Archive for the ‘Teaching’ Category

BBC Young Musician’s ‘accs’

Posted by Susan Tomes on 7 May 2016 under Concerts, Musings, Teaching  •  7 Comments

BBC Young Musician is underway on BBC4, and once again the talent and accomplishment of the young players is absolutely admirable. To watch and listen to them is inspiring and gives one great hope for the next generation of classical musicians. Having said that, I am still vexed by the way that the collaborative pianists are […]

Status, yes/no

Posted by Susan Tomes on 19 March 2016 under Concerts, Musings, Teaching, Travel  •  5 Comments

In my travels as a guest tutor I come across post-grad and young professional musicians from lots of different countries. For some time now I’ve made it a habit to ask them how they’re getting on with making their way in the classical music profession – easy or difficult? Without exception they reply that they are finding […]

Thinking back or planning ahead?

Posted by Susan Tomes on 18 October 2014 under Concerts, Musings, Teaching  •  1 Comment

An interesting discussion the other night with a bunch of student pianists. We were discussing the kind of situation where you have to perform several different pieces in a row without being able to leave the stage. This is sometimes the case in, for example, a competition, where the rules state that you must perform […]

Motivation

Posted by Susan Tomes on 26 July 2014 under Inspirations, Teaching  •  Leave a comment

I’ve spent the past week teaching a piano course in the south of France. Stormy weather accompanied our music-making, and the temperatures were unseasonally low, though we were sometimes grateful that cooler weather made it easier to work. My class of pianists was a very interesting group to teach. All of them have demanding day […]

The composer’s markings

Posted by Susan Tomes on 7 June 2014 under Musings, Teaching  •  3 Comments

In a lot of the teaching I’ve been doing recently, one theme has been running through the lessons. I find myself pointing out to one person after another that they are not actually doing what the composer asked. I don’t mean in terms of notes – those are usually fine – but in terms of […]