Farewell to Gatton

Hi everyone,

It is with great sadness that I finished 11 years of teaching in Gatton & Laidley at the end of 2017 – I left 33 piano students behind!

Here are some photos of my end of year concert on 2 Dec 2017. I was privileged to receive some lovely gifts from my students – including tickets to a piano concert in Sydney called “Stalin’s Piano”. (Thank you so much Jasmin for organising this!)



Encouraging students to hope and encouraging students to struggle for what they hope for.

I’ve recently listened to a video of Brene Brown speaking at the “Up Experience 2011”. The catch phrase she used repeatedly was “hope is a function of struggle”. People who have high levels of hope set goals, they set pathways on how they can acheive these goals and they believe they can do it. Interestingly, these people who have the highest levels of hope also have the most experiences of failure. She thens talks about the experience of a swimming coach who used the thumbs down sign until, after many goes, the child could do it, and got the thumbs up! “This moment” she said, “is a gift”! (Watch the video from 8:30)

What do you think if a school, or music studio, had the slogan that “You can’t give your child everything”? Would parents be attracted to that?

Piano Challenge for 2014

Hi. It’s been a while since I’ve been on. It’s holiday time now so it’s a good time to start blogging.
This year I’m hoping to encourage some of my piano students to take up the “40 Piece Challenge”. Basically students aim to learn 40 pieces in one year – that’s one piece for every school week. Of course the pieces set won’t all be of a high difficulty – at least one will be something a student could sightread and learn well within one week. Read more about this at   http://www.40piecechallenge.com.au
I think this is a great idea for non-exam students to give them something to aim for and to improve their sightreading and widen their repertoire. I even think this would be good for some exam students – they could take a bit of time off from doing only exam pieces and explore a much wider range of music. (Although they would probably have to delay sitting their exam a little.) I think this “40 Piece Challenge” is such a wonderful idea. I’ll let you know later how it’s going.