Pop piano teaching doesn’t have to be something you do just for fun, or just because your student begs you. It can actually have real value for your students in so many ways.
The approach I advocate for teaching pop music might feel a bit foreign: focusing on chords, simplifying music and teaching rhythm by ear, but it doesn’t have to be scary. Even if you’ve never played a pop piece or you don’t have a clue what’s on the radio right now, you can still teach this way.
Anna Fagan is an Inner Circle member who has had great success with one of my resources, the Top 10 Pop Songs download. She’s on the podcast today to share how she brings pop piano teaching into her studio and the benefits for her students.
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How has teaching pop music benefitted your studio? What’s been your biggest challenge?
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.