Author Archives: Rosa Conrad

About Rosa Conrad

Teacher, writer, performer.

Popcorn: Ideas and Lyrics

I have been made really happy by the response from my students to the first tune in ‘Fun, Games and Party Pieces’: ‘Popcorn’. They love knocking on the piano and clapping, and take to the rhythm immediately with wide grins … Continue reading

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Paul Harris and Taking the Time to Learn Well

Thanks so much to Frances Wilson for her clear and comprehensive notes from ‘The Virtuoso Teacher’ seminar with Paul Harris. It is so good to hear from a music teacher who through his teaching has explored all the many aspects of … Continue reading

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Entries open for the fourth annual Dulwich Piano Festival

It’s so important that music students have regular opportunities to perform to others in a friendly environment, and have the chance to be inspired by hearing others perform. Especially for piano players, who can often have quite a solitary musical … Continue reading

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Playing with the Prep Test

Happy New Year everyone! I must update this blog to show something other than Christmas carols. This one is especially for any piano teachers taking their students through the ABRSM Prep Test. The two tunes used in this test have … Continue reading

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Oh Christmas Tree: the Form of (Almost) All Music in a Nutshell

I was asked for this song by two sisters; one a piano student and one on the ukulele. They are big fans of Swiss Family Robinson. ‘Oh Christmas Tree’ turned out to be such a good one for beginners, as … Continue reading

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Jingle Bells: the Perfect Place to Start Harmonising

I’m well into Christmas Carol territory with most of my students now. Carols are great tunes to start people off with harmonising, as they are so familiar. The melody is already there, deep in the player’s subconscious. I don’t know … Continue reading

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Mele Kalikimaka

For music teachers, Christmas is just around the corner (you have to have time to learn a tune if you want to impress everyone with it at Christmas) and Conrad’s Chords has had a request! A Christmassy duet for piano … Continue reading

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Dulwich Piano Festival 2015

I will be putting my adjudicator’s hat on again for the Dulwich Piano Festival in June 2015. There will be a class for beginner’s duet featuring my first duet book, and a class for the aged seven and under where … Continue reading

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Decision Almost Made

In my previous blog post I gave two duets from the forthcoming book two of ‘Rosamund Conrad’s Delightfully Easy Piano Duets′ as free downloads, and asked people to try them out and tell me which duet they think should stay, … Continue reading

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Which duet should go? Please help!

Book two of my ‘Delightfully Easy Piano Duets’ is due to be printed next month. The book is shaping up nicely. Now I’m faced with a decision. I have one duet too many, and one has to go. The trouble … Continue reading

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