What I’m about to share with you is one of the coolest and most useful things I’ve found on the internet for music teaching. Ever.
No, it’s not an app, and no, I’m not being paid to write about it.
It’s just really unique…and brilliant.
If you’re a music teacher and you’d like to teach students more about popular music, chords and progressions, then this is the ultimate new resource for you.
It’s an amazing new resource called HookTheory.
Basically, a few guys got together an analysed the chords and progressions behind 1300 pop songs (and growing everyday). They put all the data into their purpose-built software which you can use online for free to find out about how the songs are constructed, general trends in chord progressions and how to make your own progressions.
Along the way, you learn a heap about music theory too.
The website has also now spawned an eBook and a composition tool which I can also highly recommend.
Oh, and they’ve got a great blog that explains it all. Make sure you read their article: I analyzed the chords of 1300 popular songs for patterns. This is what I found. Explains a lot.
The main benefit of the software is that you can easily analyse how pop songs are constructed with your students. They can also learn heaps about music theory in a practical way using relevant, modern-day examples, and they can start thinking more harmonically about composing their own progressions.
It’s truly revolutionary.
Teachers and students of any instrument who are interested in pop music construction, practical theory and chord progressions.
The eBook is a great read for adults who are committed to self-directed learning which can be followed-up by practical work in lessons. It’s also a great read for teachers who want to develop their understanding of chords, pop and progressions in an interactive manner.
The website is split into four main sections:
Want to see it in action?
Here’s a quick 6-minute demo about how I use it in my studio:
Check it out now and let me know what you think!
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.