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TC207: Rote Teaching Queen Paula Dreyer on Composition

By Tim Topham | Podcast

Sep 11 2020

Episode 207 Rote Teaching Queen Paula Dreyer on Composition

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.

Transcript of the Show

If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below.

  • Related: TopMusic Sheets is our monthly digital sheet music book, available to all TopMusicPro members! Paula’s duet book (TMS vol5) will be available through September 30, 2020. Check out our membership options here.rote composition TMS vol 5 Paula DreyerWatch Paula and Tim demo Paula’s duet compositions from TopMusicSheets vol.5 :

In this episode, you’ll learn about rote learning with composition with Paula:

  • [04:04] A peek at her current studio and projects.
  • [07:35] Paula talks about her new Central Star album.
  • [08:18] What is rote teaching?
  • [09:08] The story behind her Little Gems books of rote & reading pieces.
  • [11:35] Her background in music training.
  • [17:42] About her teaching studio
  • [19:24] The reason she decided to self-publish Little Gems for Piano.
  • [28:22] Biggest advantage for teachers in adding rote music for beginner students.
  • [30:37] The connection between reading and rote music.
  • [31:31] Advice to teachers in using rote for beginner lessons.
  • [34:11] Hardest thing about her journey on creating her books.
  • [35:41] Paula talks about her feature on TopMusicSheets for the month of September 2020.

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About our Guest on rote composition

Episode 207 - Paula Dreyer on rote composition

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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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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