CPTP102: Teaching and Exploring Modes in the Piano Studio

By Tim Topham | Composition

Sep 01

When it comes to teaching modes, teachers can come across all sorts of stumbling blocks. For one thing, they may not have the in-depth knowledge they feel they need – or they may just be unsure of where modes fit in the piano curriculum.

I get questions about modes all the time from teachers. How to identify them, when to teach them, and what their place is in our studios.

So in this episode I thought I’d tackle teaching modes and how to have fun with them in your teaching. I’m talking about the characteristics of each mode and breaking down the mystique that surrounds modal pieces.

Don’t forget to download the worksheet so you can follow along for maximum effect.

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Get the fantastic modes cheatsheet to take away the confusion for good and get to grips with modes.

In this episode, you’ll learn

  • What exactly is a mode
  • The difference between a scale and a mode
  • Why I don’t reference modes based on white piano keys
  • Why we need to teach modes
  • The characteristics of each mode
  • How you can use the modes to improvise
  • How to tell if a piece is in a mode
  • What you can do to get better at identifying modes

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How do you go about teaching modes?

Do you explore modes throughout your students’ studies? Did this episode help you to clear some things up around modes and what to do with them?

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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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