New 'Materials Fee'

Published: Mar 19, 2015  |   Category: Housekeeping

Hello everyone, I wish to give you all notice of a new fee that I will be charging each student from the beginning of Term 2. I've decided to do this after much thought & consultation with professional peers. It's becoming a new norm nowadays for music to be in the digital sphere. Some music can ONLY be bought digitally (ie online) now & it poses new problems & opportunities. One problem is that the teacher can't get access to the music in qu.....Read More

New Small Group Music Theory Classes

Published: Feb 1, 2015  |   Category: Studio goals

100 Piece Challenge

Published: Jan 23, 2015  |   Category: Studio goals

Piano Shop (2015 Incentive Program)

Published: Jan 23, 2015  |   Category: Studio goals

Welcome to a new year & a new incentive program! Here you see the new Piano Shop. Inside the piano shop are various items that can be purchased by students with currency they earn each week for various achievements. The currency is expressed as a music note. Each week a small score sheet will be pasted into the student.....Read More

Focusing, practising, performing

Published: Aug 30, 2014  |   Category: Sharing the findings...

Hi everyone, Every now & again I find a great blog post from a leading musician or teacher that is worth sharing. Today I've found 2 such posts that might interest! The first is a post about comparing practising piano with sport training. There are 2 passages that I love ie are meaningful for me as a teacher, teaching students week after week with the same issues. The first is about practising at home: 'A sporting analogy is h.....Read More

Clever Rowie Publically Performing!

Published: Jul 10, 2014  |   Category: Achievements, Performing or exams

Very proud of Miss Rowie who finally found a way to concentrate when performing for others! Here is her recording of Fur Elise this afternoon. PS You may wish to ask for her autograph soon before she gets famous. .....Read More

Raph learning Quick as a Flash

Published: Jul 8, 2014  |   Category: Working at it....

If you want to see a fun new strategy that I'm using in piano lessons check out this Youtube recording of Raph learning Quick as a Flash in the P Plate Piano Book 1. .....Read More

The developing 'practice lottery'

Published: Jul 8, 2014  |   Category: Working at it....

The 'Practice Lottery' strategy I'm using to help myself feel less overwhelmed with the work required. I've broken down all the things I need to practice into smaller units - individual scales or groups of scales, single bars or phrases or sections of my pieces etc. Each individual task has be.....Read More

All Dirty Cows....

Published: Jun 25, 2014  |   Category: From the mouths of babes....

Georgia working out the notes on the lines in the bass stave..... 'All Dirty Cows.....' LOL .....Read More

Piano Exams

Published: Jun 21, 2014  |   Category: Uncategorized Yesterday Anna was one of 6 children who performed at their piano exams at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music. Everyone was very pleased & proud to see all of the children blitz their goals. It was also exciting to see the new clothes & share the adrenalin rush. Congratulations to: Anna Mia Renee Alexa.....Read More

Betting Points for Scales

Published: Jun 13, 2014  |   Category: Working at it....

Alexander bet me 50 000 points that he'd get above 90% for his scales test today. i made a counter-bet for 45 000 points. We finally agreed that if he got over 90% for his scales test he'd get 46 500 points. If he didn't get over 90%, he'd lose 50 000 points. He got 46 500 points. .....Read More

'Practice Lottery' as a practice tool

Published: Jun 12, 2014  |   Category: Working at it....

This is a great practice tool. I've used it before & am about to start using it again for myself specifically to aid in motivation & easing the 'overwhelmed' feeling. All my scales & pieces that I'm learning have been individually written on strips of pretty paper. The scales & pieces are written ei.....Read More

Youtube Princess Anna

Published: Jun 11, 2014  |   Category: Performing or exams

Youtube Princess Anna is 9 days away from her very first piano exam! P Plate Piano Book 1 Here she is playing 'Quick as a Flash' .....Read More

Youtube Piano King

Published: Jun 11, 2014  |   Category: Performing or exams

Introducing our most recent Youtube King - King Raph! .....Read More

Today's Jewels...

Published: May 26, 2014  |   Category: From the mouths of babes....

5yo Angela tonight asked me why I don't share my house with anyone? My answer was, 'Well that's a good idea! But I don't think I'd like to share my house with Shrek, cos he stinks!' She was speechless........   10yo Renee tonight, when trying to play the Pomp & Circumstance March, was told, 'You need to play it SLOWER! This is the QUEEN we are talking about! She's in her NINETIES! Ho.....Read More

Houses Scores So Far

Published: May 26, 2014  |   Category: Working at it....

