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CPTP073: 5 Reasons to Get More Creative in Your Piano Teaching in 2017

By Tim Topham | Creativity

Feb 03

2017 creative piano teaching podcast

The world is changing and the old style of piano lessons often doesn’t fly anymore. We need to find ways to get more creative so we can inspire students to stick with the piano.

As Tiffany, my special “piano-quitter” guest says:

“You’d be surprised at how much students know where they want to go with the music…It might not be on the curriculum, but give it a go, let them explore a bit! Music is a joy and it’s a creative outlet.

It’s such a shame that Tiffany didn’t get to learn this as a child. Maybe, just maybe, if she had been given more creative piano skills she would’ve been inspired to keep going and push through the challenges of learning piano.

Today I’m sharing the top 5 reasons I love teaching creative piano skills, and hopefully inspiring you to get more creative in your piano teaching this year. And in turn, passing on some musical inspiration to your students so they stick with it.

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Today’s Freebie

I’ve put together a special download just for podcast listeners: 20 Simple Ways to Add Creativity to Any Piano Lesson. You’re not going to want to miss this.

In this episode, you’ll learn

  • Why so many of today’s students quit piano
  • What I consider a traditional piano education
  • How creativity can help build teacher-student rapport
  • Why you should broaden your students’ musical horizons
  • How to make it more likely that your students will be pianists for life
  • The added music theory benefits of getting more creative
  • How to keep your teaching fires burning week after week

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Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons!

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What’s your biggest motivation as a creative teacher?

What makes you want to keep learning and improving? How do drive yourself  you continue to learn new methods of teaching creativity?

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About the Author

Tim Topham has one mission in life: to stem the tide of children quitting music lessons by helping teachers maximise student engagement through creativity, technology and innovation. Tim hosts the popular Creative Piano Teaching Podcast, blogs regularly at timtopham.com 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, Californian Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.