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Amazing!

By Drragonfly - Mar 31 2019
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I have gotten so many good ideas and insights from this podcast!!! Great topics and wonderful interviews!! Every piano teacher needs to listen to this podcast!!

Love it!

By Nancy at the Piano - Apr 18 2014
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What a fabulous and helpful podcast! Please keep them coming!!!

iTunes Ratings

22 Ratings
Average Ratings
18
2
0
0
2

Amazing!

By Drragonfly - Mar 31 2019
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I have gotten so many good ideas and insights from this podcast!!! Great topics and wonderful interviews!! Every piano teacher needs to listen to this podcast!!

Love it!

By Nancy at the Piano - Apr 18 2014
Read more
What a fabulous and helpful podcast! Please keep them coming!!!
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The Teach Piano Today Podcast

Latest release on Jul 12, 2016

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How To Teach Piano To Kids

Rank #1: The Huge Practice Mistake That Thousands of Piano Students Are Making

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How were you taught to learn something new, or to fix a mistake when you were a piano student? Your answer is likely “Drill it.  Over and over and over and over.” Do you still force yourself to sit down and play the same thing repeatedly until it is right? If so, then you’ll want to listen […]

May 28 2014

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Rank #2: If You Encourage Your Piano Parents To Do Just One Thing… Make It This

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We expect all children to learn to read. It’s just a given. So why is it then that we don’t expect all children to be musical? This is a statement that drew me to Dr. Lisa Koops and her research and work in the field of early childhood musical development. Join us on today’s podcast […]

Oct 09 2014

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Rank #3: Piano Teaching Advice Direct From Jon Schmidt Of The Piano Guys!

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We’re just going to go ahead and assume you’re a Piano Guys fan… and, as their videos have been watched 300 million times, I’m also going to assume you’ve watched more than one!  They are truly an inspirational group and a rapidly growing phenomenon in the music industry. One-on-one with “The Piano Guy” It was […]

Nov 19 2013

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Rank #4: Dr. Adam Ockelford, Teacher To Derek Paravicini, on Teaching Special Needs Piano Students

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Piano teachers everywhere have students in their studio with complex needs.  Be it visual impairment, Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia… the spectrum of differences is wide. And piano teachers everywhere have questions about how to effectively meet the needs of these students. Advice From A True Expert In today’s Teach Piano Today podcast, we’re interviewing Dr. Adam Ockelford […]

Apr 27 2015

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Rank #5: Let’s Talk About Improvising, Chording and Composing with your Piano Students

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If these 3 words strike fear into your very soul… then you’re not alone!  Improvising, chording and composing with piano students is something that many piano teachers avoid simply because it feels like uncharted territory. Teaching without a book can seem difficult… until now! During this podcast, we’re chatting with Karen Gibson and she’s here […]

Oct 21 2013

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Rank #6: The Invented Notations of Children and The Importance of Composing – The TPT Podcast

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The TeachPianoToday podcast is back and we’re delighted to post this exciting episode! Today’s guest, Rena Upitis, shares her insights on composing with young children and discusses the importance of introducing composition to young children. How many of you have had piano students bring in their very creatively-notated compositions? And did you know what to do with those sheets of […]

Mar 17 2015

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Rank #7: Is Sleep the Final Piece of the Perfect Practice Puzzle?

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I’m always interested in ways to make piano practice more efficient and more effective for my students. I believe that the more we understand about how humans learn, the better adjustments we can make to how we teach. In a past Teach Piano Today podcast we interviewed Dr. Christine Carter who opened our eyes to […]

Oct 31 2014

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Rank #8: Why The Words “Piano Theory” and “Boredom” Are About To Get A Divorce

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It’s Teach Piano Today Podcast Episode 9 and we’re continuing our Success Series, bringing you insights, advice and ideas from piano teachers around the world who are doing fabulous things in their piano teaching studios.  Today we’re chatting piano theory; specifically how to effectively include it in your lessons in a way that is meaningful […]

Sep 30 2013

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Rank #9: Beyond Teaching and Performing; Inspire Your Piano Students With The World Of Collaborative Piano

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Today on the TeachPianoToday podcast we’re chatting with Dr. Christopher Foley; an expert in the area of collaborative piano. For those of you who just thought “What is a collaborative piano?” you’re in for a treat. The potential for your piano students to find a career using their piano skills is richer and more varied now than ever […]

Jun 13 2014

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Rank #10: TPT 03 – How to Start Your Piano Studio From Scratch… Again

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Wouldn’t it be nice if moving across town or across the country simply meant packing your bags, choosing a cute new home and transferring offices? For piano teachers it just isn’t so!  We have so many considerations when relocating that it can seem overwhelming.  Today’s podcast covers the ins and outs of being a “Piano […]

Aug 06 2013

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Rank #11: Secrets Shared by a Piano Teacher Who’s Rockin’ Teen Retention

