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Teaching Slash Chords To Your Piano Students

by Georgina Wilson

Slash chords can look confusing, but when it comes to playing them on the piano they're not too tricky! Check out our guide to slash chords.

04/24/2023 Read more

TC288: Connections Thru Chords – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 5

by Tim Topham

We’re now in day 5 of our Hesitant to Hero Challenge Series on the podcast and today’s topic is all about connections through chords. By helping students see the connections between old and new music, we can unlock huge potentials in our students and deepen their understanding as well. Today, we are going to demonstrate ... TC288: Connections Thru Chords – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 5

07/22/2022 Read more

TC288: Connections Thru Chords – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 5

by Mauro Dalu

We’re now in day 5 of our Hesitant to Hero Challenge Series on the podcast and today’s topic is all about connections through chords. By helping students see the connections between old and new music, we can unlock huge potentials in our students and deepen their understanding as well. Today, we are going to demonstrate ... TC288: Connections Thru Chords – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 5

#033: Making It Easy for Your Students in Learning Guitar Chords with Francesco Barone

by Mauro Dalu

Learn a different guitar methodology of teaching students, children and adults, with our podcast guest today, Dr Francesco Barone. Dr Barone is a classical guitar teacher turned author who shares distinct characteristics of his methodology and interesting information on his books with us today. He also gives us great ideas, advice and tips for teaching ... #033: Making It Easy for Your Students in Learning Guitar Chords with Francesco Barone

12/09/2022 Read more

Guitar Chords for Beginners

by Michael Gumley

The process of learning guitar chords for beginners can be tricky. They’re so eager to play their first song but learning the necessary chords can be a stumbling block. We’re here to help you: If you’d like more tips and resources to help you run a fulfilling and stress-free studio, join TopMusicGuitar today. Table Of ... Guitar Chords for Beginners

12/05/2022 Read more

2017 in Review: Teaching Chords and Piano Pop Music

by Tim Topham

It’s that time of the year – December is upon us and everyone is looking forward to a break. Piano teachers, you’ve deserved it! All those countless hours of teaching, planning, personal development and even travelling and it’s almost time to switch off for a few weeks. To celebrate an amazing year here on topmusic.co, ... 2017 in Review: Teaching Chords and Piano Pop Music

08/31/2022 Read more
 

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[Video Interview] Students Share How They Found Success Learning Chords and Composition

by Sean Wales

Former Students on Composition Today’s post provides you with a student perspective on learning chords and composition. Adrian and Jackson are two of Tim’s former students. They will share with you their experiences on piano composition, and why it transformed their musical education. There are a series of videos below, touching on teaching chords, incorporating ... [Video Interview] Students Share How They Found Success Learning Chords and Composition

08/28/2017 Read more

Using “sus” chords to inspire beginners

by Tim Topham

No, I’m not talking about anything ‘suss’, but rather chord “suspensions”. If you’re not familiar with suspensions, or how they can be used to inspire your students from their first or second lesson, read on… I like to introduce triads in a student’s very first lesson or two and in some cases it’s the first ... Using “sus” chords to inspire beginners

01/30/2012 Read more

How to Teach Piano Chords: The B.S. Method

by Tim Topham

Ever wondered the simplest way to teach piano chords? If you’d said to me a month ago that talking “BS” in my studio was a good way of helping kids play chords, I would have been shocked to say the least! Now, having used this technique on a number of students, its value is unsurpassed ... How to Teach Piano Chords: The B.S. Method

12/07/2018 Read more

017: 3 Steps to Teaching an Integrated Music Lesson (Replay)

by Tim Topham

In this special replay episode from Tim Topham's Integrated Music Teaching podcast, we revisit an insightful discussion on the integrated music teaching model.

05/17/2024 Read more

What Is Integrated Music Teaching?

by Georgina Wilson

Integrated Music Teaching is at the heart of everything at TopMusic. But what exactly is it? We sat down with the main man himself, Tim Topham, to ask him. Table of Contents: Let’s start off strong. What IS Integrated Music Teaching? Integrated Music Teaching is a way of teaching that endeavors to always help music ... What Is Integrated Music Teaching?

