CPTP088: 15,390 Pop Songs and Counting: The Hooktheory Story

By Tim Topham | Piano Teaching

May 19

Hooktheory is a truly innovative site. It looks at harmony from a completely different perspective than traditional music theory. This is what happens when you bring together three engineers with a shared passion for music.Hook Theory founders

By analysing the underlying chord progressions of thousands of pop songs – these guys are not simply learning what makes for a hit. They’ve also developed new ways of teaching music theory so that students can see their instrument as a toolbox to be explored.

The approach the guys at Hooktheory have taken is so inspiring. I’m delighted to be having them on the show today to talk about their journey and their philosophies on music education.

Transcript

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In this episode, you’ll learn

  • Where the idea for Hooktheory started
  • How pop songs get added to the site
  • What to do when you first go to Hooktheory
  • Whether the infamous four chords are as common as we think
  • How a pop song can “sell” music theory to students
  • Why exploration is missing from many piano studios
  • The surprising lessons learned from creating Hooktheory
  • How to use Hooktheory as a teacher in groups and private lessons
  • When to expect a version that works on iPad

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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.

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