Category Archives: music teaching

Silent Night and O Holy Night

I’ve made an easy arrangement of Silent Night for a student. It’s in G which is less stratospheric to sing along to. Silent Night in G with left hand Also O holy night, which goes very high and very low, … Continue reading

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Ding Dong Merrily on High

Free download, easy piano with chords. This carol is such a joy to sing, kids often request to learn it. One of my students was convinced the words were “Ding Dong Berry on a Pie” which caused quite a long … Continue reading

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Twist and Shout

The new term is here! How did that happen? I’d love to share with you what we got up to at our end of term Big Fat Music Party back when the summer holidays were a dream waiting around the … Continue reading

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The Holly and the Ivy – Two Versions

We had another lovely Big Fat Christmas Music Party on Monday. We finished with everyone singing ‘The Holly and the Ivy’, in which each verse was sung as a solo by a different student. Five in all. I’m so glad … Continue reading

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Conrad’s Christmas Catalogue

Loads of Carols and Christmas Songs to Download It’s that time of year again, and Christmas carols are so great to use with music students. They are a whole group of tunes that are already familiar and, most of the … Continue reading

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Scarborough Fair

Chords, modes, feisty lyrics and endless variations Downloadable PDFs of Scarborough Fair: Tune line, chords and full lyrics. Scarborough Fair in Dm (the key in the LCM book) Scarborough Fair Am (our key) Scarborough Fair EmĀ (Simon and Garfunkel’s key) One … Continue reading

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Mixing it Up: Two Tunes in One

Happy New Year everyone! I thought I’d kick off 2016 with two tunes: a really old tune and a brand new one that fit together perfectly. I’m lucky enough to attend a folk music workshop with Laurel Swift one evening … Continue reading

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Workshop Day! Using Harmony Right fom the Start

The infinite benefits of Um Cha and Um Cha Cha A few Sundays ago I attended the event, Casio workshop for Piano Teachers in Waterloo. It was great to share some of my teaching ideas and techniques with the group … Continue reading

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Casio Workshop for Piano Teachers

Come and see me and get in for cheap! Since Launching Fun, Games and Party pieces I have been really pleased with how versatile it has proved to be in my own teaching. I added chord diagrams to each tune … Continue reading

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Mairi’s Wedding

Mairi’s Wedding is a gorgeous folk song that is a real delight to sing and play. I chose it as one of the numbers that everyone would play together in my most recent Big Fat Music Party because of its … Continue reading

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