Dogs and Birds Workshop May 2019

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 09:30 to Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 16:30
Summary Description

Dogs and Birds Workshop in Windsor, UK, 31st May and 1st June 2019


This is to inform you that the next Dogs and Birds Teachers’ Workshop will be held in Windsor, UK at the end of May/beginning of June 2019. This course will cover the basic principles behind the Dogs and Birds approach, with its heavy emphasis on singing.

The workshop will take place at Windsor United Reformed Church, William Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1BA, UK on Friday 31st May and Saturday 1st June 2019. It will take place from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm (with a 1 hour lunch break) on both days.

A short YouTube video depicting various elements of the Dogs and Birds approach can see seen at

Dogs and Birds: Teaching Piano to 3-7 Year Olds - Elza Lusher
This two-day workshop will cover all aspects of the Dogs and Birds approach. Day 1 will be concerned with the material in Book 1, the Nursery Rhyme book and the various musical elements (finger exercises, ear training, rhythm exercises, improvisation and sight-singing). Day 2 will cover Book 2 (which focuses on notation and fingering), the switch to conventional music, group teaching and Simply Sol-fa. This course is aimed at piano teachers and music teachers, and delegates can attend either day or both days. The cost of the workshop is £70 for one day or £110 for two days, if the application is received before 31st March 2019, £80 for one day and £135 for two days if received by30th April 2019, and £90 for one day and £135 for both days after that.


Early booking is advisable since each day is limited to a maximum of 18 delegates.


Download more information and an application form at the link below

Please email us at if you have any questions about the workshop.

Comments from some attendees of earlier Windsor Workshops:


I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to develop their teaching for young children. With these books teaching young children is a delight, all my 5 and 6 years old pupils are progressing really well and I am even starting a four year old next term! Penelope Sapiro


I would just like to say a big thank you for such a lovely day yesterday.  I found watching the lessons being taught 'live' was a huge benefit and I am so looking forward to introducing this system more effectively and thoroughly now that I have seen it in action. Sue Atkinson


Thanks for a great day- I enjoyed it so much and it's been really helpful finding a method that puts into practice lots of my ideas but I've never had time to develop, as well as so many new ideas that I can't wait to try out! Catherine Jones


I already knew “Dogs and Birds” was great for little ones. But the workshop really gave me new ideas, especially watching Elza teach some of her students – it was amazing to see how “Dogs and Birds” worked in practice and gave even very young pupils solid musicianship skills. Sue Martin


The workshop was an excellent opportunity for me, well priced and set up.  I was already very positive about the day and the Dogs and Birds method but I came away with far more than I expected.  Reading the format for the day, I wondered initially if there were too many example lessons but in practice it was so valuable to see the students in action and, perhaps even more valuable, Elza's teaching style - her respect for the students, the manner in which she instructed, used the materials and brought the students' attention back to the task at hand.  I have found myself modelling my teaching style on Elza so often since the workshop, it does make me smile especially as it is so effective!!  Really I felt such joy to see a teacher truly care about the individual experience and inner life of the young person.  So the student examples were inspiring.  It was particularly helpful to hear about other books to branch into after graduation from Dogs and Birds and to have examples of the animal tiles and stave demonstrated. Alison Blackhall


Thank you so much for the workshop.  I found it really inspirational.  I have never taught such young children before and didn't know how to go about it.    Now I  can't wait to try out the Dogs and Birds method as I could see from the you tube clips and from the performances of your pupils how child friendly the approach is.  I especially liked the way the children could sing and play using solfa at such an early age. Heather Rainer


I just wanted to thank you for the workshop you held yesterday. It was a very informative and enjoyable day and your little students were awesome. I find your methods and materials just amazing and am really looking forward to using them with my kids. Thanks so much. I'm very inspired and am so glad I attended! Emily Hilson

Best wishes

Elza and Chris Lusher


Dogs and Birds Piano Method in Action