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CPTP074: Creative Teaching QnA with Tim Topham

by Tim Topham

Creative teaching is obviously something I’m extremely passionate about. I love teaching creative skills to my own students and helping teachers to do the same. Because of this reputation, piano teachers often come to me with their creative teaching questions. And the same ones come up again and again. So in today’s show, I’m answering ... CPTP074: Creative Teaching QnA with Tim Topham

02/10/2017 Read more

How learning guitar made me a better piano teacher

by Tim Topham

Question: Why is learning guitar so popular? Answer: Because it’s easy to sound cool and play great music in just a couple of lessons. What can piano teachers learn from this? Can we use a guitar-teaching method and apply it to piano? The backstory Back when I was working as an outdoor education teacher on an ... How learning guitar made me a better piano teacher

07/13/2016 Read more

The 10 Commandments of Teaching Pop

by Tim Topham

Want to know the 10 rules that I always follow when teaching pop music to today’s students? I’ve called the list my 10 Commandments of Teaching Pop and you can find it below.   The 10 Commandments of Teaching Pop Ask them what they want to learn. The first and most important commandment! Make sure you ask ... The 10 Commandments of Teaching Pop

01/18/2016 Read more

TTTV023: 5 Tips for Teaching Teens

by Tim Topham

Teaching teens can be a completely different experience from your average 7 year old student. Teenagers are starting to figure out who they are and what they like. This means that they won’t always just play a piece because you gave it to them, and they won’t practice something they don’t think is relevant to ... TTTV023: 5 Tips for Teaching Teens

12/13/2015 Read more

How to Build Essential Musicianship with Pop Songs Students Love

by Doug Hanvey

In your quest to help students travel the path of piano mastery, have you ever considered teaching them how to play a lead sheet? Teaching students how to play lead sheets – melody and chord symbols – of popular songs is the hot new trend in piano studios these days. It’s easy enough to find ... How to Build Essential Musicianship with Pop Songs Students Love

06/19/2015 Read more