Piano Teaching for the 21st Century

(in proud association with EPTA)

Course Details

Date Saturday 20 May 2017
Time 10:00 AM
Venue Leeds College of Music
Duration 20-21 May 2017 (Saturday & Sunday) 10am - 5pm
Tutor Sally Cathcart & Ilga Pitkevica
Fee £160.00
Age 18+

The Course

Please note that the deadline for booking a place on this course is Monday 1 May at 12:00pm.

Join us on this engaging and inspiring two-day professional development course for piano teachers run by Sally Cathcart and Ilga Pitkevica from the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA). The course is also suitable for undergraduate students who are considering a career in piano teaching. 

Run in collaboration with EPTA, the course will provide new ideas and approaches for your teaching practice. In addition you will have the opportunity to explore and resolve general and individual issues and difficulties relating to piano teaching.

The course is based on material used in the highly regarded and accredited Piano Teachers Course EPTA UK.

 Find out the latest idea in piano teaching pedagogy. Topics will include:

  • Creative ways of  introducing notation

  • Lifting it off the page – interpretation in detail for all levels of teaching

  • Performance preparation

  • Introducing stylistic features

  • Motivation

  • Fun and games with scales

  • Finding the right piece – delight and impress friends and family

  • Performance opportunities

  • Problem solving for technical issues

To view the course timetable, please click here.

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Sally Cathcart is Director and Co-founder of The Curious Piano Teachers, an online resource that provides an innovative and inspiring space for piano teachers across the world to meet, share, reflect and grow.  She has many years of teaching experience both as a piano teacher and as a classroom music teacher.  Sally is also very involved in teacher training for both piano teachers and classroom teachers.  She is a Principal Tutor on the Piano Teachers’ Course run by EPTA (UK) and an examiner for ABRSM.  Sally is a member of EPTA (UK) and the ISM. Furthermore, she is a trained Kodaly practitioner and is currently Director of Development of The Voices Foundation, which aims to provide primary classroom teachers with a musical voice. www.thecuriouspianoteachers.org
Ilga Pitkevica MA Mus. graduated from the Latvian Music Academy (LMA) in Riga in 1984 with honours in solo piano performance, piano teaching, accompaniment and chamber music. Before moving to the UK in 2002, Ilga taught piano, accompaniment and chamber music at the LMA and at the LMA’s Emils Darzins Special Music School for Gifted Children. Ilga has performed in many concerts and as accompanist at international competitions in the UK and abroad As well as accompanying instrumentalist and singers, Ilga performs solo and chamber music and teaches private pupils at home in Coton, Cambridge. Among her pupils are several EPTA UK National Piano Competition winners. Ilga serves on the UK EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association) Committee and since 2006 has been EPTA Cambs’ Regional Organiser.

Accommodation options

If you need to stay in Leeds overnight, we can recommend Jurys Inn , which is a 10 minute walk from Leeds College of Music. Other accommodation options can be found at www.visitleeds.co.uk.

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“The course content was extremely interesting – I will certainly be using it as I move forward in my own development.”

Piano for the 21st Century course participant


Current full-time LCoM students and staff receive 50% discount on all short courses. Please note that in all instances we will ask for proof of eligibility. To claim your discount, please contact the Short Courses team by telephone, stating the name of your chosen course.






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