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TC258: Composer Spotlight with Kevin Olson

by Tim Topham

We’re joined this week by none other than one of the best-loved jazz educational composers today, Kevin Olson. Kevin brings a fresh perspective about composing the styles and sounds that inspire our students. He draws inspiration from Schumann to Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock in his compositions, which are frequently top choices for students since ... TC258: Composer Spotlight with Kevin Olson

09/10/2021 Read more

TC220: Jazz Perspectives with Composer Kerin Bailey

by Tim Topham

In today’s episode, we’re speaking with one of Australia’s most-loved composers, Kerin Bailey. Kerin shares his musical background, influence of jazz music, and thoughts about effective ways to teach jazz skills and chord progressions to students. We’ll also hear Kerin demonstrate on the piano from his improv system for teaching, and give you some takeaways ... TC220: Jazz Perspectives with Composer Kerin Bailey

12/11/2020 Read more

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

TTTV046: Teaching Creatively with Elena Cobb

by Tim Topham

Elena Cobb didn’t start out teaching creatively. When she began teaching in U.K. she came across lots of students who wanted to “play for fun”. This was a bit of a foreign concept to Elena, having grown up with very serious classical music studies. She went on a hunt for fun repertoire for her students, and ... TTTV046: Teaching Creatively with Elena Cobb

06/18/2016 Read more

Free Jazz Improvisation Course | Coursera

by Tim Topham

Ever wanted to learn more about jazz improvising? Here’s a free 5-week online course that you can take from your own studio and featuring one of the greats of jazz improvisation, Gary Burton from the Berklee College of Music. Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for ... Free Jazz Improvisation Course | Coursera

01/08/2015 Read more

Teaching 12 Bar Blues to inspire beginners (especially boys!)

by Tim Topham

Want a quick-win in your next lesson? One of the best ways I’ve found to get kids really motivated to play piano is by working on a 12 bar blues. There is heaps you can do with this simple framework, and it works for students of all levels – whether they are beginners or have been ... Teaching 12 Bar Blues to inspire beginners (especially boys!)

04/20/2012 Read more
 

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The Firm Soundtrack – Dave Grusin

by Tim Topham

A colleague recently introduced me to the music from the movie “The Firm”. I haven’t seen the movie, but the music is great – energetic and fun, jazzy and bluesy. It is at the harder end of the spectrum – about Grade 7+ – and teenagers in particular will love it. At least one piece ... The Firm Soundtrack – Dave Grusin

02/04/2012 Read more

Repertoire Ideas

by Tim Topham

I recently purchased some new music you might be interested in exploring with your students this year. Firstly, have a look at The Virtuosic Performer. Just about all the pieces in Book 2 were fantastic and around Grade 2-3 level. Many of them sound and look amazing, but are actually quite easy to learn and ... Repertoire Ideas

01/27/2012 Read more

Soundscapes & Supersonics – more cool music for the boys!

by Tim Topham

If you’re looking for new music for your students and especially pieces that will instantly appeal to boys, check this guy out! Daniel McFarlane is a young composer from Brisbane who has been quietly writing some fantastic piano music that will suit all styles and tastes. If you and your students have enjoyed the work ... Soundscapes & Supersonics – more cool music for the boys!

12/18/2011 Read more

Nikolai Kapustin – the crossover jazz music keeps coming!

by Tim Topham

Since being introduced to the music of Friedrich Gulda at the APPC conference in July by Jovanni de Pedro, I stumbled upon another fantastic and, it seems, undervalued crossover jazz/classical composer: Nikolai Kapustin. Kapustin has been active as a composer since the late 1950s though he has only become known in the West during the ... Nikolai Kapustin – the crossover jazz music keeps coming!

07/27/2011 Read more

Jazz for Classical Pianists by Freidrich Gulda

by Tim Topham

During the recent Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference in Wagga Wagga, I was lucky enough to attend a lecture/recital by American-based pianist Jovanni de Pedro who introduced an enthusiastic crowd to the exciting and fun music of French “crossover” pianist Friedrich Gulda. I’ve already promoted a couple of youtubes of his music, but I wanted to ... Jazz for Classical Pianists by Freidrich Gulda

07/24/2011 Read more