The Chetham's International Piano Summer School is a source of inspiration, fun, insight and focus for everyone who enjoys the piano and piano playing. Now in its eighteenth year, it continues to grow and develop as a 'piano republic of equals'. There is no elitism on the course, though everyone is extremely serious about piano playing.
There is no other summer school that manages to cater for the universal: Adult amateurs, promising children and observers are as welcome on the course as concert pianists, international young artists preparing for top competitions, and professional music teachers.
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FOUR very exciting new courses for 2018.
Part One - The Piano Teacher Course
We are delighted to announce an all-encompassing Piano Teachers Course on the Chetham's International Summer School and Festival for Pianists for 2018. This exciting new course for teachers promises to offer inspiration to everyone. The emphasis will be on positive encouragement, with a realisation that principles of teaching can and indeed should be applied for every level of student, whether they be beginners or advanced players at conservatoire.
The course will begin with a day of simultaneous learning from the renowned composer, writer, educator, performer and teacher Paul Harris. Paul's huge success with his many publications for Faber Music (including 'Improve Your Sight Reading') has been extraordinary. His pedagogical wisdom, inspiration and organisation skills, as well as his deep sensitivity as an educator, will be invaluable and set a wonderful opening to the course. Read More
Part Two - Piano Teacher Performance Course On the 2nd part of the summer school we announce a new Piano Teacher Performance course. This will be run on the same basis as all Summer School courses and will have a minimum of three hours one-to-one piano lessons plus workshops. All participants on this course will be allocated a scheduled performance time at the end of the week in order to perform a short piece and have a written assessment by a tutor. Read More
Contemporary Piano Course We are delighted to announce the Contemporary Piano Course for 2018. This is an exciting opportunity to study with two leading experts in contemporary piano repertoire. Read More
Kodály for Pianists We are excited to offer individual lessons on the course Kodály for Pianists, with Megan Beynon. The work of Zoltán Kodály has inspired the development of many effective tools and approaches to music education.
The lessons will demonstrate how the principles of Kodály can be applied to piano playing at all levels, for instance to improve rhythm, internal pulse, creation of a singing melodic line, ornamentation and memorisation. Read More