PT88: “Creating the Best Curriculum for your Beginner Students,” with Phil Aguglia

Today we’re excited to share this episode with Phil Aguglia all about his fascinating curriculum for his students starting their instruments in high school and how he developed it to lead young musicians towards growth and success, whether they continue to study music or not. Phil sought to both learn how great teachers teach and to organize those lessons into his own curriculum, and the results are incredible. If you’d like to learn more about the curriculum or get some of Phil’s materials, send us an email at and we’ll connect you with Phil. 

Today we discuss:

  • Creating a rubric for his student teachers so that anybody could pick up and teach a class (3:46)
  • An Overview of Phil’s curriculum (5:00)
  • An in-depth look at the curriculum that teaches Phil’s students musicianship, technique, applied theory, and everything else they need (10:11)
  • How Phil Developed his curriculum by realizing that a student’s daily learning was more important than a single performance (21:00)
  • Engaging students in youth orchestras, in class, and online during COVID (24:36)
  • Advice for young teachers (29:22)

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