In this episode, you’ll learn a functional framework on how to teach composing with your students, including a free printable handout to walk you through the creative process.
Our good friend Christopher Oill joins us to teach composing using his unique five-step compositional process.
And, in this show, he runs me through the whole process LIVE. No practice, no preparations – he teaches me how to compose on the spot.
Chris discusses and outlines his process step-by-step and gives you practical tips to implement in your creative teaching today.
If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below.
Below, find a free fillable template very graciously written by Christopher Oill, walking you all the way through composing in five thought-provoking steps.
And listen to audio of two pieces Chris & Tim worked on:
TopMusicPro members will find the sheet music to these two pieces free — see member library resources.
Christopher Oill is an exclusive composer for FJH Music Company, a proud owner of the Oill Piano Studio and a concert pianist. In all of his teaching, performing and composing, he pushes the limits of innovation and creativity keeping the world of piano pedagogy fresh, inviting and exciting.
In conclusion, there are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine. Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run.
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.