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TC209: Christopher Oill teaches Tim composing *LIVE*

By Tim Topham | Podcast

Sep 25 2020

EPISODE 209 - Christopher Oill teach composing *LIVE*

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.

Transcript of the Show

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

In this episode, you’ll learn how to teach composing:

  • [03:08] Christopher tells us about his piano education and current studio.
  • [03:46] What is the 5 Step Compositional Process?
  • [05:17] How the process works for online lessons.
  • [05:55] Tips on what teachers can do while listening to the podcast.
  • [06:37] The overall view of the process.
  • [08:23] Step One: Think
  • [11:20] Chris and Tim come up with a composing idea.
  • [13:02] Step Two: Outline
  • [18:07] Step Three: Research
  • [28:28] The process of creating melodies.
  • [33:43] Step Four: Sketch
  • [40:08] Tips for reviewing compositions of students.
  • [42:12] Step 5: Shape
  • [47:40] Using this process for kids.
  • [49:08] Do students need to notate their music?
  • [50:52] Christopher tells us about his 2 Newly released publications.

Links Mentioned

Today’s Freebies on how to teach composing

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:

🎹  Sailing

🎹  Basketball

TopMusicPro members will find the sheet music to these two pieces free — see member library resources.

About our Guest

Christopher Oill teach composing guest speaker

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.

Today’s Sponsor

 teach composing with Christopher Oill sponsor

Thank you for tuning in!

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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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.

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