The world is changing and the old style of piano lessons often doesn’t fly anymore. We need to find ways to get more creative so we can inspire students to stick with the piano.
As Tiffany, my special “piano-quitter” guest says:
“You’d be surprised at how much students know where they want to go with the music…It might not be on the curriculum, but give it a go, let them explore a bit! Music is a joy and it’s a creative outlet.“
It’s such a shame that Tiffany didn’t get to learn this as a child. Maybe, just maybe, if she had been given more creative piano skills she would’ve been inspired to keep going and push through the challenges of learning piano.
Today I’m sharing the top 5 reasons I love teaching creative piano skills, and hopefully inspiring you to get more creative in your piano teaching this year. And in turn, passing on some musical inspiration to your students so they stick with it.
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What makes you want to keep learning and improving? How do drive yourself you continue to learn new methods of teaching creativity?
Tim Topham has one mission in life: to stem the tide of children quitting music lessons by helping teachers maximise student engagement through creativity, technology and innovation. Tim hosts the popular Creative Piano Teaching Podcast, blogs regularly at topmusic.co and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, Californian Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.