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Karen Marshall
Amy Wakefield
Kathryn Page
Post date: 11/02/2021
Category: Reviews

A Message from Murray McLachlan - EPTA UK Chair


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Dear EPTA UK members
It is with deepest regret that I write to confirm to you all that I will be stepping down both as editor of Piano Professional and as chair of our wonderful association from 31 December 2020.  I plan to stay on as a trustee till the AGM on 31 January and will continue to support the management and EPTA UK always.  I remain fiercely loyal and committed to our amazing charity.
With both Kathryn and myself retiring from the...

Post date: 18/12/2020
Category: News

EPTA UK welcomes Isata Kanneh-Mason as Youth Ambassador

EPTA UK welcomes Isata Kanneh-Mason as Youth Ambassador

EPTA UK is delighted to welcome celebrated pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, as our Youth Ambassador. Isata will have the opportunity to raise the profile and attract publicity for EPTA by sharing her inspiring stories and demonstrating the impact of EPTA membership.

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Isata Kanneh-Mason’s extraordinary talent as a pianist has earned recognition and acclaim from a young age; she completed...

Post date: 30/11/2020
Category: News

Core Classics Review November 2020

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EPTA UK is delighted to present a review of the Core Classics collection from ABRSM Publishing. Commentary comes from Liz Giannopoulos.

Core Classics from ABRSM comprises a collection of seven books containing a ‘rich selection of engaging pieces to form the backbone of any pianist’s repertoire’. As the...

Post date: 10/11/2020
Category: Reviews

The Missing Coda

Our Musical Journey from The Missing Coda

For some of us music teachers - who are also performers, we have felt sadness due to the lockdown and a great worry at the prospect of lessons via online platforms or in many cases, no lessons at all.

Our experience has been similar, however we also felt some excitement at the prospect of the challenge to see how we could adapt; metaphorically speaking, the shackles were off for us to explore and create our breadth of resources for teachers and students.

We are Norfolk-based musicians, teachers and authors who...

Post date: 06/10/2020
Category: News

Response from Penny Milsom, Executive Director, ABRSM

Dear Members
Following the open letter sent to Penny Milsom at ABRSM about online theory exams, please see a detailed reply. ABRSM have written to everyone who entered the Grade 5 theory exam in July, offering apologies and refunds.
With best wishes
Murray McLachlan – Chair EPTA UK

Dear Murray 

Thank you for your open letter, written on behalf of EPTA members, expressing your concern about the experience of candidates who took our live pilot online Theory exam on 26 August. Thank you, too, for our conversation last...

Post date: 28/09/2020
Category: News

Press release from EPTA UK about online theory exams: Open letter to Penny Milsom, Executive Director ABRSM

EPTA UK has been concerned to receive numerous messages from distressed teachers about problems that occurred during the grade 5 ABRSM online theory exam on 26 August. We have a duty of care to our members and want to support and help them all.  Online theory has been a source of worry to many of them over much of the summer.  We arranged an emergency webinar on this subject last month as a response to the large number of messages received. It is still available on YouTube:

Post date: 31/08/2020
Category: Viewpoints

Review of the Trinity Piano Exam Syllabus, 2021-2023

EPTA UK is delighted to present a collaborative review of the new Trinity piano exam syllabus. Commentary comes from a team of four members of the EPTA UK management committee:

Liz Giannopoulos
Karen Marshall
Post date: 10/08/2020
Category: Reviews

You cannot be serious!!!

ABRSM’s recent announcement about online grade 5 theory pilot exams in August has created a great deal of uncertainty and more than a few concerns throughout the music teaching community. There has already been a great deal of discussion on this topic and on Wednesday 29 July (19.45-20.45) Epta Uk is presenting a special webinar with a panel of experts to discuss the Issue in detail. Questions welcome. Registration details to follow on Monday 27 July.

Meanwhile here is Dorothy Dingle, piano teacher and widely respected writer on theory, with her own personal views and...

Post date: 24/07/2020
Category: Viewpoints

The new ABRSM 2021-22 Piano Syllabus Publication Launch Day Review from EPTA UK


EPTA UK is delighted to present a collaborative review of the new ABRSM piano syllabus on its official launch day, 9 July 2020. Commentary comes from a team of five members of the EPTA UK management committee:

Liz Giannopoulos
Murray McLachlan
Post date: 08/07/2020
Category: Reviews