'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!
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.
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.
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