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Why do YOU Practise?

by Nick Ambrosino

What is the end goal? How do we know if we've arrived?

04/24/2021 Read more

5 Surprising Ways to Grow Practice Motivation

by Sarah Buckley

5 Surprising Ways to Grow Practice Motivation Have you ever felt like a lone wolf in the practice room? Or like the repertoire you’re playing didn’t really connect with the rest of your daily life? If we have felt it, no doubt our students have too. I think these feelings are 2 big reasons students ... 5 Surprising Ways to Grow Practice Motivation

02/17/2021 Read more

Be Kind to Yourself

by Nick Ambrosino

Is Chariots of Fire running through your mind as you contemplate work that is never finished?

01/31/2021 Read more

How to Motivate Piano Students in the Digital Age

by Nancy Tanaka

Let us motivate piano students once and for all.

07/31/2018 Read more

CPTP124: The Motivation Equation with Samantha Coates (Part 3)

by Tim Topham

This is the third and final part in our wonderful series on piano student motivation with Samanatha Coates. (Listen to part 1 here or part 2 here if you missed them.) Samantha shares a great quote in this episode: “It is not your job to motivate students. It is your job to create the environment ... CPTP124: The Motivation Equation with Samantha Coates (Part 3)

03/30/2018 Read more

CPTP123: The Motivation Equation with Samantha Coates (Part 2)

by Tim Topham

Motivation and practice are the biggest keys to our students’ success at the piano. That’s why I’m so thrilled to welcome back Samantha Coates for part two of our three-part series on student motivation. (Listen to part 1 here if you missed it.) In today’s show, Samantha is talking us through the parents’ role in ... CPTP123: The Motivation Equation with Samantha Coates (Part 2)

03/23/2018 Read more
 

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CPTP122: The Motivation Equation with Samantha Coates (Part 1)

by Tim Topham

Motivating students to practice is a big topic for piano teachers. In fact, it’s probably the biggest one. Tackling this area is no small undertaking, and I’m delighted to welcome Samantha Coates to the podcast to talk us through it. In this three-part series Samantha is unpacking motivation and parent education, and what leads to ... CPTP122: The Motivation Equation with Samantha Coates (Part 1)

03/16/2018 Read more

Unstructured Practice: Giving Students Time to Doodle

by Tim Topham

Welcome back to the first post of 2017! I hope you had a great break and are looking forward to the teaching year ahead. There have been lots of reports recently about a sudden awareness that our children have lost the opportunity to experience boredom. While most adults will fondly remember their childhoods spent roaming the streets on their ... Unstructured Practice: Giving Students Time to Doodle

01/16/2017 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

What The Research Says About Piano Practice and Motivation [Book Review]

by Tim Topham

I’ve learnt a few things about piano practice and motivation in my time as a musician and music teacher. Here are some of them: The most important thing we can teach our students is how to practice effectively Students need to be taught about practice methods including spaced practice, chunking, interleaved practice, etc. We all need to ... What The Research Says About Piano Practice and Motivation [Book Review]

08/15/2016 Read more

TTTV032: What to say to parents when their child is about to quit with Anita Collins

by Tim Topham

What do you say when you get that call? Johnny is finding lessons too hard, practice is a struggle, and he wants to quit. How do you convince that parent to stick it out when things get hard? Anita Collins is a music teacher, who got curious and turned to the field of neuroscience to ... TTTV032: What to say to parents when their child is about to quit with Anita Collins

02/26/2016 Read more

Piano Practice Guides for Motivating Students [Free Resources]

by Roberta Wolff

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]

02/23/2016 Read more