International Piano Week

Issue 5 of The Piano Teacher magazine is due out next month and we are very excited to be launching a whole new look! Sneek peek below!

We are also thrilled to be launching International Piano Week!

Melbourne composer, Sonny Chua has written a piece he describes as a ‘musical smile’ especially for The Piano Teacher magazine.

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We are encouraging all piano teachers to have their students perform it during lessons in International Piano Week – September 1-7th 2014

The piece is called Umi’s Lullaby and there are so many ways you can use the piece.

  • Play it as a duet with beginner students
  • Use it as sight reading for older students
  • Include it as one of the 40 Piece Challenge pieces
  • Encourage students to improvise with it
  • Write a variation or arrangement and add other instruments
  • Add words or write a story or performance notes about the piece. Answer the question: Who is Umi?

We encourage students to upload their performances to Youtube and include International Piano Week Umi in the title. Then tweet about the performance using #IPWUmi.

Students might like to perform it at a school assembly or in a concert for family or friends.

Music stores might invite students in to perform Umi’s Lullaby on display pianos.

Teachers might contact a local newspaper or radio and give an interview about how your studio is participating in International Piano Week; write a blog about their experience preparing for IPW or upload outstanding or unusual student performances to http://www.facebook.com/AustralianPianoTeachersMusicHUB 

The possibilities are endless!

We will collate a tally of performances heard and report back in Issue 6 of The Piano Teacher magazine.

TPT

 

 

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The Piano Teacher magazines:

Issue 1

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Issue 3 PTM003_Cover

Issue 4 PTM_4_Cover (1)

The Challenge is driving them up the wall!

40 Piece Challenge ChristinaPiano Teacher Christina, from Rockhampton sent through a photo of her 40 Piece Challenge wall with this message:

“I wanted to share with you the bit of fun I’m having with my students at the school I teach at.

Our room has 2 walls carpeted for acoustics, so I thought I’d use this to my advantage and design this playing board for the students.

Each student has been given a little character to decorate which is their playing piece for the year.

I have some very creative students!

We are very excited about the challenge and I have some keen beginners who have already moved up the board.”

Thanks, Christina. We look forward to seeing how your students progress.