I get very frustrated at the stories I hear of kids and adults quitting piano purely because of a bad teacher. Have you:
- been forced to play music you don’t want to with absolutely no discussion about pop/rock/modern repertoire?
- been taught by a teacher without social skills or a personality?
- been stuck in method books year after year?
- been taught that scales are the most important thing to practice?
- had a teacher with no sense of humour and who clearly hates what they do?
- been put-off learning piano even though you really like it and would love to learn more?
If you empathise with any of the above, then you’ve come to the right place, because I hate all those things too!!
My name’s Tim Topham and I’m a piano teacher based in Richmond, VIC. I’ve been playing since I was 8 and have been a teacher for more than 12 years. I have an AMusA, BMus, DipEd and MBA and teach students of all ages, styles and experience from beginners to advanced students. I also teach music theory and basic composition. In addition to playing and teaching piano, I have also worked as a music producer (aka “Fourth Nation” – this is one of my remixes on ) and have done a fair bit of conducting and accompanying for musicals.
Most importantly: I’m fun, I’m very passionate about my work and I know you will have a ball learning with me!
I have been lucky to study with an eclectic bunch of teachers including Rosemary McIndoe, Steve Sedergreen (jazz), Glen Riddle, Louise Robertson-Glasgow (theory) and Caroline Almonte (classical), all of whom have given me a wide experience on which to draw for my teaching and a vast collection of fun and manageable repertoire ready for any level. I pride myself on finding music that keeps my students having fun and wanting to learn and ensure that you get a holistic musical education and an understanding of how music works and even how to compose. Have a look at some of my videos on this blog and on my YouTube channel (links at the top right).
I love teaching adults as well as children and teenagers and I’m happy to work on music that YOU want to learn (as long as the basics are there, of course!). I believe strongly that sight-reading, chord reading, improvising, rhythm and a good ear are vital for playing the piano and I work hard to build up all these skills in my students.
I offer 60 minute lessons as suited to your level from my home studio in Richmond. If you want to experience an enjoyable, in-depth understanding of music from an experienced, professional and dedicated teacher, please get in touch.
Please call or email me if you have any questions or would like to book a lesson.