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TC268: Can PracticeSpace Motivate Your Students to Practice? with Robert Miller and Chris Mallett

by Tim Topham

Do you find yourself dealing with the perennial problem of students not practising? In this episode, music teachers and business owners, Christopher Mallett and Robert Miller, will share one gamification app that can help get your students to practice more effectively and more often. Using decades worth of teaching experience, the duo designed and founded ... TC268: Can PracticeSpace Motivate Your Students to Practice? with Robert Miller and Chris Mallett

03/04/2022 Read more

Turning off Autopilot in Piano Practice

by Tim Topham

Thanks for watching my YouTube video about helping students turn off Autopilot when they are practising their scales: Here are well over 20 ideas to keep your teaching (and your students’ practice) fresh. This FREE download has 3 pages of fresh ideas that you can grab and print out today. Keep it on your piano ... Turning off Autopilot in Piano Practice

04/22/2019 Read more

How to Use Experience-Based Activities to Motivate Piano Students

by Megan Desmarais

How do you motivate piano students? It seems like this is the question of the century and in a perfect world, every piano student would be intrinsically motivated. But, alas, as piano teachers, we wear the expert knowledge-holder hat, the creative artist hat, the event planner hat and the studio manager hat, just to name ... How to Use Experience-Based Activities to Motivate Piano Students

11/20/2018 Read more

A Creative Piano Teaching Activity to Encourage Productive Practice

by Melody Deng

Silly Mistakes and How to Get Rid of Them! Hi there, my name is Melody, and I am a piano teacher from New Zealand. I have a studio of about 40 students, with a wide range of ages and abilities, and on the whole are an absolute pleasure to teach. I have been building the ... A Creative Piano Teaching Activity to Encourage Productive Practice

10/23/2018 Read more

Product Review: Collabra Music – Finally a Way to Track Students’ Practice

by Lynda Irvine

Collabra Practise App Collabra is used to send video and audio recordings between student and teacher. Text comments can also be sent creating a conversation between student and teacher. It’s an app that can help you keep track of your students’ practice and improve communication between you and your student outside of lesson times. What ... Product Review: Collabra Music – Finally a Way to Track Students’ Practice

12/18/2017 Read more

Motivating Teens To Practise Piano By Sending Them Online

by Rebecca Langley

Have Your Teens Always Got Something Better To Do? Let’s face it, most teens can always find something to do instead of practise piano. With pressures from school, sports and other activities alongside the always-on social networking aspect of their lives, encouraging teens to engage in a solitary activity that requires serious focus and effort can be a ... Motivating Teens To Practise Piano By Sending Them Online

08/11/2015 Read more
 

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Here, Have a Chainsaw! Metronome Practice | Piano Pedagogy Page

by Tim Topham

All about metronome practice with students… Great article. It occurs to me that I’m occasionally guilty of telling students they need to use a metronome without having taught them how to use one.  It’s the musical equivalent of handing someone a chainsaw and expecting them to cut down a tree. Pretend for a moment that you’ve ... Here, Have a Chainsaw! Metronome Practice | Piano Pedagogy Page

06/21/2011 Read more

Teaching piano with rhythms

by Tim Topham

Practising in rhythms is, without a doubt, my No 1 practice tip for students! Why? One simple reason: it reduces the amount of time that they need to spend practising repetitive sequences such as scales and scale passages, arpeggios, broken chords and any kind of fast quaver or semiquaver movement. Students will be able to ... Teaching piano with rhythms

06/04/2011 Read more

Teaching piano practice: Just 0.3% of a student’s week? You’re kidding right?!

by Tim Topham

How to teach piano practice Have you ever calculated just how little time you get to spend with your students out of their total working week? It’s a fascinating and insightful exercise and its result should dictate much of what we do with students during lessons. Last year, I read a fantastic book called “The Practice Revolution” ... Teaching piano practice: Just 0.3% of a student’s week? You’re kidding right?!

05/16/2011 Read more