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CPTP088: 15,390 Pop Songs and Counting: The Hooktheory Story

by Tim Topham

Hooktheory is a truly innovative site. It looks at harmony from a completely different perspective than traditional music theory. This is what happens when you bring together three engineers with a shared passion for music. By analysing the underlying chord progressions of thousands of pop songs – these guys are not simply learning what makes for a ... CPTP088: 15,390 Pop Songs and Counting: The Hooktheory Story

05/19/2017 Read more

7 Online Pop Music Resources You Should Be Using

by Sean Wales

Online Pop Music Resources Welcome to today’s blog post. This article is designed to show you the very best online pop music resources that you can find right here, on dev.topmusic.co. Let me show you why everything you need is on this very blog. As always, if you would like exclusive content, online courses you ... 7 Online Pop Music Resources You Should Be Using

05/17/2017 Read more

CPTP087: Top 6 Myths of Teaching Pop Piano

by Tim Topham

When it comes to teaching pop piano, I’ve heard it all. Teachers cite these six barriers for getting into pop teaching time and again. But today I’m going to bust these myths. I get why you might be reluctant to branch into this area. Especially if you’ve bought into any of these preconceptions about teaching ... CPTP087: Top 6 Myths of Teaching Pop Piano

05/12/2017 Read more

How to Plan and Run a Pop Piano Recital [Part Two]

by Tim Topham

Welcome to Part Two of this series. In Part One, we explored how to name your event and the importance of finding the right musicians for your rhythm section. We also discussed getting students singing and what music to play and provide to your band. If you haven’t read it yet, click here: How to ... How to Plan and Run a Pop Piano Recital [Part Two]

05/10/2017 Read more

CPTP086: Top 5 Pop Piano Teaching Hacks with Coen Modder

by Tim Topham

Playing classical music didn’t really appeal to Coen when he was a kid – so he started forging his own path. He found his way into piano playing through pop music and now teaches his students using the vocabulary of chords as the foundation. Coen is passionate about pop piano teaching. He treats teaching music ... CPTP086: Top 5 Pop Piano Teaching Hacks with Coen Modder

05/07/2017 Read more

How to Plan and Run a Pop Piano Recital [Part One]

by Tim Topham

If you’re a teacher that is embracing more modern music teaching in your studio, you’re probably finding that your recitals are becoming more and more filled with pop music! Depending on the nature of your traditional recitals, you might like to consider whether running a dedicated recital/concert just for your pop music students would be ... How to Plan and Run a Pop Piano Recital [Part One]

05/03/2017 Read more
 

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Integrating Pop Piano Teaching into Your Studio

by Tim Topham

If you’ve been following my writing for any length of time, you will be aware that I’m passionate about helping students learn the music they want to learn. Part of that approach will naturally involve pop music because it’s the kind of music that 9/10 students are listening to at the moment. Students often want ... Integrating Pop Piano Teaching into Your Studio

05/01/2017 Read more

How to Teach a Pop Song with No Music [Repertoire Rap #3]

by Tim Topham

Connect on Facebook Share Powered by the Simple Social Press Hi again, everyone. It’s Tim Topham here with another Facebook live repertoire rap. These are my overviews of some of the stuff that I’m doing with my students in regard to music that they want to learn and some of the best books that are ... How to Teach a Pop Song with No Music [Repertoire Rap #3]

03/09/2017 Read more

Pop Piano Resources

by Tim Topham

I've decided to start a new list of resources which can help teachers who are approaching pop music in their lessons. This list will automatically update as new posts about pop are posted. Enjoy!   If you're interested in my 8-part How to Teach Pop Music course called "PianoFlix", then head over to TopMusicPro and ... Pop Piano Resources

04/20/2016 Read more

The 10 Commandments of Teaching Pop

by Tim Topham

Want to know the 10 rules that I always follow when teaching pop music to today’s students? I’ve called the list my 10 Commandments of Teaching Pop and you can find it below.   The 10 Commandments of Teaching Pop Ask them what they want to learn. The first and most important commandment! Make sure you ask ... The 10 Commandments of Teaching Pop

01/18/2016 Read more

Don’t just play it: teach and compose it with Tim, Leila & Bradley [Pop Webinar]

by Tim Topham

 Times they are a-changin! Are you finding that more and more of your students (and their parents) are looking for a more contemporary focus in their piano lessons? Are you struggling to maintain and build your studio numbers in an area with lots of teachers doing much the same thing as each other? Are you ... Don’t just play it: teach and compose it with Tim, Leila & Bradley [Pop Webinar]

12/18/2015 Read more

My new go-to piano sheet music resource: Noviscore

by Tim Topham

Do you sometimes find it hard to source good-quality arrangements of piano sheet music (especially pop) that your students actually enjoy playing, that actually sound good and that are fun to teach?

10/29/2015 Read more