At the request of many teachers, we made a recording of our last Dogs and Birds Teachers’ Course held on Zoom. Adding to it more recent material we formed a new online course for piano and music teachers:
The Dogs and Birds Piano Method – Teaching Children from 3 Years Onwards, by Elza and Chris Lusher (creators of the approach).
In this course, lasting over 6 hours in total, we give key suggestions on how to incorporate the elements of the Dogs and Birds approach into Book 1, the Nursery Rhyme Book and Book 2 to achieve a seamless transition to using conventional music. The course covers note recognition, finger positions, rhythm exercises and all the necessary musical building blocks which make for a solid foundation. We use videos of Elza’s students, from her online teaching, to demonstrate the approach.
This course is broken up into 16 sections for ease of viewing and contains our most recent pedagogy. Since it is streamable, it can be viewed completely at your own convenience and can be watched as often as you like. In addition, it will be updated when new developments occur. Access to the course is for 12 months, and it includes 12 months free trial access to all 91 puppet videos in the series "Dorian and Miss Bell - Piano Lessons in the Forest".
Feedback from teachers who attended earlier Zoom Courses:
I would say that anyone wishing to teach using “Dogs and Birds” should attend the course if they want a real insight into the method. G. E
It was a great course packed with tons of fantastic tips and information, and a thorough explanation of how you can best teach Dogs and Birds … It just makes learning so effortless and so much fun, and nurtures full-rounded musicianship and a love of piano playing without the children even realising they are soaking it all in and just enjoying themselves. Vici Hoban Read (Jiggle & Jam)
As I’d been teaching the method for a number of years, I was reasonably happy with the way I was doing things. However, I found I was missing out some really good activities within it which I then looked forward to implementing afterwards. Sarah Leong
Very many thanks for such an enjoyable training day … Thank you also for the sight-reading attachment which looks excellent. Pippa Harrison
Thank you so much Elza and Chris for the online Dogs and Birds course … I have so many additional ideas now, to further improve my teaching through the Dogs and Birds approach. Lynne Davis
The course has transformed my teaching of the Dogs and Birds method … there were so many tips and tricks included that got me so excited … I've since implemented lots of these methods into existing and new students' lessons … the students are building great foundations, and most importantly they are having SO much fun! I already loved the Dogs and Birds method but doing the course has brought my teaching of it up another level. Lucy Porter (Redditch Music School)
Click here for access to the course.
We are offering a 75% discount on this course for piano and music teachers until 29 February 2024.