Creative Music Education https://timtopham.com Supporting Creative Music Teaching Thu, 19 Jul 2018 04:25:09 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 Teacher, presenter and blogger Tim Topham shares all of his piano teaching resources, guides, training and ideas so that you can keep your students inspired and motivated all through the year. Discover news ways of teaching, find out about the latest music releases, get connected with your local community via online events and training and listen as Tim interviews composers, teachers, bloggers and presenters as they share their ideas about piano teaching in 21st century. Tim is a passionate and experienced educator with a dedication to helping piano teachers around the world improve their practice, whether that's about keeping up with pop music, learning some new teaching methods, teaching boys piano, motivating teenagers, or just keeping up-to-date with teaching practice, you'll find it all at the timtopham.com podcast. Tim Topham: Piano Teacher | Music Educator | Blogger clean Tim Topham: Piano Teacher | Music Educator | Blogger tjtopham@gmail.com tjtopham@gmail.com (Tim Topham: Piano Teacher | Music Educator | Blogger) Copyright Top Music Education PTY LTD 2017 Your number one resource for piano teaching tips, training, resources and events. Inspire your teaching today with Tim Topham's latest podcast featuring teaching programs, interviews and music resources for you and your students. Creative Music Education https://timtopham.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/CPTP_cover2.png https://timtopham.com TV-G Melbourne, Victoria Weekly Improve Piano Ear Playing Skills with this One Challenge https://timtopham.com/improve-piano-ear-playing-skills-with-this-one-challenge/ https://timtopham.com/improve-piano-ear-playing-skills-with-this-one-challenge/#respond Wed, 18 Jul 2018 01:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=130052 Thanks for reading Improve Piano Ear Playing Skills with this One Challenge from Creative Music Education.

Yep, you can make playing by ear fun. Here's how.

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A Creative Take on the New ABRSM Piano Syllabus https://timtopham.com/a-creative-take-on-the-new-abrsm-piano-syllabus/ https://timtopham.com/a-creative-take-on-the-new-abrsm-piano-syllabus/#respond Tue, 10 Jul 2018 01:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=129880 Thanks for reading A Creative Take on the New ABRSM Piano Syllabus from Creative Music Education.

Let's take a creative look at the new ABRSM piano syllabus.

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How to Relieve Stress by Defining Success as a Piano Teacher https://timtopham.com/how-to-relieve-stress-by-defining-success-as-a-piano-teacher/ https://timtopham.com/how-to-relieve-stress-by-defining-success-as-a-piano-teacher/#respond Tue, 03 Jul 2018 01:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=129780 Thanks for reading How to Relieve Stress by Defining Success as a Piano Teacher from Creative Music Education.

Defining Success How do we know when we’re successful? Who decides what success means for a piano teacher? We do. Trouble is, most of us never decide what success means to us. And if you don’t decide, if you don’t set some kind of target you’re trying to hit, you’ll never feel successful. Stands to […]

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6 Creative and Engaging Lesson Ideas to Help Increase Summer Piano Practice https://timtopham.com/6-creative-and-engaging-lesson-ideas-to-help-increase-summer-piano-practice/ https://timtopham.com/6-creative-and-engaging-lesson-ideas-to-help-increase-summer-piano-practice/#comments Tue, 26 Jun 2018 01:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=129664 Thanks for reading 6 Creative and Engaging Lesson Ideas to Help Increase Summer Piano Practice from Creative Music Education.

Just because it's summer doesn't mean your students need to stop playing the piano.

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CPTP132: Launching a New Business on the Side with Janna Carlson https://timtopham.com/cptp132-launching-a-new-business-on-the-side-with-janna-carlson/ https://timtopham.com/cptp132-launching-a-new-business-on-the-side-with-janna-carlson/#respond Fri, 22 Jun 2018 16:00:12 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=129323 Thanks for reading CPTP132: Launching a New Business on the Side with Janna Carlson from Creative Music Education.

Not all piano teachers want to teach piano full-time. If you’ve ever thought of starting a new business in a related (or completely different) area to your studio – then today’s episode will provide great inspiration for you. There’s nothing wrong with loving piano teaching…but not loving the idea of doing it 50 hours a […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp132-launching-a-new-business-on-the-side-with-janna-carlson/feed/ 0 Not all piano teachers want to teach piano full-time. If you’ve ever thought of starting a new business in a related (or completely different) area to your studio – then today’s episode will provide great inspiration for you. Not all piano teachers want to teach piano full-time. If you’ve ever thought of starting a new business in a related (or completely different) area to your studio – then today’s episode will provide great inspiration for you.

There’s nothing wrong with loving piano teaching…but not loving the idea of doing it 50 hours a week. Sometimes even though we enjoy our teaching businesses, we want to do more, or we want more variety.
That’s how Janna felt when she decided to start her new business: Studio Rocket Web Design. Janna still teaches in her thriving studio, but she’s someone who likes to be pushed and take on new challenges.
If that sounds like you, I hope you’ll get something out of listening in on this coaching call.
Transcript
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* Why you might like to consider a side-hustle alongside your piano teaching
* Pricing considerations for a new business
* How to launch a new project or business
* Methods of managing projects between multiple people
* The pitfalls to watch out for in a new business
* What to track and what to do with metrics
* How the Inner Circle Roadmap could help you with exploring a new business

Links Mentioned

* Studio Rocket Web Design
* CPTP120: 5 Simple Tips to Improve Your Piano Studio Website
* Masters of Scale podcast

Today’s Sponsor
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My Music Staff can do everything your private music studio needs. It helps you centrally manage your website, student contact information, schedule, invoicing and more.
Visit our website (www.mymusicstaff.com) to start your FREE 30-day trial today and experience all of the features that My Music Staff has to offer. No credit card is required to start your trial and there is no obligation to subscribe.
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How Gigi Sliger Transformed Her Piano Teaching Studio https://timtopham.com/how-gigi-sliger-transformed-her-piano-teaching-studio/ https://timtopham.com/how-gigi-sliger-transformed-her-piano-teaching-studio/#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 01:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=129790 Thanks for reading How Gigi Sliger Transformed Her Piano Teaching Studio from Creative Music Education.

"I started to believe in my dreams."

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CPTP131: Piano Teaching Unthinkables with Philip Johnston https://timtopham.com/cptp131-piano-teaching-unthinkables-with-philip-johnston/ https://timtopham.com/cptp131-piano-teaching-unthinkables-with-philip-johnston/#comments Fri, 15 Jun 2018 16:00:19 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=129321 Thanks for reading CPTP131: Piano Teaching Unthinkables with Philip Johnston from Creative Music Education.

Philip Johnston brings a fresh take to music teaching ideas and preconceptions. The piano teaching unthinkables we discuss in this episode may be controversial, but even if you disagree they provide fantastic food for thought. In today’s show we bring video game thinking into the piano studio, abolish long-held beliefs about piano practice and throw […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp131-piano-teaching-unthinkables-with-philip-johnston/feed/ 3 Philip Johnston brings a fresh take to music teaching ideas and preconceptions. The piano teaching unthinkables we discuss in this episode may be controversial, but even if you disagree they provide fantastic food for thought. Philip Johnston brings a fresh take to music teaching ideas and preconceptions. The piano teaching unthinkables we discuss in this episode may be controversial, but even if you disagree they provide fantastic food for thought.

In today’s show we bring video game thinking into the piano studio, abolish long-held beliefs about piano practice and throw reading out the window for beginner piano students.
This is a different style of podcast episode but it’s still chock-full of inspiration. Take a listen and prepare to be challenged!
Transcript
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* How martial arts relates to piano teaching
* The value of digital pianos in piano teaching studios
* Why you should be recording all your student’s playing
* How and why we should rethink daily practice requirements
* Why reading should not always be your first priority
* What the most exciting thing you can do in your business is

Links Mentioned

* The Practice Revolution
* The Dynamic Studio
* Scales Bootcamp
* How to choose the best digital piano for your students
* Best digital pianos for students
* CPTP129: Why practice might be killing your studio business

Today’s Sponsor
My Music Staff is studio management made easy – our web-based software helps you manage the core aspects of your private music teaching business. Whether you are a single teacher or part of a multi-teacher studio team, our affordable software is a perfect fit and designed to help your business achieve success.

My Music Staff can do everything your private music studio needs. It helps you centrally manage your website, student contact information, schedule, invoicing and more.
Visit our website (www.mymusicstaff.com) to start your FREE 30-day trial today and experience all of the features that My Music Staff has to offer. No credit card is required to start your trial and there is no obligation to subscribe.
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5 Teaching Experts Share Their Piano Summer Income Tips https://timtopham.com/5-teaching-experts-share-their-piano-summer-income-tips/ https://timtopham.com/5-teaching-experts-share-their-piano-summer-income-tips/#comments Tue, 12 Jun 2018 01:00:31 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=129735 Thanks for reading 5 Teaching Experts Share Their Piano Summer Income Tips from Creative Music Education.

Just because it's summer doesn't mean the income needs to stop.

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CPTP130: Funnels and Facebook Ads for Piano Teachers with Danny Thompson https://timtopham.com/cptp130-funnels-and-facebook-ads-for-piano-teachers-with-danny-thompson/ https://timtopham.com/cptp130-funnels-and-facebook-ads-for-piano-teachers-with-danny-thompson/#respond Fri, 08 Jun 2018 16:00:09 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=129318 Thanks for reading CPTP130: Funnels and Facebook Ads for Piano Teachers with Danny Thompson from Creative Music Education.

