Wrapping up our mini-chat series with Tim Topham and expert UK educationalist Paul Harris is today’s video all about teaching piano principles first.
In the previous two videos, Tim and Paul have chatted about the best ways to motivate your students and how to keep your piano lessons relevant.
In case you missed them, click on the links below.
This video will help you simplify your teaching and give your students the ability to teach themselves.
It almost sounds impossible, but Paul Harris’ insights make it a reality.
Check it out here.
Here are three key points that you can take away from this video, and implement in your teaching:
“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”
I think this famous proverb really captures the essence of what Paul and Tim discussed. An interesting point was about giving your students the ability to teach themselves.
Independent learning is vital to the ongoing development of your piano students.
You physically cannot sit by their side every time they are practising the piano at home.
By teaching piano principles broadly, your student can adapt this in a practise setting. If they cannot remember learning an E-flat major scale in a lesson, they can use their knowledge of a major scale to figure out the notes and fingering.
This is not limited to just teaching scales, it can be used for a whole range of technical work and theoretical concepts.
How do you think you can adapt this to your teaching? What interesting ways do you use when teaching piano principles? Let me know in the comments!
Hopefully, this mini-series with Paul Harris and Tim Topham has been useful, insightful and helped your piano teaching.
More interviews with a range of expert educators and other resources are available in full to members of the Inner Circle.