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 and memorable.
If there’s ever someone who has this down pat it’s Austin, Texas teacher Kristen Smith. To say she’s embraced the concept of inventive theory instruction is an understatement! Listen in as Kristen explains how teaching piano theory has directly contributed to the amazing success of her piano studio.
Theory and a Whole Lot More!
But this isn’t simply a discussion of how to make teaching piano theory fun, you’ll also gain insight into how Kristen takes a very systematic and organized approach to adding theory to her piano lessons. If you’ve ever found yourself reaching for a random theory game just to fill time, you’ll want to keep her words of wisdom in mind.
And while Kristen has spent a lot of her own personal time creating theory materials for her students, we know that many of you are super busy and just don’t have the time to spend to do this. If Kristen’s words inspire you to add piano theory to your studio in a new and inventive way, then our resource “Pssst….Your Piano Teacher Thinks This is Theory” is a great way to do so. Not only are the 88 activities completely memorable, engaging and motivating, but they’re also organized in a way that will allow you to immediately add piano theory to your lessons in a way that makes sense (and is ridiculously fun!)
We also wanted to remind you that this podcast can now be found in the iTunes store (still a free download) to allow you to easily add it to your iPod or smart phone. Just search “Teach Piano Today” in the iTunes store. We are so very thankful to all of you who submitted 5 star ratings last week (and if you’d like to do so again for us we’d be so appreciative). In fact… we landed in iTunes’ list of “New and Noteworthy” Podcasts this weekend, and to say this was exciting news for us is an understatement!
So pop us on your iPod, hit your jogging trail or (if it’s raining like it is here… your treadmill) and have a listen to this week’s podcast; prepare to kiss those old note spellers goodbye!