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 to discuss how she dove right in and added improv, chording and composing to piano lessons with all of her students. She’ll share why she decided to add this aspect to her teaching, and how she went about adding improv and composing to lessons with all ages of students. Karen also gives her top 3 tips for getting started with improvising with your piano students and discusses the difference it has made to her piano teaching studio (she currently teaches over 50 students).
Set Your Piano Students Free
Adding improv, chording and composing to your piano lessons can be a freeing experience for both you and your piano student. Not only do they help your piano students to really connect with their lessons, but it also provides some great “teachable moments” in terms of piano theory, technique and building the muscle memory they need for more difficult repertoire down the road. Popular music is really becoming… well.. popular! And for your piano students to approach this in an authentic and efficient way, learning to teach chording and improv is a must.
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If you love the idea of composing with your piano students and truly giving them a feeling of ownership and connection to their music… but you really just like to have a book… then we’ve got the resource for you! The Curious Case of Muttzart and Ratmaninoff gives you 12 rock-solid composing lessons that will have your kids creating great pieces from week 1!