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 pop piano.
It doesn’t matter if you were classically trained, hate pop music or think it’s a waste of time; I think every teacher should at least be open to a sprinkling of pop in their lessons. Take a listen and see if teaching pop piano deserves a second glance for you.
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If you’re already teaching pop piano yourself, what do you think stops other people? Do you think I missed any of the big myths about pop piano?
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.