Facebook ads can be a little tricky for piano teachers. I know many teachers who have accidentally spent too much without any tangible result. But they can also be extremely powerful if used the right way. Danny Thompson is back on the show today for part 3 of our business masterclass, and this time we’re […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp130-funnels-and-facebook-ads-for-piano-teachers-with-danny-thompson/feed/ 0 Facebook ads can be a little tricky for piano teachers. I know many teachers who have accidentally spent too much without any tangible result. But they can also be extremely powerful if used the right way. Danny Thompson is back on the show today for p... Facebook ads can be a little tricky for piano teachers. I know many teachers who have accidentally spent too much without any tangible result.
But they can also be extremely powerful if used the right way.

Danny Thompson is back on the show today for part 3 of our business masterclass, and this time we’re diving deep on Facebook ads. How can we make them work for us? What does all that jargon even mean?
Find out everything you need to know about Facebook ads for piano teachers in this episode.
Transcript
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* How Facebook ads work for Danny’s studio
* Why getting expert help is so important
* Why boosting posts is usually not a good idea
* What retargeting is and what it can do for you
* How email marketing works for music studios
* How to set up your targeting for Facebook ads
* What types of images and videos to use in your ads

Links Mentioned

* Music Lesson Business Academy
* Drip
* ActiveCampaign
* How to Nurture and Retain Students on Autopilot with Chantelle Duffield

Today’s Sponsor
My Music Staff is studio management made easy – our web-based software helps you manage the core aspects of your private music teaching business. Whether you are a single teacher or part of a multi-teacher studio team, our affordable software is a perfect fit and designed to help your business achieve success.

My Music Staff can do everything your private music studio needs. It helps you centrally manage your website, student contact information, schedule, invoicing and more.
Visit our website (www.mymusicstaff.com) to start your FREE 30-day trial today and experience all of the features that My Music Staff has to offer. No credit card is required to start your trial and there is no obligation to subscribe.
Get $100 off Annual Inner Circle Membership
As a valued podcast listener, you’re eligible for a $100 discount on an annual Inner Circle Membership. This discount lasts for as long as you’re a member and whatever price you sign up for today is the price you’ll pay as long as you remain a member.
Copy this coupon code to use when you see the “Coupon Code” box:  PIANOPODCAST.
Thank you for Tuning In!
There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine.
Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run.
Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons!
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How to Make Piano Sight-Reading a Fun Activity https://timtopham.com/how-to-make-piano-sight-reading-a-fun-activity/ https://timtopham.com/how-to-make-piano-sight-reading-a-fun-activity/#comments Wed, 06 Jun 2018 01:00:37 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=129622 Thanks for reading How to Make Piano Sight-Reading a Fun Activity from Creative Music Education.

Sometimes our students might find sight-reading a boring and tedious activity. It doesn't have to be that way. Expert guest writer Roberta Wolff tells us how to get our students to 'lock into sight-reading'.

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CPTP129: Why “Practice” might be killing your studio business with Danny Thompson https://timtopham.com/cptp129-why-practice-might-be-killing-your-studio-business-with-danny-thompson/ https://timtopham.com/cptp129-why-practice-might-be-killing-your-studio-business-with-danny-thompson/#respond Fri, 01 Jun 2018 16:00:22 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=129316 Thanks for reading CPTP129: Why “Practice” might be killing your studio business with Danny Thompson from Creative Music Education.

Is the way we approach practice in our studios all wrong? Are our practice expectations unrealistic or counterproductive? Danny Thompson and I will unpack this idea of taking practice and homework out of the equation and focusing instead on inspiring our students and growing their love of music. Could this be a useful experiment in […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp129-why-practice-might-be-killing-your-studio-business-with-danny-thompson/feed/ 0 Is the way we approach practice in our studios all wrong? Are our practice expectations unrealistic or counterproductive? Danny Thompson and I will unpack this idea of taking practice and homework out of the equation and focusing instead on inspiring o... Is the way we approach practice in our studios all wrong? Are our practice expectations unrealistic or counterproductive?
Danny Thompson and I will unpack this idea of taking practice and homework out of the equation and focusing instead on inspiring our students and growing their love of music.

Could this be a useful experiment in your studio? Explore this controversial idea of not having a practice requirement for beginning lessons with your students on today’s episode and see why it’s not quite as crazy as it first sounds.
Transcript
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Inner Circle Members: You can access your PDF download now from the Resource Library. Not a member?
In this episode, you’ll learn

* Why Danny is changing the practice expectation in his studio
* What it can do when you remove the homework discussion from lessons
* Why it’s so hard to change our thinking and habits in this area
* How we can inspire students to want to practise
* The impact of the coolness and likeability factor on retention
* How this comes across in Danny’s communication and website

Links Mentioned

* Music Lesson Business Academy
* Cure the Practice Problem podcast episode
* Dave Simon’s website
* The Music Factory
* Building a Storybrand
* No Book Beginners

Today’s Sponsor
My Music Staff is studio management made easy – our web-based software helps you manage the core aspects of your private music teaching business. Whether you are a single teacher or part of a multi-teacher studio team, our affordable software is a perfect fit and designed to help your business achieve success.

My Music Staff can do everything your private music studio needs. It helps you centrally manage your website, student contact information, schedule, invoicing and more.
Visit our website (www.mymusicstaff.com) to start your FREE 30-day trial today and experience all of the features that My Music Staff has to offer. No credit card is required to start your trial and there is no obligation to subscribe.
Get $100 off Annual Inner Circle Membership
As a valued podcast listener, you’re eligible for a $100 discount on an annual Inner Circle Membership. This discount lasts for as long as you’re a member and whatever price you sign up for today is the price you’ll pay as long as you remain a member.
Copy this coupon code to use when you see the “Coupon Code” box:  PIANOPODCAST.
Thank you for Tuning In!
There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine.
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A Holistic Approach to Reading Music https://timtopham.com/a-holistic-approach-to-reading-music/ https://timtopham.com/a-holistic-approach-to-reading-music/#comments Tue, 29 May 2018 01:00:04 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=129611 Thanks for reading A Holistic Approach to Reading Music from Creative Music Education.

  An expert guest post from Musical U’s Andrew Bishko looking at reading music.  Reading Music How did you learn to talk? What, no book?! Yet all too often, music education starts with reading music rather than playing music. And speaking of reading, how did you learn to read? Simply by looking at letters on a […]

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CPTP128: Creating Your Piano Studio Brand with Danny Thompson https://timtopham.com/cptp128-creating-your-piano-studio-brand-with-danny-thompson/ https://timtopham.com/cptp128-creating-your-piano-studio-brand-with-danny-thompson/#respond Fri, 25 May 2018 16:00:32 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=129314 Thanks for reading CPTP128: Creating Your Piano Studio Brand with Danny Thompson from Creative Music Education.

What is a studio brand, is it the same as your logo or letterhead? And what’s the point of understanding your studio brand anyway? Knowing how people perceive you and how you want to be seen in the community is an important part of gaining clarity in your marketing and business. Danny Thompson is on […]

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Knowing how people perceive you and how you want to be seen in the community is an important part of gaining clarity in your marketing and business.

Danny Thompson is on the podcast today to give us an insight into branding and what it means to us as piano teachers. Danny came to the music teaching business from a different perspective than most of us, and I always enjoy his unique views on business and marketing.
Find out what you need to know about your studio brand by listening in.
Transcript
If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below.
Inner Circle Members: You can access your PDF download now from the Resource Library. Not a member?
In this episode, you’ll learn

* Danny’s unusual route to running a music studio
* What branding is and why it’s helpful for your business
* The step-by-step process to finding your brand identity
* Where your “USP” fits into the business planning process
* How to get help with your design and writing for your website
* The most common branding mistakes teachers make

Links Mentioned

* Music Lesson Business Academy
* Article about USP by Dave Simon
* UpWork
* Small Business Big Marketing podcast

Today’s Sponsor
My Music Staff is studio management made easy – our web-based software helps you manage the core aspects of your private music teaching business. Whether you are a single teacher or part of a multi-teacher studio team, our affordable software is a perfect fit and designed to help your business achieve success.

My Music Staff can do everything your private music studio needs. It helps you centrally manage your website, student contact information, schedule, invoicing and more.
Visit our website (www.mymusicstaff.com) to start your FREE 30-day trial today and experience all of the features that My Music Staff has to offer. No credit card is required to start your trial and there is no obligation to subscribe.
Get $100 off Annual Inner Circle Membership
As a valued podcast listener, you’re eligible for a $100 discount on an annual Inner Circle Membership. This discount lasts for as long as you’re a member and whatever price you sign up for today is the price you’ll pay as long as you remain a member.
Copy this coupon code to use when you see the “Coupon Code” box:  PIANOPODCAST.
Thank you for Tuning In!
There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine.
Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run.
Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons!
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GarageBand Course What do you get when you cross a drum machine with an orchestra and a recording studio? Yup, you get one of the best free apps available for piano teachers: GarageBand. Available FREE to all iPad, iPhone and Mac laptop users, GarageBand is literally a band and recording studio in your pocket. For […]

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CPTP127: Jon Schmidt from The Piano Guys https://timtopham.com/cptp127-jon-schmidt-from-the-piano-guys/ https://timtopham.com/cptp127-jon-schmidt-from-the-piano-guys/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 16:00:18 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=129311 Thanks for reading CPTP127: Jon Schmidt from The Piano Guys from Creative Music Education.

Jon Schmidt is none other than the “piano guy” from The Piano Guys. He is a pianist, composer, piano teacher, and author, and I’m delighted to have him join me on the podcast for this episode. The Piano Guys are known for their incredible pop and classical arrangements. In 2016 they passed 1 billion views on YouTube […]

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The Piano Guys are known for their incredible pop and classical arrangements. In 2016 they passed 1 billion views on YouTube with their amazing videos with unbelievable backdrops like cliffs, forests and even the great wall of China!

