Tim TophamPiano Teacher, Blogger, Podcaster

Do you sometimes feel that you're losing touch with your students? Children of today are hugely different from the children of just 5 - 10 years ago and they increasingly expect a more creative approach to music lessons. If you are traditionally trained and feeling a little out of your depth, you're not alone. Let me help you reconnect with your passion for music and regain your confidence to inspire your students well into the future. Welcome to - the home of a more Creative Approach to Piano Teaching

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I’m super excited to say that I began watching Tim’s “Teaching 12 Bar Blues” course and have taught the first lesson to four students so far. One was the boy I’d like to “fire” because he just won’t practice! He got a big goofy smile on his face and laughed while he started playing. I hope this is the beginning of him loving piano.

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This month's theme is all about teaching beginner piano in a more fun and creative way and planning lessons for maximum impact without relying on exam boards or other set curricula. I'll be releasing my "No Book Beginners" course to help you engage your students in creative, musical activities before they ever open a method book and we'll explore ideas for lesson planning and sequencing at all levels. Can't wait!

I’ve been inspired by the “chord-based” piano videos at and my tween piano students love it! We are doing more improvising and churning through repertoire at a much higher rate than previously.

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Laura Wisconsin, USA

Thank you so much, I am really enjoying the videos. I am one of those teachers who taught myself to improvise, taught myself to play chords and accompany. But as a teacher, having learned chording "by ear", I struggle to know how to teach my students the same skills in a concise, simple way that makes sense to them. These videos are very helpful!

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I have a 17 year old lad who's been with me for approximately 10 years. He is currently preparing his programme for his leaving Cert practical. I know he's been feeling the pressure from life so I asked him this week if he'd like to have a go at the 12 bar blues. Boy, you should have seen his face light up!! And then we got playing. That was a great feel-good moment for us both. I'm so looking forward to hearing what he's done this week. Thanks for giving me the tools... and the push!

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TresaAnn Ohio, USA

Thank you for extending yourself above and beyond what anyone could ever expect. You have been such a great source of encouragement and inspiration and I am most grateful for all you do. I can only imagine how blessed your students must feel having you as their teacher.

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