I can’t believe it’s been five years since we started this community and it’s been such an amazing journey that we’ve all enjoyed. In today’s birthday special solo episode, we’re going to unpack our journey – the genesis of the community, what’s been happening in the membership, and what you can look forward to ... TC232: TopMusicPro 5 Year Birthday Special
TC184: Dr Anita Collins on the Neuroscience of Music Lessons and the Brain
by Tim Topham
Learn why the brains of musicians are 30% denser and more connected, due to the high cognitive load of creating music. In this podcast episode, we’ll hear from leading neuroscience educator Dr Anita Collins on music lessons and the brain. Dr Collins’ work is based on neuroscience data and research findings. She explains how the ... TC184: Dr Anita Collins on the Neuroscience of Music Lessons and the Brain
Table of Contents Teaching Musical Patterns Powerful Patterns Helping students to feel and understand music Decoding patterns What do patterns look like? How to help students find patterns in music A Musical Vocabulary The Pattern-Based Teaching Approach Applying this approach in piano lessons A foundation in patterns makes the difference Pattern-Based Teaching Links How do ... The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Musical Patterns
I believe that Music Learning Theory has been one of the most profound themes I’ve ever featured on the blog and I’m so thankful to everyone who has shared their ideas and stories around this remarkable approach to music education. It has certainly changed my thinking on music teaching. Has it changed yours? For the final post ... Music Learning Theory Wrap-Up
This month has been Music Learning Theory month on topmusic.co and with that has come a lot of talk about audiation. But what is audiation really? What does it mean and how does it look in a teaching context? If we want students to take full ownership or musical concepts and patterns, they should be able ... TTTV051: Audiation in Action with Andy Mullen
Get Your Piano Students Grooving with Bucket Drumming
by Leila Viss
I’m so excited that TopMusicPro Community Members Leila Viss, Marie Lee and Heather Nanney could come on the blog and share details about their latest resource: Bucket Drumming for Piano Teachers. If you’ve ever asked yourself: Why do my students struggle so much with rhythm? Then this is a resource you’re going to want to explore. Making connections with Music ... Get Your Piano Students Grooving with Bucket Drumming
How Music Learning Theory Gives Meaning To What We Teach
by Andy Mullen
Well-meaning piano teachers sit students down at the piano, and immediately take out the method book, and show their student, for example, where middle C is on the staff, and where it is on the piano…They begin with the eye, and with reading, with little, if any, attention to a student’s audiation. If we instead ... How Music Learning Theory Gives Meaning To What We Teach
A big part of Dr. Gordon’s Music Learning Theory is pattern based teaching. When we build up a rich vocabulary of patterns we’re creating a mental resource that students can draw from later. This way students can not only read music but can audiate and improvise as well. In short they’re more comprehensive musicians. ... TTTV050: Teaching Patterns with Jo Burrows
Feel the Beat off the Seat | Tips for Teaching Rhythm
by Barbara Grout
This week’s article comes from Music Learning Theory (MLT) teacher and presenter, Barbara Grout and is all about Tips for Teaching Rhythm. Rhythm is one of those fundamental aspects of music that many of us fail to help students understand and feel innately. If you’ve ever had a student not realise that they’ve ‘missed’ a beat in ... Feel the Beat off the Seat | Tips for Teaching Rhythm
Why teaching music reading is the wrong way to teach piano [Part 2]
by Paul Myatt
In Part 2 of this series (click here for Part 1), I’m going to go into details about strategies that you can use to engage in a more multi-sensory approach to teaching including aural and music reading strategies and the importance of singing. Aural Strategies You may have some students who are very good readers. You, ... Why teaching music reading is the wrong way to teach piano [Part 2]
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