In this interview Jon gives us the inside scoop on those awesome videos, as well as his thoughts on tampering with the classics, and what we can do to inspire the next generation of creative pianists.
You don’t want to miss this one!
Transcript
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* The magic behind their incredible music videos
* What it’s like to be inspiring so many piano students around the world
* How Jon got his start with traditional piano lessons
* Where the inspiration for Waterfall came from
* How Jon approaches teaching chords to students
* How they go about choosing and creating new arrangements
* Jon’s views on “messing” with the music of the great composers
* The essentials of Jon’s own practice routine
* What we can do to inspire the Jon Schmidts of the future!

Links Mentioned

* The Piano Guys
* The Piano Guys YouTube channel
* Waterfall

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Musical Modes If you’re reading this, you are probably aware there are eight modes a piece of music can be played in. Some are easy to get your head around. For example, the major scale can also be referred to as the Ionian mode. The Aeolian mode is another way of referring to the natural […]

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CPTP126: Taking Care of Business with Todd Whaley https://timtopham.com/cptp126-taking-care-of-business-with-todd-whaley/ https://timtopham.com/cptp126-taking-care-of-business-with-todd-whaley/#respond Fri, 11 May 2018 16:00:08 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=129309 Thanks for reading CPTP126: Taking Care of Business with Todd Whaley from Creative Music Education.

There’s a global shift among piano teachers to start taking their studios more seriously. Many teachers are now taking care of their businesses and no longer see this as just a “hobby” or a side job. This is a profession. And with that comes all the trappings a small business needs like invoices, expense tracking, […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp126-taking-care-of-business-with-todd-whaley/feed/ 0 There’s a global shift among piano teachers to start taking their studios more seriously. Many teachers are now taking care of their businesses and no longer see this as just a “hobby” or a side job. This is a profession. There’s a global shift among piano teachers to start taking their studios more seriously. Many teachers are now taking care of their businesses and no longer see this as just a “hobby” or a side job. This is a profession.
And with that comes all the trappings a small business needs like invoices, expense tracking, efficient scheduling and fee structures. How can we handle all of it and still have time to improve our teaching and invest in professional development?

That’s what Todd Whaley is here to help us with. We’re going to reveal the biggest mistakes teachers make when it comes to the business of running a piano studio, and what you could be doing differently.
Transcript
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* Why you shouldn’t be handling invoicing manually in your studio
* How many teachers are moving away from having teaching as just a “hobby”
* How offering different payment options helps you get paid faster
* What you should do to decide what your fees should be
* Why we shouldn’t be getting involved in a race to the bottom
* How you can be kind to yourself when it comes to billing
* What software can do to improve tax time
* The biggest trend in the most successful teachers

Links Mentioned

* My Music Staff
* How to Set Up Monthly Billing

Today’s Sponsor
My Music Staff is studio management made easy – our web-based software helps you manage the core aspects of your private music teaching business. Whether you are a single teacher or part of a multi-teacher studio team, our affordable software is a perfect fit and designed to help your business achieve success.

My Music Staff can do everything your private music studio needs. It helps you centrally manage your website, student contact information, schedule, invoicing and more.
Visit our website (www.mymusicstaff.com) to start your FREE 30-day trial today and experience all of the features that My Music Staff has to offer. No credit card is required to start your trial and there is no obligation to subscribe.
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Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next...]]>
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How to Create Easy Designs for the Everyday Business Owner https://timtopham.com/how-to-create-easy-designs-for-the-everyday-business-owner/ https://timtopham.com/how-to-create-easy-designs-for-the-everyday-business-owner/#respond Tue, 08 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=129531 Thanks for reading How to Create Easy Designs for the Everyday Business Owner from Creative Music Education.

Have you noticed that running your own music studio is no longer about just about teaching music?  We have become busy business owners with many roles to fill. Teaching. Bookkeeping. Marketing. Social media updates. Nurturing client relationships. And, the list goes on. Whether your studio is in a commercial space, your home, or your students’ […]

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CPTP125: 25 Years of Composing and Arranging with Phillip Keveren https://timtopham.com/cptp125-25-years-of-composing-and-arranging-with-phillip-keveren/ https://timtopham.com/cptp125-25-years-of-composing-and-arranging-with-phillip-keveren/#respond Fri, 04 May 2018 16:00:23 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=129303 Thanks for reading CPTP125: 25 Years of Composing and Arranging with Phillip Keveren from Creative Music Education.

Phillip Keveren has created some of my favourite arrangements for piano. All of his pieces are beautiful, pianistic and playable. As he points out in the interview, you don’t want a student doesn’t want to be working on a pop arrangement for 6 months, and his work makes these pieces students want to play accessible to […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp125-25-years-of-composing-and-arranging-with-phillip-keveren/feed/ 0 Phillip Keveren has created some of my favourite arrangements for piano. All of his pieces are beautiful, pianistic and playable. As he points out in the interview, you don’t want a student doesn’t want to be working on a pop arrangement for 6 months, Phillip Keveren has created some of my favourite arrangements for piano. All of his pieces are beautiful, pianistic and playable.
As he points out in the interview, you don’t want a student doesn’t want to be working on a pop arrangement for 6 months, and his work makes these pieces students want to play accessible to them at their level.

Phillip got his start with fairly traditional piano lessons, but he was lucky enough to have teachers who never tried to squash his creativity. They supported his exploration, and he learnt by studying what other composers had done and trying to apply it to his own pieces.
Take a listen to get an insight into a day in the life of a modern composer and what makes him tick.
Transcript
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* How Phillip got his start in music in a traditional lesson environment
* How his early teachers encouraged his creativity
* What he does to continue to learn even now by looking at scores
* What his arranging process looks like and how he decides on the levelling
* How Phillip got started with Hal Leonard
* Some of his favourite books and arrangements
* How we can foster the skill of arranging in our own students

Links Mentioned

* Classical Folk
* Classical Jazz

Today’s Sponsor
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My Music Staff can do everything your private music studio needs. It helps you centrally manage your website, student contact information, schedule, invoicing and more.
Visit our website (www.mymusicstaff.com) to start your FREE 30-day trial today and experience all of the features that My Music Staff has to offer. No credit card is required to start your trial and there is no obligation to subscribe.
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Thank you for Tuning In!
There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine.
Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run.
Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons!
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How to Build and Launch a Music Membership Website https://timtopham.com/how-to-build-and-launch-a-music-membership-website/ https://timtopham.com/how-to-build-and-launch-a-music-membership-website/#respond Thu, 03 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=129508 Thanks for reading How to Build and Launch a Music Membership Website from Creative Music Education.

Case Study with Nicola Cantan: Starting a Music Membership Website Is this right for you? So, you’re thinking you might want to start a membership site, maybe one like the Inner Circle. Cool! I think memberships or subscription based sites are absolutely fantastic business models with a lot of benefits. But they are truly not […]

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10 Tips on Engaging Preschool Music Students through Movement https://timtopham.com/10-tips-on-engaging-preschool-music-students-through-movement/ https://timtopham.com/10-tips-on-engaging-preschool-music-students-through-movement/#comments Wed, 25 Apr 2018 01:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=129339 Thanks for reading 10 Tips on Engaging Preschool Music Students through Movement from Creative Music Education.

Teaching Preschool Music Students Read right to the end to find out details for this week’s free live webinar on how to thrive teaching troubling toddlers! Preschoolers are a popular demographic to reach within a piano studio these days. The under five crowd is a delightful group to work with. They’re fun, curious and energetic. […]

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How Forrest Kinney’s New Series Will Help Your Students [Product Review] https://timtopham.com/how-forrest-kinneys-new-series-will-help-your-students-product-review/ https://timtopham.com/how-forrest-kinneys-new-series-will-help-your-students-product-review/#comments Wed, 18 Apr 2018 01:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=129091 Thanks for reading How Forrest Kinney’s New Series Will Help Your Students [Product Review] from Creative Music Education.

Exam Express I was 14 years’ old when I passed my ABRSM Grade 8 exam. I was not a prodigy nor exceptionally talented. I was an average young pianist who worked fairly hard and had been put on a diet of “exam….festival…repeat” since the age of four. I could not play Happy Birthday. I could […]

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Your Easy Guide to Becoming a Creative Piano Teacher https://timtopham.com/your-easy-guide-to-becoming-a-creative-piano-teacher/ https://timtopham.com/your-easy-guide-to-becoming-a-creative-piano-teacher/#comments Wed, 11 Apr 2018 01:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128870 Thanks for reading Your Easy Guide to Becoming a Creative Piano Teacher from Creative Music Education.

How Do You Become a Creative Piano Teacher? When you first start becoming a little more creative in your piano teaching, there is a tendency to jump straight to some of the more challenging activities like composing, without realising that there are many simpler ways to get started. I like to think of creativity in […]

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Piano Marvel – The Creative Online Piano Lesson System [Product Review] https://timtopham.com/piano-marvel-the-creative-online-piano-lesson-system-product-review/ https://timtopham.com/piano-marvel-the-creative-online-piano-lesson-system-product-review/#comments Wed, 04 Apr 2018 01:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=129089 Thanks for reading Piano Marvel – The Creative Online Piano Lesson System [Product Review] from Creative Music Education.

Piano Marvel Product Review Being a piano teacher has its challenges, some of which include: Getting students and keeping them Choosing a method and music to meet needs of individual students Motivating students to PRACTICE! Keeping open communication with parents Making lessons FUN for both teacher and student   Piano Marvel is a creative online […]

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CPTP124: The Motivation Equation with Samantha Coates (Part 3) https://timtopham.com/cptp124-the-motivation-equation-with-samantha-coates-part-3/ https://timtopham.com/cptp124-the-motivation-equation-with-samantha-coates-part-3/#comments Fri, 30 Mar 2018 16:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128578 Thanks for reading CPTP124: The Motivation Equation with Samantha Coates (Part 3) from Creative Music Education.