Very interesting....... Olaf House 633 494 points Sven House 462 469 points Princess Anna House 195 491 points Princess Elsa House 160 035 points .....Read More

Quotable Quotes from Yesterday

Published: May 22, 2014  |   Category: From the mouths of babes....

Wednesday is Montana Day! She's a cute happy 9yo who bounces in my door & then bounces back out again at the end. Last week she asked about my fresh juice I had beside me. She said she LOVED juice! When I started reciting the components of my juice....celery, carrot, apple etc....her face turned screwy & she said YUK! 'Celery and apple!?!?' she said. That's not juice! I replied, 'oh maybe you'd have liked yesterdays juice better. It had wate.....Read More

Piano Exams - 21 June

Published: May 19, 2014  |   Category: Performing or exams

The date is set! 21st June from 1.25pm - Newcastle Conservatorium of Music. 6 kids - excitement building. Teacher counting new grey hairs. .....Read More

E harmonic minor - 'It's got me!'

Published: Feb 17, 2014  |   Category: From the mouths of babes....

'I've been doing lots of scales this week!' said young Miss 10. I replied, 'Oh great! Can you play me E harmonic minor?' 'Do I have that one?', she replied hesitantly.... I opened her book at her scales, pointed to E harmonic minor & she exclaimed, 'Oh NO! It's got me!  LOL  .....Read More

P Plate Piano - Mia on piano playing Didgeridoo

Published: Feb 13, 2014  |   Category: Performing or exams

Congratulations to Miss Mia for making the P Plate Piano Hall of Fame again. Follow the link below to see her playing 'Didgeridoo' from Book 2. .....Read More

Sharon's Piano Tuner of choice

Published: Feb 6, 2014  |   Category: Housekeeping

Peter Fletcher, son of Ron Fletcher from Fletcher's Piano's. Pete is my tuner of choice, a great bloke & can even help you out with a piano. Find his contact details here..... .....Read More

Yankee Doodle

Published: Feb 6, 2014  |   Category: From the mouths of babes....

Teaching Mr 7 Yankee Doodle.......'I've got one of them you know...' 'What's that?' I asked. 'A doodle!' as he pointed downstairs.... .....Read More

Practice Homework Diary

Published: Feb 2, 2014  |   Category: Housekeeping

The AMEB have released a 'Music Practice Diary' which I think will be helpful for my students. This is available online at or Muso's Corner in town. It costs $7.95 & I'd appreciate it if parents could buy this for their children to bring to lessons this year please. .....Read More

A Gift from a Student

Published: Feb 2, 2014  |   Category: The teacher experience

Isn't he GORGEOUS!?! A lovely gift from Mikayla & her parents! So far he's been patted & cuddled... I'm currently collecting suggestions for names for him. Let me know what you think. .....Read More

When the going gets tough...

Published: Jan 30, 2014  |   Category: Sharing the findings...

Loving this blog post about how to help a student who is struggling but wants to be Missy Higgins inside 1 lesson... http://www.musicteachersh.....Read More

Loving the fun & exploration in the P Plate Piano books

Published: Jan 30, 2014  |   Category: Uncategorized

  I absolutely love teaching music from these books with young children! It's FUN! .....Read More

Loving her Little Latin

Published: Jan 30, 2014  |   Category: The teacher experience

Sitting here with a big smile on my face as Miss 8 happily works out her own variation for the middle section of 'A Little Latin' from P Plate Piano Book 1. Last time she was here she was pouting...!  LOL .....Read More

Happy Birthday Boy!

Published: Jan 30, 2014  |   Category: From the mouths of babes....

Laughing my head off very quietly as the birthday boy (who is 7 tomorrow) sits on my loo singing Happy Birthday to himself..... .....Read More

I'm not a child anymore

Published: Jan 29, 2014  |   Category: From the mouths of babes....

'Don't treat me like a child Sharon! I'm not a child anymore. I've grown up!' Miss Year 3 (who was j.....Read More

Another exciting development

Published: Jan 29, 2014  |   Category: Achievements

Twelve months ago I made a wish. I wanted my blog on this site so that everything was together & would save me time & effort behind the scenes. Now I'm happy to share that wishes DO come true! Can't wait t.....Read More