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If you’ve ever headed online to search for piano teaching tips for teenage students… this podcast is for you!  It’s everything you need to know about how to adapt your teaching style and approach to guarantee success with your teenage piano students. This is Episode 8 of the Teach Piano Today Podcast and we’re happy […]

Sep 23 2013

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Rank #12: How To Convince The World That Piano Teaching IS A Real Job

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Have you ever told someone you are a piano teacher and then had them immediately ask “And what do you do for work?”. If so, you are familiar with the struggle faced by many piano teachers; where your business is actually perceived as a hobby. Having your piano studio clients perceive you in this way […]

Oct 07 2013

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Rank #13: Expert Advice to Help Us Better Serve Piano Students with ADD, Dyslexia, and Autism

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This our 12th Episode of the Teach Piano Today Podcast and we’re excited to introduce you to Pat Hensely.  Pat is a National Board Certified Special Needs Specialist and is on the National Board of Directors for the Council for Exceptional Children.  We’re chatting with her today to give piano teachers some valuable insights into […]

Nov 12 2013

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Rank #14: How To Win Over New Piano Students With Wine and Cheese

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The Teach Piano Today Podcast is back with Episode 14! Today we’re chatting with Nicole Bowers – a piano teacher with a very successful studio in Ottawa, Canada. Are you looking for ways to change up your teaching hours? Do you need to fill some holes in your studio schedule? Are you wanting to make […]

Jan 03 2014

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Rank #15: Piano Teaching Inspiration From Grand Central Station

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Today we start our “Success Series”… podcast episodes where we chat with piano teachers around the world who are experiencing great success with their piano teaching studios.  It is our hope that you’ll find inspiration, ideas and solid advice from those who are “rockin’ the biz”. In episode 6 we interview Natalia Huang, owner and […]

Sep 05 2013

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Why Do Piano Students Quit? Karen King’s Research Provides The Answers

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Today we’re exploring a question that Trevor and I receive almost daily… a question that weighs heavily on the minds of piano teachers and most likely plays a role in almost every piano teaching decision we make. What is the question? “How can I keep piano students from quitting?” On today’s podcast we’ll tackle this question […]

Jul 12 2016

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How To Fix A Piano Student’s Flat Fingers And Incorrect Hand Position

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It’s tough to explain to piano students why they should care about fixing their flat-fingered playing position. But I know why I care about fixing it… Playing with flat fingers is unnecessarily hard and results in music that, quite simply put, doesn’t sound very good… which could very well result in piano students quitting lessons. […]

Apr 05 2016

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What To Do With A Piano Student Who Refuses To Look At His Music

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We’ve all had one… a piano student who stares at his hands while mostly ignoring his music. And we’ve all probably engaged in a struggle to get him to view his score as a tool (not as an enemy)… And chances are, during the struggle, you’ve covered the keys… you covered his hands… you’ve make him wear dribble […]

Mar 25 2016

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How To Increase Your Studio Population Without Increasing Your Teaching Time

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Most piano teachers (myself included) teach in tidy little blocks of time. And this means that if we want to increase our teaching income… we generally have to increase our teaching time. But is this a hard and fast rule? Could there a better way? Today we have a wonderful guest on the Teach Piano […]

Mar 04 2016

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What To Do When A Piano Student Breaks, Sprains, Twists, Or Burns A Hand

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At some point in our teaching careers we will all be faced with it…. a “two-handed” piano student suddenly becomes a “one-handed” piano student. Whether it’s a broken arm, a sprained wrist, or burned fingers… a myriad of different injuries can throw a bunch of wrenches into a typical piano lesson. So the question is… how can […]

Feb 08 2016

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Have You Ever Considered Teaching Piano in Groups? The Teach Piano Today Podcast

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Today we’re kicking off our Teach Piano Today Helpline podcast with a fabulous episode featuring everything you’ve always wanted to know about teaching group piano classes. And if you just thought “Oh… this is not for me, I only have one piano so I can’t teach groups…” you’ll want to hang around and have a […]

Jan 28 2016

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Teaching Piano Students To Play From Lead Sheets; Expert Step-by-Step Advice

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Do you teach from lead sheets?  Have you thought about doing so but aren’t sure where to start? Do you use them all the time but wonder if there is more you could be doing? Lead sheets have quickly become one of my “secret weapon” teaching tools. They provide the instant gratification teens crave, they […]

May 29 2015

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How To Teach Your Piano Students To Dig Deep And Persevere

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What is grit? How does being “gritty” translate into achievement and how can we teach our piano students to persevere over the long-term despite setbacks? If you’ve ever asked yourself these questions – or, if this subject piques your interest, then today’s TeachPianoToday podcast will fascinate you. Do You Have Gritty Piano Students? A few weeks […]

May 11 2015

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Dr. Adam Ockelford, Teacher To Derek Paravicini, on Teaching Special Needs Piano Students

