Paul Barton is a pianist and teacher I’ve been following for some time on YouTube. He is an Englishman who now lives and teaches with his wife in Thailand, of all places. I found out the following about him from his studio website:
Paul Barton has a post-graduate diploma from the Royal Academy of Arts, London. He graduated with the Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation Award for Figurative Art. He’s interested in classical and contemporary piano and studied part-time at the Guildhall School of Music, London. Paul taught piano at Ayton School, England, and privately in France. He’s given recitals as soloist, including St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London.
None of the above is at all surprising given the effortless ease he has performing Chopin’s hugely challenging Winter Wind etude, or for that matter, a lightning fast Flight of the Bumblebee! Interestingly, I have noticed that he has recently upgraded to a Feurich grand piano having conducted most of his earlier tutorials on a tiny Yamaha upright.
Not only is Paul a great performer, he makes fantastic YouTube piano lessons, often responding to viewers’ emails with yet more tutorials specially produced for them! More than that, the quality of the production of his videos is brilliant. His content is full of piano teaching tips for both teachers and students alike.
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Here are my favourite Paul Barton clips – make sure you spend some time watching them as I’m sure you’ll get a lot out of them, even if he is teaching pieces you’ve played and taught a million times. His videos are also a great resource for advanced-level students.
On playing fortissimo/pianissimo:
Practice techniques for the “hard bars” of Etude Op 10 No 1:
Winter Wind tutorial:
Great summary and intro to Chopin and tutorial and his Fantasie-Impromptu:
There are heaps more available from his YouTube channel.
YouTube really is a fantastic way to engage your students. It can also help you to increase your piano teaching productivity and of course, make your lessons fun. The options really are endless, as are the benefits for your students.
Finally, through YouTube, you can actually get your students learning musical concepts and theories away from simply looking at sheet music. Tutorial videos are a great way for your students to start learning about potentially tricky musical theories.
Make sure you check out this podcast for more information on teaching this way: Podcast Episode 9: Paul Harris on Simultaneous Learning.
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