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Ben Walker

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Lockdown Stories: Robin Phillips

Throughout the pandemic, a new rising theme is the use of online streaming for both teaching, performing and communicating with other musicians, friends and family. Today we’re speaking to Robin Phillips, a Cambridgeshire based musician who is perhaps one of the best examples of adapting and utilising some fantastic tech to continue to inspire and share the power of music!  We caught up with Robin to discuss how he has been able to adapt to the virtual age and his experiences throughout the past year. For more stories like Robin’s,... Read More

What are Tone, Timbre and Voice On A Piano?

When looking at acoustic pianos, something you’ll often hear a lot of people talk about is the tone, timbre, colour or voice of the piano. For those not in the know, these can be rather ambiguous terms, but there are reasons for their differentiation! Today we’ll be running you through these terms to make sure you’re in the know and understand all of the needed piano lingo to make a well informed decision when finding the perfect piano for you! What Do Tone, Timbre and Voice Mean? Tone, timbre, colour and... Read More

24/02/2021

Using Music As Stress Relief

For many of us over the past year, stress levels have been at their highest, with all kinds of crises going on, finding solace is important to modern living. It’s no secret that stress is detrimental to both our physical and mental health and can impact almost every aspect of your life. From damaging relationships, to reduced work productivity, to worsening sleep patterns, increased stress levels are never a good thing. That is why today we wanted to outline the incredible power of music and how learning the piano could... Read More

24/02/2021

How To Tune A Piano: The Piano Tuning Process

After a few months, or even a year of playing an acoustic piano you may find that overtime your piano doesn’t quite sound the same as it used to. Don’t worry, your instrument isn’t broken or necessarily in need of repair – it just needs a tuning! Like other acoustic instruments, pianos require tuning to deliver the best possible sound. Unlike guitars or violins however, the piano tuning process is incredibly complex and actually requires years of training and practice to master. When buying an acoustic piano or second hand piano, a lot... Read More

24/02/2021
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The Best Headphones For Piano Practice

When it comes to creating a fully immersive piano playing experience, choosing the right headphones for you is crucial and without a little guidance, can be complicated! It’s often easy to think ‘I’ll just throw on my usual headphones’, however without a little more understanding on how headphones work and how many are designed, you could be missing out on some seriously amazing sound quality. Why does it matter? Ultimately, which headphones you decide to practice with is a lot down to personal preference. If you are fine with playing... Read More

24/02/2021

Sally Cathcart’s 5 Step Guide for choosing your next tutor book.

It’s always lovely to hear piano teachers say ‘I like to keep up to date with the latest books and materials’. These days we are spoilt for choice, especially where piano tutor books are concerned. But how do we choose the right books for our pupils given the selection available? Here are five important questions you can ask to help you decide. Step 1 How are musical skills and concepts introduced? How many new, school-aged beginners have you come across that can’t keep a steady pulse, or don’t know what... Read More

The Chinese Pianists Who Are Driving Music Forwards

Across the past century piano mania continues to sweep across China and the country offers some of the most innovative talented pianists in the world today. Today, in connection with the Chinese new year, we wanted to celebrate just a few of the names who are continuing to innovate and excel the piano into new territories. Music as a whole is accelerating enormously within China, from 2013 to 2017, it’s believed that the number of orchestras in China lept from 32 to 82. Likewise, within education, an estimated 40 million children... Read More

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Lockdown Stories – Dr. Chris Stanbury

The pandemic has affected us all in some incredibly unique and unforeseeable ways. From gigging musicians to teachers, to industry professionals, we’ve all had to adapt, change and reconnect ourselves with the way we see music. One individual that has perhaps felt this change more than most is Dr. Chris Stanbury. Chris is not only a musician himself, but is also a key writer for many keyboard syllabuses across the world – Chances are if you’ve taken a piano or keyboard exam, he’s probably helped write it! Chris is also a product... Read More

Getting More Children Involved In Music Education!

Our goal has always been simple – to make the quest for music as accessible as possible. Whilst the past year certainly has thrown a few spanners in the works, that is still our goal, to support teachers, communities and students however possible. Today we wanted to outline just some of the ways that yourself or your children can get involved in music education, whether it be through schooling, private tuition or by connecting with teachers across the country. In our Lockdown Stories series we spoke to a number of teachers and professionals... Read More

Children’s Mental Health Week – Using Music To Express Yourself!

The theme of this year’s 2021 Children’s Mental Health Week is to encourage more and more young people to  ‘Express Yourself’ – backed by the Duchess of Cambridge and countless other TV personalities and celebrity names, more and more parents and children across the country have been turning inwards and discovering new ways of expressing themselves to help their mental health and general wellbeing. Today, we wanted to give our input and explore the ways we feel music can be a fantastic way to allow children to express themselves – but whether... Read More