Our dear friend Paula Dreyer joins us on the TopCast to talk about rote teaching and composition today. You’ll explore how you can use rote music with your own students to inspire composition and go way beyond boring reading-only methods with piano students.
This rote and reading approach is especially well suited for beginning students and older students.
Paula Dreyer’s Little Gems for Piano book series features brilliantly levelled rote pieces perfect for lessons or recitals.
She also recently launched the Piano Flow Summer Intensive course for teachers, and her original solo piano album called Central Star, coming out in Fall 2020.
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Paula Dreyer is a pianist, educator and composer making music in a unique style that draws upon influences of classical, Spanish, film and improvisational music. She seeks to inspire, include and connect individuals through her globally successful Little Gems for Piano Educational Series. She recently debuted her original solo piano album, Central Star.
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Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons!
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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.
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