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TC189: 5 Tips for Teaching Piano to Teens

By Tim Topham | Podcast

May 08 2020

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What does it take to become the go-to piano teacher for teenagers? In this episode, I’m giving you my 5 tips for teaching piano to teens.

Most of my tips are actually relevant to teaching students of other ages, too – including adults. I cover strategies you can use to approach teaching piano to teens and adults versus younger children and relate piano practice to a teenager’s way of thinking. 

Teaching teens isn’t just about having them learn chords and read music. And this episode will help you understand what to do, how to connect with your teens, and make lessons relevant, relatable and fun.

Transcript of the Show

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In this episode, hear tips on teaching piano to teens:

  • [04:08] Must-ask questions for your teen students
    [05:27] Getting teens to read music
  • [06:41] Encouraging teens to play something they like
  • [08:01] Building relationships with your students.
  • [11:03] Flexibility in teaching structures.
  • [15:20] Be cool and build rapport with your students.
  • [21:03] Be relevant – connect with your student’s lives
  • [25:34] Use technology to teach and inspire teens and adults.
  • [27:49] Be yourself and have fun.

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About the Author

Tim Topham is the founder and director of TopMusic. Tim hosts the popular TopCast show, blogs regularly at topmusic.co and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, California Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.