Creativity in Motion

Sections of the talk will focus on psychology of the teacher, creativity in beginner piano lessons, then intermediate, advanced and professional levels. Creativity in developing our own playing, creativity in our attitudes to music. There will be a big section on how it is important to develop constantly and with freshness and integrity the way we market our teaching practice and skills as musicians, concluding with ways in which youthful thinking can make everything we do fresh. Creativity in motion makes us eternally young as musicians.

Murray McLachlan, Chair of EPTA UK (European Piano Teachers’ Association) is Head of Keyboard at Chetham’s School of Music and a Senior Tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. McLachlan has made over 40 commercial recordings which have consistently received outstanding reviews, including ‘key recording’ and ‘rosette’ status in the Penguin Guide to CDs. He has performed on all five continents and also serves regularly on juries of international piano competitions.
McLachlan is founder/artistic Director of the Chetham’s International Summer school and festival for Pianists, Europe’s largest summer school devoted exclusively to the piano ( In 2007 McLachlan launched the first Manchester International Concerto Competition for Young Pianists ( an event which will be presented for the fourth time in August 2013.
McLachlan is also a well-known writer, and has contributed many articles on piano technique and music to magazines in including ‘International Piano’ and ‘BBC Music Magazine’. He is editor of ‘Piano Professional’ Magazine. In June 2012 the University of Dundee awarded him an honorary Doctorate for outstanding services to music and education


Artists never stand still. To stop developing is to die as a pianist, teacher, adjudicator, writer and lover of music. This lecture will explore the ways in which we can constantly and consistently stimulate fresh ideas in our teaching, practising and attitude to music, so remaining constantly energized, inspired and always deeply in love with what we do as teachers and pianists in particular.

Clara Schumann Music School,Düsseldorf
Prince George Strasse 80
40479 Düsseldorf
United Kingdom
Type: Lecture
Date: Thursday 9 May 2013
Start Time: 16.00
End Time: 16.30
Speaker/Performer: Murray McLachlan
Host Organisation: EPTA Germany
Contact Telephone: 004956168082
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