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Repertoire Rap #1: Cool pop music arrangements that actually sound good!

by Tim Topham

Connect on Facebook Share Powered by the Simple Social Press Repertoire Rap #1. Watch and listen as I show you some cool pop music finds. For links to download the sheet music and more info head to topmusic.co/rap. All right, hi everyone, Tim Topham here, and I’m starting these little, what I’m calling, a repertoire ... Repertoire Rap #1: Cool pop music arrangements that actually sound good!

02/09/2017 Read more

Top 10 Pop Songs for Piano Students

by Tim Topham

If you’ve decided to embrace teaching pop in your studio in the last few years, well done! (If you haven’t, then keep reading as I’m determined to get you thinking more about how this can impact your studio positively starting right now). There are myriad pedagogical benefits of working with students on pop music including keeping ... Top 10 Pop Songs for Piano Students

06/09/2015 Read more

Repertoire Rap #2: Film and New Age music that teens and adults love

by Tim Topham

Connect on Facebook Share Powered by the Simple Social Press Repertoire Rap #2: Film and New Age music that teens and adults love. All right, hi, everyone. Tim Topham here. Again, for my Repertoire Rap for this fortnight, this is number two. Today’s focus is going to be on your teen and adult students in ... Repertoire Rap #2: Film and New Age music that teens and adults love

02/23/2017 Read more

6 mistakes I made when I started teaching piano

by Tim Topham

In this post, I want to get personal and share some of the mistakes I made when I first started teaching piano. I think it’s great to share stories like this for two reasons: so that others can learn from them (and hopefully avoid them) and also so that other teachers realise that mistakes are ... 6 mistakes I made when I started teaching piano

12/11/2015 Read more

How To Teach a Group Piano Class

by Marie Lee

Today’s post is by Inner Circle member and all-round superstar teacher, Marie Lee, who I had the pleasure of finally meeting at this year’s MTNA and who is kicking some serious goals in her piano teaching studio. Marie has totally revolutionised her studio from private teaching to only group teaching and has seen a massive payoff ... How To Teach a Group Piano Class

10/10/2016 Read more

75 pieces in one year? How Ben went from beginner to Grade 2 in 10 months!

by Tim Topham

In 2011, I challenged all my students to learn at least 40 pieces during the school year. Out of my 40 or so students (and despite my best motivational efforts) most managed around 20 pieces, two achieved the 40 pieces milestone and one completely outdid even my own expectations. Ben (pictured with his award), learnt ... 75 pieces in one year? How Ben went from beginner to Grade 2 in 10 months!

01/16/2012 Read more

Why Working To Exams Is Anti-Piano

by Tim Topham

OK, so this might be a bit controversial but hear me out. I was reading a fabulous article by Kathryn Page in a recent Pianist Magazine (No 67), entitled “Developing and maintaining repertoire”. The article was about how important it is for pianists and students to play lots of music at one level and style ... Why Working To Exams Is Anti-Piano

11/17/2012 Read more

Preparing for an AMusA performance diploma exam – why bother?!

by Tim Topham

I recently sat and passed my Associate Diploma of Performance (called the “AMusA” piano exam in Australia) with Distinction. Needless to say, I was ecstatic! It was a project that I’d been working towards for around two years, having last sat a piano exam when I was 12 and having had a break of around ... Preparing for an AMusA performance diploma exam – why bother?!

02/09/2012 Read more

Australian piano exams compared: which syllabus is the best?

by Tim Topham

First published in 2011. Which exam board has the most relevant aural and tech work requirements? Which has the most music to choose from? Which system allows students to practise their sight-reading in the exam before being tested? Which has the shortest enrolment lead-times? Which exam board is the cheapest? In this Australian Piano Exams post, ... Australian piano exams compared: which syllabus is the best?

09/04/2011 Read more
 

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