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CPTP156: Forrest Kinney on Pattern Based Improvisation

By Tim Topham | Creativity

Apr 05

You’re in for a treat. Forrest Kinney is coming back on the podcast to talk about pattern based improvisation.

Forrest Kinney is a strong advocate for getting all beginner piano students to improvise. His books Pattern Play and Create First help teachers to just that through the use of simple patterns that make improvisation accessible to everyone.

In this episode, Forrest explains his approach and gives us some fantastic tips for transitioning from duet to solo improvisation, teaching theory through improv and much more. Tune in and get inspired.

Transcript

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In this episode, you’ll learn

  • How Bach would have taught you to improvise
  • How to bridge the gap between duet and solo improvisation
  • Why blues improvisation is not always the best place to start
  • An approach for teaching theory through creativity
  • What to do with students who don’t actively listen
  • How improvisation can help students with poor rhythm

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Do you teach pattern based improvisation?

Have you used Forrest’s resources to do it or do you have another method? What are the biggest stumbling blocks for you in this approach?

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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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