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TC250: Creative Piano Mashups with Rebecca Singerman-Knight

With COVID and lockdown, a lot of teachers and students have been faced with the challenge of learning online. Teachers, especially, have had to think of ways to make online lessons more fun and engaging. In this episode, Rebecca Singerman-Knight, shares how she did this through her Lockdown Mashups activity with her students which has ... TC250: Creative Piano Mashups with Rebecca Singerman-Knight

TC246: Why ALL students need to sing with Nikki Loney from The Full Voice Podcast

Have you ever considered implementing singing in each of your lessons? Or is it already a part of your teaching routine? There is so much benefit to be gained from this exercise and this is what Nikki Loney and I are going to talk about today. Nikki is the owner of The Full Voice, The ... TC246: Why ALL students need to sing with Nikki Loney from The Full Voice Podcast

TC234: Turning the pedagogy of music on its head with Will Baily

Will Baily turns the pedagogy of music on its head by pivoting to recreational music-making philosophies and student-led learning, from a very classical approach to teaching and it has made an incredible impact on him and his students. Our guest today, Will Baily, is a piano teacher and composer. His publications include the “Way Cool” ... TC234: Turning the pedagogy of music on its head with Will Baily

When ‘New’ Isn’t Always Better – Creative Piano’s Proper Place

How to combine the traditional with the creative mind.

Improve Piano Ear Playing Skills with this One Challenge

Yep, you can make playing by ear fun. Here's how.

The Best Ear Training Apps for Your Studio

Every month here on dev.topmusic.co, we aim to provide you with the best creative teaching approaches to enhance your students’ learning experience. One way to do this is by embracing technology in your studio. Today’s post will highlight some of the best ear training apps you can use in your studio, as recommended by members ... The Best Ear Training Apps for Your Studio

 

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CPTP109: What is Solfa and How Does it Help Students with Christopher Sutton

Depending on where you got your musical start, solfa might be an integral part of your musicianship – or it might be a foreign language. If you didn’t learn solfa growing up or never felt like you had a”good ear” it can be intimidating to launch into solfa exercises in your teaching. It’s tempting to ... CPTP109: What is Solfa and How Does it Help Students with Christopher Sutton

Why Teaching Piano by Ear Will Definitely Make You a Better Teacher

Teaching Piano by Ear “Oh, I’m not very musically talented. I can’t even read notes!” When I tell people I’m a musician, this is a reply I hear often. It always surprises me. The first thing that comes to mind when people think about playing music is the ability to read music. It shows how ... Why Teaching Piano by Ear Will Definitely Make You a Better Teacher

Make Ear Training Fun with these 6 Games

We’re pianists. What do we need ear training for? Press a key, the sound comes out. Put the right finger numbers on the right keys at the right time and the right music magically appears. But have you ever had one of those students that could stubbornly play through a whole piece with fingers in ... Make Ear Training Fun with these 6 Games

CPTP108: Ear Training That’s Actually Fun with Kristin Jensen

  Ear training can be dull. But it definitely doesn’t have to be. Kirstin Jensen is here to tell us about some super fun and effective aural activities you can do with your students in just a few minutes of lesson time. These ideas will even get your youngest most wiggly students excited to work ... CPTP108: Ear Training That’s Actually Fun with Kristin Jensen

The Best Aural Piano Activities for Absolute Beginner Piano Students

Forget about cadences, inversions and singing “here comes the bride” to remind about intervals. Today we’re talking about aural piano activities you can do right from the word go. These aural piano activities are not only great for your new students’ ears. They also serve as wonderful brain breaks or off-the-bench time. These ideas all ... The Best Aural Piano Activities for Absolute Beginner Piano Students

CPTP107: How to Simplify and Teach a Pop Song by Ear

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 ... CPTP107: How to Simplify and Teach a Pop Song by Ear