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TC234: Turning the pedagogy of music on its head with Will Baily

Will Baily turns the pedagogy of music on its head by pivoting to recreational music-making philosophies and student-led learning, from a very classical approach to teaching and it has made an incredible impact on him and his students. Our guest today, Will Baily, is a piano teacher and composer. His publications include the “Way Cool” ... TC234: Turning the pedagogy of music on its head with Will Baily

TC233: How TopMusicPro transformed my online piano lessons with Kara Hess

You can transform into the piano teacher you’ve always wanted to be – full of confidence and armed with knowledge from experts in the field – just like what Kara Hess, one of our TopMusic Pro members, did.  In this episode, I’ve invited Kara who wrote a beautiful email to us about the transitions and ... TC233: How TopMusicPro transformed my online piano lessons with Kara Hess

TC182: Helping ALL Piano Students Achieve Greatness with Nicola Cantan

By improving inclusivity, we are helping our piano students achieve greatness. In this episode, learn how to differentiate your teaching so that each and every one of your students can find success.  Nicola Cantan is a piano teacher, author, blogger and creator of imaginative and engaging teaching resources. She loves getting piano students learning through ... TC182: Helping ALL Piano Students Achieve Greatness with Nicola Cantan

CPTP176: A Fireside Chat with Marvin Blickenstaff

What approach do you use in teaching your students, especially beginners? My guest on this podcast episode, Marvin Blickenstaff, is one of the most well-known and well-loved teachers in the US. He is a teacher, lecturer, performer and publisher with numerous honours and awards under his belt. His extensive background in piano as well as ... CPTP176: A Fireside Chat with Marvin Blickenstaff

CPTP147: How Teaching Beginners with No Books has Revolutionised Georgina’s Studio

When I published the No Book Beginners framework I hoped it would give teachers the confidence to teach more creatively, and that’s exactly what it’s done for Georgina Jordan. Georgina is a piano teacher in the UK who had a very traditional music education and was struggling to add creativity into her lessons. She joined ... CPTP147: How Teaching Beginners with No Books has Revolutionised Georgina’s Studio

10 Tips on Engaging Preschool Music Students through Movement

Teaching Preschool Music Students Read right to the end to find out details for this week’s free live webinar on how to thrive teaching troubling toddlers! Preschoolers are a popular demographic to reach within a piano studio these days. The under five crowd is a delightful group to work with. They’re fun, curious and energetic. ... 10 Tips on Engaging Preschool Music Students through Movement

 

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Product Review: The Musicolor Method

Welcome to another product review on dev.topmusic.co. If you’re interested in learning more about some of the products our community is using, why not check out these links? The Piano Mastery Course Collabra Music – Finally a Way to Track Students’ Practice The Musicolor Method Most piano teachers use piano method books as a source ... Product Review: The Musicolor Method

How to Find Your Perfect Piano Teaching Method

When you first start teaching music, one of the hardest things is deciding what your piano teaching method is going to be. What kind of teacher will you be? How will you inspire your students? These are all questions to consider before your first student walks into your sparkly new piano studio.  To give us ... How to Find Your Perfect Piano Teaching Method

From Improvisation to Composition: How to Nurture Your Students’ Creativity

Each week I write my student’s assignments in a plain notebook. Quite frequently, as I’m leafing through a younger child’s book, I discover a string of letters, or a scrawled drawing of a staff (number of lines variable) crowded with half notes. Some of them are proud of their “compositions”, others sheepish. But usually, when ... From Improvisation to Composition: How to Nurture Your Students’ Creativity

How to Get Your Beginner Piano Students Composing Music

Carol Matz is well known in the piano teaching community for her Famous and Fun series, and more recently for her Interactive Piano Method. She’s also an experienced piano teacher herself and she knows what works when it comes to great arrangements. We are super excited to have her presenting today’s guest post, all about how to ... How to Get Your Beginner Piano Students Composing Music

20 Creative Ways to Start a Piano Lesson

If you’d like some ideas about different ways to start a piano lesson, then today’s post is for you. While we all know that routine can be great for some students, I like to mix things up every now and then. It keeps students on their toes and starting a lesson with something creative is a ... 20 Creative Ways to Start a Piano Lesson

TTTV063: How the 4-Week Challenge helped Colin grow his studio by 800%

In the Inner Circle every so often we have ‘4-Week Challenges‘. In these challenges piano teachers set themselves goals to complete within a four week timeframe. This gives them accountability to the other teachers inside the community, and the motivation and support to achieve their goals. As many piano teachers are self-employed, this can really ... TTTV063: How the 4-Week Challenge helped Colin grow his studio by 800%