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Improve Piano Ear Playing Skills with this One Challenge

by Ruth Power

Yep, you can make playing by ear fun. Here's how.

07/17/2018 Read more

CPTP110: Why Every Student Should Know Happy Birthday with Lucinda Mackworth-Young

by Tim Topham

Lucinda was trained in a traditional classical system, but when she realised that she couldn’t even play Happy Birthday at a party (without sheet music) she felt a little cheated. Why couldn’t she do something so simple after all these years of study? She wished that someone who had these playing by ear skills would write ... CPTP110: Why Every Student Should Know Happy Birthday with Lucinda Mackworth-Young

10/27/2017 Read more

The Best Ear Training Apps for Your Studio

by Sean Wales

Every month here on topmusic.co, we aim to provide you with the best creative teaching approaches to enhance your students’ learning experience. One way to do this is by embracing technology in your studio. Today’s post will highlight some of the best ear training apps you can use in your studio, as recommended by members ... The Best Ear Training Apps for Your Studio

10/25/2017 Read more

CPTP109: What is Solfa and How Does it Help Students with Christopher Sutton

by Nicola Cantan

Depending on where you got your musical start, solfa might be an integral part of your musicianship – or it might be a foreign language. If you didn’t learn solfa growing up or never felt like you had a”good ear” it can be intimidating to launch into solfa exercises in your teaching. It’s tempting to ... CPTP109: What is Solfa and How Does it Help Students with Christopher Sutton

10/20/2017 Read more

Why Teaching Piano by Ear Will Definitely Make You a Better Teacher

by Just Rijna

Teaching Piano by Ear “Oh, I’m not very musically talented. I can’t even read notes!” When I tell people I’m a musician, this is a reply I hear often. It always surprises me. The first thing that comes to mind when people think about playing music is the ability to read music. It shows how ... Why Teaching Piano by Ear Will Definitely Make You a Better Teacher

10/18/2017 Read more

CPTP108: Ear Training That’s Actually Fun with Kristin Jensen

by Tim Topham

  Ear training can be dull. But it definitely doesn’t have to be. Kirstin Jensen is here to tell us about some super fun and effective aural activities you can do with your students in just a few minutes of lesson time. These ideas will even get your youngest most wiggly students excited to work ... CPTP108: Ear Training That’s Actually Fun with Kristin Jensen

10/13/2017 Read more
 

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The Best Aural Piano Activities for Absolute Beginner Piano Students

by Nicola Cantan

Forget about cadences, inversions and singing “here comes the bride” to remind about intervals. Today we’re talking about aural piano activities you can do right from the word go. These aural piano activities are not only great for your new students’ ears. They also serve as wonderful brain breaks or off-the-bench time. These ideas all ... The Best Aural Piano Activities for Absolute Beginner Piano Students

10/09/2017 Read more

CPTP107: How to Simplify and Teach a Pop Song by Ear

by Tim Topham

When it comes to teaching pop, sometimes the best approach is to learn it aurally. Working out a pop song by ear gives you more opportunities to teach your students theory, and creates a much more musical experience. In this episode I take you through step-by-step how you can teach your students a pop song ... CPTP107: How to Simplify and Teach a Pop Song by Ear

10/06/2017 Read more

TTTV051: Audiation in Action with Andy Mullen

by Tim Topham

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

07/30/2016 Read more

Auralbook for iPhone/iPad | Must-have download for students

by Tim Topham

I’ve long been looking for a well-designed, interactive app for aural training on iPhone and iPad and I think I’ve just found it!! Auralbook is the first that I’ve trailed that can actually analyse your singing and give you feedback on whether your answers are correct… and it actually works quite well! I’ve just tested ... Auralbook for iPhone/iPad | Must-have download for students

03/29/2012 Read more