• The Path to Success

    Some well-intentioned students have little idea how to practise or how to progress. Here are some observations of how high-achieving students work. Of course there are many ways to succeed and you may know other ways. These points are based on my own observations. How high-achieving students work: 1. They approach fresh pieces with enthusiasm and determination. They are explorers in a fascinating world. It’s a musical adventure! 2. They follow up quickly on lessons and practise the new skills throughout the week. 3. They listen to themselves when they play and enjoy making the sound better and better. 4. They never allow themselves to be bored but find new…

  • Musical Classics to Start your Library

    It is always nice to have some beautiful music books handy to play for pleasure. There are some wonderful classic books available as well as delightful modern albums. Here are some suggestions to start your collection. Early Years: tutors and mixture of early classics and light music Exercises: Junior Hanon, Burgmuller Studies Grade 2/3: Bartok Musical Cameos, early Bach and Mozart, Denis Alexander Splash of Colour Grades 3/4: Tchaikovsky Scenes from Childhood Op 39, Clementi Sonatinas Op 36 (goes up to Grade 6) Grades 4/5: Grieg Lyric Pieces, J S Bach 2-part Inventions Grades 5/6: easier Debussy, Ibert Giddy Girl, Jessica’s Theme, Beethoven Fur Elise (full version), Moonlight Sonata, early Chopin and Schumann Grade 7: Mendelssohn Songs without Words, Debussy…