232 episodes

Practical and proven tips, ideas and advice for private music teachers. Listen in to improve your instrumental or vocal music studio business and find that oh-so-elusive feeling of balance in your life.

Welcome to The Vibrant Music Teaching Podcast! This is the show for you if you’re an instrumental or vocal music teacher that wants friendly, creative and accessible advice.
I’m your host Nicola Cantan. My membership site, Vibrant Music Teaching, helps teachers all over the world to include more games and creativity in their lessons, so that their students giggle their way through music theory and make faster progress. I also run a popular blog, Colourful Keys, where we write about creative ideas and teaching strategies and an interview show, Teaching Studio Stories.

Every Monday I provide bite-sized bursts of inspiration and ideas for instrumental and vocal music teachers. The episodes are usually between 10 and 20 minutes – the perfect length of time to put away some of the music books scattered all over your studio and hide the rest of them in the piano bench.

Listen to a few episodes and hit the subscribe button. When you come across an episode you love, make sure to tell your teacher-friends they can get it for free in any audio app that supports podcasts.

https://vibrantmusicteaching.com
https://colourfulkeys.ie
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The Vibrant Music Teaching Podcast | Proven and practical tips, strategies and ideas for music teachers Nicola Cantan

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 49 Ratings

Practical and proven tips, ideas and advice for private music teachers. Listen in to improve your instrumental or vocal music studio business and find that oh-so-elusive feeling of balance in your life.

Welcome to The Vibrant Music Teaching Podcast! This is the show for you if you’re an instrumental or vocal music teacher that wants friendly, creative and accessible advice.
I’m your host Nicola Cantan. My membership site, Vibrant Music Teaching, helps teachers all over the world to include more games and creativity in their lessons, so that their students giggle their way through music theory and make faster progress. I also run a popular blog, Colourful Keys, where we write about creative ideas and teaching strategies and an interview show, Teaching Studio Stories.

Every Monday I provide bite-sized bursts of inspiration and ideas for instrumental and vocal music teachers. The episodes are usually between 10 and 20 minutes – the perfect length of time to put away some of the music books scattered all over your studio and hide the rest of them in the piano bench.

Listen to a few episodes and hit the subscribe button. When you come across an episode you love, make sure to tell your teacher-friends they can get it for free in any audio app that supports podcasts.

https://vibrantmusicteaching.com
https://colourfulkeys.ie
https://instagram.com/colourfulkeys
https://www.facebook.com/groups/vibrantmusicstudioteachers

    Pros and cons of exams for music students

    Pros and cons of exams for music students

    Music exams can be wonderful...when they're used with the right student
    at the right time. Let's unpack the pros and cons together.
    Find out more about membership at vibrantmusicteaching.com.

    • 18 min
    Tips to Settle Piano Performance and Exam Anxiety

    Tips to Settle Piano Performance and Exam Anxiety

    Piano performance anxiety is a manifestation of certain beliefs that your student holds.
    Some of these thoughts might be:
    Fear of failure
    Fear of judgement or criticism
    Messing up in front of their peers
    Expectations on how their performance should go
    Thinking that the performance must be a perfect rendition
    Not trusting in their abilities
    There might also be some aspects of the performance or exam itself that might make your student feel nervous, such as:
    How prepared your student is
    Experience level of performing
    How many people will watch the performance?
    Length of the performance – if a student has a 20-minute recital, this will be very different from a 1-minute performance.
    Context of the performance - for example, performing for an examiner would be very different to playing just for their family.
    Getting to the root thoughts of anxiety with your student can be really revealing and a good place to start.
    Find out more about membership at vibrantmusicteaching.com.

    • 21 min
    How to Prepare for a Piano Exam

    How to Prepare for a Piano Exam

    Piano exams require some thought and balance to get all the components ready for the big day. Here's how I handle it.
    Find out more about membership at vibrantmusicteaching.com.

    • 15 min
    What's the point of piano exams?

    What's the point of piano exams?

    When are piano exams a good idea, what's the long term benefit and risk involved.
    Find out more about membership at vibrantmusicteaching.com.

    • 18 min
    How to Teach the 12 Bar Blues

    How to Teach the 12 Bar Blues

    Sometimes, your student is just not feeling the lesson you’ve planned
    and you need something fresh inspiration to stop the lesson getting
    stale. Learn how to teach the 12 bar blues and you’ll never be stuck for
    what to do when a student hasn’t practised or is out-of-sorts.
    Being able to teach the 12 bar blues at the drop of a hat is a great trick to have up your sleeve.

    There
    isn’t just one way to teach the blues, of course. But in this article,
    I’ll explain the method I’ve used countless times now to rescue a
    lacklustre lesson.

    Jump in with this step-by-step process any time you feel like your student needs something fresh and different.
    Find out more about membership at vibrantmusicteaching.com.

    • 12 min
    Singing Tips for Instrumental Teachers

    Singing Tips for Instrumental Teachers

    Singing should be included in ALL music lessons. But what if your student doesn't want to sing? And how can you help them sing better if you're not a voice teacher?
    Find out more about membership at vibrantmusicteaching.com.

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

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49 Ratings

49 Ratings

Sarah Dansliah ,

Thoughtful Teaching Strategies

This podcast gives practical and creative teaching strategies for inclusivity and differentiated instruction. I always gain fun, insightful tools and information. Also, the content is easily applicable to my studio.

gritmike ,

Great music teaching podcast

This is a great podcast! I am new to the piano teaching game, and this podcast has been invaluable. Her ideas and open-mindedness and practicality really resonate with me, as a new teacher and as a former student!

PianoMama109 ,

Steady, Solid Content

Nicola consistently delivers relevant, relatable content. I appreciate the fact that this is a podcast for teachers at any stage of their educator journey.

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