In this episode, you’ll learn a functional framework on how to teach composing with your students, including a free printable handout to walk you through the creative process.
Our good friend Christopher Oill joins us to teach composing using his unique five-step compositional process.
And, in this show, he runs me through the whole process LIVE. No practice, no preparations – he teaches me how to compose on the spot.
Chris discusses and outlines his process step-by-step and gives you practical tips to implement in your creative teaching today.
Transcript of the Show
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In this episode, you’ll learn how to teach composing:
- [03:08] Christopher tells us about his piano education and current studio.
- [03:46] What is the 5 Step Compositional Process?
- [05:17] How the process works for online lessons.
- [05:55] Tips on what teachers can do while listening to the podcast.
- [06:37] The overall view of the process.
- [08:23] Step One: Think
- [11:20] Chris and Tim come up with a composing idea.
- [13:02] Step Two: Outline
- [18:07] Step Three: Research
- [28:28] The process of creating melodies.
- [33:43] Step Four: Sketch
- [40:08] Tips for reviewing compositions of students.
- [42:12] Step 5: Shape
- [47:40] Using this process for kids.
- [49:08] Do students need to notate their music?
- [50:52] Christopher tells us about his 2 Newly released publications.
Today’s Freebies on how to teach composing
Below, find a free fillable template very graciously written by Christopher Oill, walking you all the way through composing in five thought-provoking steps.
And listen to audio of two pieces Chris & Tim worked on:
TopMusicPro members will find the sheet music to these two pieces free — see member library resources.
About our Guest
Christopher Oill is an exclusive composer for FJH Music Company, a proud owner of the Oill Piano Studio and a concert pianist. In all of his teaching, performing and composing, he pushes the limits of innovation and creativity keeping the world of piano pedagogy fresh, inviting and exciting.
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Hello! I enjoyed this interview and hearing a new way to walk through composing a piece. I printed the final pieces but was looking for the check list of steps Christopher went through that you mentioned. Is that available somewhere and I’m missing it?
Hi Katie, so glad you loved this Chris Oill episode on composing! There’s a box above where you can put your email in to receive that download. It might be available in Members area also but I’m not 100% sure. I’ll leave a note to the membership team. The box above will definitely get it to you though! Thanks again.