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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

TTTV049: Simply Music with Neil Moore

by Tim Topham

Neil Moore didn’t follow the traditional path to piano teaching. He never read music in his own piano lessons. So when he had the opportunity to teach a visually impaired student, he wondered how he could teach him the way he learned. He started to explore teaching using patterns, and gradually developed the Simply Music ... TTTV049: Simply Music with Neil Moore

07/15/2016 Read more

Why teaching music reading is the wrong way to teach piano [Part 1]

by Paul Myatt

In this article, Inner Circle Expert teacher Paul Myatt will get you thinking about the order in which you are teaching music. What should come first: reading or listening/creating/singing?  As you might have guessed, there is a wealth of evidence to suggest that the best way to teach music is the same as the way we learn to speak ... Why teaching music reading is the wrong way to teach piano [Part 1]

07/11/2016 Read more

TTTV048: Exploring MLT with Marilyn Lowe

by Tim Topham

In today’s podcast we’re exploring MLT (Music Learning Theory) and how it applies to piano teaching, with Marilyn Lowe. Marilyn Lowe searched for a long time for a piano method she loved. When she heard about Music Learning Theory it seemed to fill in a lot of the blanks…The only problem was there were no ... TTTV048: Exploring MLT with Marilyn Lowe

07/08/2016 Read more

Music Learning Theory

by Tim Topham

When I first heard about Music Learning Theory and the work of Dr Edwin Gordon, a whole lot of puzzle pieces I had about music reading suddenly fitted into place. Put simply, Music Learning Theory is a research-based explanation of how we learn when we learn music. What is the best approach? How do we give students the skills they need to 'talk' the language of music before they start reading?

07/05/2016 Read more

TTTV045: Using Orff to Teach Rhythm with Vashti Summervill

by Tim Topham

I’m so excited to be getting the opportunity to explore Orff with Vashti Summervill. Orff-Schulwerk is a philosophy of music teaching that is often used in school music classrooms – but it can be put to great use in the private studio as well.  I think the quote Vashti uses at the beginning sums it ... TTTV045: Using Orff to Teach Rhythm with Vashti Summervill

06/10/2016 Read more
 

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TTTV009: Paul Harris on Simultaneous Learning

by Tim Topham

Have you ever wondered how you can possibly fit everything you need to into a 30 minute lesson? There’s just so much ground to cover with scales, pieces, sight-reading, theory, improvisation, composing…the list just seems to go on, and on. Paul Harris has a fantastic way of looking at lesson structure. His simultaneous learning method flips ... TTTV009: Paul Harris on Simultaneous Learning

07/26/2015 Read more

Top 3 Most Innovative Rhythm Teaching Resources

by Tim Topham

Teaching rhythm to students can be a challenging experience. Some students just seem to get it, some students really struggle to even feel or keep a steady pulse. Some students are great at copying rhythms, others like to work it out for themselves. Some understand rhythm best when it's explained metrically, others like to think ... Top 3 Most Innovative Rhythm Teaching Resources

08/22/2014 Read more