FIND OUT HOW TO TEACH PIANO MORE CREATIVELY

Ready to make a connection with the students of 2017? Today's piano students expect a more creative approach to music lessons. If you are traditionally trained and feeling a little out of your depth, you're not alone. Let's work together to reignite your passion for teaching music with fun and inspiring activities that your students will love. 

I have a 17 year old lad who's been with me for approximately 10 years. He is currently preparing his programme for his leaving Cert practical. I know he's been feeling the pressure from life so I asked him this week if he'd like to have a go at the 12 bar blues. Boy, you should have seen his face light up!! Thanks for giving me the tools... and the push to change my teaching!

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Anne
Ireland

Nowadays there is SO much information out there and it's very nice to know that here you will find the best and most innovative resources.

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Mario
Madrid, Spain
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THIS MONTH'S THEME: TEACHING PIANO BY EAR

Learning piano by ear is a difficult, but rewarding task. This month, my site will be dedicated to helping teachers engage their students with this style of teaching. Aural training is vital, and I hope this month will show you exactly why, and inspire you to give it a go.

Thank you so much, I am really enjoying your videos. I am one of those teachers who taught myself to improvise, taught myself to play chords and accompany. But as a teacher, having learned chording "by ear", I struggle to know how to teach my students the same skills in a concise, simple way that makes sense to them. These videos are very helpful!

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Laura
Wisconsin, USA

I’ve been inspired by the chord-based piano videos at timtopham.com and my tween piano students love it! We are doing more improvising and churning through repertoire at a much higher rate than previously.

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Eden Rhode Island, USA
Rhode Island, USA

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