Happy Birthday by Beethoven?

Apart from Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,  the best well-known melody is Happy Birthday. But how would it sound if Beethoven had composed it? Or perhaps Chopin? Or Bach? Pianist, Nicole Pesce, shows how.


Keeping track of your technical progress

Students often bring a number of books to lessons… unless they leave them at home, and that happens too! But what if you have a really creative way of helping your student (and yourself!) keep track of their technical progress?

Andrea, from Teach Piano Today, has come up with a relatively painless way to help you and your piano students do this and is also offering free printables. These suit RCM exams but you could adapt them to suit your exam syllabus requirements fairly easily. There are also some “blanks” for you to fill in yourself. Check out what Andrea has to say here and pick up the free printables here 🙂C major scale

Jazz pianist, Joey Alexander

Joey Alexander is an amazing jazz pianist from Bali. If you heard him play without having seen him, you would probably guess he was a lot older than 11 years old! Joey learnt a lot from his dad and from listening to recordings and imitating them. Joey has just released his first album, My Favourite Things, which is available on iTunes. Check him out and be amazed!

You can read more of Joey’s journey on The Improvised Line – A Blog About The Piano, Improvising and Jazz.

Little Pianists Finger Strengthener

Here is a very simple idea but great for strengthening those little fingers. Using a small plastic cup and a balloon you too can make one of these little finger drums and help your youngest students to strengthen their fingers and have fun doing it!