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American Music Teacher review

Posted by Susan Tomes on 10 December 2018 under Musings  •  Leave a comment

My first American review of Speaking the Piano has just appeared in American Music Teacher (December 2018/Jan 2019). It’s a relief to me to have the approval of professional teachers, for as I explain in the book my own experience of teaching has evolved slowly and organically out of my activities as a performer. I […]

Jazz and its women instrumentalists

Posted by Susan Tomes on 9 November 2018 under Musings, Travel  •  3 Comments

In my new book Speaking the Piano, there’s a chapter about the time I went to America in the 1980s to learn jazz piano. I loved learning about jazz, but didn’t find a way into the jazz world at that time. One of the reasons was my feeling of discomfort at being a female instrumentalist […]

A little knowledge

Posted by Susan Tomes on 1 October 2018 under Daily Life, Musings, Teaching  •  5 Comments

I was doing a radio interview the other day about my new book ‘Speaking the Piano.’ While waiting in the studio, I got chatting to the man on duty in reception. I was holding a copy of my book. He asked me what it was about, so I told him it was about learning music. […]

Email, instant messaging and the whirligig of time

Posted by Susan Tomes on 17 September 2018 under Daily Life, Musings, Teaching  •  1 Comment

I was complaining last week to a fellow musician about the difficulty of getting students to reply to emails. ‘You’d think they would reply to email precisely because it’s so easy to click on ‘reply’ and write a few words’, I said. ‘I have exactly the same problem’, he said. ‘I think it’s because a […]

Why go on having tuition when you’ve ‘finished training’?

Posted by Susan Tomes on 10 September 2018 under Musings, Teaching  •  4 Comments

I’ve been in London coaching young post-grad and professional chamber groups for ChamberStudio, a wonderful enterprise which provides mentorship and further training for instrumentalists who have ‘finished studying’ but still need or wish to have access to advice and tuition. Why would people want to go on having coaching when they’ve got degrees, diplomas, prizes […]

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