CPTP087: Top 6 Myths of Teaching Pop Piano

teaching pop piano

teaching pop piano

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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In this episode, you’ll learn

  • Why you don’t need to be a “pop fan” to teach pop piano
  • How pop music can give your student a quick win when they need it
  • How teaching pop piano music can help you to teach theory
  • What to do with tricky pop rhythms
  • How you can make your students happy with just small sections of songs
  • Why your students should be accompanying their own singing
  • How you can save yourself some prep time
  • Why you might not need sheet music at all

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What’s stopping you teaching pop?

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?

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