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The Principal Oxford Spires Hotel



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Hi there!

We’re delighted to announce that The Curious Piano Teachers are going LIVE in the UK & Ireland in February. What’s even more thrilling is that this is going to be a truly international tour.

We're being joined by:

Professor Susan Hallam, UK. Emerita Professor of Education and Music Psychology at University College London, Institute of Education. (Oxford only)

Dr Julie Knerr & Katherine Fisher, USA, Authors & Creators of Piano Safari

Dr Christopher Fisher, USA, Professor of Piano at Ohio University & Author of Teaching Piano in Groups

Samantha Coates, Australia, Author & Creator of the BlitzBooks series

The name Redefining Expectations is a deliberate one - we want to help you redefine your expectations of yourself as a piano teacher.

This is not just a one-day conference - we want the day to have lasting impact for you. For a conference to act as a catalyst, for us to change our teaching habits and ways, professional development has to have an ongoing element.

If you haven't yet seen the conference brochure it can be downloaded here: REDEFINING EXPECTATIONS: OXFORD

If you’re passionate about your teaching and a little curious then this is a conference date to get into your new 2018 diary!

We can't wait to meet you - in person!

Sally & Sharon x


Who is Redefining Expectations suitable for?

This is suitable for teachers who already have some teaching experience. You will already be familiar with Piano Safari for example but want to have a better understanding of its unique approach. You will already be questioning your own teaching, wondering how to improve it and become even more curious.

This is for teachers:

  • who are seeking acknowledgment as real professionals

  • who aim to impart their own deep love and joy for music to their pupils

  • who are seeking to teach with imagination, artistic sensitivity and technical certainty at all levels

  • who already teach a balanced and structured curriculum with honesty and integrity

  • who take care and pride in their work

  • who are ready to invest in their own ongoing professional development in order to keep it up to date and relevant

What does the conference package consist of?

Like all Curious offerings it will be bright, beautifully packaged and full of goodies.

Included in the cost is:

  • Access to an exclusive Redefining Expectations Facebook group for 10 weeks

  • Pre-conference reading material

  • All presentations during the conference day - Download the Oxford Conference Brochure HERE

  • Conference lunch, teas and coffees

  • An extra-special handbook for you to personalise

  • A post-conference webinar for all attendees

Read on to find out more about our exclusive FB group and the all important cake provision!

Why do you claim this is a conference like no other? What makes it different?

Imagine the safest and most supportive Facebook group come to life - where we can eat REAL cake TOGETHER. What’s more we are going to start to get acquainted beforehand and continue the conversation afterwards.

Here is what's going to happen:

January 8th

The Redefining Expectations Facebook group opens for all Early Bird ticket holders from January 8th onwards and it will be used as a forum for discussions about the topics. You will have the opportunity to get to know the presenters and ask questions before the event day. Furthermore, you'll be able to chat to other teachers who are going to be there. Anyone who registers at the full price (15th January onwards) will also get access to this.

January 13

There'll be an exclusive Redefining Expectations webinar from 8-9pm GMT for all Early Bird registrants. All the presenters will be at the webinar and will be giving you some things to think about in preparation for the conference day.

February 5

The pre-conference reading material will arrive in your inbox

February 24

Redefining Expectations - the big day! See the Oxford Conference Brochure for the full timetable DOWNLOAD HERE

March 12

The final event is a webinar Redefining Expectations; the way ahead hosted by us where progress and impact will be discussed.

Monday March 19

The FB group closes and is archived

Do I have to be a paid-up member of the Curious Community to come?

Anyone can come to the conference, whether you are a member or not. There are two signup rates available. Just click on the green REGISTER button above.

Can I join The Community before signing up?

No, but there will be the opportunity to join us on the day with a refund of £50 - this means you would end paying the same rate for the conference as our current members. The Community will not be open again until the conference. It’s next main enrolment window is April 2018.

What are the advantages of signing up for the Early Bird discount?

Well, the early bird always catches the worm! As well as getting your place booked at a very reduced rate you will also be able to attend a very special, pre-conference webinar, exclusive to Early Birds, where you will get to meet all the presenters and hear them talk a bit about their presentations.

When is the Early Discount available until?

We want to give you lots of opportunity to hop in at the lowest possible price so the Early Bird is available until 6pm GMT on January 13th.

What will the price be after the Early Bird discount?

Members Full Rate will be £127 and Non-Members Full Rate: £177

When are tickets on sale until?

Tickets are on sale until 6pm GMT on Sunday February 4th 2018.

Are refreshments and lunch included in the conference cost?

Yes, including afternoon tea and cake - of course!

Will Ed the Curious Elephant be there?

Ed is going to be at the Oxford day and one of his Irish cousins will be joining everyone in Belfast.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to the event?

Oxford Train station is about 10 minutes taxi ride away from the hotel. If you're feeling energetic you can walk it in about 30 mins.


Is there accommodation available?

Yes, The Oxford Spires has a special conference rate available.

If I can’t be there in person will you be streaming the conference live or filming the event?

We’d love to be able to do this! But this is our first live event and we decided to heed our own advice of eating the elephant one bite at a time.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any questions you can contact us on

What's the refund policy?

There will be no refunds given for tickets.

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