Supporting Creative Music Teaching
163 episodes
since Feb. 26, 2015


I believe strongly in the power of teaching lead sheets in our piano lessons. Lead sheets can help students understand music better and make them more “all-rounder” pianists who can adapt to different musical contexts. On the show today, I’m sharing some of my thoughts about why we should teach lead sheet playing to our students and a great clip from one of our Inner Circle courses with Forrest Kinney. Today’s Free Download Download my guide to left hand patterns – great for making lead sheets more exciting! Transcript If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below. In this episode, you’ll learn * Why I love teaching lead sheets to students * What an “all-rounder” musician is and how I become one * How to create a lead sheet * How you can get started teaching lead sheets * Styling ideas for teaching lead sheets to beginners Links Mentioned * Taking the Lead: Lead Sheets from Lesson 1 * 9 Reasons Why Playing Lead Sheets is Essential for Students * Barbie Girl meets Bach – comparing old and new chord progressions * How to Support YouTubers in Your Piano Teaching Today’s Sponsor My Music Staff is studio management made easy – our web-based software helps you manage the core aspects of your private music teaching business. Whether you are a single teacher or part of a multi-teacher studio team, our affordable software is a perfect fit and designed to help your business achieve success. My Music Staff can do everything your private music studio needs. It helps you centrally manage your website, student contact information, schedule, invoicing and more. Visit our website (www.mymusicstaff.com) to start your FREE 30-day trial today and experience all of the features that My Music Staff has to offer. No credit card is required to start your trial and there is no obligation to subscribe. Get $100 off Annual Inner Circle Membership As a valued podcast listener, you’re eligible for a $100 discount on an annual Inner Circle Membership. This discount lasts for as long as you’re a member and whatever price you sign up for today is the price you’ll pay as long as you remain a member. Copy this coupon code to use when you see the “Coupon Code” box:  PIANOPODCAST. Thank you for Tuning In! There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine. Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run. Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons! If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons on the left of the page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes...
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