135 episodes

On this show, we interview experts who help children to develop their talents. These experts can be in music, arts education, sports or an academic teacher. Basically, anyone who works regularly with children or develops programs for them. On this show, we are looking to share the strategies, secrets, and processes that these experts use every day to help kids become great.

Oclef Podcast Julian Toha

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

On this show, we interview experts who help children to develop their talents. These experts can be in music, arts education, sports or an academic teacher. Basically, anyone who works regularly with children or develops programs for them. On this show, we are looking to share the strategies, secrets, and processes that these experts use every day to help kids become great.

    Oclef Daily | EP91 - All Great Piano Teachers Possess This Ability

    Oclef Daily | EP91 - All Great Piano Teachers Possess This Ability

    This is a great episode to share with a piano teacher friend.
    Push Back.
    It's simple, yet powerful.
    Don't avoid confrontation with a parent - especially if what you are pushing back on something that is in the best interest of their child.
    Parents want the best for their kids, but sometimes they don't realize how to think or behave - they are usually new to learning piano, just like their child.
    Be you, Be what that child needs.

    The tortoise always wins,
    Julian
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    • 3 min
    Oclef Interviews | EP29 - Jon Nakamatsu - The Story of a Great American Pianist

    Oclef Interviews | EP29 - Jon Nakamatsu - The Story of a Great American Pianist

    Loved doing this interview with Jon! He's just a great guy and I enjoyed getting the chance, like with most guests on the podcast, to ask deep questions.
    Please share this with parents of piano students and other teachers or aspiring pianist. He has great insight in many areas and I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did.
    Julian

    • 47 min
    Oclef Daily | EP90 - Is there an end to piano lessons?

    Oclef Daily | EP90 - Is there an end to piano lessons?

    Pain relievers like aspirin can be taken if you have a headache and usually within 15 minutes the headache is gone. But what if there were a product that made that headache go away and then come back in 7 days?
    Whenever I have new classes start I often get the question from parents…how long does it take to learn piano?
    And I used to think that was a really silly question. Simply because, well, I’m still learning piano. And I’ll probably be learning piano for the rest of my life.
    But lately the more I think about that question, I realize that there should be an answer to that question. If you change the question slightly, the answer becomes something that FEELS achievable. I’d ask:
    “How long does the average child take to acquire all the necessary skills, knowledge, practice strategies and coordination to become an independent learner of piano music?”
    I think there is an answer to that question.
    The tortoise always wins,
    Julian
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    • 2 min
    Oclef Daily | EP89 - The musician's mindset

    Oclef Daily | EP89 - The musician's mindset

    Yesterday I was working with a mother and her daughter and one simple piece of teaching advice left her speechless the second she tried it.
    This episode dives into the "Theory Theory" by Alison Gopnik and how it explains why the "Frozen Pencil" teaching technique works so well when teaching children to read piano.
    The tortoise always wins,
    Julian

    • 4 min
    Oclef Daily | EP88 - You're more like a therapist than you want to believe

    Oclef Daily | EP88 - You're more like a therapist than you want to believe

    Today's podcast goes into the challenging world of how we as teachers help our students navigate more than just their troubles and anxieties from learning.
    If you want your story or question on an upcoming episode - visit www.oclef.com/podcast and leave your story or question.
    The tortoise always wins,
    Julian

    • 4 min
    Oclef Daily | EP87 - Kaizen and the perfection of pursuit

    Oclef Daily | EP87 - Kaizen and the perfection of pursuit

    In the education world, teachers sometimes can be overly focused on the results and outcomes in competitions and tests. And the question I have is - “What mindset does that produce for students in the long run?”
    I leave you with an idea and three questions. The Japanese word Kaizen means "change for better".
    How do you create experiences for your students that help them change and acquire the values you believe in? How does extrinsic motivators and rewards like tests and competitions actually shape your students perspective - especially if they are their main focus? Do you instill Kaizen or continuous improvement experiences into your student’s learning paths?

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

13 Ratings

chicksinger23 ,

Love all things piano 🎹 🎵

So happy to have found this great podcast about the life of a pianist and practice and musicianship!

kaleakao ,

Love the podcasts

Julian has a deep understanding of children’s psyche and you can tell he wants them to succeed

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Amazing podcasts

I really enjoy listening to these podcasts, tons of help and interesting things to think about when playing and practicing.

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