Go Beyond the Book with Confidence

Mentorship for Teachers

Amie was taking classical lessons to improve her skills as a piano teacher. She came to piano teaching as a second career, and was dedicated to mastering her new profession.

But eventually, Amie realized that the lessons weren’t making her a better teacher. She heard about popMATICS and decided to try it.

Suddenly, she was learning creative new ways to engage her students. She recently told us, 

“Tony has done more to transform my teaching than anything else I’ve ever found. The activities are immediately applicable to my students. I now have a reputation for working with students who were about to quit lessons. I keep them at the piano.

I also love how the program works.  It is exceptionally rare to find opportunities to watch someone teach in real time, with real kids and real songs, at all levels.

If you have a classical background like Amie, maybe you aren’t comfortable with pop music, chord charts, and improvising. Especially at a level where you can teach them with confidence. 

Even the best books and resources won’t transform your teaching. You need to learn these skills yourself first. Our program is designed to teach them to you.

So what exactly IS popMATICS?  

popMATICS is a comprehensive musical curriculum based on popular music.  You won’t have to change what’s already working for you in your lessons. popMATICS is the perfect supplement for any core curriculum.

Our students learn to play beautiful patterns and sounds and play along with their favorite songs from Day 1. 

The four stages of our curriculum span the range from complete beginner materials to advanced functional harmony. We focus on patterns and landmarks, playing by ear, improvisation, chord charts, and custom arrangements. We also use sheet music, but it comes at end of the process, not at the beginning.

In the past, popMATICS was only accessible to teachers through private lessons with Tony. But the best way to learn new ways to teach is through direct observation. Our membership program invites you directly into the teaching space to observe and participate. And you’ll be surrounded by a community of supportive members with similar goals. 

How does the program work for teachers?

  1. Join as many classes as you wish (with 50+ live and 20+ recorded options each month).
  2. Observe how we work with students of all ages and backgrounds.
  3. Ask questions and participate as a student. 
  4. Participate in our teachers-only discussion forum.
  5. Take what you learn back to your studio! Share all of our activities, materials & resources with your own students. 

As a teacher, you will have access to—  

  • Free Chord Charts, Teaching Resources, & High-Quality Sheet Music Arrangements with new content added each week
  • The Weekly Guide delivering our recorded classes, weekly materials, and other popMATICS news
  • Full access to our Learning Community on Discord 
  • Our private Teacher’s Channel, where we “pull back the curtains” to answer your questions about pedagogy and teaching philosophy

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Our program is unique, and we want you to know it’s a good fit.

We offer a Free 14-Day Trial. No Credit Card required.

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My popMATICS membership is GREAT! Learning from Tony has been transformative for me, both as a pianist and a teacher! His creative approach is accessible for every student.  My membership has given me a completely unique opportunity to observe him teaching real students.

 I've benefitted from my membership both personally and professionally, and what I've learned has been immediately applicable in my own piano studio. popMATICS is a game changer for today's piano students!

- Amie Ridges MacDonald 

I have studied classical piano at a collegiate level and have been teaching for 2 decades. popMATICS is helping me grow as a musician and as a teacher in ways I never have before.  Tony is an excellent teacher who really cares about giving value to his students. He is good at what he does, but is also patient, humble and approachable. You will love working with him! 

- Amy Benedict Stanger

I'm a classically-trained pianist and a piano teacher for three decades. I dreamed to be able to create my own music and play the piano without relying on the music score in front of me at the piano. Tony Parlapiano at popMATICS helps my dream come true.

He has a unique curriculum to help music lovers develop improvisation skills by listening to music they love, by creating sounds on the piano, and by understanding the math behind the music.

Tony is a passionate musician and teacher. He inspired me to realize the music knowledge I have stored in my brain into music on my fingertips at the piano. I highly recommend the popMATICS program for anyone who wants to experience the freedom of music making at the piano.

- Grace Bunday