hi i have a talented student who plays by ear but doesn't know how to read notes. he loves dubstep. there is a problem though - he sometimes seems disinterested with the theoretical side of music. how do i teach musical notation in a fun and interesting way?
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i'm always of the opinion that teachers should go with the strength of their students.  for my students that can't or have trouble reading, i have them learn tunes off youtube and learn how to play exercises by watching me.

some of the greatest jazz pianists never learned how to read.

now on the other hand if he wants to be a concert pianist, then you've gotta go from the beginning and get him to learn the science of piano- reading and things like that.  there are a lot of books and websites with information on how to teach classical piano.

what are his goals?  does he just want to have fun and play great music?  if so, just go with it and help his ears grow to the point where he doesn't need to read music.
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you might start by charting out some of the tunes he already plays.  if he finds it interesting, he may want to study further.  you may also try to show the the benefits of being able to write something down as well as read something someone else wrote down.  written music is still a pretty efficient way to convey or archive a musical idea.
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