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How To Teach a Group Piano Class

by Marie Lee

Today’s post is by Inner Circle member and all-round superstar teacher, Marie Lee, who I had the pleasure of finally meeting at this year’s MTNA and who is kicking some serious goals in her piano teaching studio. Marie has totally revolutionised her studio from private teaching to only group teaching and has seen a massive payoff ... How To Teach a Group Piano Class

10/10/2016 Read more

Get Your Piano Students Grooving with Bucket Drumming

by Leila Viss

I’m so excited that TopMusicPro Community Members Leila Viss, Marie Lee and Heather Nanney could come on the blog and share details about their latest resource: Bucket Drumming for Piano Teachers.  If you’ve ever asked yourself: Why do my students struggle so much with rhythm?  Then this is a resource you’re going to want to explore. Making connections with Music ... Get Your Piano Students Grooving with Bucket Drumming

07/29/2016 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

3 Tips to Beat the Summer Lesson Blues

by Sara Campbell

An aritcle by Sara Campbell from SarasMusicStudio.com. Whether you’re a first-time summer piano teacher or a 10-year seasoned veteran, we all know that the summer months can be nerve wracking for piano teachers. Vacations, holidays, and summer activities can really wreak havoc our teaching schedules! Combine those factors with income loss and lack-luster practice because ... 3 Tips to Beat the Summer Lesson Blues

04/27/2016 Read more

How to plan fun multi-age group piano teaching activities that kids love

by Lynnette Barney

Do you find it hard to find activities that suit multi-age group piano classes? Do you need help with how to approach this style of teaching?  If this sounds like you, then this essential guide will be a perfect resources for your studio. You’ve seen her in action on Podcast Episode 35: Teaching outside the box with Lynnette ... How to plan fun multi-age group piano teaching activities that kids love

03/23/2016 Read more

6 of the Best Piano Games for your Group Lessons

by Heather Nanney

Piano Games for Groups I’m so excited to welcome Heather Nanney to the writing team this week as she drops some serious value bombs on us full of the best piano games and activities that you can use with groups of children in your studio. While some of the podcasts this month discuss how group teaching works, how you can get ... 6 of the Best Piano Games for your Group Lessons

03/14/2016 Read more
 

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TTTV034: Building a piano community that students love with Laura Kahar

by Tim Topham

Piano can be a lonely activity. The opportunities for ensemble and group playing tend to be less common than with other instruments, and it can leave students feeling…all alone. This is why building a sense of community within the piano studio is so important. Piano can be fun and social too! That’s where the piano community comes ... TTTV034: Building a piano community that students love with Laura Kahar

03/12/2016 Read more

TTTV033: How group lessons can transform your studio with Paul Myatt & Gillian Erskine

by Tim Topham

  It’s group piano month at topmusic.co, and we’re kicking off with Paul Myatt and Gillian Erskine. Paul & Gillian run thriving group based piano academies, Forte Schools of Music. They believe that teaching piano in group lessons is not only a quality option, but the best option for creating well-rounded musicians. Both Paul & Gillian ... TTTV033: How group lessons can transform your studio with Paul Myatt & Gillian Erskine

03/04/2016 Read more

Teaching group piano, classes and labs

by Tim Topham

If you've ever wondered how you can have a wider impact on a larger number of students while increasing your income and teaching fewer hours, then group teaching month at topmusic.co is going to be perfect for you. Even if you don't think that groups are your cup of tea, hang in there because teaching groups takes many different forms and this month's articles and podcasts will consider all the different options and how you can test them out in your own studio. Teachers often tell me that they struggle to fit everything in: not just in their lessons (eg. theory, aural, sight reading, etc.), but also in their own lives: teaching, lesson preparation, going to workshops, exploring new ideas or repertoire and still finding time for family, friends and a social life. The problem is...

03/01/2016 Read more

5 Secret Ingredients to Successful Group Piano Teaching

by Paul Myatt

I’m often asked about tips for group piano teaching, so I decided to enlist the help of my good friend and group piano expert, Paul Myatt, to share his wisdom of years of highly-successful group teaching. Just wait till you read what Paul has to say about the financial benefits of group piano teaching! Paul is ... 5 Secret Ingredients to Successful Group Piano Teaching

11/05/2015 Read more