Have you ever had a student come in with a piece of pop music that they’re really excited about? I’m sure you have at some point. You hem and haw, and maybe tell them that the song is really too hard for them. “Bring it back in awhile and we can try it.”
Now I don’t know if you’ve done that, but I know that I have. I remember one student in particular, who loved me and loved the piano, but she only listened to pop music. I wanted her to be playing better quality music because I knew that I was the only person in her life who would help her discover classical music. In the process, I slowly helped her lose interest in the piano. She stopped asking me to teach her pop songs, and eventually, stopped playing piano altogether.
I look back on that student with regret and embarrassment. I could have done so much more for her! And my issue wasn’t so much that I hated her music and didn’t want to teach it to her. It really was because I thought it was too hard, and I figured she would be able to play that music later, when she was more comfortable with the piano.
When I discovered Tim Topham’s course Piano Flix, I didn’t hesitate to buy it. It was a no-brainer. I didn’t want another repeat of what happened with this girl. And now that I’ve taken the course, I’m confident that I can meet the needs of all of my teenage students. Tim taught me how to simplify my students’ favorite music while still making it sound great, how to arrange songs that might not exist in piano music form, and most of all, how to meet my teen and tween students where they are. I can help them learn the music they love, because if they’re learning pop music, it doesn’t mean they can’t learn classical music too. On the contrary, pop music has a great deal to teach with regards to chords, form, etc., because it’s very simple. When you meet your students where they are, you’re able to teach them in terms that they can completely understand, and it lays the groundwork for whatever other styles of music you want to teach them.
Helping my own students learn pop music has been a win-win situation in my studio. My kids are thrilled when they find out they can learn whatever song they want, they’re motivated to practice, and their musicianship starts to soar through the roof because they’re really making a connection with music.
Piano Flix is a small investment to make, considering you will see a better teenage retention rate if you follow Tim’s advice. The link below will bring you to the Piano Flix page on his website, where you can find more information about the course. The first two videos in the course are completely free (no credit card information required) so you have nothing to lose. Try it out and see if you like it!
Trust me on this. If you’ve had an experience like mine before, or if you would like to avoid it in the future, take Tim’s Piano Flix course. If you have any questions or comments for him, he always responds quickly, so I know he’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about his course.