Creative Piano Professional

Here at Creative.Piano.Professional anything style, pedagogy, pianos, piano teaching, piano studios, business, music, and music technology is up for discussion.

It’s the place to come to for information, have a discussion and to ask questions. Ever felt like you wanted more information on a particular technique but didn’t want to ask? This the place for you. Ever needed new ideas for repertoire? I’m are your kinda person!

Just want some fresh, honest and down to earth discussion about what is really happening in music studios? Creative.Piano.Professional is for you.

Music Teachers, Problogger and the Gold Coast

Yesterday I returned from a four day trip to the beautiful Gold Coast for Problogger 2014. Conferences are great fun to present at but this time I was going as an attendee to a non-musical conference. I knew several acquaintances who were going and was looking forward...

The Impact of Positive Feedback -The Way We Communicate

Today received an email from the parent of two of my students. This in itself wasn't unusual but the way it made me feel was. Normally we send quite functional emails, a quick hello and then a request or clarification of information. This mornings email just wanted to...

A Delivery of Trinity College Exam Materials!

Today I returned home to find a parcel on my doorstep. A parcel that is a part of my research. It is like Christmas in my house when new music arrives.     I ordered the entire range of Trinity exam books. Aural, technical, guides, the lot. I want to review different...

G&T with Jovanni-Rey de Pedro!

At the Australian Piano Pedagogy Conference in Toowoomba last year I met Concert Pianist Dr Jovanni-Rey De Pedro. He played the opening recital and it was wonderful! I particularly enjoyed hearing the world premiers he played (here is the Norton Sonata) and the...

How to Say Goodbye to Your Teacher

Sometimes in life you need to say goodbye to a teacher. There is no one, definitive right way to do so. However, there are a few things you can do and a few to avoid in order to make the process less confronting for everyone. Teachers understand that in life sometimes...

Gelati and a Chat With Dr Randall Faber

Last year I had the pleasure of spending time with Dr Randall Faber at the 2013 Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference. When I left for the conference, I flew up from Adelaide to Brisbane, got the hire car and then went to the international arrivals to get Randall to...

The Power of “Play it Again!” (please)

  Last week my children were starting to push back when I asked them to do their piano practice. Each morning before school they both do 10-20 minutes practice. This has been the routine since they started learning piano last year. So when they started to go through a...

Goal Setting

Over the last week I have been planning. Goal setting for my family, studio, students and also for here at Creative.Piano.Professional. It has been exciting to think about that I would like to achieve and put things out there as inspiration for the year. Each year our...

40 Piece Challenge – How it Works For Us!

For quite some time my studio has run a certificate system for students completing songs. For completing 10 pieces, they received a green certificate, orange for 20, silver for 30 and gold for 40. This was quite an easy achievement for the beginner students with lots...

Radio silence- How we use music in times of trouble……

  In the last few weeks life has gotten in the way of planned blogging.  With family on-goings and hopsitals to be in, it has got me thinking about how we use music in our lives for rituals. Three weeks ago my dear Nanna passed away. Early on her last morning, she had...

6 Tips for Protecting Your Voice!

Lets talk about vocal hygiene. No, not the "brush your teeth" kind of hygiene, more the "how to look after your voice hygiene". At my recent visit to the speech pathologist in an attempt to restore my vocal function (read more about it in this post) the specialist...

Who tunes your piano?

Until recently I have never questioned who tuned my piano. Since I was a little girl the same gentleman has been our tuner. He knew me from the age of 8 and each year or so he would be over to tune the piano. This gentleman was a part of our lives. He had been to each...

Oh dear, I’ve lost my voice!

Have you ever lost your voice? It's a bit of a professional hazard as a teacher. Over the last few months I have had several viruses and laryngitis. I have had little or no voice for seven weeks. Then things started getting worse, a tight strained throat reminded me...

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