This is the third and final part in our wonderful series on piano student motivation with Samanatha Coates. (Listen to part 1 here or part 2 here if you missed them.) Samantha shares a great quote in this episode: “It is not your job to motivate students. It is your job to create the environment […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp124-the-motivation-equation-with-samantha-coates-part-3/feed/ 1 This is the third and final part in our wonderful series on piano student motivation with Samanatha Coates. (Listen to part 1 here or part 2 here if you missed them.) Samantha shares a great quote in this episode: “It is not your job to motivate studen... This is the third and final part in our wonderful series on piano student motivation with Samanatha Coates. (Listen to part 1 here or part 2 here if you missed them.)

Samantha shares a great quote in this episode:
“It is not your job to motivate students. It is your job to create the environment in which they can motivate themselves.” – Edward Deci
And Samantha really breaks down what it means to create that environment. Bringing the ideas of mastery and relatedness into everything we do, means we can foster this lifelong musicianship that we all want for our students.
She also discuss the importance of autonomy. How, as teachers, we have to allow our students to make decisions so that they can connect with the music they’re learning.
This is essential listening for all piano teachers. Make sure you tune in.
Transcript
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Inner Circle Members: You can access your PDF download now from the Resource Library. Not a member?
In this episode, you’ll learn

* Why self-determination theory is relevant to piano teachers
* The most common reasons why students quit 
* How group teaching can help with relatedness
* How and why to let students choose their own repertoire
* Why the exam express is so destructive for the feeling of mastery
* Why finding the right repertoire is the most important thing we can do

Links Mentioned

* Blitz Books
* Building a Piano Community That Students Love with Laura Kahar

Today’s Sponsor
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Casio CELVIANO Grand Hybrid Pianos offer a full range of functions that provide meticulous support for music lessons such as recording functions, Hall Simulator, Headphone Mode, USB and MIDI connections and Line input and output connections.
Unlike acoustic instruments, no tuning is required and the keyboard mechanism does not require any adjustment, which can mean significant savings in terms of maintenance costs.
For more information click here to see the Celviano in action.
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Organize Your iPad Back in the day, I learnt a lot about how I wanted to organize my business, even though I didn’t realize it at the time. I always worked for private schools, which meant that I needed to ensure parents were given information quickly and my students were always learning something. Otherwise, why […]

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CPTP123: The Motivation Equation with Samantha Coates (Part 2) https://timtopham.com/cptp123-the-motivation-equation-with-samantha-coates-part-2/ https://timtopham.com/cptp123-the-motivation-equation-with-samantha-coates-part-2/#comments Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128962 Thanks for reading CPTP123: The Motivation Equation with Samantha Coates (Part 2) from Creative Music Education.

Motivation and practice are the biggest keys to our students’ success at the piano. That’s why I’m so thrilled to welcome back Samantha Coates for part two of our three-part series on student motivation. (Listen to part 1 here if you missed it.) In today’s show, Samantha is talking us through the parents’ role in […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp123-the-motivation-equation-with-samantha-coates-part-2/feed/ 2 Motivation and practice are the biggest keys to our students’ success at the piano. That’s why I’m so thrilled to welcome back Samantha Coates for part two of our three-part series on student motivation. (Listen to part 1 here if you missed it. Motivation and practice are the biggest keys to our students’ success at the piano. That’s why I’m so thrilled to welcome back Samantha Coates for part two of our three-part series on student motivation. (Listen to part 1 here if you missed it.)

In today’s show, Samantha is talking us through the parents’ role in piano lessons and how we can communicate that role to them.
Parent education is a hugely underestimated part of our job as teachers. If we get this stuff right, it makes a massive difference.
One of the ways Samantha explains this to parents is using her progress matrix which you can find on her blog here.
By laying out the balance of practice and support (with a sense of humour), Samantha makes it very clear how direct this relationship is. No practice + no support = No progress…it really is that simple.
I know you’re going to get a heap out of this episode, I certainly did.
Transcript
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Inner Circle Members: You can access your PDF download now from the Resource Library. Not a member?
In this episode, you’ll learn

* Why some students quit music
* What makes the Suzuki method work
* How to handle pushy piano parents
* How to explain to parents what their role is in the student’s progress
* Why Samantha awards scholarships for good practice
* How these awards motivate her students and their parents

Links Mentioned

* The Progress Matrix
* Music in Our Lives

Today’s Sponsor
The jewel in the crown of the Casio piano range is the Celviano Grand Hybrid. The premise behind this instrument was to merge the finest elements of an acoustic piano’s authenticity with the benefits of innovative Casio digital sound technology. A unique collaboration with the esteemed acoustic grand piano manufacturer C. Bechstein, has resulted in a stunning hybrid instrument. Each Grand Hybrid is equipped with a Natural Grand Hammer mechanism, full-length, wooden grand piano keys and an exquisite selection of three world-renowned acoustic grand pianos tones.
Casio CELVIANO Grand Hybrid Pianos offer a full range of functions that provide meticulous support for music lessons such as recording functions, Hall Simulator, Headphone Mode, USB and MIDI connections and Line input and output connections.
Unlike acoustic instruments, no tuning is required and the keyboard mechanism does not require any adjustment, which can mean significant savings in terms of maintenance costs.
For more information click here to see the Celviano in action.
Get $100 off Annual Inner Circle Membership
As a valued podcast listener, you’re eligible for a $100 discount on an annual Inner Circle Membership. This discount lasts for as long as you’re a member and whatever price you sign up for today is the price you’ll pay as long as you remain a member.
Copy this coupon code to use when you see the “Coupon Code” box:  PIANOPODCAST.
Thank you for Tuning In!
There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine.
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Social Media Presence As most piano teachers will know, there are often times when you feel as if you’ve hit a brick wall when it comes to gaining new students. Whether you’ve recently just decided to do teaching full time, some of your students have become masters and moved on or you just have more […]

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CPTP122: The Motivation Equation with Samantha Coates (Part 1) https://timtopham.com/cptp122-the-motivation-equation-with-samantha-coates-part-1/ https://timtopham.com/cptp122-the-motivation-equation-with-samantha-coates-part-1/#respond Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128570 Thanks for reading CPTP122: The Motivation Equation with Samantha Coates (Part 1) from Creative Music Education.

Motivating students to practice is a big topic for piano teachers. In fact, it’s probably the biggest one. Tackling this area is no small undertaking, and I’m delighted to welcome Samantha Coates to the podcast to talk us through it. In this three-part series Samantha is unpacking motivation and parent education, and what leads to […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp122-the-motivation-equation-with-samantha-coates-part-1/feed/ 0 Motivating students to practice is a big topic for piano teachers. In fact, it’s probably the biggest one. Tackling this area is no small undertaking, and I’m delighted to welcome Samantha Coates to the podcast to talk us through it. Motivating students to practice is a big topic for piano teachers. In fact, it’s probably the biggest one.
Tackling this area is no small undertaking, and I’m delighted to welcome Samantha Coates to the podcast to talk us through it. In this three-part series Samantha is unpacking motivation and parent education, and what leads to students that are intrinsically motivated to practice.

In this first episode, Samantha discusses overscheduled students and how teachers can educate the parents about practice expectations. She also explains the difference between “if-then” and “now-that” rewards and why this distinction is so important to make.
Ultimately, at the end of this series, I hope you will have started to understand how you can move your students into that top green square of the motivation matrix. Let’s get started.
Transcript
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Inner Circle Members: You can access your PDF download now from the Resource Library. Not a member?
In this episode, you’ll learn

* Why kids are so overscheduled these days
* What we can do with these overscheduled students from the first meeting
* The best way to use rewards in our studios
* Why we do need some extrinsic motivation
* How we can better understand our students’ motivation
* The biggest change you can make straight away in your teaching

Links Mentioned

* The Motivation Matrix
* Jelly Bean Practice
* Drive by Dan Pink
* Episode 18: Everything But the Pieces (Part 1)
* Episode 19: Everything But the Pieces (Part 2)

Today’s Sponsor
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Casio CELVIANO Grand Hybrid Pianos offer a full range of functions that provide meticulous support for music lessons such as recording functions, Hall Simulator, Headphone Mode, USB and MIDI connections and Line input and output connections.
Unlike acoustic instruments, no tuning is required and the keyboard mechanism does not require any adjustment, which can mean significant savings in terms of maintenance costs.
For more information click here to see the Celviano in action.
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How to Successfully Navigate Piano Teaching Taboos [Part Two] https://timtopham.com/how-to-successfully-navigate-piano-teaching-taboos-part-two/ https://timtopham.com/how-to-successfully-navigate-piano-teaching-taboos-part-two/#comments Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:00:11 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128721 Thanks for reading How to Successfully Navigate Piano Teaching Taboos [Part Two] from Creative Music Education.

Piano Teaching Taboos Welcome to part two of this two-post series on piano teaching taboos. I have come up with eight piano teaching taboos that I think need to be addressed. In case you missed the first post, where I wrote about the first four taboos, click here to read it before continuing on with […]

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CPTP121: The Digital versus Acoustic Divide https://timtopham.com/cptp121-the-digital-versus-acoustic-divide/ https://timtopham.com/cptp121-the-digital-versus-acoustic-divide/#comments Fri, 09 Mar 2018 16:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128928 Thanks for reading CPTP121: The Digital versus Acoustic Divide from Creative Music Education.