05/13/2024 Read more

Teaching Beginner Piano Students with TopMusic

by Tim Topham

Teaching beginner piano students is a widely discussed topic. There are numerous online communities, courses, memberships, video tutorials, etc, etc… We wanted to pool our resources in one place so you can return when you need help and inspiration to teach beginner piano students. PLUS, you can download the FREE copy of the TopMusicMag: Teaching ... Teaching Beginner Piano Students with TopMusic

04/16/2024 Read more

012: Tim Topham on Dreaming Big

by Tim Topham

In today's exciting episode, I have the pleasure of chatting with Tim Topham to discuss the power of dreaming big in the world of music education.

04/12/2024 Read more

How To Teach Songwriting to Your Piano Students

by Tim Topham

So your piano student wants to write their own music. How can you help them?

03/18/2024 Read more

Is Professional Development Important For Piano Teachers?

by Georgina Wilson

Professional development for piano teachers is a topic that gets overlooked. People assume you already know how to play and teach the piano - is there any room for improvement?

12/04/2023 Read more

TC285: Lead Sheets in Lesson 1 – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 2

by Tim Topham

Day two of our Hesitant to Hero Challenge is called Lead Sheets in Lesson 1. It’s all about how you, as a teacher, can teach students about harmony and base some really simple ideas right from when they’re first starting to read their right-hand pieces. You’ll see and hear how the process of teaching this ... TC285: Lead Sheets in Lesson 1 – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 2

07/01/2022 Read more

Engaging Intermediate Students With An Integrated Approach

by Georgina Wilson

Engaging intermediate students can be a challenge. They’ve finished their method books, and they’ve moved into the big wide world of intermediate repertoire. They’re also highly likely to be of an age where the piano is battling for attention against school clubs and other extra-curricular activities. Keeping students engaged and interested is vital in retaining ... Engaging Intermediate Students With An Integrated Approach

10/23/2023 Read more

TTTV001: Student composition tactics with Daniel McFarlane

by Mauro Dalu

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

TTTV004: Holistic Sight-reading: How technology is revolutionizing teaching with Colin Thomson

by Mauro Dalu

**UPDATED Dec 2016** Please note that Colin’s Sight Reading Academy, mentioned below and in the recording of this podcast is no longer available. All other aspects of our discussion around sight reading is still relevant. See below if you’d like to grab your free download.  Sight reading is one of the key skills that I ... TTTV004: Holistic Sight-reading: How technology is revolutionizing teaching with Colin Thomson

04/30/2015 Read more

TTTV005: Balancing the Eye and the Ear – Bradley Sowash & Leila Viss on creativity at the keyboard

by Mauro Dalu

Creativity is something that is so easily forgotten in piano lessons. In the rush to get students ready for exams, competitions and performances, time spent being creative quickly becomes seen as a luxury that most teachers simply can’t afford. Perhaps you’re already thinking: How can I possibly fit another thing into my lessons? I don’t ... TTTV005: Balancing the Eye and the Ear – Bradley Sowash & Leila Viss on creativity at the keyboard

05/10/2015 Read more

TTTV011: NCKP Round-Up (Solo Sunday)

by Mauro Dalu

Ever wondered what it’s like to attend the biggest piano teaching conference in the world? Want to find out why I travelled for 20 hours in a thin metal cylinder at 35,000 feet just to attend a professional development event? Interested in what I took away from the event this year? Looking for the notes and slides ... TTTV011: NCKP Round-Up (Solo Sunday)

08/25/2015 Read more

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

by Mauro Dalu

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

11/07/2015 Read more

TTTV050: Teaching patterns with Jo Burrows

by Mauro Dalu

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. Joanne Burrows ... TTTV050: Teaching patterns with Jo Burrows

07/20/2016 Read more

TTTV051: Audiation in Action with Andy Mullen

by Mauro Dalu

This month has been Music Learning Theory month on 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

07/27/2016 Read more

TTTV053: Taking Your Online Lessons to the Next Level with Mario Ajero

by Mauro Dalu

This week on the podcast we’re talking next level online lessons with Mr. Technology himself, Mario Ajero. If you’re ready to make your online lessons even more effective with some super clever tech, Mario’s your guy. Mario was a pioneer in the early days of music teaching technology. He has tried and tested the best ... TTTV053: Taking Your Online Lessons to the Next Level with Mario Ajero

08/11/2016 Read more