Your very own little jar of exciting ideas for Christmas-themed lessons

Have you ever noticed how many pupils love playing Christmas carols and songs? Quite often they try and pick out songs they know by ear - we're sure you've heard Jingle Bells for example.

In this Christmas Box Sharon and Sally show you how to turn that sudden wealth of enthusiasm into a learning opportunity.

Sharon takes you, step-by-step, through some ideas for how to teach We Three Kings by ear. There are several, carefully graded activities making this suitable for a range of standards from elementary pupils through to early intermediate. Accompanying the video series are a set of printable resources, designed to accompany your pupils' learning.

If you've ever wondered what to do with real beginners at Christmas, who maybe have only had a few lessons Sally has got the answer with a Christmas-themed Sound Story. She explains how these stories can be wonderful starting places for engaging young pupil’s imagination and creativity at the keyboard. This also comes complete with a Pupil Workbook.

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The Curious Piano Teachers
The Curious Piano Teachers

Welcome to The Curious Piano Teachers, the place where piano teachers come to learn

The Curious Piano Teachers was founded in 2015 by Dr Sally Cathcart and Sharon Mark-Teggart.

Both Sally and Sharon are outstanding teachers and communicators as well researchers in music education.

About Sally

Sally has many years of teaching experience both as a piano teacher and as a classroom music teacher. After her travels as a Winston Churchill Fellow, Sally founded the Oxford Piano Group as a place for pianists and teachers to collaborate and share experiences. She was awarded a PhD from the Institute of Education, UCL in 2013. Her topic was the first comprehensive study of UK piano teachers, exploring common practices, expertise, values, attitudes and motivation to teaching. She is very involved in teacher training and is a Principal Tutor on the Piano Teachers’ Course (UK). Furthermore, she is a trained Kodály practitioner a senior musicianship practitioner of The Voices Foundation. Sally is an examiner and syllabus consultant for ABRSM and is on the ABRSM Music Education Advisory Committee. She is a Fellow member of the ISM.

About Sharon

Sharon has 18 years of piano teaching experience. She has additional experience of teaching music at tertiary level and has also worked for several years within early years settings as a music practitioner. Sharon did a 3 year postgraduate course at the Institute of Education, University of Reading, achieving a Masters in Music Education with distinction in 2007. She was subsequently invited to join the course development team for the Piano Teachers’ Course (UK). Sharon worked on this course as a Principal Tutor for 3 years and then worked for a further year as moderator of the course’s academic submissions. Driven by her vision to provide a service for the piano teachers of Northern Ireland, allowing them to gain greater confidence, develop their teaching skills and gain accredited teaching qualifications, Sharon founded evoco in 2012 (Northern Ireland’s Music Education Organisation, specialising in piano teacher training). Sharon has been described as being a visionary entrepreneur within the world of music education. She is a member of EPTA (UK) and a Fellow Member of the ISM.

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