Where do you stand on the digital versus acoustic issue? Do you encourage your students to get acoustic pianos or are you more open to high quality digitals? While I think good acoustic pianos are fantastic for students to have at home, a lot of the time digital pianos are actually the better option. When […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp121-the-digital-versus-acoustic-divide/feed/ 4 Where do you stand on the digital versus acoustic issue? Do you encourage your students to get acoustic pianos or are you more open to high quality digitals? While I think good acoustic pianos are fantastic for students to have at home, Where do you stand on the digital versus acoustic issue? Do you encourage your students to get acoustic pianos or are you more open to high quality digitals?
While I think good acoustic pianos are fantastic for students to have at home, a lot of the time digital pianos are actually the better option. When parents are purchasing a practice instrument for a beginner, they’re unlikely to want to invest enough to get a really solid acoustic piano. 
And a digital piano wins over an old beaten-up acoustic every time.
Take a listen to today’s show to hear about what sparked this topic, why I recommend digital pianos to my students, and which ones are my favourites.
Transcript
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* Where competitions fit in my piano teaching philosophies
* What I would recommend for a student’s practice instrument
* The types of pianos and keyboards and how they compare
* Why I don’t agree that students need to start at 3 or 4 years old
* When and why a digital piano is better than an acoustic

Links Mentioned

* How to Choose the Best Digital Piano for Your Students
* Future of Piano Playing is in Peril article
* Roland FP30
* Kawai ES Series
* Kawai CA Series

Today’s Sponsor
The jewel in the crown of the Casio piano range is the Celviano Grand Hybrid. The premise behind this instrument was to merge the finest elements of an acoustic piano’s authenticity with the benefits of innovative Casio digital sound technology. A unique collaboration with the esteemed acoustic grand piano manufacturer C. Bechstein, has resulted in a stunning hybrid instrument. Each Grand Hybrid is equipped with a Natural Grand Hammer mechanism, full-length, wooden grand piano keys and an exquisite selection of three world-renowned acoustic grand pianos tones.
Casio CELVIANO Grand Hybrid Pianos offer a full range of functions that provide meticulous support for music lessons such as recording functions, Hall Simulator, Headphone Mode, USB and MIDI connections and Line input and output connections.
Unlike acoustic instruments, no tuning is required and the keyboard mechanism does not require any adjustment, which can mean significant savings in terms of maintenance costs.
For more information click here to see the Celviano in action.
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How to Successfully Navigate Piano Teaching Taboos [Part One] https://timtopham.com/how-to-successfully-navigate-piano-teaching-taboos-part-one/ https://timtopham.com/how-to-successfully-navigate-piano-teaching-taboos-part-one/#respond Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:00:05 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128719 Thanks for reading How to Successfully Navigate Piano Teaching Taboos [Part One] from Creative Music Education.

Piano Teaching Taboos Life is all about how you handle Plan B –  Suzy Toronto Life happens, despite the best lesson plans, qualifications, and experience. At the end of the day we teachers are all human, and it should not surprise us when we find ourselves working on Plan B. I am opening the discussion […]

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CPTP120: 5 Simple tips to improve your piano studio website https://timtopham.com/cptp120-5-simple-tips-to-improve-your-piano-studio-website/ https://timtopham.com/cptp120-5-simple-tips-to-improve-your-piano-studio-website/#respond Fri, 02 Mar 2018 16:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128564 Thanks for reading CPTP120: 5 Simple tips to improve your piano studio website from Creative Music Education.

It’s my absolute pleasure to have one of my Inner Circle members on the podcast today. Janna Carlson is not only a fantastic piano teacher, she’s also launching a business to help other teachers with their piano studio website. Since switching to group teaching, Janna has seen first-hand the power of an effective site. Her […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp120-5-simple-tips-to-improve-your-piano-studio-website/feed/ 0 It’s my absolute pleasure to have one of my Inner Circle members on the podcast today. Janna Carlson is not only a fantastic piano teacher, she’s also launching a business to help other teachers with their piano studio website. It’s my absolute pleasure to have one of my Inner Circle members on the podcast today. Janna Carlson is not only a fantastic piano teacher, she’s also launching a business to help other teachers with their piano studio website.

Since switching to group teaching, Janna has seen first-hand the power of an effective site. Her piano studio website keeps enquiries coming in on auto-pilot – so she can focus on improving her teaching.
Janna’s on the show today to give us some insight on what makes for a great site. We cover everything from images to contact forms to formatting. All the things you need to improve (or develop) your own piano studio website.
Transcript
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Inner Circle Members: You can access your PDF download now from the Resource Library. Not a member?
In this episode, you’ll learn

* What professional development has done for Janna
* How her teaching studio has transformed over the last two years
* Why she is adding another branch to her business
* How she has moved from a “music teacher” to an “entrepreneur”
* Why Janna wants to help teachers with their websites
* What images can do for your studio website
* The best way to write on your website
* Why you need a contact form and contact buttons
* How to get feedback from parents on your website
* What to do if you don’t have a website
* How to update an old website

Links Mentioned

* Studio Rocket Web Design

Today’s Sponsor
The jewel in the crown of the Casio piano range is the Celviano Grand Hybrid. The premise behind this instrument was to merge the finest elements of an acoustic piano’s authenticity with the benefits of innovative Casio digital sound technology. A unique collaboration with the esteemed acoustic grand piano manufacturer C. Bechstein, has resulted in a stunning hybrid instrument. Each Grand Hybrid is equipped with a Natural Grand Hammer mechanism, full-length, wooden grand piano keys and an exquisite selection of three world-renowned acoustic grand pianos tones.
Casio CELVIANO Grand Hybrid Pianos offer a full range of functions that provide meticulous support for music lessons such as recording functions, Hall Simulator, Headphone Mode, USB and MIDI connections and Line input and output connections.
Unlike acoustic instruments, no tuning is required and the keyboard mechanism does not require any adjustment, which can mean significant savings in terms of maintenance costs.
For more information click here to see the Celviano in action.
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Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run.
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How to Conquer and Make Complete Sense of Piano Finger Numbers https://timtopham.com/how-to-conquer-and-make-complete-sense-of-piano-finger-numbers/ https://timtopham.com/how-to-conquer-and-make-complete-sense-of-piano-finger-numbers/#respond Tue, 27 Feb 2018 00:00:37 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128744 Thanks for reading How to Conquer and Make Complete Sense of Piano Finger Numbers from Creative Music Education.

Piano finger numbers. How many times have you watched your students twist their fingers around in amazingly weird ways to attempt to reach the notes they desire to play? Especially when learning written music, why is it so difficult for us to find the simplest way to get from A to B – or is […]

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CPTP119: Con Brio Online Examinations with Peter Wang https://timtopham.com/cptp119-con-brio-online-examinations-with-peter-wang/ https://timtopham.com/cptp119-con-brio-online-examinations-with-peter-wang/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128562 Thanks for reading CPTP119: Con Brio Online Examinations with Peter Wang from Creative Music Education.

Having built a successful music studio, Peter Wang wasn’t done. Now, he and his colleagues are trying to make their mark on the music exam world with Con Brio exams. They’ve set about addressing some of the common concerns teachers have with traditional exam systems. Con Brio exams can be applied for at any time, […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp119-con-brio-online-examinations-with-peter-wang/feed/ 0 Having built a successful music studio, Peter Wang wasn’t done. Now, he and his colleagues are trying to make their mark on the music exam world with Con Brio exams. They’ve set about addressing some of the common concerns teachers have with traditiona... Having built a successful music studio, Peter Wang wasn’t done. Now, he and his colleagues are trying to make their mark on the music exam world with Con Brio exams.

They’ve set about addressing some of the common concerns teachers have with traditional exam systems. Con Brio exams can be applied for at any time, from anywhere in the world. Their online system makes this easy and flexible for teachers.
Con Brio exams also have a vast selection of pieces to choose from. They are passionate about every student loving their exam repertoire – not just playing it to get the grade.
Take a listen to learn more about these interesting and innovative exams.
Transcript
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Inner Circle Members: You can access your PDF download now from the Resource Library. Not a member?
In this episode, you’ll learn

* Why Peter and his colleagues decided to create their own exam system
* What they want to improve on from the traditional exam boards
* The structure of Con Brio exams
* Why they chose to use a video recording instead of live exams
* How they tackle the authenticity issue
* How they plan to make their examiners are consistent
* Why they have not included a technical requirement

Links Mentioned

* Con Brio Exams

Today’s Sponsor
The jewel in the crown of the Casio piano range is the Celviano Grand Hybrid. The premise behind this instrument was to merge the finest elements of an acoustic piano’s authenticity with the benefits of innovative Casio digital sound technology. A unique collaboration with the esteemed acoustic grand piano manufacturer C. Bechstein, has resulted in a stunning hybrid instrument. Each Grand Hybrid is equipped with a Natural Grand Hammer mechanism, full-length, wooden grand piano keys and an exquisite selection of three world-renowned acoustic grand pianos tones.
Casio CELVIANO Grand Hybrid Pianos offer a full range of functions that provide meticulous support for music lessons such as recording functions, Hall Simulator, Headphone Mode, USB and MIDI connections and Line input and output connections.
Unlike acoustic instruments, no tuning is required and the keyboard mechanism does not require any adjustment, which can mean significant savings in terms of maintenance costs.
For more information click here to see the Celviano in action.
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Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run.
Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons!
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The Piano Studio Growth Roadmap: Your Ticket to Teaching Success https://timtopham.com/the-piano-studio-growth-roadmap-your-ticket-to-teaching-success/ https://timtopham.com/the-piano-studio-growth-roadmap-your-ticket-to-teaching-success/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128863 Thanks for reading The Piano Studio Growth Roadmap: Your Ticket to Teaching Success from Creative Music Education.

