My big goal in life is to make piano teaching fun and creative in studios all around the world while at the same time inspiring, challenging and motivating my own piano students here in Australia.
I love learning and always strive to better myself through my own writing, research and professional development. It's why I love travelling the world and attending conferences and meeting teachers to chat about pedagogy.
Music has always been a part of my life since starting piano lessons at age eight, but it has only been in the last 6 or 7 years that I've put all my energy into music education and making a difference in the lives of music students and wow, what a ride it has been!
I've made a huge point of encouraging my students to improvise and compose and love inspiring their curiosity to explore all that music has to offer. It's amazing what small nuggets of information can do when targeted at the right student at the right time. I love trying new things in lessons and never accept a status quo. It's probably why my students never know quite what's going to happen in their lessons week-to-week.
What I'm about
- Helping teachers expand their (teaching) repertoire
- Doing things differently
- Being 100% open, honest and transparent in all that I do
- Sharing as much as I can
- Always trying new things and never being satisfied with my own skills
- Challenging long-held beliefs about pedagogy
- Making people re-think some of their most ingrained teaching habits
- Supporting and networking with teachers around the world to better the profession generally
- Giving teachers detailed help with some of the more current/modern aspects of pedagogy: teaching teens, teaching pop, using technology, teaching boys, finding cool music and generally keeping up-to-date
What I'm not about
- Teaching you how to 'teach phrasing in classical music' or 'whether or not to use pedal in baroque music', etc. There are plenty of other people out there who do this a lot better than me and it's been written about for 200 years, so I don't feel the need to add more!
- Helping teachers who feel they already know it all and aren't open to suggestions
- Repeating stuff that's already been said
- Promoting products or ideas that I don't use myself in lessons
- Standing still
- Keeping my studio doors shut to other teachers and new ideas
Some fun facts about me:
- I love good wine and top-notch coffee (which I guess is also why I love Melbourne)
- I'm a big fan of road cycling (not watching so much as doing)
- I love getting completely lost on Ancestry when I have the time
- I've climbed to Mt Everest Base Camp and returned with all my fingers
- I would love to get my Helicopter Pilot's Licence one day and will never forget my first pilot's lesson
What do I ultimately want to be known for?
Empowering music teachers with the knowledge they need to modernise their lessons, re-engage their students and build a thriving, creative music studio that creates musicians for life.
Tim Topham is an internationally-renowned music educator, piano teacher, writer and presenter.
Tim has 20+ years of experience in education, having taught in the United Kingdom and a number of states of Australia in subjects as varied as music, outdoor education, PE, mathematics and IT.
Through his blog at timtopham.com, Tim regularly inspires over 8000 teachers across the globe with his imaginative teaching tips and ideas.
I believe foremost in the power of creativity, curiosity, exploration and fun in creating the most rewarding musical experiences for students..
Tim's writing and products have been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher and various journals from music associations around Australia.
Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA (distinction).
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