Playing classical music didn’t really appeal to Coen when he was a kid – so he started forging his own path. He found his way into piano playing through pop music and now teaches his students using the vocabulary of chords as the foundation.
Coen is passionate about pop piano teaching. He treats teaching music like a language, and he thinks a harmonic vocabulary is the first thing they need to learn. When they learn about chords in this way, they see that these notes fit together, no matter which way they’re spelled.
There are so many possibilities when it comes to beginner piano teaching. I hope you’ll get some inspiration for your studio from Coen’s unique, pop-based approach.
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What do you think of Coen’s approach to teaching? How much pop do you teach in your studio?
Best-known for his blogging and teaching, Tim is also a well-respected presenter, performer and accompanist based in Melbourne, Australia. You can check him out on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.