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 before. We no longer need to be limiting our students to choosing between “The Big 2”: teaching or solo performing.
The World of Collaborative Piano
Dr. Foley shares his vast knowledge of the piano world at the Collaborative Piano Blog. Click below to listen in as Dr. Foley and I discuss:
- what is a collaborative pianist?
- the skills your piano students will need as future collaborative pianists
- the unique career opportunities that exist for your piano students
- where we should be directing students who are interested in pursuing a career in collaborative piano
- and much, much more!
I was so excited to speak with Dr. Foley on this subject; as teachers we always hope that our students will continue on in piano… but, to me, it’s always felt a bit limited in terms of what we can suggest to them as career options. No longer! Check out Dr. Foley’s amazing list of opportunities for those trained in collaborative piano.
The Possibilities Are Endless
The most exciting thing about the world of collaborative piano is that it is continually changing, expanding and growing. 15 years from now, the opportunities that exist for your piano students will be completely different than they are today. Because of this, it is so important to ensure that what we are teaching is not only varied, but applicable. There should always be a reason behind why we teach theory, why we expose our students to a wide variety of genres, and why and how we teach composing. The ever-changing world of working musicians demands it!