Piano Studio Growth – Where do you even start? Building and growing a piano studio is an exciting and challenging task. You have to continue to adapt your teaching as students change, challenges emerge, technology improves and research deepens. At the same time, you need to keep on top of managing your business: marketing, administration, […]

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You might have heard about all the benefits of teaching using games already. Students learn better, more thoroughly and more durably when the learning is fun. However, if you’ve ever actually tried adding games into your lessons, you might have seen another side to this equation. Music theory games also take time away from your lesson…and […]

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CPTP118: The “Crisis in Creativity” with Kevin Olson https://timtopham.com/cptp118-the-crisis-in-creativity-with-kevin-olson/ https://timtopham.com/cptp118-the-crisis-in-creativity-with-kevin-olson/#respond Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128560 Thanks for reading CPTP118: The “Crisis in Creativity” with Kevin Olson from Creative Music Education.

Kevin Olson is a natural composer. He started composing at a very young age and creativity seemed inevitable to him. Now, he wants to encourage that in the next generation. Apart from inspiring our students with wonderful motivating repertoire, Kevin also has some fantastic words of wisdom when it comes to including creativity in our […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp118-the-crisis-in-creativity-with-kevin-olson/feed/ 0 Kevin Olson is a natural composer. He started composing at a very young age and creativity seemed inevitable to him. Now, he wants to encourage that in the next generation. Apart from inspiring our students with wonderful motivating repertoire, Kevin Olson is a natural composer. He started composing at a very young age and creativity seemed inevitable to him. Now, he wants to encourage that in the next generation.
Apart from inspiring our students with wonderful motivating repertoire, Kevin also has some fantastic words of wisdom when it comes to including creativity in our lessons.

By taking it a little bit at a time – we can find more time for creativity. Our students don’t have to be producing complete, fully-notated compositions. Start with including improvisation and drawing from the pieces your students are playing. Then you can see where it goes from there.
Transcript
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* How Kevin started composing at age 5
* The place of composition competitions in Kevin’s studio
* Why external motivation is important for teen music students
* What we can do to foster students’ creativity
* How to integrate creativity with everything else you have to cover
* The music Kevin is most excited about right now
* How he goes about composing a concerto
* Where he starts a new composition

Links Mentioned

* Kevin Olson Music Club
* My Kind of Music
* Kevin Olson on FJH

Today’s Sponsor
The jewel in the crown of the Casio piano range is the Celviano Grand Hybrid. The premise behind this instrument was to merge the finest elements of an acoustic piano’s authenticity with the benefits of innovative Casio digital sound technology. A unique collaboration with the esteemed acoustic grand piano manufacturer C. Bechstein, has resulted in a stunning hybrid instrument. Each Grand Hybrid is equipped with a Natural Grand Hammer mechanism, full-length, wooden grand piano keys and an exquisite selection of three world-renowned acoustic grand pianos tones.
Casio CELVIANO Grand Hybrid Pianos offer a full range of functions that provide meticulous support for music lessons such as recording functions, Hall Simulator, Headphone Mode, USB and MIDI connections and Line input and output connections.
Unlike acoustic instruments, no tuning is required and the keyboard mechanism does not require any adjustment, which can mean significant savings in terms of maintenance costs.
For more information click here to see the Celviano in action.
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Thank you for Tuning In!
There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine.
Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run.
Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons!
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The Secret to Improving Student Retention Rates https://timtopham.com/the-secret-to-improving-student-retention-rates/ https://timtopham.com/the-secret-to-improving-student-retention-rates/#respond Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128630 Thanks for reading The Secret to Improving Student Retention Rates from Creative Music Education.

As music teachers running our own studios, working for an outside studio, or teaching independently, we’re always striving to captivate our students’ imaginations. We want to leave them hungry for more, eagerly anticipating their next lesson. We do this by customizing their lessons, making them challenging but fun, and getting to know our students as […]

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CPTP117: Creating Preschool Music Programs that Rock with Dave Simon https://timtopham.com/cptp117-creating-preschool-music-programs-that-rock-with-dave-simon/ https://timtopham.com/cptp117-creating-preschool-music-programs-that-rock-with-dave-simon/#comments Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128558 Thanks for reading CPTP117: Creating Preschool Music Programs that Rock with Dave Simon from Creative Music Education.

Have you ever thought about bringing rock bands into your teaching studio? Many teachers would be interested in this kind of ensemble playing experience, and the positive introduction it provides to music. But few would think of bringing this to preschool students. Getting preschoolers into rock bands might sound like something that would need a […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp117-creating-preschool-music-programs-that-rock-with-dave-simon/feed/ 3 Have you ever thought about bringing rock bands into your teaching studio? Many teachers would be interested in this kind of ensemble playing experience, and the positive introduction it provides to music. But few would think of bringing this to presch... Have you ever thought about bringing rock bands into your teaching studio? Many teachers would be interested in this kind of ensemble playing experience, and the positive introduction it provides to music.
But few would think of bringing this to preschool students.

Getting preschoolers into rock bands might sound like something that would need a team of music prodigies, but the way Dave’s doing it means any kid can get involved. Any child really can be part of a band at 4 years old, given the right approach.
Learn how Dave Simon’s preschool rock bands work in this episode.
Transcript
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* Why Dave decided to start his school of rock
* How a movie helped him expand his business
* How and why he hired his first teachers
* Why Dave started writing his own curriculum
* Dave’s refined & thorough process for hiring teachers
* How KidzRock started and who it’s for
* How Dave designed the music for student success
* The impact this program has had on student retention

Links Mentioned

* KidzRock
* Dave Simon’s blog
* Dave Simon’s studio

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Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run.
Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons!
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Are you thinking about bringing rock bands to your studio?
What do you like about Dave Simon’s approach? Is there anything you would differently?

Have you ever thought about bringing rock bands into your teaching studio? Many teachers would be interested in this kind of ensemble playing experience, and the positive introduction it provides to music.
But few would think of bringing this to preschool students.

Getting preschoolers into rock bands might sound like something that would need a team of music prodigies, but the way Dave’s doing it means any kid can get involved. Any child really can be part of a band at 4 years old, given the right approach.
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How to Choose the Best Digital Piano for Your Students https://timtopham.com/how-to-choose-the-best-digital-piano-for-your-students/ https://timtopham.com/how-to-choose-the-best-digital-piano-for-your-students/#comments Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128528 Thanks for reading How to Choose the Best Digital Piano for Your Students from Creative Music Education.

Today’s article addresses a question I get asked all the time: What is the best digital piano I would recommend for my students to purchase? It’s a question that teachers are likely to be asked fairly often, especially if they take a modern view that digital piano technology is rapidly catching up with acoustic and […]

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2017 in Review: Our Top 10 Blog Posts https://timtopham.com/2017-in-review-our-top-10-blog-posts/ https://timtopham.com/2017-in-review-our-top-10-blog-posts/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128456 Thanks for reading 2017 in Review: Our Top 10 Blog Posts from Creative Music Education.

Our Most Read Articles During 2017, we published a lot of posts on the blog – you would be forgiven for missing a few. So, we have made things easy with today’s blog article. We have put together the posts that our community read the most. These are blog posts that were published in 2017 […]

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Product Review: The Musicolor Method https://timtopham.com/product-review-the-musicolor-method/ https://timtopham.com/product-review-the-musicolor-method/#comments Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=127493 Thanks for reading Product Review: The Musicolor Method from Creative Music Education.

Welcome to another product review on timtopham.com. If you’re interested in learning more about some of the products our community is using, why not check out these links? The Piano Mastery Course Collabra Music – Finally a Way to Track Students’ Practice The Musicolor Method Most piano teachers use piano method books as a source […]

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2017 in Review: Webinars, Courses and More https://timtopham.com/2017-in-review-webinars-courses-and-more/ https://timtopham.com/2017-in-review-webinars-courses-and-more/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128369 Thanks for reading 2017 in Review: Webinars, Courses and More from Creative Music Education.

Let’s keep looking back at 2017 in our review series. Today, we take a look at the free piano webinars we ran during the year. If you missed out on one, you can still catch a webinar replay by registering. Head to this page to find out how. Also, why not catch up on our […]

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Product Review: The Piano Mastery Course https://timtopham.com/product-review-the-piano-mastery-course/ https://timtopham.com/product-review-the-piano-mastery-course/#respond Mon, 08 Jan 2018 15:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=127553 Thanks for reading Product Review: The Piano Mastery Course from Creative Music Education.

Piano Mastery Course Concert pianist Daniel Roberts has developed a course for pianists who struggle with performance nerves. He attributes the nervousness of performers to unresolved tension from strain and injury. In the Course, Piano Mastery, Roberts promises to teach the following: Use natural physical movements in your playing, that are free from tensions that […]

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Product Review: Collabra Music – Finally a Way to Track Students’ Practice https://timtopham.com/product-review-collabra-music-finally-a-way-to-track-students-practice/ https://timtopham.com/product-review-collabra-music-finally-a-way-to-track-students-practice/#comments Tue, 19 Dec 2017 02:10:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=127382 Thanks for reading Product Review: Collabra Music – Finally a Way to Track Students’ Practice from Creative Music Education.

Collabra Practise App Collabra is used to send video and audio recordings between student and teacher. Text comments can also be sent creating a conversation between student and teacher. It’s an app that can help you keep track of your students’ practice and improve communication between you and your student outside of lesson times. What […]

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CPTP116: What’s Coming in 2018 for the Podcast, Blog and Inner Circle https://timtopham.com/cptp116-whats-coming-in-2018-for-the-podcast-blog-and-inner-circle/ https://timtopham.com/cptp116-whats-coming-in-2018-for-the-podcast-blog-and-inner-circle/#comments Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:01:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128342 Thanks for reading CPTP116: What’s Coming in 2018 for the Podcast, Blog and Inner Circle from Creative Music Education.

