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TC226: What is 4 Chord Composing All About? (archives)

by Tim Topham

So many students can play well – but how many can write and compose? Do your piano students know essentials like 4 Chord Composing? Get them started easily with this simple composing framework. Learning the essentials of chord progressions can lead students to a better understanding of music. It can also give them the skills ... TC226: What is 4 Chord Composing All About? (archives)

01/29/2021 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

TTTV020: How technology is changing music education with Simon Rushby

by Tim Topham

We hear reports every day about how technology is changing the world, for better and for worse, but what is technology doing for music education? I’m sure there are plenty of teachers out there who have yet to try bringing any kind of tech into their music lessons. After all, what if what you’ve done ... TTTV020: How technology is changing music education with Simon Rushby

11/15/2015 Read more

TTTV001: Student composition tactics with Daniel McFarlane

by Tim Topham

I’m so excited to be starting the Tim Topham TV Podcast by interviewing my good friend and Australian teacher/composer/presenter, Daniel McFarlane and we’ll be chatting all about student composition: how to help students create music at the piano from scratch and how to develop their own ideas further. It doesn’t matter if you’re completely new to ... TTTV001: Student composition tactics with Daniel McFarlane

03/15/2015 Read more