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No Book Beginners isn't just another rigid method; it's a versatile framework that empowers you to tailor your lessons to each student's needs while demonstrating your creative flair at every turn (even if you don’t think you have any yet!). Say goodbye to one-size-fits-all approaches and welcome to a dynamic teaching style that truly resonates with your learners.
In No Book Beginners, Tim shares the first five lessons of his 10-lesson No Book approach that will lay the foundation for your students' musical journey. From technique and keyboard knowledge to creative music-making activities and ear training, these lessons will captivate your students' interest and set them on a path of musical exploration… all without getting bogged-down in music reading.
Whether you teach in a private studio, classroom, or group setting, 'No Book Beginners' is easily adaptable. While immediately ready for use with primary aged children, this book will show you how to adapt the framework for preschoolers, teenagers, adults and transfer students, making it a versatile resource across your studio.
Throughout the book you’ll have the opportunity to assess your own teaching approaches with a series of in-depth questions. Your results in each quiz will reveal suggestions for how to improve your current practices so you know exactly how to take action in your studio. And you can take the quizzes again at a later date and see how you’ve improved.
These handy sections at the end of every chapter give you a quick summary of the key points, reinforcing those light-bulb moments.
Hear inspiring stories from teachers who have experienced the transformational power of 'No Book Beginners.' Witness how their students' confidence soared, their love for music deepened, and their self-identities as musicians strengthened. And hear how their experience has boosted their own creativity in all their lessons.
Creativity is the magical glue that binds music concepts together and helps students form memories with lasting impact. With ‘No Book Beginners’ your students will form stronger connections with music, develop better musical ears, and gain the confidence to express themselves.
At the heart of No Book Beginners lies a student-centred philosophy. By focusing on your students' individual needs and interests, you'll witness higher retention rates, happier parents, and increased motivation for lifelong music learning. Enjoy the stories of teachers and parents who just can’t get their child to stop practising!
Change can be intimidating, but with No Book Beginners, you'll receive practical guidance on how to take things slowly and implement creative teaching at your own pace with clear, step-by-step instructions. No more overwhelm - just steady progress and joyful learning.
Distinguish yourself from other teachers in the market by adopting the innovative and creative approach of No Book Beginners. This unique selling point will quickly attract more students to your studio.
As you put the ideas in this book into action you’ll be inspired to explore your own ideas. Your potential for growth is limitless when you become fearless in creativity.
How did we get here? A quick history on how method books became the foundation of most beginner piano lessons.
The heartbreaking truth about where this over-reliance on method books has gotten us, (it’s worse than you think) and why urgent change is needed.
The 5 technical deficiencies plaguing our students in this current method-book-obsessed paradigm.
The underlying principles of the No Book Beginners framework (and why you’ll NEVER want to go back to the old way).
What meaningful change needs to look like in order to turn things around.
Why the statement “I haven’t got a creative bone in my body” is hurting your potential (& the potential of your students).
What creative music teaching REALLY looks like and how you can begin to explore and become confident in it (even if you can’t imagine it right now!)
The Incredible instant pay-offs of using the No Book Beginners approach for your studio (+ how these advantages will snow-ball in the long term!)
Done-for-you full lesson plans for the first FIVE No Book Beginners lessons (full walk-through provided!)
Adapt & THRIVE: How you can tweak this framework to perfectly suit atypical beginners including preschoolers, teens, adults and neurodivergent students.
What comes next? A list of incredible resources to continue along your new obsession toward a brighter musical future!