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Posts by Dorothy Chia

You Cannot Fail….

My mother says “You cannot fail your piano exams”.When I processed this statement through my head long after the student has finished the piano lesson with me, my heart weighs heavily. This is so wrong. When a child looks to the adult closest to them for support and hears this kind of a threat, what…

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Personal Development

  What do you do for your own professional growth? Are you constantly learning, improving, exploring new teaching ideas and materials? Are you in a state of GROWTH? Conversely, are you stagnant and burn out from your piano teaching? Do you look forward to the end of your teaching day where you can chill in…

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Soar to Greater Heights, Just don’t Jump.

Soar to Greater Heights, Just don’t Jump. Every year around this time, students start receiving their ABRSM practical exam results. With the rise of social media, proud teachers and music schools will use the stellar results of their students as advertising tools to attract the next cohort of new students. This is also the time…

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Quick Study in the Piano Diploma Teaching Exam

Quick Study in the Piano Diploma Teaching Exam   In my years of preparing and mentoring young piano teachers for the Dipabrsm Piano Teaching Diploma, I find the most common cause of failure among exam candidates is the Quick Study section of the exam. While piano teachers can prepare for the viva voce component by…

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The Rise of Music Illiteracy

  The Rise of Music Illiteracy On one hand, there are more parents today sending their kids to Music Lessons than 10 years ago. But, there is also an upward trend of piano students who are not able to READ MUSIC. Ironically, that piano student who cannot read music might have even completed grade 8,…

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