Every year, May is NZ Music Month. To celebrate this in 2020, I posted past performances of students playing NZ works on Facebook and invited students who had a piece by a NZ composer in their repertoire to record a performance of it for sharing on Facebook. You can view some of the student work…

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Learning to play your scales and arpeggios really well will help you develop as a pianist and as a musician.   When you play scales, you’re strengthening your fingers, the coordination between your hands and preparing yourself for scale passages which occur in a lot of music.  You can also use your scale practice to…

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There are many composition competitions and opportunities for you to have your original pieces performed.  It’s hugely satisfying to hear other people perform your piece(s), to have your music recorded and have a meaningful, real context for your learning in composition.   Below you’ll find competitions and events that I’m aware of, and I’ll try…

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Noteflight is an online tool that you can use to write and playback music over the internet. It’s reasonably priced and is a great tool for music students. It’s possible for music teachers to set up a safe space on Noteflight where their students can share music and access online resources. This year, I’ve started…

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Here’s 5 simple tips that will help you have a great online piano lesson. 1. choosing which device to use If you have a laptop computer or chrome book, use this for your online lesson. The benefit of using a device with a large screen, is that you’ll be able to see the annotations that…

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If you’ve entered the Nell Trail Junior or Intermediate scholarship sections of the LearnMusicNZ Eisteddfod, you’re probably already aware that you need to give an introduction a) to yourself and b) to the pieces that you’re going to play.   The purpose of this is to give you valuable performance experience. These days, when you…

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The Rotorua Cushion Concerts organised by our local branch of LearnMusicNZ are held at St Lukes in May and September each year.  These concerts give students the opportunity to perform in front of a friendly audience. The programme is always diverse and represents a range of ages, levels and styles. Sometimes a guest artist is…

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Every year the Rotorua Branch of LearnMusicNZ hosts an Eisteddfod in June. The term ‘Eisteddfod’ is Welsh, and means festival of music / performance. The Eisteddfod is held in either Rotorua or Taupo and is open to children, teens and adults who are learning from a registered music teacher in the area. When the Eisteddfod…

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You might have heard that you can sit piano exams if you’re learning the piano. There are  both practical exams in piano (where you play music/scales and answer some listening tests in front of an examiner) and/or theory exams (a written exam which tests you understanding of the language of music.)   Piano exams are…

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What happens in between piano lessons makes a big difference to the success your child will experience learning piano. Here’s five little tips that’ll help you support your child’s learning in Music.   5 little tips that’ll make a big difference Set aside a regular practice time Short, regular, consistent practice sessions are key Be…

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