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Piano teachers everywhere have students in their studio with complex needs.  Be it visual impairment, Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia… the spectrum of differences is wide. And piano teachers everywhere have questions about how to effectively meet the needs of these students. Advice From A True Expert In today’s Teach Piano Today podcast, we’re interviewing Dr. Adam Ockelford […]

Apr 27 2015

19mins

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The Invented Notations of Children and The Importance of Composing – The TPT Podcast

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Read more
The TeachPianoToday podcast is back and we’re delighted to post this exciting episode! Today’s guest, Rena Upitis, shares her insights on composing with young children and discusses the importance of introducing composition to young children. How many of you have had piano students bring in their very creatively-notated compositions? And did you know what to do with those sheets of […]

Mar 17 2015

16mins

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Is Sleep the Final Piece of the Perfect Practice Puzzle?

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Read more
I’m always interested in ways to make piano practice more efficient and more effective for my students. I believe that the more we understand about how humans learn, the better adjustments we can make to how we teach. In a past Teach Piano Today podcast we interviewed Dr. Christine Carter who opened our eyes to […]

Oct 31 2014

13mins

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If You Encourage Your Piano Parents To Do Just One Thing… Make It This

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We expect all children to learn to read. It’s just a given. So why is it then that we don’t expect all children to be musical? This is a statement that drew me to Dr. Lisa Koops and her research and work in the field of early childhood musical development. Join us on today’s podcast […]

Oct 09 2014

28mins

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Exploring The Cognitive Benefits Of Piano Instruction With Dr. Frances Rauscher

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As a piano teacher we see first-hand every day the many positive effects that music instruction has on our students… but how much do you know about the research behind the cognitive benefits of music education? Today we’re talking with the perfect person to speak on this topic. Dr. Frances Rauscher is a Cognitive Scientist studying […]

Jul 25 2014

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Could This Technique Improve Your Piano Students’ Abilities?

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Today on the TeachPianoToday Podcast we’re interviewing Robert Rickover; an expert in the Alexander Technique.  For those of you who just asked “What’s that?”, or for those of you who have heard of the Alexander Technique but don’t know much about it, this podcast is for you! Robert Rockover has been an Alexander Technique teacher […]

Jul 16 2014

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How To Teach Piano To Adult Students, With Pete Jutras

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If there’s one person who knows what makes adult piano students tick… it’s Pete Jutras. As Editor of the Clavier Companion magazine, he’s no stranger to the world of piano… or the world of adult piano students. Through his uber-successful group programs at Southern Methodist University he’s had the opportunity to share his love of […]

Jul 11 2014

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Beyond Teaching and Performing; Inspire Your Piano Students With The World Of Collaborative Piano

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Read more
Today on the TeachPianoToday podcast we’re chatting with Dr. Christopher Foley; an expert in the area of collaborative piano. For those of you who just thought “What is a collaborative piano?” you’re in for a treat. The potential for your piano students to find a career using their piano skills is richer and more varied now than ever […]

Jun 13 2014

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Chatting Contemporary Music With The One And Only Christopher Norton

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If you teach piano, it’s likely you teach Christopher Norton’s music on almost a daily basis. His name is synonymous with “The composer who creates the music my students always love.” To say Christopher Norton is a prolific composer is a serious understatement; his influence on not only piano repertoire, but on multi-instrumental and choral […]

Jun 05 2014

33mins

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The Huge Practice Mistake That Thousands of Piano Students Are Making

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How were you taught to learn something new, or to fix a mistake when you were a piano student? Your answer is likely “Drill it.  Over and over and over and over.” Do you still force yourself to sit down and play the same thing repeatedly until it is right? If so, then you’ll want to listen […]

May 28 2014

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How To Teach Your Piano Students To Improvise… With Bradley Sowash

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When I was in my 3rd year of University someone ran up to me in the hallway, breathless: “You’re a piano player, yes?”.  Uh huh.  “My keyboard guy just quit my band and we have a gig tonight. Can you fill in?” Let me see… do you play Minuet in G at any point during your […]

May 22 2014

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How to Become the Perfect Piano Parent – The Teach Piano Today Podcast

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If there was ever a TeachPianoToday podcast that you should share… it’s this one.  Today we’re speaking with the brilliant Dr. Christopher Fisher, Associate Professor of piano at Ohio University, and we’re talking about effective parental involvement in piano education. Scroll to the bottom of this post to listen now. Listen in as Dr. Fisher […]

May 15 2014

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iTunes Ratings

22 Ratings
Average Ratings
18
2
0
0
2

Amazing!

By Drragonfly - Mar 31 2019
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I have gotten so many good ideas and insights from this podcast!!! Great topics and wonderful interviews!! Every piano teacher needs to listen to this podcast!!

Love it!

By Nancy at the Piano - Apr 18 2014
Read more
What a fabulous and helpful podcast! Please keep them coming!!!