Teach lead sheets and your students will be more likely to be lifelong pianists. In fact, Susan Deas surveyed teachers and found that 90% thought teaching lead sheets was useful skill. Cultivating a love of music and keeping students playing was also rated as a primary focus, and most teachers thought lead sheets would help with this.
So why are many of us still not fitting this creative skill into our lessons?
Susan Deas takes a practical, straight-forward approach to lead sheet playing. Her book, Improvisation for Classically Trained Pianists, breaks down this skill into a truly step-by-step process.
As Susan says: “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good, have a go!”. Jump in to episode 77 and find out how you can teach lead sheets in your studio.
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In this episode, you’ll learn
- The difference between a chord chart and a lead sheet
- Why Susan set out to research the area of improvisation
- What Susan found out about teachers’ attitudes to creativity
- Why teachers don’t teach lead sheets, and why they should
- How to get piano parents on board with improvisation
- How Susan prepares young students for lead sheet playing
- What you can do to fit more improv into your piano lessons
- Susan’s top tips for how to teach lead sheets
- Improvisation for Classically Trained Pianists
- Susan’s chord resources
- What’s the Difference between a Chord Chart and a Lead Sheet
- The Ultimate Guide to Left Hand Piano Styles & Patterns
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Do you teach lead sheets in your studio?
If so, what approach do you use? If not, what’s stopping you getting started?
Do you like the idea of a more step-by-step process for teaching lead sheets and chord charts?