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The Online Course for Piano Teachers to Learn Playful Techniques

Teach your Students to Succeed from Lesson 1

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'Play leads to brain plasticity, adaptability and creativity. Nothing fires up the brain like play'*

Do your beginner lessons feel like hard work and are quite serious? The problem might be a lack of playfulness.

This Online Course features step-by-step ideas that will immediately show you how to become more playful in one-to-one and group piano lessons.

As a direct result you'll find that your students learn faster and more effectively.

*Stuart Brown, Play Is More Than just Fun, TED Talk.

"Seeing the activities being delivered gave me the confidence to try them out right away!"

- Katrina Fox, piano teacher & member of The Community

A significant feature of this course is that you get to observe Sally and Sharon teach. You get to see what a playful approach looks like. Sally and Sharon also explain the purpose of this 'playful' approach and provide lesson reflections for each lesson video.

When you buy the course you will get instant access to:

  • 6 videos where you get to watch Sally and Sharon teaching
  • 6 Teacher Workbooks that help you to start using the same techniques in your teaching
  • A 40-page Resource Pack with the songs and colourful, ready-to-print rhythm flashcards that your pupils will love (and so will you!)

Members of The Curious Piano Teachers Community will also get complimentary access to the Let's Play online Mastermind forum, where you can chat with others doing the course (and Sally & Sharon)


To help you put the teaching ideas into action, you get a set of 6 Teacher Workbooks

PLUS a 40-page Resource Pack featuring the songs and printable flashcards that you see used in the videos!



Your Instructor


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.


Course Curriculum


  INTRODUCTION
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  1. LET'S PLAY
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  2. PLAYING WITH PURPOSE
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  3. PLAYING WITH RHYTHM
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  4. PLAYING WITH RHYTHM NOTATION
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  5. PLAYING WITH PHRASES
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  6. THE PLAYFUL PIANO TEACHER
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  THANK YOU & WHERE NEXT?
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If, having reached the end and completed the action steps, you are unsatisfied with your purchase, please contact us within the first 30 days including the completed Teacher Workbook and stating the reasons why you are unsatisfied and we will give you a full refund.
What are other teachers saying about the course?
'I love this series, really helpful to get an insight into someone else's teaching and so many brilliant ideas to take away and use in your own lessons!' RSL
What are other teachers saying about the course?
'So many ideas that will slot straight into my teaching, so many examples of good practice and really honest analysis of Sally and Sharon's own teaching in the recorded lessons.' KF
How do I get access to the Mastermind group?
Once you enrol for the Let's Play course you will be sent an invitation to join the exclusive Let's Play Mastermind group. By joining the group you will be able to chat to the other teacher's on the course, solve problems and share good practice. Sally and Sharon are in there as well and will be popping in with top tips and new songs and teaching suggestions from time to time.

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