CPTP099: How Pamela Wedgwood Inspires her Piano Students

By Tim Topham | Improvising

Aug 04

Pamela Wedgwood first started composing because her students wanted to learn pop…and yet they weren’t always ready to play the full pop music they wanted to. So she started experimenting to create music that would inspire them to practice.

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She now has all sorts of publications including the popular Jazzin’ About and Upgrade! series which have been loved by countless students and teachers across the globe.

She’s also of course a fantastic teacher with a wealth of experience and in this episode she shares tips for everything from memorising to improving listening skills. You don’t want to miss this one – take a listen and get inspired.

Transcript

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In this episode, you’ll learn

  • Why Pamela Wedgwood started composing for her students
  • How she goes about composing new music
  • How Pam gets students to listen when they’re playing
  • Pam’s composing method for a new piece
  • How to start a new composition from a title
  • What students can learn from composing music
  • The genesis of the Upgrade! series

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Have you used any Pamela Wedgwood books?

Has any of Pam’s music inspired your students? What’s your favourite piece?

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About the Author

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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