New horizons for piano teaching: rediscovering piano methods of the past by historical women composers and what they can teach us today

Date and Time
Sunday, December 4, 2022 - 16:00 to 17:00

On Sunday 4 December, the pianist Colin Hazel ( will give a talk “New Horizons for Piano Teaching - rediscovering piano methods of the past by historical women composers and what they can teach us today”.

Tea/coffee will be served beforehand.

Entry is free, but there will be a collection at the end towards the aid of St Augustine’s Church. 

Colin has written: "This talk is about a world of visionary composers, pioneering performers and revolutionary teachers. It is about where to find their music, what it was designed to teach and how to incorporate it into your teaching practice.

In their own lifetimes many historical women pianist-composers were internationally acclaimed artists. Innovators in the fields of composition, performance and musical education and in the development of the 19th century piano etude in particular. Leaving vast collections of music specifically tailored to the needs of piano students written by acknowledged experts in the field. Examples include 114 etudes by Hélène de Montgeroult from her "Cours complet", the largest piano method of its era, which were well known in early to mid 19th century piano circles, and etudes by Louise Farrenc which were studied throughout Europe and are now once again being included in modern piano syllabuses."

Colin Hazel is a musician, composer, piano teacher and publisher. Graduating with a BA (Hons) in Music, he has worked in music education, theatre, choral, jazz, rock, pop and circus. Recently he published "New Horizons for Piano: Early Grades", a book aimed at reintroducing works by historic women composers into piano education, a subject he has written and spoken about publicly, contributing to the increased diversity of the recent ABRSM syllabus and receiving positive reviews from EPTA and the Hoffman Academy.

Enquires: Ilga Pitkevica (EPTA Cambridge Regional Organiser)