GRADE 1 TOOLKIT FOR PIANO TEACHERS
Practical strategies for teaching Grade 1 successfully
This online course is available to purchase for a limited time only
Discover the basic principles needed to prepare pupils positively for their Grade 1 piano exam (ABRSM, LCM & Trinity) with the practical guidance of the Grade 1 Toolkit.
By working through and implementing the ideas in the Grade 1 Toolkit you will:
1. Know how to judge whether or not a pupil is ready to start preparing for Grade 1
2. Learn about a range of teaching strategies for covering the various requirements
3. Be able to help your pupils achieve their best in their Grade 1 piano exam
The Grade 1 Toolkit for Piano Teachers consists of 4 Modules. Each module contains approx. 60-120 minutes of videos - plus cheatsheets and other teaching resources. The course will need a minimum of 8 hours to complete but can be completed at your own pace.
Module 1 | Starting Off
Know when it’s time to start Grade 1 preparation along with a timeline overview and strategies for getting parents involved in a positive way.
Module 2 | Preparing the Groundwork
Gives strategies for how to connect the technical work, aural training, pieces and sight-reading together.
Module 3 | Building Momentum
Considers the specific elements required by the 3 exam boards covering technical work, supporting tests, pieces and sight-reading.
Module 4 | Towards the Big Day
Looks at the exam criteria and how to prepare students for their performance including on the day and performance anxiety.
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The Curious Piano Teachers was founded in 2015 by Sally Cathcart and Sharon Mark-Teggart. Both are outstanding practitioners and communicators, as well as 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 a 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 have built a profoundly meaningful Community of piano teachers across the globe that provides members with high-quality opportunities and resources for professional development."
- Dr Christopher Fisher | Professor of Piano, Ohio University School of Music
Sally Cathcart, PhD | Co-Founder, The Curious Piano Teachers
Sally's innate curiosity has taken her to many corners of the world to explore different approaches to music education. After her travels as a 2005 Winston Churchill Fellow, Sally founded the Oxford Piano Group as a vibrant, collaborative place for pianists and teachers to meet 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 has many years of teaching experience both as a piano teacher and as a classroom music teacher. Sally is a Principal Tutor on the Piano Teachers’ Course and is a consultant for ABRSM and The Voices Foundation.
Sally is married to Michael and lives down the road from the real Downton Abbey!
Sharon Mark-Teggart, MA | Co-Founder, The Curious Piano Teachers
Sharon says: “Being curious has taken me to places I never thought I’d reach. As a piano teacher, with incredibly humble beginnings, I’d never have moved on without my sense of curiosity and my courage to change.”
In 2007 Sharon achieved a Masters of Music Education with distinction. She has over 20 years of piano teaching experience and since 2012 has delivered Associate and Licentiate teaching diploma courses to groups of piano teachers - with well over 100 piano teachers successfully gaining accredited piano teaching diplomas.
Sharon has been described as being a visionary entrepreneur within the world of music education. After founding evoco in 2012 (Northern Ireland’s Music Education Organisation, specialising in piano teacher training) she founded The Curious Piano Teachers in 2015 with Dr Sally Cathcart.
Sharon lives close to the beautiful Mourne Mountains in County Down, Northern Ireland, with her husband Philip and 3 year-old son Reuel.