus)
Dr. Rena Upitis
Professor, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada. Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
Little Peppers, 40 Piece Challenge, P Plate Piano, Raw Score, The Art of Piano Pedagogy (Aus)
Director, The Piano Teachers' Course (UK)
Distinguished Professor and Artist-in-Residence (Emeritus), Texas Tech University (USA)
WHAT YOU'LL GET
From Your Membership
When you join The Community you get instant access to the extensive range of training material, known as Curiosity Boxes. These cover a huge range of topics and provide top quality, in-depth and user-friendly resources. There is a clear way forward each month to help you apply each new skill or knowledge to your teaching. You can pick and choose to suit your own needs from everything that is available.
A TOOLKIT FOR TEACHING GRADE 1 PIANO
There is no other course out there (to our knowledge) that gives piano teachers such practical, tangible step-by-step help. With 21 videos and 22 downloadable resources, Sally and Sharon have shared with you every bit of their considerable experience and knowledge!
- Discover how to find out whether or not a student is ready to start Grade 1 preparation
- Access to a range of practical, tried-and-tested teaching strategies to cover the requirements for ABRSM, LCM & Trinity
- Know how to guide and support students immediately before the exam to help them achieve their best on the day
- Helpful tips for practice routines to keep students practising
- Thoughts on how to develop secure technical skills
- Strategies for developing sight reading skills
- Ideas for teaching aural tests
- Suggestions on how to create artistic performances
DEVELOP YOUR SIGHT READING SKILLS AS A PIANO TEACHER
Access a 4-week course designed to enable piano teachers to read more efficiently at Foundation Level, covering these six development areas:
- Keyboard geography
- Two-part rhythms
- Open score reading
- Sight reading
HOW TO CREATE A BEAUTIFUL SOUND AT THE PIANO
Designed to help piano teachers to focus on their own playing and sound production. Featuring 5-minute video presentations from 15 well-renowned pianists and teachers from around the world, there are lots of tips showing how you can achieve a better, more beautiful sound at the piano.
- June Armstrong, UK
- Timothy Barrett, UK
- Graham Fitch, UK
- Fred Karpoff, USA
- Julie Knerr-Hague, USA
- Lucinda Mackworth-Young, UK
- Stephen Marquiss, UK
- Jill Morton, UK
- Ilga Pitkevica, UK
- Deborah Rambo Sinn, USA
- Penelope Roskell, UK
- Benjamin Steinhardt, USA
- Masayuki Tayama, UK
- William Westney, USA
- Anthony Williams, UK
I'm a new member and I started by watching these 15 five-minute videos. They were brilliant! I got to see what the main priorities were for each presenter. For some it was about touch and good technique. For some it was all about the details of balance and voicing. But for others, the most important is listening and imagining. I've learnt a lot about teaching from this format. Thank you!
AN A-Z OF TEACHING BEGINNER STUDENTS
Access 4 e-books featuring keywords associated with beginner piano lessons. For each keyword there is a clear, concise definition. And when you’re curious about a definition, you will be able to learn more from the references provided: Curiosity Boxes, video links, blog posts, published books.
- Book 1 | from A for Adults to F for Fun
- Book 2 | from G for Gesture to M for Musical Alphabet
- Book 3 | from N for Naughty to S for Style
- Book 4 | from T for Teaching Backwards to Z for Zzz...
- 222 clear and concise definitions
- Complete with references to video links, blog posts, published books and Curiosity Boxes
CREATIVE APPROACHES FOR TEACHING AT ADVANCED LEVEL
Discover a range of zesty, multi-sensory learning strategies for advanced level students (Grades 6-8)
- Masterclass with Fred Karpoff (+ workbook)
- Masterclasses with Graham Fitch
- How to practice advanced level scales in ways that will stop the brain getting bored
- How to develop key awareness to help students tackle repertoire in more advanced keys
- How to create an analysis map
- Resource: style & form cards
- Resource: circle of 5ths
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