TC249: The Art of Communication featuring Ben Kapilow

As a piano teacher or podcast host, it is so important for you to be able to connect and communicate with your students and audience effectively. But this doesn’t come naturally for all of us. 
In this episode from the archives with Ben Kapilow of the All Keyed Up Podcast, Tim shares his tips and tricks on how he has learned the art of communicating effectively as a teacher and podcast host. We also discuss importance of being student-centered, how you can prepare and stay present in lessons, and why silence can be crucial in effective communication, too.

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[01:14] Overlap and connection between podcasting and interviewing and lesson delivery.
[04:39] How to make lessons student-led for shy students.
[08:16] Approaching podcast interviews in a neutral way.
[12:22] His experience in rethinking teaching approaches to students.
[14:11] The importance of being student-centered.
[17:11] Balance of being prepared and being present in podcasting and teaching.
[22:03] How Tim has learned to communicate with laser sharp clarity.
[28:25] Tim shares more about TopCast and TopMusic.

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TC242: Understanding Dyslexia: How teaching language relates to teaching music with Becki Laurent

Did you know that 1 in 5 people in the USA have dyslexia? So, if you’ve got 20 students, the odds are pretty high that at least four are dyslexic. Therefore, understanding dyslexia is an important tool to have.
In today’s episode, Becki Laurent joins us to talk about how we can better reach our music students that struggle with this learning challenge.
We discuss myths, misconceptions and tips for teaching students with dyslexia. Becki also shares the components of the Orton Gillingham method of teaching reading and how we can incorporate these in music teaching.
It’s a super informative and interesting episode you won’t want to miss.

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[03:13] Becki shares how she got on the journey of teaching music to kids with dyslexia and ADHD.
[13:41] The conversation you need to have with your students’ parents.
[15:54] Top 5 Myths for teaching students with dyslexia.
[23:03] Understanding dyslexia and why rhythm is so important in teaching dyslexics.
[28:02] How using the process of teaching dyslexics can help any student become better. 
[34:42] Components of the Orton Gillingham teaching method and how we can apply it to music.
[43:19] Sample strategies you can use to teach students.
[51:02] Tips for making the process of learning fun for students.

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About our Guest

Becki Laurent is the director of a music school in West Texas. Her superpowers include ADHD, listening, analyzing and getting things done. She doesn’t sleep much and can often be found on Facebook at all hours of the day and night in all the time zones of the world.
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TC241: YouTube Masterclass with Carlos Pacheco

Have you ever wondered whether YouTube could be a powerful marketing channel for your studio or business? If you are an aspiring content creator or are already creating videos for YouTube, you should definitely tune in to this YouTube masterclass episode.
Carlos Pacheco, our YouTube channel manager, joins me to tackle the questions you have about using YouTube to market your business.
He answers the common questions aspiring content creators have such as how often you need to post, what you can do, what you can’t do, what YouTube likes, what it doesn’t like, what if you get a copyright strike; all those kinds of questions. 

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[02:29] Carlos gives us a short intro about himself.
[05:10] How Carlos has helped us grow our YouTube channel since 2018.
[07:14] Making money through our AdSense revenue.
[09:29] Tips for teachers who want to use YouTube as a part of their marketing strategy.
[15:43] Can going viral help with your channel?
[17:22] How the YouTube algorithm works and how it worked for one of my videos.
[20:58] The sweet spot for YouTube to like your channel more.
[23:21] What you need to do to become successful on YouTube.
[26:07] Carlos’ thoughts about sending people off YouTube to get their emails, buy products, etc.
[30:05] Using YouTube as an educational platform.
[32:50] Mistakes people make when starting a channel.
[34:31] Directing people to your website from YouTube.
[36:46] The process of monetising your videos.
[38:31] Advice for uploading back-up videos on your channel.
[39:46] Handling copyright disputes and claims.
[42:56] Top metrics to watch out for on YouTube.
[45:27] Posting videos about products you sell.
[47:01] The most important thing to remember in posting YouTube videos.
[49:37] Building tags for your videos.
[51:49] Why you need to put a call-to-action on your videos.
[53:29] 5 top tips for content creators.
[57:53] The importance of using creative thumbnails.

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RockOutLoud.LIVE is a virtual music lesson video platform made for music teachers who want to provide their students with the ultimate virtual music lesson experience. Inside the RockOutLoud.LIVE video application, you’ll have access to resources like sheet music searches of a library of songs along with chords you can share across screens to your students in real-time. Plus, your student can download their virtual lesson notes while inside the virtual session! It’s cheaper than your Zoom account and gives you all of the tools to teach in an interactive lesson. So what are you waiting for? Sign up for a FREE 7-day trial by visiting RockOutLoud.live today.
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About our Guest

Carlos Pacheco is a consultant and a YouTube audience strategist who’s been working and advising creators, producers, content owners, and distributors all about channel growth, content optimization, piracy protection, and monetization strategies since 2012.
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