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TTTV065: Composing, Imagination and Creativity in Young Children with Lyndel Kennedy

by Tim Topham

Young kids have wonderful imaginations for storytelling. It’s a big part of how they learn about the world and widen their vocabulary. So when it comes to music, why don’t we also make use of this gift? That’s exactly what Lyndel Kennedy was thinking when she created Play-a-Story curriculums. Inspired by her daughter, her resources ... TTTV065: Composing, Imagination and Creativity in Young Children with Lyndel Kennedy

11/06/2016 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

TTTV058: How Passion, Mindset and a Sharpened Saw will Transform Your Teaching

by Tim Topham

Something we see time and time again, is that great teachers are lifelong learners. Great teachers never stop trying to better themselves, participating in various forms of professional development and continuing education. Today’s podcast is a little different. Paul Myatt and I will shortly be running teacher training events around Australia, so today we’re discussing professional development. ... TTTV058: How Passion, Mindset and a Sharpened Saw will Transform Your Teaching

09/18/2016 Read more

The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Musical Patterns

by Barbara Grout

Teaching Musical Patterns I’m very happy that Barb Grout, a blog reader and Music Learning Theory teacher, has taken the time to write today about the importance of teaching musical patterns and how to incorporate it into your studio. I’ve called it the Ultimate Guide to Teaching Patterns, following the Music Learning Theory approach. Patterns are the ... The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Musical Patterns

09/06/2016 Read more

Transform Your Piano Teaching with Tim Topham and Paul Myatt [Live Event]

by Tim Topham

I’m so excited to announce my first live events will be held around Australia in September to November 2016. The Transform Your Piano Teaching 1-day workshops will be held in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth (Brisbane dates to be announced). This training is an absolute must for any Aussie teachers who are interested in improving their ... Transform Your Piano Teaching with Tim Topham and Paul Myatt [Live Event]

08/22/2016 Read more

TTTV050: Teaching Patterns with Jo Burrows

by Tim Topham

 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 is ... TTTV050: Teaching Patterns with Jo Burrows

07/23/2016 Read more
 

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TTTV046: Teaching Creatively with Elena Cobb

by Tim Topham

Elena Cobb didn’t start out teaching creatively. When she began teaching in U.K. she came across lots of students who wanted to “play for fun”. This was a bit of a foreign concept to Elena, having grown up with very serious classical music studies. She went on a hunt for fun repertoire for her students, and ... TTTV046: Teaching Creatively with Elena Cobb

06/18/2016 Read more

Why chopsticks are more than just a handy eating utensil

by Tim Topham

One of the ways that I always stress that teachers can most easily and effectively build rapport with students and start creating a lasting relationship is by meeting them where they are at and finding out what new students can already do. This means that when you start a new student, the most important question ... Why chopsticks are more than just a handy eating utensil

04/18/2016 Read more

TTTV035: Teaching outside the box with Lynnette Barney

by Tim Topham

Have you ever wondered how to make your studio stand out from the rest? Every piano teacher needs to find a niche. By thinking outside the box, Lynnette has made her studio a unique experience for her students. One of the biggest differences in Lynnette’s piano studio is the way her lessons overlap. By carefully scheduling ... TTTV035: Teaching outside the box with Lynnette Barney

03/18/2016 Read more

5 Piano Lesson Ideas for when Students Forget Their Books

by Tim Topham

Piano lesson ideas for ‘no-book’ lessons Have you ever had a lesson where your student rocks up but has forgotten to bring his/her books? No music, no assignment book/music diary, no notes from last week. Nothing. As I predominantly teach teenagers, this seems to happen a fair bit and it is particularly an issue if you’re teaching at a ... 5 Piano Lesson Ideas for when Students Forget Their Books

11/20/2015 Read more

5 Steps to Avoiding a Piano Teaching Rut

by Amanda Smith

Have you ever lost your passion for teaching? Has there been a time in your career when you felt “burnt out”, like you were just going through the motions every day? Chances are, if you’ve never felt this way before, you will sometime. When that happens, you need to know what to do to turn ... 5 Steps to Avoiding a Piano Teaching Rut

09/23/2015 Read more

TTTV002: Using piano improv to create a musician for life with Christopher Norton

by Tim Topham

Ever wondered how the master of contemporary piano music, Christopher Norton, teaches improvising to beginners? Interested in learning the secrets he’s gleamed about teaching improvising over more than 30 years of composing, teaching and presenting? Like the idea of teaching improving by starting with written music rather than thin air? It’s great to be spending time ... TTTV002: Using piano improv to create a musician for life with Christopher Norton

03/31/2015 Read more