Have you ever wondered how you can possibly fit everything you need to into a 30 minute lesson? There’s just so much ground to cover with scales, pieces, sight-reading, theory, improvisation, composing…the list just seems to go on, and on.
Paul Harris has a fantastic way of looking at lesson structure. His simultaneous learning method flips traditional piano teaching on its head, getting students understanding all the elements of a new piece before they ever look at the music.
With simultaneous learning, all the elements of piano playing can be integrated and relevant to a piece the student is working on.
Take a listen to today’s podcast episode and learn how you can enrich the piano lesson experience for both you and your students!
Do you like the idea of this approach to teaching piano? Do you think it would help your students to learn this way? Have you already been trying out these ideas?
Leave your thoughts below and if you have any questions for Paul, please ask away!
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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