When it comes to teaching modes, teachers can come across all sorts of stumbling blocks. For one thing, they may not have the in-depth knowledge they feel they need – or they may just be unsure of where modes fit in the piano curriculum.
I get questions about modes all the time from teachers. How to identify them, when to teach them, and what their place is in our studios.
So in this episode I thought I’d tackle teaching modes and how to have fun with them in your teaching. I’m talking about the characteristics of each mode and breaking down the mystique that surrounds modal pieces.
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Do you explore modes throughout your students’ studies? Did this episode help you to clear some things up around modes and what to do with them?
Tim Topham has one mission in life: to stem the tide of children quitting music lessons by helping teachers maximise student engagement through creativity, technology and innovation. Tim hosts the popular Creative Piano Teaching Podcast, 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, Californian Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.
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