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TC214: The 5 Myths of Improvisation with Bradley Sowash

by Tim Topham

This episode on improvisation myths features guest Bradley Sowash. It originally aired in 2017. If called on to improvise on the spot, do you feel out of your element? Learn about the five most common myths and roadblocks that hold musicians back from creative playing and improvising. Bradley helps us sort out the incorrect assumptions ... TC214: The 5 Myths of Improvisation with Bradley Sowash

10/30/2020 Read more

CPTP100: 100th Episode Special: Our Favourite Conversations From the Last 2 Years (Part 1)

by Tim Topham

It’s the 100th episode of the podcast! To celebrate we’ve put together a two part special with the best clips from the past 99 conversations about creativity, business and teaching transformations. If you follow the blog and podcast, you’ll know that creativity in piano lessons is one of my great passions. That’s why I’ve dedicated ... CPTP100: 100th Episode Special: Our Favourite Conversations From the Last 2 Years (Part 1)

08/18/2017 Read more

CPTP077: How to Teach Lead Sheets and Chord Charts with Susan Deas

by Tim Topham

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. ... CPTP077: How to Teach Lead Sheets and Chord Charts with Susan Deas

03/03/2017 Read more

CPTP075: The 5 Myths of Improvisation with Bradley Sowash

by Tim Topham

Bradley is a fantastic improviser and has inspired many piano teachers to bring creativity into their piano teaching studios. Through this experience, he has found these 5 myths of improvisation stop many classically trained pianists from getting started with jazz or improv. When we allow ourselves to believe these myths, we’re closing ourselves and our ... CPTP075: The 5 Myths of Improvisation with Bradley Sowash

02/17/2017 Read more

CPTP074: Creative Teaching QnA with Tim Topham

by Tim Topham

Creative teaching is obviously something I’m extremely passionate about. I love teaching creative skills to my own students and helping teachers to do the same. Because of this reputation, piano teachers often come to me with their creative teaching questions. And the same ones come up again and again. So in today’s show, I’m answering ... CPTP074: Creative Teaching QnA with Tim Topham

02/10/2017 Read more

TTTV065: Composing, Imagination and Creativity in Young Children with Lyndel Kennedy

by Tim Topham

Young kids have wonderful imaginations for storytelling. It’s a big part of how they learn about the world and widen their vocabulary. So when it comes to music, why don’t we also make use of this gift? That’s exactly what Lyndel Kennedy was thinking when she created Play-a-Story curriculums. Inspired by her daughter, her resources ... TTTV065: Composing, Imagination and Creativity in Young Children with Lyndel Kennedy

11/06/2016 Read more
 

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TTTV064: Why Creativity Matters with Dennis Alexander

by Tim Topham

Dennis Alexander didn’t train formally as a composer. He always wanted to teach, and that’s what he studied. He stumbled upon composing a little way into his teaching career, and boy are we glad he did! Dennis’s own teacher embraced his improvisations and flare for creativity. Had he had a different teacher growing up, we might not ... TTTV064: Why Creativity Matters with Dennis Alexander

11/01/2016 Read more

TTTV020: How technology is changing music education with Simon Rushby

by Tim Topham

We hear reports every day about how technology is changing the world, for better and for worse, but what is technology doing for music education? I’m sure there are plenty of teachers out there who have yet to try bringing any kind of tech into their music lessons. After all, what if what you’ve done ... TTTV020: How technology is changing music education with Simon Rushby

11/15/2015 Read more