CPTP159: Inspiring and Motivating Teens with Jerald Simon

Do you have trouble motivating teens in your piano studio? I think we’ve all found this difficult from time-to-time. My guest today is an expert at reaching teen students and connecting to them with the music they love.

Jerald Simon has composed a whole series of pieces designed to inspire students that are especially great for motivating teens. He calls them Cool Songs because that’s what his students call them.

Take a listen to this episode and hear how Jerald saved many students who were on the brink of quitting by listening to what they wanted to learn and finding the music that would hook them. 


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In this episode, you’ll learn

  • Why Jerald was inspired to start his Cool Songs series
  • How to find the “hook” and bridge students towards classical music
  • How to make theory fun for students by making it practical
  • Why Jerald creates backing tracks for his songs
  • How to simplify improvisation to get students started
  • Top tips for motivating teens in your studio

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Do you have trouble motivating teens in your studio?

What music has clicked with them? Have you tried any of Jerald’s Cool Songs?

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