Have you heard? Tim Topham, nationally recognized blogger and pop piano guru has recently come out with a FANTASTIC course for piano teachers on teaching pop piano. I have had the chance to take this course and let me tell you it is soooo worth the small investment. If you have students (which I know you do) that want to learn and play pop piano, but you yourself have been hesitant in including it in your lessons, hesitate no more!
Tim has broken down everything into 8 video parts.
Video 1: Before you Start
This video is answering questions such as why teach pop, where is it’s place, why it’s something we should consider teaching, etc. This video gets YOU thinking of the direction and purpose you want to go with your students when teaching pop piano.
Video 2: Pop Crash Course
In this video, Tim will cover the importance of chords and how it is relevant to students playing pop music. He will give tips to help students understand chords and resources they can use.
Video 3: Finding Music Online
This section of the course gives some helpful tips on how to find the music your students are looking for and how to know if the download is legal.
Video 4: You Want to Play What?!!
This was an especially helpful course. If you haven’t yet, there will probably be a day when your student walks in the door and says they want to play such and such piece. #1 such and such piece is a piece you haven’t heard of so you do a little digging and find out #2 there is no melody or very little of it. What on earth? Believe it or not, in this video Tim finds a piece exactly like that and shows how he can make a piece not only playable but will satisfy the students wants.
Video 5: Rearranging for Dummies
Let’s face it, sometimes the arrangements are simply to hard for some of our students to play. But they want to learn it so bad! Never fear, in this video Tim gives tips and tricks to rearrange the music to help fit your students needs.
Video 6: Best Pop for Piano
In this video, Tim shares resources in finding the right pop pieces that are perfect for playing on the piano. Your students will love you for it!
Video 7: Apps and Tech
Tim shares his favorite apps and tech tools that he loves to use when teaching pop music. He will show exactly how he uses them with students. A couple tools in a teachers toolbox can go a long way!
Video 8: Arranging 101
And if you thought that was it, there is one more video to take advantage of! In this video, Tim gives some basic arranging tips that you can help your students with. Now that they have the chords down, it’s time to do something with that melody!
At the bottom of each video segment, Tim asks a question. I would encourage you to engage and leave a comment to his question. It opens it up for great conversation to all who participate.
Since this is a video course, you can take as much time as you want to go through it. You can go back to it over and over again as many times as you need. I know I will be doing just that.
After I finished this course, I couldn’t help think that not only is this such a great tool for teachers and their students but how much would help those students that are at the edge of quitting lessons. I bet that if you approached them and said, hey, how about we do a pop piano course over the next few months. What do you think? I can only imagine how much more engaged they will be in their lessons. And the great part they are really learning MUCH more than they think!
Normally $129US, Tim has PianoFlix: extended the sale for only $89US until December 31st. Merry Christmas to you! But wait! That’s not all! (I love saying that!) If you use the code: POPPIANO100 you will save another $10! I promise you will thank yourself for taking advantage of Tim’s insight in teaching pop piano to your students. Just click here to get started!
Still not sure whether or not you want to sign up for the course? Tim allows you to try the first 2 videos for free. So give it a shot, there is really nothing to lose!