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CPTP167: 100% summer retention with Music Alive and Clinton Pratt

by Mauro Dalu

Have you ever wanted to do something a bit different for one of your recitals? What if you could also increase summer retention rates while you’re at it? That’s exactly what Clinton Pratt has done with his Music Alive concerts. Clinton holds these unique visual media concerts at the end of every summer and students ... CPTP167: 100% summer retention with Music Alive and Clinton Pratt

07/24/2019 Read more

CPTP166: From piano teacher to wedding pianist with Liz Craig

by Mauro Dalu

Have you ever thought about playing for weddings? Becoming a wedding pianist can be a great complementary income for piano teachers and a fantastic way to perform and keep up your playing chops as well as explore new music. Liz Craig has combined teaching with being a wedding pianist with great success and it now ... CPTP166: From piano teacher to wedding pianist with Liz Craig

07/16/2019 Read more

CPTP165: Building to 2000 students a week with Jonny Wilson

by Mauro Dalu

Have you ever thought about building a music academy? Something on a large scale rather than just working as a solo teacher from home? Building a music academy with 2000 students a week is never going to be an easy road, but my guest today, Jonny Wilson, would tell you that it’s worth it. Listen ... CPTP165: Building to 2000 students a week with Jonny Wilson

07/09/2019 Read more

CPTP164: Meet my Student Tim (and his dad)

by Mauro Dalu

I get questions and requests from time-to-time to hear from my students. What do they think of my creative teaching style? What’s it really like to learn from me? In this episode, you’ll hear from one of my actual students, Tim. Find out why he has 2 piano teachers and what his dad thinks about ... CPTP164: Meet my Student Tim (and his dad)

07/01/2019 Read more

CPTP163: Christopher Oill interviews ME!

by Mauro Dalu

This podcast episode is quite different. In fact, it’s pretty unique as Christopher Oill has asked to come on the show to interview me. In the interview, Christopher dives into what my business looks like today and how I got started. We also spoke about piano teaching trends, how to put ideas from the podcast ... CPTP163: Christopher Oill interviews ME!

06/24/2019 Read more

CPTP162: Powerful Strategies for Teaching Lead Sheets

by Mauro Dalu

I believe strongly in the power of teaching lead sheets in our piano lessons. Lead sheets can help students understand music better and make them more “all-rounder” pianists who can adapt to different musical contexts. On the show today, I’m sharing some of my thoughts about why we should teach lead sheet playing to our ... CPTP162: Powerful Strategies for Teaching Lead Sheets

06/17/2019 Read more
 

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CPTP161: Intelligent Music Teaching with Professor Robert Duke

by Mauro Dalu

Bob Duke is the author of Intelligent Music Teaching, The Habits of Musicianship, and Brain Briefs. He is also the director of the Center for Music Learning and speaks regularly at conferences all over the world. I had the pleasure of watching Bob give a teaching demonstration in Adelaide a couple of years ago and ... CPTP161: Intelligent Music Teaching with Professor Robert Duke

06/09/2019 Read more

CPTP160: Balancing rote repertoire and sight reading with Samantha Coates

by Mauro Dalu

Rote repertoire has been gaining popularity in recent years. Piano teachers are realising the value of teaching by rote alongside reading in order to teach technique and allow students (especially beginners) to explore more of the piano. Samantha Coates has created a fabulous resource that combines rote repertoire with reading to create truly holistic music ... CPTP160: Balancing rote repertoire and sight reading with Samantha Coates

04/29/2019 Read more

CPTP159: Inspiring and Motivating Teens with Jerald Simon

by Mauro Dalu

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 ... CPTP159: Inspiring and Motivating Teens with Jerald Simon

04/22/2019 Read more

CPTP157: How to Hire a Virtual Assistant for Your Piano Studio

by Mauro Dalu

“I have so much free time, I don’t know what to do with it!”…said no piano teacher, ever. We could all use more time to spend with family, planning for our studio or practising the piano ourselves. If you have a never-ending to-do list it might be time to hire a virtual assistant to take ... CPTP157: How to Hire a Virtual Assistant for Your Piano Studio

04/09/2019 Read more

CPTP156: Forrest Kinney on Pattern Based Improvisation

by Mauro Dalu

You’re in for a treat. Forrest Kinney is coming back on the podcast to talk about pattern based improvisation. Forrest Kinney is a strong advocate for getting all beginner piano students to improvise. His books Pattern Play and Create First help teachers to just that through the use of simple patterns that make improvisation accessible to everyone. ... CPTP156: Forrest Kinney on Pattern Based Improvisation

04/02/2019 Read more

CPTP155: 10 Ways to Fit Music Teaching Games into Your Lessons with Nicola Cantan

by Mauro Dalu

This episode of the podcast is a little bit different. My podcast producer, Nicola Cantan, has taken over the show today to give us 10 strategies for finding more time for music teaching games in our lessons. If you don’t know Nicola, she’s the writer behind the Colourful Keys blog and the creator of the ... CPTP155: 10 Ways to Fit Music Teaching Games into Your Lessons with Nicola Cantan

03/25/2019 Read more