My summer holiday reading this year centered on a book called Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else by Geoff Colvin (highly recommended). The really positive revelation in this book is that the ‘most talented’ people in the world in any pursuit only get there by masses of hard work and … Deliberate Practice
Deliberate Practice I’ve talked at length in previous posts about the importance of “Deliberate Practice”, a phrase made popular in Geoff Colvin’s brilliant book, “Talent is Overrated”, in making your limited practice time more effective. But can you actually do too much practice? We’ve all heard that “too much of anything is a bad thing” … Deliberate Play v. Deliberate Practice
Have you ever wondered how a student’s practice diary or assignment book can best support their development as a musician or if there’s even any point in writing things down each week? Have you ever wondered if there are better ways that you can guide your students to practise effectively during the week? Many of us … Piano Practice Guides for Motivating Students [Free Resources]
Should 10,000 hours really be the benchmark? You’ve no doubt heard rule of thumb that it takes approximately 10,000 hours of practice to become a master of something. The statement originated in Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Outliers” and, even if you haven’t read it, you’ve no doubt heard the statistic. It has since been used by many authors in discussing high-achievement and … 1000 Hours to Competence « Music Teacher’s Helper Blog
I was watching a TV program last week called “Test your brain“, a series developed by National Geographic Channel which explores how the mind works. The first episode was all about memory (interesting enough for musicians), but the second episode entitled, “You won’t believe your eyes”, really got me thinking about the effect of visual … Voyeuristic Practice?! How watching other performers can make you a better player.
I recently sat and passed my Associate Diploma of Performance (called the “AMusA” piano exam in Australia) with Distinction. Needless to say, I was ecstatic! It was a project that I’d been working towards for around two years, having last sat a piano exam when I was 12 and having had a break of around … Preparing for an AMusA performance diploma exam – why bother?!
One of the hardest things about effective, deliberate practice is knowing when to stop! Have you ever experienced this situation: You decide to work on a small phrase of your music, perhaps just a bar or hand position change to a tricky chord, only to find a few seconds later, you’ve already gone on and … The hardest thing about practice is…not playing on!
Learn the 3 mindsets of studio owners and find which type you are!
Have you ever taught a student with special needs or learning difficulties? Do you have a student right now who is on the Autism Spectrum? In today’s podcast epidsode Thembi Shears shares her fantastic insights into teaching students with ASD or ADHD. Thembi talks about what these terms mean, the difficulties you may encounter, and how … TTTV008: Tactics for teaching piano students with ASD & ADHD – Thembi Shears
Self-assessment to Improve your Piano Teaching It’s that time of year when many of us have just received our students’ exam results and sent out progress reports to parents. Tracking student progress is definitely an important activity, but what about our progress as teachers? Is the fact that our students are returning to us next … Improve Your Piano Teaching through Self-Assessment
If you want to be really, really good at something, you have to be addicted to it. You need to be in a state where you are thinking about it all the time, even when you’re not doing it. You talk about it, you have friends that do it, you dream about it. Imagine having … How to get addicted to practising piano
Last night at my student’s mid-year recital I reminded all my students and their parents that practice, if effective and done properly, should not sound “nice” all that often. Why? One simple reason. For students to push themselves to learn harder pieces and conquer new technical difficulties, their practice will necessarily sound pretty bad more … If your practice sounds good, it’s not practice, it’s just playing!
Running a studio isn’t easy and because you work so hard, you definitely deserve to go on that dream holiday you’ve been wanting for so long. When it’s finally time to take one, you want to be able to relax and let go of all the worries that come with running a business. But it … TC279: How to Take a Break and Really Unplug
The things you did in your past have a strong connection to what the future will bring you. Josh Ross is a testament to this. And in today’s episode, he shares his story of how his faith and music and the things he did in his past has contributed to his success as a musical … #005: Connecting Faith and Music with Josh Ross
Being a great musician is about more than just playing your instrument; it’s also about cultivating an inner attitude that helps you grow and develop as a player. Gottfrid Norberg Waxin has been on both sides of this divide, as a virtuoso guitar player and a teacher who develops talent. In this interview, he shares … #004: The Mindset of High Performance Musicians with Gottfrid Norberg Waxin
Your students will be more confident in their performances if you follow these five guidelines.
I was so honoured to be interviewed by Glory St. Germain for her book The Power Of Why: Why 29 Musicians Climbed to Superstar. And that’s what I’m going to share with you in this episode. What we talked about in this interview later became a chapter in her book called Notes from Miss Mac. … TC278: The Interview That Made Me Cry with Glory St. Germain
If you want to turn your passion for music into something professional, Lauren’s story is the perfect starting point. Lauren is a former scientist turned music school owner and online teacher. In this episode, she shares the secrets of her success, what makes her stand out, and what sets her apart. If you want to … #003: Success Principles for Musicians with Lauren Bateman
Achieving ongoing success as a music teacher is all about having the right tools at your disposal. TopMusicPro offers you access to courses, workshops, lesson plans, and resources so you can provide your students with the very best in music education. To help you find the most valuable courses for your teaching needs, I’ve listed … TC277: Our Top 10 Courses Inside the TopMusicPro Academy
Mike Grande, the founder of Rock Out Loud, shares the story of how he created his dream music studio and how YOU can do it, too. Mike has some great insight into the mentality and actions it takes to start off your own business and scale it. He shares his secrets to success and how … #002: Creating Your Dream Studio with Mike Grande of Rock Out Loud
In this episode, our guest Benjamin Nguyen is going to help us understand why social media is a fantastic way to nurture your community and encourage new student sign ups. It’s definitely one of the fastest ways to grow your studio because it has become embedded in our social culture so much that it’s increasingly … TC276: Using Facebook Groups and Social Media to Find New Students with Benjamin Nguyen
Teach your young students the magic of music by unlocking their expression. In today’s episode, we give you a sneak peek into one of Janna Williamson’s workshops inside the TopMusicPro membership where she explores the world of expression in repertoire. Janna is our historical repertoire expert inside the membership and she gives us tips and … TC275: Teaching Expression in Intermediate Historical Repertoire with Janna Williamson
Online teaching can be overwhelming. We break down the equipment to get you started.
In this pioneer episode of the TopMusicGuitar podcast, we’re excited to share the expertise of Darryl Powis, owner of Guitar Tuition East London School. Darryl has enjoyed a varied career- from being a talented performance musician to establishing his music school in London. He uses visualisation techniques as well as deep practice to achieve his … #001: Building Transformative Guitar Playing Experiences for Students feat. Darryl Powis