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TC190: Inspiring and Motivating Teens with Jerald Simon

By Tim Topham | Piano Teaching

May 15 2020

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Learn about inspiring and motivating teen piano students in this podcast episode.

Jerald Simon of Music Motivation joins us in a rebroadcast of one of our favourite shows from last year. One of the interesting points Jerald shares in this conversation is a story about one of his students coming in for a lesson and literally saying he didn’t want to touch the piano keys! 

We talk about how and why he started composing music for his teenage students and the awesome outcomes he achieved from doing so. Teaching isn’t just about being rigid to help the students learn their chords, notes, etc. It’s more about inspiring and motivating your teens to play and make the music their own.

Transcript of the Show

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In this episode, you’ll learn about motivating teens in piano:

  • [03:46] Jerald’s background and studio.
  • [04:36] The types of classes he teaches in his studio.
  • [05:43] Teaching a transfer student who hates piano.
  • [14:49] Hooking students to learn piano.
  • [18:56] Finding music that connects with your students.
  • [21:15] Tips for teachers to have their students take ownership of their cool songs.
  • [23:44] Using backing tracks during lessons.
  • [25:45] Boosting students’ self-esteem in piano recitals.
  • [27:59] Jerald’s compositions and YouTube videos.
  • [30:21] Starting spot in teaching students to play.
  • [32:48] Top tips for motivating teenagers.

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About our Guest

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Jerald Simon is the founder of Music Motivation, a company that provides music instruction through workshops, seminars, concerts and performances in the field of music and motivation. He is a composer, author, poet, music mentor, and piano teacher primarily focusing his piano teaching on music theory, improvisation, composition and arranging.

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About the Author

Tim Topham has one mission in life: to stem the tide of children quitting music lessons by helping teachers maximise student engagement through creativity, technology and innovation. Tim hosts the popular Creative Piano Teaching Podcast, 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, Californian Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.