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Teaching Piano by Ear: A Journey into the Unknown

by Roberta Wolff

Learning piano by ear is a difficult, but rewarding task. This month, my site will be dedicated to helping teachers engage their students with this style of teaching. Aural training is vital, and I hope this month will show you exactly why, and inspire you to give it a go.

10/02/2017 Read more

CPTP079: Rote Teaching with Amy Greer

by Tim Topham

Rote teaching got a bad rap for a while. But piano teachers are starting to realise the value of teaching pieces by rote and incorporate this puzzle piece into their teaching. Teaching rote pieces alongside reading pieces provides so many benefits. Kids who learn pieces this way are better at finding patterns, using their ears and ... CPTP079: Rote Teaching with Amy Greer

03/17/2017 Read more

How Music Learning Theory Gives Meaning To What We Teach

by Andy Mullen

  Well-meaning piano teachers sit students down at the piano, and immediately take out the method book, and show their student, for example, where middle C is on the staff, and where it is on the piano…They begin with the eye, and with reading, with little, if any, attention to a student’s audiation. If we instead ... How Music Learning Theory Gives Meaning To What We Teach

07/27/2016 Read more

TTTV029: Suzuki Piano Method with Rebecca Martin

by Tim Topham

What do you know about the Suzuki Piano Method? I think many of us think of students who play by ear…but there’s a lot more to it than that! The Suzuki Piano Method takes the view that just as kids learn to talk before they learn to read, they should learn to play piano before ... TTTV029: Suzuki Piano Method with Rebecca Martin

02/05/2016 Read more

TTTV018: Everything But The Pieces (Part 1) with Sam Coates: Sight Reading & Aural Tests

by Tim Topham

In the third podcast of the exam series, I’m joined by Sam Coates to discuss everything but the pieces. Sam Coates is the author of the ‘BlitzBooks‘ series which blitz through sight reading & theory, and I’m so excited to have her share her tips and tricks for teaching sight reading and aural skills. Sight reading & aural ... TTTV018: Everything But The Pieces (Part 1) with Sam Coates: Sight Reading & Aural Tests

11/01/2015 Read more

TTTV005: Balancing the Eye and the Ear – Bradley Sowash & Leila Viss on creativity at the keyboard

by Tim Topham

Creativity is something that is so easily forgotten in piano lessons. In the rush to get students ready for exams, competitions and performances, time spent being creative quickly becomes seen as a luxury that most teachers simply can’t afford. Perhaps you’re already thinking: How can I possibly fit another thing into my lessons? I don’t ... TTTV005: Balancing the Eye and the Ear – Bradley Sowash & Leila Viss on creativity at the keyboard

05/10/2015 Read more