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Composition Kickstarters: 5 Ways to Inspire Your Students to Write Music

by Nicola Cantan

Some piano students can be a bit reluctant to compose music. Perhaps they’re nervous, or feel under pressure to come up with something amazing. So much so that they just…can’t get started. When this happens – don’t give up! These cautious composers usually just need a composition kickstarter to get the ball rolling. If you’ve ... Composition Kickstarters: 5 Ways to Inspire Your Students to Write Music

08/09/2017 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

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

What’s your Piano Teaching Philosophy?

by Tim Topham

As teachers, we all have certain ways of doing things. We’ll teach certain pieces, we’ll put emphasis on certain aspects of teaching: technique, posture, reading, singing. We may be “exam” or “festival” teachers who always enter students for performance events. Perhaps your focus is on helping students play the music they want to or teaching sight ... What’s your Piano Teaching Philosophy?

09/19/2016 Read more