Teaching Beginner Piano Students with TopMusic

Teaching Beginner Piano Students with TopMusic

Teaching beginner piano students is a widely discussed topic.

There are numerous online communities, courses, memberships, video tutorials, etc, etc…

We wanted to pool our resources in one place so you can return when you need help and inspiration to teach beginner piano students.

PLUS, you can download the FREE copy of the TopMusicMag: Teaching Beginners Special at the end of the blog.

Table of Contents:

  1. Teaching Beginning Piano Students Without Method Books
  2. Piano Music for Beginner Students
  3. Music Games for Beginners
  4. Improvising with Beginner Piano Students
  5. Teaching Composition to Beginner Students
  6. Teaching Technique to Beginner Piano Students
  7. TopMusicMag: Teaching Beginners

Teaching Beginning Piano Students Without Method Books

You’re getting ready for your first lesson with a new beginner. What do you do?

❌ Spend ages rooting through method books until you decide which one to use

✔ Take a few moments to put your feet up, looking forward to a No Book Beginner lesson and hearing the inventive improvisations your new student will create

What’s a No Book Beginner lesson?

Well, you can learn all about it here

And read a success story from a piano teacher who loves using No Book Beginner here

Piano Music for Beginner Students

Piano students of any age and ability want supplementary repertoire. They’re desperate for pieces they can play to impress their friends and family.

But where can you find sheet music for beginners?

  1. It would be remiss not to mention TopMusicSheets – a TopMusicPro exclusive where members receive a new collection of sheet music from a new composer every month.
  2. G Major Music Theory (as discussed in this blog)
  3. Supersonics Piano has an amazing collection of music books, exercises, and resources perfect for beginners (and more advanced players). Daniel McFarlane was also a featured composer in TopMusicSheets!
  4. Chrissy Ricker has brilliant arrangements of well-known and loved songs that are perfect for beginners.
  5. Here are 5 easy piano songs any beginner student can learn.

Music Games for Beginners

When it comes to learning new concepts and skills, repetition is key. But for young beginners, doing something over and over can be, well, boring. This is when music games come in! They allow students to practice their understanding and learn new things. They’re also a perfect way for teachers to assess their students’ knowledge.

Where can you find the best music games for beginner piano students?

Again, we can’t not start with our own TopMusicGames – a TopMusicPro exclusive where members receive a new bundle of music games from a new creator every month.

Previously featured creators include
Melodic Mentors
Proffitt Piano Studio

If you’re after a super quick and fun game for beginners, check out Tim’s Frog and Snake game here.

Improvising with Beginner Piano Students

Improvising with beginners is something we rate highly at TopMusic. It’s a great way to encourage students to get creative, explore music, reinforce, and learn new theory concepts.

Here are strategies for teaching improvisation to beginners.

Want to know how to use stories in beginner piano lessons? This podcast episode will give you tonnes of inspiration!

Delve into improvising with your beginner students with this Beginner Improv Powerpack. Full of black and white note improv, teaching tips, and accompaniment (both teacher parts and backing tracks) you’ll be using this for years to come with all of your beginner students!

Teaching Composition to Beginner Students

Many piano teachers shy away from teaching composition to beginner students, thinking it’s something reserved for older and more advanced students.

This blog might just change your mind…

Everyone loves playing chords, and they’re a great asset to compositions. And teaching them to beginners is a breeze!

Teaching Technique to Beginner Piano Students

Piano technique is a hot topic, with every piano teacher having their own opinion on what and how to teach.

But when it comes to teaching piano technique to beginners, there are several ideas that are commonly shared.

TopMusicMag: Teaching Beginners

For even more tips on teaching beginner piano students, download your copy of the FREE TopMusicMag: Teaching Beginners Special.

Tim Topham

Tim Topham is the founder and director of TopMusic. Tim hosts the popular Integrated Music Teaching Podcast, blogs regularly at topmusic.co and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as integrated teaching, creativity, 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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