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 down the formula, so that we could all learn to do it.
As Lucinda began to teach students herself she gradually developed this step-by-step process and eventually put it all together in her book: Piano by Ear.
Lucinda has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to teaching aural skills – and how to play Happy Birthday – in a way that’s digestible for students. She makes playing by ear accessible to even the most by-the-book teacher.
I’m so excited to share this interview with you today, I know you’re going to take away a lot of great tips and ideas.
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What about Lucinda’s approach to this was most interesting to you? Do you teach them these kind of well-known songs by ear?
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.