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TTTV023: 5 Tips for Teaching Teens

by Tim Topham

Teaching teens can be a completely different experience from your average 7 year old student. Teenagers are starting to figure out who they are and what they like. This means that they won’t always just play a piece because you gave it to them, and they won’t practice something they don’t think is relevant to ... TTTV023: 5 Tips for Teaching Teens

12/13/2015 Read more

TTTV019: Everything But The Pieces (Part 2) with Abe Cytrynowski: Technical Work & General Knowledge

by Tim Topham

In part four of the exam focus series, I’m talking with Abe Cytrynowski about technical work & general knowledge. Abe is passionate about scales. Yes, you read that correctly! Often, scales can make both student and teacher eyes glaze over. Scales are done on autopilot, the muscle memory takes over and students are barely aware ... TTTV019: Everything But The Pieces (Part 2) with Abe Cytrynowski: Technical Work & General Knowledge

11/09/2015 Read more

The age old question…how do we make piano scales fun and relevant?

by Nicola Cantan

Introduction “Ok, let’s start with some scales.” *Cue student’s eyelid’s drooping*. We all know we’re supposed to teach our piano students their scales, but it can quickly turn into a battle of wills. I never want to tell my students to “eat their vegetables”, so how do I make those vegetables look like candy? It’s not ... The age old question…how do we make piano scales fun and relevant?

04/28/2015 Read more

Teaching Video: Students improvising backing tracks for scales

by Tim Topham

Most students find scale practice pretty dull. So do I. in fact, I find teaching scales pretty dull too! What’s more, starting lessons with the same old, “Well, let’s hear how your scales have gone this week”, is not likely to inspire students if it’s the same greeting every single lesson. With this in mind, ... Teaching Video: Students improvising backing tracks for scales

09/03/2013 Read more