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ABOUT JOSIE

Hello!  I'm Josie Swallow.  I love playing the piano and I love teaching.  I believe everyone can be musical and I help people discover a love of music and personal expression through playing the piano.

I live in a village called Sole Street in the heart of the Garden of England, Kent, with my husband Jeremy and my cat Igraine.

As well as a passion for music, when I'm not teaching piano I garden, cook, and practise yoga.  Generally not at the same time...

I love learning and deepening my knowledge of playing and teaching piano.  Every year I update and refresh my skills with professional development training.

In 2023 these courses have included:

* The Intermediate Course: Continuing Pianistic Growth and Development - The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy

* TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children's and Young People's Mental Health 

* The Piano Teachers' Course April weekend including:

The Foundations of Piano Playing

Building a Repertoire-Rich Teaching Studio

Lifting it off the Page: Bringing Music Alive in Lessons

Tutors: Graham Fitch, Kris Worsley, Beata Toyka, Dr. Sally Cathcart, Penelope Roskell and Ilga Pitkevica

* Attending the NCKP Online (National Conference for Keyboard Pedagogy) in July

* Advanced Sight Reading for Musicians weekend course with Paul Harris

Professional development webinars on topics including:

* Preparing students for grade 1 exams

* Creative ways to practice scales

* Piano sonatas for intermediate students

* Unlocking musical magic - pieces to engage, inspire and motivate

Mentoring by Nancy Litten and Andrew Eales

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MY PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

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I am on the Management Committee for EPTA Kent, and an active member of the ABRSM Teacher Voices panel and the Curious Piano Teachers.  I was appointed a Cheerleader for the Curious Piano Teachers' '90 Day Challenge' in 2019, to help guide and support other piano teachers to achieve their goals.

I have published several articles in the Piano Professional magazine and the EPTA UK newsletter.  I have professional membership EPTA UK (European Piano Teachers Association).

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