Bradley is a fantastic improviser and has inspired many piano teachers to bring creativity into their piano teaching studios. Through this experience, he has found these 5 myths of improvisation stop many classically trained pianists from getting started with jazz or improv.
When we allow ourselves to believe these myths, we’re closing ourselves and our students off from a whole section of music making. And the truth is, you probably already improvise in some way. Even if you don’t know it yet.
As part of the classical to chords month, Bradley and I are going to bust through the myths of improvisation. While we’re at it, we’re throwing in some quick and easy accompaniment patterns you can use to teach creativity right away.
So jump in, and get started with improvisation today. It’s not scary I promise.
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Was one of these myths getting in the way of musical creativity for you? Do you think your students have any of these preconceptions about to improvisation?
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.
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