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TC259: Developing innovative music teaching with Noteflight & John Mlynczak

by Tim Topham

In this episode, we are going to talk about one of my favorite online music notation softwares, Noteflight, with John Mylnczak. We’re going to unpack the Noteflight and SoundCheck softwares – its benefits, features, and how it can you can use it in your own studio. If you are looking for a music notation app ... TC259: Developing innovative music teaching with Noteflight & John Mlynczak

09/17/2021 Read more

TC232: TopMusicPro 5 Year Birthday Special

by Tim Topham

  I can’t believe it’s been five years since we started this community and it’s been such an amazing journey that we’ve all enjoyed. In today’s birthday special solo episode, we’re going to unpack our journey – the genesis of the community, what’s been happening in the membership, and what you can look forward to ... TC232: TopMusicPro 5 Year Birthday Special

03/12/2021 Read more

TC184: Dr Anita Collins on the Neuroscience of Music Lessons and the Brain

by Tim Topham

Learn why the brains of musicians are 30% denser and more connected, due to the high cognitive load of creating music. In this podcast episode, we’ll hear from leading neuroscience educator Dr Anita Collins on music lessons and the brain. Dr Collins’ work is based on neuroscience data and research findings. She explains how the ... TC184: Dr Anita Collins on the Neuroscience of Music Lessons and the Brain

04/03/2020 Read more

Why Teach Music Theory? 3 Tips to Make Your Studio More Musical This Year

by Glory St. Germain

Some ways to teach music theory with success this year.

01/15/2019 Read more

The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Musical Patterns

by Barbara Grout

Teaching Musical Patterns I’m very happy that Barb Grout, a blog reader and Music Learning Theory teacher, has taken the time to write today about the importance of teaching musical patterns and how to incorporate it into your studio. I’ve called it the Ultimate Guide to Teaching Patterns, following the Music Learning Theory approach. Patterns are the ... The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Musical Patterns

09/06/2016 Read more

Music Learning Theory Wrap-Up

by Tim Topham

I believe that Music Learning Theory has been one of the most profound themes I’ve ever featured on the blog and I’m so thankful to everyone who has shared their ideas and stories around this remarkable approach to music education.  It has certainly changed my thinking on music teaching. Has it changed yours?  For the final post ... Music Learning Theory Wrap-Up

08/01/2016 Read more
 

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TTTV051: Audiation in Action with Andy Mullen

by Tim Topham

This month has been Music Learning Theory month on dev.topmusic.co and with that has come a lot of talk about audiation. But what is audiation really? What does it mean and how does it look in a teaching context? If we want students to take full ownership or musical concepts and patterns, they should be able ... TTTV051: Audiation in Action with Andy Mullen

07/30/2016 Read more

Get Your Piano Students Grooving with Bucket Drumming

by Leila Viss

I’m so excited that TopMusicPro Community Members Leila Viss, Marie Lee and Heather Nanney could come on the blog and share details about their latest resource: Bucket Drumming for Piano Teachers.  If you’ve ever asked yourself: Why do my students struggle so much with rhythm?  Then this is a resource you’re going to want to explore. Making connections with Music ... Get Your Piano Students Grooving with Bucket Drumming

07/29/2016 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

TTTV050: Teaching Patterns with Jo Burrows

by Tim Topham

  A big part of Dr. Gordon’s Music Learning Theory is pattern based teaching. When we build up a rich vocabulary of patterns we’re creating a mental resource that students can draw from later. This way students can not only read music but can audiate and improvise as well. In short they’re more comprehensive musicians.   ... TTTV050: Teaching Patterns with Jo Burrows

07/23/2016 Read more

Feel the Beat off the Seat | Tips for Teaching Rhythm

by Barbara Grout

This week’s article comes from Music Learning Theory (MLT) teacher and presenter, Barbara Grout and is all about Tips for Teaching Rhythm. Rhythm is one of those fundamental aspects of music that many of us fail to help students understand and feel innately. If you’ve ever had a student not realise that they’ve ‘missed’ a beat in ... Feel the Beat off the Seat | Tips for Teaching Rhythm

07/20/2016 Read more

Why teaching music reading is the wrong way to teach piano [Part 2]

by Paul Myatt

In Part 2 of this series (click here for Part 1), I’m going to go into details about strategies that you can use to engage in a more multi-sensory approach to teaching including aural and music reading strategies and the importance of singing. Aural Strategies You may have some students who are very good readers. You, ... Why teaching music reading is the wrong way to teach piano [Part 2]

07/18/2016 Read more