Smaller music competitions

Competitions part 2: When we think of international music competitions today, live streams, enormous halls and extraordinary prizes immediately come to mind. Events like the Van Cliburn in Fort Worth, Tchaikovsky competitions in Moscow and the Chopin competition in Warsaw could hardly be more high profile, with vast international audiences following every stage of proceedings with avid interest and passion.… Read more

Insurance for the music studio

Private Music Teacher Support is a new series of articles to help the private music teacher.
Finances, insurance, child protection and connections.

Working as a self-employed musician from your own home has many obvious advantages but can be lonely. Though it is wonderful not to have to travel to work and terrific to use your own equipment and facilities, welcoming pupils into your music room, it is important that financial safe-guarding and administrative precautions and procedures are set-up securely in advance of lessons so that music making can proceed calmly, enjoyably, and efficiently.… Read more

If piano competitions did not exist…

Competitions part 1: Can young musicians be forgiven for assuming that they simply have to win one of these events in order to find a career in music?

Part 5: Alim Beisembayev Interview >
Part 4: Copying with COVID >
Part 3: Copying with COVID > conclusion
Part 2: Smaller Music competitions >
Part 1: Current blog

Though we may like to think that music transcends sport and objective worldly evaluations, there is nothing new about the concept of musicians performing in competitions.… Read more

To memorise or not to memorise? That is the question…

In his blog, Murray tackles a very important topic for any musician: is playing from memory really necessary? 

When we listen to a performance, surely it is the sounds we hear that matter the most rather than the presentation? And it surely goes without saying that what counts is the quality of sounds that musicians produce on stage rather than the means by which they are produced.… Read more

The composing spectrum part 2

Nikki Illes, who has worked with Alanna on occasion, is clear about the need to begin musical exploration creatively rather than from a more academic, intellectual perspective:

Even with someone more advanced like Alanna, the temptation is to get into the nitty gritty of harmonic specifics, whereas letting the musical imagination explore a broader more modal approach opens the ears. Read more

Both sides of the brain

About practising part 1: Murray McLachlan discovers how both sides of our brain contribute to our practising the piano.

Part 1: Current blog
Part 2
: Micro practice >
Part 3: Internalisation & working away from the instrument >
Part 4: How to begin?Read more

The composing spectrum part one

The composing spectrum part 1: For many musicians, the image of a composer sitting at a desk in front of a blank sheet of manuscript paper in order to begin writing ‘original’ music seems quite alien from what they are doing on a day-to-day basis.… Read more

Fingering Fixations

Years ago, when I lived in Aberdeen, I was horrified to pick up the local newspaper one morning and see a devastating quasi war zone photo on the front page. It was of a pile of bricks. A gas explosion had completely destroyed the home of Donald Hawksworth, retired music advisor, organist, and pianist.… Read more

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