Rescheduling lessons made easy

The topic of make-up lessons is always a controversial one on piano teacher blogs and Facebook groups. This discussion is not about whether you should or shouldn't do make-up lessons, but rather a discussion of an efficient way to reschedule lessons if you should ever need to. I was prompted to write this post last week when a colleague related her feelings of overwhelm after emailing her students to remind them that any make-up lessons owed to them needed to be scheduled before the end of term or they would be forfeited. She was swamped with emails requesting make-up lessons and was faced with the arduous task of finding time slots for them all. Here is how I dealt with a similar (but diffe

Fingering Follies

Even with the best, most intelligent, logical and carefully worked out fingerings written by editors and composers, there still may be reasons to change it to better suit a particular student’s hand size or ability. In the quest for comfortable, speedy and smooth phrases, I spend a great deal of time with my students working out a decent fingering for their pieces. Back in the 19th century when fingering for scales was being systematised and pedagogues such as Türk were developing general principles for piano playing, certain ideas became de rigueur and remain with us to this day. If you observe editorial fingering for long enough, you will see that these rules are often followed without reg

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