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When it comes to teaching pop, sometimes the best approach is to learn it aurally. Working out a pop song by ear gives you more opportunities to teach your students theory, and creates a much more musical experience.
In this episode I take you through step-by-step how you can teach your students a pop song by ear. I take the song Mockingbird by Eminem and break it apart just like I would with a student in a lesson.
You don’t need to write off rap or hip hop songs like this – sometimes they can make great teaching material. Take a listen if you’re curious about this different approach to teaching pop.
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If you want to try teaching pop by ear but you’re finding it hard getting started, you need this cheat sheet.
In this episode, you’ll learn
- How to get a student started with a new pop song
- The most important questions to ask when teaching pop
- How to use pop as a valuable aural exercise
- Why you need to get your students singing when playing by ear
- What this can teach your students about key signatures
- How to combine the chords, bass line and melody to create an arrangement
- Why I don’t teach pop songs unless a student brings it to me
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Do you ever teach music completely by ear?
Have you been nervous to try this kind of teaching? What’s holding you back from teaching your students to play by ear?