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Everything You Need to Know about the New AMEB Series 18 Piano Syllabus

by Tim Topham

How does the new syllabus differ from the old one?

12/11/2018 Read more

The New AMEB Series 18 Piano Syllabus – Frequently Asked Questions

by Tim Topham

AMEB Series 18 Piano Syllabus The AMEB – Australian Music Examinations Board – has released its brand new Series 18. For Australian piano teachers, this is very exciting! I have noticed a lot of questions coming in, especially if the new AMEB Series 18 Piano syllabus has anything to do with the Piano for Leisure ... The New AMEB Series 18 Piano Syllabus – Frequently Asked Questions

12/03/2018 Read more

CPTP119: Con Brio Online Examinations with Peter Wang

by Tim Topham

Having built a successful music studio, Peter Wang wasn’t done. Now, he and his colleagues are trying to make their mark on the music exam world with Con Brio exams. They’ve set about addressing some of the common concerns teachers have with traditional exam systems. Con Brio exams can be applied for at any time, ... CPTP119: Con Brio Online Examinations with Peter Wang

02/23/2018 Read more

How to Create a Piano Syllabus by the Author of AMEB Piano for Leisure Series 4

by Tim Topham

This article first appeared in The Piano Teacher magazine, Issue 11, 2017. Access the full online magazine for free here. ***Discount Available for Australian readers: 20% off and free shipping. Find out more here. Available for a limited time.*** Have you ever thought how much fun it would be to create your own set of ... How to Create a Piano Syllabus by the Author of AMEB Piano for Leisure Series 4

11/15/2017 Read more

AMEB PIANO FOR LEISURE SERIES 4

by Tim Topham

About PFL Series 4 Piano for Leisure Series 4, which is only available in Australia, is designed to inspire and motivate students and teachers through well-chosen, sequenced repertoire and creative teaching recommendations and ideas. Here’s what you’ll get in these books: A series of 9 graded examination repertoire books 12 inspiring pieces in each book ... AMEB PIANO FOR LEISURE SERIES 4

06/28/2017 Read more

The Ultimate Guide to Piano Exam Syllabuses: Which One Is Best for Your Students?

by Sean Wales

Piano Exam Syllabuses There is an abundance of piano exam syllabuses out there. It can be confusing and overwhelming when choosing which exam your students should sit. The language is hard to understand and it’s difficult to get your head around all of the various requirements, especially when you have multiple students sitting different exams. ... The Ultimate Guide to Piano Exam Syllabuses: Which One Is Best for Your Students?

04/26/2017 Read more
 

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Behind the Piano Examiner’s Desk: What Is It Really Like?

by Dr Mark McGee

Welcome to our second guest post this month by an AMEB piano examiner. The first article explained everything you need to know about a Rockschool piano exam- click here to read that post.  Today, we are very privileged to have Dr Mark McGee presenting his thoughts on being a piano examiner.  Mark is Assistant Director ... Behind the Piano Examiner’s Desk: What Is It Really Like?

04/24/2017 Read more

How I Got off the Piano Exam Express

by Sean Wales

This month has been all about Exploring Exams and Recitals and one phrase has popped up a few times: exam express. I’m Sean and you may have seen a few articles written by me recently featured on Tim’s blog. I learnt piano with Tim at high school for four years and during this time, Tim transformed ... How I Got off the Piano Exam Express

04/17/2017 Read more

CPTP083: What’s the Best Piano Exam Syllabus?

by Nicola Cantan

Exams are not for every student. There are many alternatives if you want to motivate your piano students to move forward and practice more. But if you do want to go for an exam, which one should you choose? I want to encourage you not to just pick the one you know best, or the ... CPTP083: What’s the Best Piano Exam Syllabus?

04/14/2017 Read more

How do Rockschool Piano Exams Work?

by Stuart Storer

This month, to help piano teachers with their understanding of piano exams, I have two fantastic guest posts from experienced AMEB examiners.  Today’s post is all about a creative new piano syllabus. Rockschool is a syllabus run in the United Kingdom and they have teamed up with AMEB to bring it here.  It is all ... How do Rockschool Piano Exams Work?

04/12/2017 Read more

CPTP082: Trinity College Piano Exams with Barry Walmsley

by Tim Topham

Barry Walmsley grew up with the AMEB, but when he found Trinity College piano exams it was a much better fit. He started working with Trinity in 1990 and is the perfect person to give us an overview of what this exam board is all about. Trinity College piano exams have many features that make ... CPTP082: Trinity College Piano Exams with Barry Walmsley

04/07/2017 Read more

Making Practice Stick

by Tim Topham

Hello, Practising the Piano readers! A warm welcome to dev.topmusic.co, a place dedicated to teaching piano differently and supporting creativity and innovation in music education. I hope you enjoyed reading my article: Making Practice Stick on Graham’s blog today. I had a lot of fun putting it together and hope it’s been valuable in your thinking about effective practice. I’ve ... Making Practice Stick

10/23/2016 Read more