Welcome back everyone! Wow, that year went so fast. I’ve just looked back at my posts here and it’s a whole year since I posted, and what a year it’s been! I learned so much about teaching and about my role as a teacher last year which I will get into in another post, but… Continue reading 2017-18 Plots and Plans
Despite my best efforts the new year is upon us! I’m going to be completely honest and say that this is the first year that I haven’t been genuinely excited about getting back into work. By the time August comes around every year I miss my students, I can’t wait to see them again and… Continue reading Teaching plans for 2016-17
Ah the Summer Holidays, so full of promise! July is finally here and I think we’re all in the same boat. I always start the Summer with a list of things I’d like to do, places I’d like to go, people I’d like to spend time with, and more recently ridiculous distances I’d like to… Continue reading Practice and the Summer Holidays
I recently wrote about preparing my students for a concert performance and the families who used my tips really improved their playing standard. It was a great success. Some of those tips I believe would translate to other areas of our own adult lives and not just applicable to music either! I think a lot… Continue reading Going Solo
Wow, what a week it has been in Ceol Chuilinn! Annual Spring Concert is over for 2016! My students really worked so hard in the week leading up to our concert at the weekend. We came back after the Easter break and literally had just days until our concert so they had been a bit… Continue reading Annual Spring Concert
It’s finally Springtime and for me that means only one thing – annual concert time! Once Easter is over and the clocks have changed we have an extra hour of daylight in the evening, yeay! One more hour to run outside and not practice!! I love to see the kids outside and in the fresh… Continue reading Concert Preparation
Parents often ask me, ‘How long should we be practicing for?’ What parents should understand is that frequency is more important than length. A little bit every day is far more beneficial to the child than one long practice the day before their class! A parent’s most important job in relation to practice is to make the practice… Continue reading How Long Should I Practice For?