If you’ve got young piano students, there’s a fair chance they might play video games.
I know what you’re thinking…why would we encourage our students to engage with video games when they could be playing piano!?
Well, let’s harness the enjoyment they get from playing video games, and teach video game music to our students.
Soundtracks to video games are just as popular as film soundtracks these days.
They’re recognisable and students will get a kick from learning the video game music.
Let’s get into it – here’s how I teach video game music with my students.
There’s a few reasons why it can be hard to teach video game music…
I’ll start off by sharing one of the biggest mistakes I see teachers make when it comes to teaching video game music on piano.
Sometimes, teachers will simplify the music themselves. They will take the music home and spend time rearranging the music and bringing it back to a lesson.
This is a big mistake, and not only because often we don’t have time to do this!
More importantly, you’re losing a big learning opportunity for your students.
Let’s actually break it down into the simple elements with our students in their lessons.
There’s a lot more to teaching video game music, but here’s my three tips to help you start off on the right foot.
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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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