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CPTP078: 5 Tips for Planning a Piano Teaching Curriculum

By Tim Topham | Pedagogy

Mar 10 2017

Properly planning a piano teaching curriculum is not as simple as just following an exam syllabus or a method book series. It requires careful thought and consideration to put together the curriculum for your studio and your students.

Many teachers tell me that they don’t have time to fit everything into the lesson time. Others ask me how they can plan for exams alongside creative activities. Making a plan can help with both of these issues.

You’re the route planner for your students musical journey. Where are you going to lead them?

Don’t let yourself be pulled in different directions of things you should be doing. Listen to episode 78 and start proactively planning your curriculum.


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In this episode, you’ll learn

  • The pitfalls of “segmenting” a piano lesson
  • How I define a curriculum vs a syllabus
  • Why we need a flexible system for planning
  • How to start planning a piano teaching curriculum
  • How to lesson plan, and then go with the flow
  • Why I don’t use a method book at all for the first 10 weeks
  • Ideas for beginner, intermediate and advanced lesson planning

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Do you follow a piano teaching curriculum?

Did you design your own curriculum? Or do you follow a particular method book?

How much lesson planning do you do and how much do you teach on-the-fly?


About the Author

Tim Topham is the founder and director of TopMusic. Tim hosts the popular TopCast show, blogs regularly at topmusic.co and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, California Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.

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