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We are offering a 65% discount on this course for piano and music teachers until 31 May 2024. 

The Dogs and Birds Piano Method: Teaching Children from 3 Years Onwards

A Course for Piano and Music Teachers

Elza and Chris Lusher

This course is based on our last Zoom course, given by the creators of the Dogs and Birds Piano Method. This updated course includes many additional hints and tips, and more recent material aimed at making your lessons easier and more beneficial when teaching the very young.

It is broken up into 16 sections for ease of viewing. It contains our most recent pedagogy and since it is streamable 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 “Dorian and Miss Bell - Piano Lessons in the Forest”.

In this course, lasting over 6 hours in total, we give key suggestions on how to incorporate the basic elements of the Dogs and Birds approach at the start of Book 1 and to build on them as you work through the Nursery Rhyme Book and Book 2 to offer a seamless transition to using conventional music. It covers note recognition, finger positions, and the use of rhythm exercises to help with an easy progression, both for face to face and online lessons. It uses videos from past courses and more recent videos of Elza’s students, from her online teaching, to demonstrate the approach.

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 and 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 … they 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)