Featured on the Classical in Conversation blog this week, we’ve got the queen of teaching and learning herself – it’s Pauline Hall.

Perhaps you aren’t familiar with the name, but it is without a doubt that if you’ve spent any time teaching or learning in the world of classical piano, then you certainly will have come across one of her little tunes. And if you still haven’t then RSL Classical is happy to introduce you to her today!

Changemaker

As a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, it’s safe to say that Pauline possessed a talent on the keys. As we all know, bagging a spot at the top conservatoires is no mean feat, especially as a pianist and when the competition is so fierce! It’s also safe to say that Pauline will have been exposed to some of the highest quality piano teaching that’s out there.

It was with this background that Pauline set out on her own coaching campaign. Little did she know that she wouldn’t just teach, but she would in fact help to change the course of piano pedagogy for generations to come.

Pauline became frustrated with the limited range of music available for young students learning the piano, especially for the youngest of beginners and the slower learners amongst us! As a product of her dissatisfaction, Pauline began writing out little melodies in her students’ books for them to practise, introducing new skills and techniques in a fun and engaging way for young people. Talk about taking matters into your own hands – go Pauline!

Piano Time!

And out of this was born the legendary Piano Time series. First published in the 90s, these books have been used over and over and over in piano lessons across the globe. So many, in fact, that over 1 million copies have been sold worldwide. Over the years, the series has grown to a collection of over 30 books.

It’s no wonder the series has been such an enormous success. Pauline’s deep understanding of how to teach this wonderful instrument, combined with her passion for a thoughtful, fun approach for children, was always likely to be a winning recipe!

We’ve got the pleasure of including one of Pauline’s creations in our RSL Classical Piano Debut grade books, and it’s the “Martian’s March” that we’ve chosen. Centering the staccato technique, “Martian’s March” delivers this new information to beginners with joy and is certainly an accomplished tune to learn at this level.

We’ve featured some incredible educators on Classical in Conversation over the past weeks, including Alexis Ffrench, Nikki Iles and Clara Schumann. Be sure to check them out!