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TTTV010: Graham Fitch on Teaching Practising

By Tim Topham | Deliberate Practice

Aug 17 2015

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Teaching our students how to practice is one of the most important things we can teach them. After all, students only spend 30 – 6o minutes a week with us, that’s only about 1% of their week!

So we’re really leaving most of our student’s progress up to them. But how do we know what’s happening in the practice room? How can we stop them from wasting that oh so precious practice time?

I’m so excited to welcome Graham Fitch to the podcast today. Graham writes a fantastic blog and ebooks all about practicing the piano, and has some fantastic, innovative practice methods. Take a listen to today’s podcast for a whole host of practice strategies that you can start teaching students tomorrow!


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

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How to get students to think about their practicing habits
  • When and if to use a metronome
  • How to use lesson time to teach student’s how to fix a problem, not just that there is a problem
  • Why you should put sections in “quarantine”
  • How to fix lumpy and bumpy fingering passages
  • Using the “3 S’s” to get back to basics

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How do you teach practising?

Do you teach your students how to practise? How do you go about it? What one idea from today’s podcast are you going to apply in your teaching straight away?

I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!


About the Author

Tim Topham is the founder and director of TopMusic. Tim hosts the popular TopCast show, blogs regularly at 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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