2017 has been an amazing year and I’ve so enjoyed sharing piano teaching ideas and inspiration with you on the podcast. We’ve covered everything from lead sheets to best business practices, and the feedback from all of you has been fantastic. Take a moment with me to look back over this year, and sneak a […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp116-whats-coming-in-2018-for-the-podcast-blog-and-inner-circle/feed/ 3 2017 has been an amazing year and I’ve so enjoyed sharing piano teaching ideas and inspiration with you on the podcast. We’ve covered everything from lead sheets to best business practices, and the feedback from all of you has been fantastic. 2017 has been an amazing year and I’ve so enjoyed sharing piano teaching ideas and inspiration with you on the podcast. We’ve covered everything from lead sheets to best business practices, and the feedback from all of you has been fantastic.
Take a moment with me to look back over this year, and sneak a look forward to what’s coming up in 2018 on today’s show. I’ll also share with you a bit about my team, and some of what goes into running this site.
Here’s to an even more awesome year next year!
Transcript
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* Why you shouldn’t be doing everything in your business yourself
* How I hire out tasks for my business
* Some of the key members of my team and what they do
* The most popular episodes of this year
* What’s coming up for the podcast in 2018
* Webinars and training planned for early next year
* Where you can catch me in person at conferences

Links Mentioned

* Monthly themes
* Episode 77 on Leadsheets
* Episode 89 on Piano Teaching and Arranging
* Episode 93 on Nurturing and Retaining Students
* Episode 81 with 3 Steps to Teaching Any Piano Piece

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Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run.
Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons!
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What season topics would you like to see covered?
If one or two of the ones I mentioned should be top priority – let me know in the comments. I’d love your input on this.

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2017 in Review: Piano Business and Marketing https://timtopham.com/2017-in-review-piano-business-and-marketing/ https://timtopham.com/2017-in-review-piano-business-and-marketing/#respond Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128318 Thanks for reading 2017 in Review: Piano Business and Marketing from Creative Music Education.

Welcome to our second 2017 in Review post, as we continue to look back on what has been a fantastic year of piano teaching resources on timtopham.com. Today, we look back at our best and most popular resources on a topic that is often relegated to a piano teacher’s last thought: Piano Business and Marketing. You may […]

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2017 in Review: Teaching Chords and Piano Pop Music https://timtopham.com/2017-in-review-teaching-chords-and-piano-pop-music/ https://timtopham.com/2017-in-review-teaching-chords-and-piano-pop-music/#respond Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128281 Thanks for reading 2017 in Review: Teaching Chords and Piano Pop Music from Creative Music Education.

It’s that time of the year – December is upon us and everyone is looking forward to a break. Piano teachers, you’ve deserved it! All those countless hours of teaching, planning, personal development and even travelling and it’s almost time to switch off for a few weeks. To celebrate an amazing year here on timtopham.com, […]

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Inner Circle Member Spotlight: Wendy Brentnall-Wood https://timtopham.com/inner-circle-member-spotlight-wendy-brentnall-wood/ https://timtopham.com/inner-circle-member-spotlight-wendy-brentnall-wood/#respond Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:00:52 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=127693 Thanks for reading Inner Circle Member Spotlight: Wendy Brentnall-Wood from Creative Music Education.

Inner Circle “Member Spotlights” give you a sneak-peek at the progress of one of our community members. Get inspired by what they’ve achieved, be heartened by their struggles and get motivated and share in their plans for the future. What does your studio look like? My music school currently consists of approximately 20 teachers who teach my program from their own […]

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CPTP115: Are you an Imposter Piano Teacher? https://timtopham.com/cptp115-imposter-syndrome-in-new-piano-teachers/ https://timtopham.com/cptp115-imposter-syndrome-in-new-piano-teachers/#respond Sat, 02 Dec 2017 10:50:56 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128212 Thanks for reading CPTP115: Are you an Imposter Piano Teacher? from Creative Music Education.

Do you ever feel imposter syndrome? This is the feeling of being a “fake”. Feeling like others around you in your profession have more skills, more knowledge or even secrets that you don’t know about. Many new piano teachers, or even ones with years of experience, can feel a bit insecure in their own teaching abilities. […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp115-imposter-syndrome-in-new-piano-teachers/feed/ 0 Do you ever feel imposter syndrome? This is the feeling of being a “fake”. Feeling like others around you in your profession have more skills, more knowledge or even secrets that you don’t know about. Many new piano teachers, Do you ever feel imposter syndrome? This is the feeling of being a “fake”. Feeling like others around you in your profession have more skills, more knowledge or even secrets that you don’t know about.
Many new piano teachers, or even ones with years of experience, can feel a bit insecure in their own teaching abilities. Perhaps it’s because they don’t have a piano pedagogy degree, or maybe they’re just comparing themselves to others and it seems like they come up short.
I hear some version of imposter syndrome from piano teachers all the time, and I know I’ve felt it myself.
More teachers than you realise feel exactly this way. Which is why today I’m going to share with you some ways you can overcome imposter syndrome as a piano teacher.
Transcript
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* What imposter syndrome is and why it matters
* Why I’ve felt this way myself too
* Why you need to stop comparing yourself to other teachers
* Tips for fighting imposter syndrome
* How you can feel more confident in your teaching
* How my own community can help with this
* The importance of having a mentor as a new piano teacher

Links Mentioned

* Fighting Imposter Syndrome YouTube playlist
* Resources page with book recommendations
* Sign up for the Piano Pivot

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Thank you for Tuning In!
There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine.
Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run.
Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons!
If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons on the left of the page.
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Have you experienced imposter syndrome?
How did you overcome this feeling? Why did you feel that way in the first place?

Do you ever feel imposter syndrome? This is the feeling of being a “fake”. Feeling like others around you in your profession have more skills, more knowledge or even secrets that you don’t know about.
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[Expert Roundup] Top Piano Teaching Tips Every New Teacher Should Read https://timtopham.com/expert-roundup-top-teaching-tips-every-new-piano-teacher-should-read/ https://timtopham.com/expert-roundup-top-teaching-tips-every-new-piano-teacher-should-read/#respond Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:00:46 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128113 Thanks for reading [Expert Roundup] Top Piano Teaching Tips Every New Teacher Should Read from Creative Music Education.

Piano Teaching TipsWe have gone to the experts to give us their top piano teaching tips for new piano teachers.  Learn from their experiences, mistakes and take in their advice so you can be the best piano teacher as possible.  If you like what you see, why not check out our previous expert roundups? Mistakes to Avoid When […]

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CPTP114: Piano Pivot: How to Gain Clarity, Avoid Overwhelm and Achieve Success in 2018 https://timtopham.com/cptp114-piano-pivot-how-to-gain-clarity-avoid-overwhelm-and-achieve-success-in-2018/ https://timtopham.com/cptp114-piano-pivot-how-to-gain-clarity-avoid-overwhelm-and-achieve-success-in-2018/#respond Fri, 24 Nov 2017 12:37:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128143 Thanks for reading CPTP114: Piano Pivot: How to Gain Clarity, Avoid Overwhelm and Achieve Success in 2018 from Creative Music Education.

Do you want to find success in 2018? No matter what that word “success” means to you – you’re going to need to clear the decks first. If you find yourself getting overwhelmed by all the amazing stuff out there, you’re not alone. I hear from teachers all the time who find themselves spinning in […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp114-piano-pivot-how-to-gain-clarity-avoid-overwhelm-and-achieve-success-in-2018/feed/ 0 Do you want to find success in 2018? No matter what that word “success” means to you – you’re going to need to clear the decks first. If you find yourself getting overwhelmed by all the amazing stuff out there, you’re not alone. Do you want to find success in 2018? No matter what that word “success” means to you – you’re going to need to clear the decks first.
If you find yourself getting overwhelmed by all the amazing stuff out there, you’re not alone. I hear from teachers all the time who find themselves spinning in circles trying to do too much.
I’m so excited to tell you how you can beat the dreaded information overload, and find piano studio success in 2018. The challenge I’m running along with Nicola Cantan from Colourful Keys is going to help you do just that.
This isn’t just about pedagogy either. It’s a wholistic approach to your piano teaching life. Take a listen to find out what this Piano Pivot is all about and how it can help you.
Transcript
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* Why teachers are feeling overwhelmed and stressed out
* How to beat overwhelm by staying healthy
* How you can set goals that give you clarity
* Why habits and testing can help you be productive
* How the Piano Pivot is structured
* The key areas we’re going to look at in this challenge
* How to join in with the Piano Pivot and beat the overwhelm

Links Mentioned

* Piano Pivot Sign-up
* 6 Steps to Beating Overwhelm

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The Casio Celviano Grand Hybrid range is the perfect combination of innovation and tradition. Developed in collaboration with C. BECHSTEIN, Casio has introduced a game changer – offering an acoustic grand piano action, response and feel, with the benefits of a digital piano.
Casio Celviano Grand Hybrid features at a glance:

* Natural Grand Hammer Action Keyboard developed by C.Bechstein and Casio

Made with full-length wooden concert grand piano keys, using the same materials and processes as the C. Bechstein concert grand pianos.

* AiR Grand Sound Source (Three 9’ acoustic concert grands to choose from Berlin§  Berlin (C. Bechstein)

*  Hamburg (Steinway)
*  Vienna (Bosendorfer)
* 32 other sounds (23 on GP300)

* Grand Acoustic Sound System

*   6 x speakers, 2 amps
*    Arrayed vertically (up/down) for acoustic grand piano soundboard-like experience and sound-field

* Record direct to a USB flash drive for sharing and editing
* Dual headphone capability
* Piano duet mode

For more details about the Casio Celviano click here.
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Why Finding a Piano Teaching Mentor Is So Important https://timtopham.com/why-finding-a-piano-teaching-mentor-is-so-important/ https://timtopham.com/why-finding-a-piano-teaching-mentor-is-so-important/#comments Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=127933 Thanks for reading Why Finding a Piano Teaching Mentor Is So Important from Creative Music Education.

