Hello there! It’s been quite a while since my last blog post, but I was really looking forward to the moment when I could find the time and energy to start posting again. And here I am! First, I would love to share a bit of my life recently and, at the end of this post, you will also find a poll where you can vote for some nice topics to discuss in upcoming posts. Looking forward to knowing!
As I shared in the first post of this blog (and also for those who don’t know me), I was about to finish a Master’s degree in Classical Piano in Zwolle, The Netherlands. Now, I am really happy to announce that I recently graduated!
A few years ago, I did my Bachelor’s degree in Zaragoza, a beautiful city in Spain that will always hold a special space in my heart. It was during this time that I began my journey as a piano teacher. When I completed my Bachelor’s, I made the decision to move to The Netherlands, where I currently live and work as a piano teacher. You might wonder why I made this choice. Well, the answer is very obvious to me: because the piano teacher in Zwolle (the city where I studied the Master’s) inspired me very much and I was looking forward to studying a Master's with him. Making this decision also led me to reflect a lot on how important the figure of a teacher is in the process of learning a musical instrument. In other fields, it looks like there is more focus on the university or the job opportunities in that city. However, during my career so far, I have always followed my instincts when choosing the teacher who could teach me or inspire me the most. Both as a pianist and as a teacher, I feel (and I always will) that there are endless things to learn, new paths to explore and fresh perspectives to contemplate.
And why am I sharing all of this? Well, recently, I’ve been quite busy and fully focused on my final recital and on my research, as I graduated from my Master’s program a few days ago. As you can imagine, the last weeks of the course were a bit busier than usual. But now, I can proudly say that I’ve graduated and I had a great exam, which was graded as “superb”! I’d like to share a short video with you, so you can catch a glimpse and listen to a part of my concert. I hope you enjoy it 🙂
This blog was initially created as a small project where I could share some of the articles I wrote for my research project during my Master's. However, what I never imagined was that this project would grow and I would reach people from all around the world — people to inspire and people to be inspired by (of course, thank you for that!). Therefore, I am very excited to keep developing this blog and contribute to the growth of piano and music education every day.
Recently, I have been thinking about different topics to write about in my upcoming posts, topics that I believe are relevant for music teachers or students. Below, I share some of them and, to make it more fun, I include a poll for you to let me know what interests you the most.
Aspects to take into consideration when starting a teaching job from scratch (pedagogy, marketing, organisation and administration…).
New digital possibilities for the lessons or administrative/organisational purposes.
A teaching method that focuses on students’ autonomy.
How to plan a lesson effectively.