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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...

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Pianist, teacher, public speaker, writer

Josie is in demand as a speaker, giving presentations about 'Using Technology in the Piano Lesson' for Trinity Laban students, EPTA Kent teachers and 'Preparing for the ABRSM CME' for piano teachers at the Piano Teachers Course UK.

 

She has written articles for the EPTA UK Magazine.

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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