As a new piano teacher, it makes all the difference if you find a reliable piano teaching mentor.  Today, we welcome Inner Circle member and experienced Australian teacher Lynda Irvine. She will give us an insight into the value of mentors, where you can find them and why the online world is such a good place to […]

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How to Set Up Your New Piano Studio for Sensational Success https://timtopham.com/how-to-set-up-your-new-piano-studio-for-sensational-success/ https://timtopham.com/how-to-set-up-your-new-piano-studio-for-sensational-success/#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:30:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=127918 Thanks for reading How to Set Up Your New Piano Studio for Sensational Success from Creative Music Education.

Are you about to start a new piano studio? Maybe you’ve just graduated from college. Maybe you tried teaching your niece, loved it, and want to see if this career is right for you. Or perhaps you’ve been teaching for a while and have just resolved to start taking it “seriously”. Whatever your reasons – […]

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CPTP113: Planning for New Piano Teachers: from Policies to Performances https://timtopham.com/cptp113-planning-for-new-piano-teachers-from-policies-to-performances/ https://timtopham.com/cptp113-planning-for-new-piano-teachers-from-policies-to-performances/#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:51:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=127978 Thanks for reading CPTP113: Planning for New Piano Teachers: from Policies to Performances from Creative Music Education.

Proper planning for new piano teachers (and more experienced ones) can save time, headaches and money. When you think things out in advance you can avoid falling into the traps that many new piano teachers do. Nicola Cantan is back on the podcast today to share tips on planning for new piano teachers. We cover […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp113-planning-for-new-piano-teachers-from-policies-to-performances/feed/ 0 Proper planning for new piano teachers (and more experienced ones) can save time, headaches and money. When you think things out in advance you can avoid falling into the traps that many new piano teachers do. Proper planning for new piano teachers (and more experienced ones) can save time, headaches and money. When you think things out in advance you can avoid falling into the traps that many new piano teachers do.

Nicola Cantan is back on the podcast today to share tips on planning for new piano teachers. We cover a lot of ground, from lesson formats to performances to payments, and how you can bring all these things together if you know your big WHY as a teacher.
Whether you’re a brand new teacher, or just need a reset button – I think you’ll love this conversation. We share some great insights and examples from our own teaching to make it super practical and relevant to your planning process.
Transcript
If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below.
Inner Circle Members: You can access your PDF download now from the Resource Library. Not a member?
In this episode, you’ll learn

* Why you need to plan your studio (even if you’ve been winging it so far!)
* How you might be making less money than you could be
* Where to look for your “why” or mission statement as a teacher
* How you can decide your lesson format, length and location
* What you need to consider when making policies
* The pitfalls of policies and payments for piano teachers
* How to plan a great recital that reflects your teaching style

Links Mentioned

* Colourful Keys blog
* Vibrant Music Teaching
* Supercharge Your Piano Studio Organisation with Google Gadgetry

Today’s Free Download
Today’s Sponsor
“I am thrilled to be the brand ambassador for these incredible, dynamic, game-changing instruments developed by Casio – the Celviano Grand Hybrid pianos. If a person desires the qualities of a grand piano (or even more than one) but doesn’t own a manor house to place it in, the Celviano Grand Hybrid is your answer.” – Simon Tedeschi
The Casio Celviano Grand Hybrid range is the perfect combination of innovation and tradition. Developed in collaboration with C. BECHSTEIN, Casio has introduced a game changer – offering an acoustic grand piano action, response and feel, with the benefits of a digital piano.
Casio Celviano Grand Hybrid features at a glance:

* Natural Grand Hammer Action Keyboard developed by C.Bechstein and Casio

Made with full-length wooden concert grand piano keys, using the same materials and processes as the C. Bechstein concert grand pianos.

* AiR Grand Sound Source (Three 9’ acoustic concert grands to choose from Berlin§  Berlin (C. Bechstein)

*  Hamburg (Steinway)
*  Vienna (Bosendorfer)
* 32 other sounds (23 on GP300)

* Grand Acoustic Sound System

*   6 x speakers, 2 amps
*    Arrayed vertically (up/down) for acoustic grand piano soundboard-like experience and sound-field

* Record direct to a USB flash drive for sharing and editing
* Dual headphone capability
* Piano duet mode

For more details about the Casio Celviano click here.
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How to Create a Piano Syllabus by the Author of AMEB Piano for Leisure Series 4 https://timtopham.com/how-to-create-a-piano-syllabus-by-the-author-of-ameb-piano-for-leisure-series-4/ https://timtopham.com/how-to-create-a-piano-syllabus-by-the-author-of-ameb-piano-for-leisure-series-4/#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 23:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=127728 Thanks for reading How to Create a Piano Syllabus by the Author of AMEB Piano for Leisure Series 4 from Creative Music Education.

This article first appeared in The Piano Teacher magazine, Issue 11, 2017. Access the full online magazine for free here. ***Discount Available for Australian readers: 20% off and free shipping. Find out more here. Available for a limited time.*** Have you ever thought how much fun it would be to create your own set of […]

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How to be a New Piano Teacher with Old Teacher Wisdom https://timtopham.com/how-to-be-a-new-piano-teacher-with-old-teacher-wisdom/ https://timtopham.com/how-to-be-a-new-piano-teacher-with-old-teacher-wisdom/#respond Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:00:07 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=127841 Thanks for reading How to be a New Piano Teacher with Old Teacher Wisdom from Creative Music Education.

So you’ve decided to teach piano. Welcome to your new career! What could be more rewarding than guiding aspiring musicians young and old to experience the same satisfaction that we ourselves find in musical expression? As an “old” teacher (27 years in the business and counting), I sometimes look back at my early experiences and […]

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CPTP112: Having a Mission and Planning Lessons Effectively with Leila Viss https://timtopham.com/having-mission-planning-lessons-effectively-leila-viss/ https://timtopham.com/having-mission-planning-lessons-effectively-leila-viss/#respond Fri, 10 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=119444 Thanks for reading CPTP112: Having a Mission and Planning Lessons Effectively with Leila Viss from Creative Music Education.

Planning lessons effectively is definitely an art, not a science. There are many things to balance and the actual lesson might look quite different in the end – but with experience it does get easier. Leila Viss is not only a fantastic piano teacher, but she’s also helping to shape future piano teachers at the La […]

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https://timtopham.com/having-mission-planning-lessons-effectively-leila-viss/feed/ 0 Planning lessons effectively is definitely an art, not a science. There are many things to balance and the actual lesson might look quite different in the end – but with experience it does get easier. Leila Viss is not only a fantastic piano teacher, Planning lessons effectively is definitely an art, not a science. There are many things to balance and the actual lesson might look quite different in the end – but with experience it does get easier.

Leila Viss is not only a fantastic piano teacher, but she’s also helping to shape future piano teachers at the La Mont Piano Prepatory Program. Through her work there and at her home studio, she has picked up some helpful tips for planning lessons effectively for both groups and individual lessons.
Leila shared a great quote in this interview as she spoke about the spiralling of concepts:
“You have to make the knowledge ready for the child, rather than waiting for the child to be ready for the knowledge.” – Jerome Bruner
…And so many more gems! Whether you’re a newbie teacher or a veteran, you’re definitely going to learn a heap from this episode.
Transcript
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Inner Circle Members: You can access your PDF download now from the Resource Library. Not a member?
In this episode, you’ll learn

* Why lesson planning is important for piano teachers
* How Leila plans for her group lessons
* Why you need a mission statement for your teaching
* Common mistakes that planning can help us avoid
* How to teach students to practice and give them ownership
* The why, what and how of planning lessons effectively
* Where technology fits into the planning process
* How much input students should have in the lesson structure

Links Mentioned

* 88pianokeys.me
* Balancing the Eye and the Ear with Bradley Sowash and Leila Viss
* Cult of Pedagogy podcast with Norman Eng
* Simon Sinek TEDtalk
* Play is more than just fun TEDtalk

Today’s Free Download
Today’s Sponsor
“I am thrilled to be the brand ambassador for these incredible, dynamic, game-changing instruments developed by Casio – the Celviano Grand Hybrid pianos. If a person desires the qualities of a grand piano (or even more than one) but doesn’t own a manor house to place it in, the Celviano Grand Hybrid is your answer.” – Simon Tedeschi
The Casio Celviano Grand Hybrid range is the perfect combination of innovation and tradition. Developed in collaboration with C. BECHSTEIN, Casio has introduced a game changer – offering an acoustic grand piano action, response and feel, with the benefits of a digital piano.
Casio Celviano Grand Hybrid features at a glance:

* Natural Grand Hammer Action Keyboard developed by C.Bechstein and Casio

Made with full-length wooden concert grand piano keys, using the same materials and processes as the C. Bechstein concert grand pianos.

* AiR Grand Sound Source (Three 9’ acoustic concert grands to choose from Berlin§  Berlin (C. Bechstein)

*  Hamburg (Steinway)
*  Vienna (Bosendorfer)
* 32 other sounds (23 on GP300)

* Grand Acoustic Sound System

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So it’s finally happened. You’ve got your very first piano student and things are about to get real. It doesn’t matter whether that first student is a friend of the family, a relative or a total stranger, you will still most likely be feeling a little overwhelmed. You have so much knowledge to impart onto […]

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How to Find Your Perfect Piano Teaching Method https://timtopham.com/how-to-find-your-perfect-piano-teaching-method/ https://timtopham.com/how-to-find-your-perfect-piano-teaching-method/#comments Tue, 07 Nov 2017 09:58:07 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=127748 Thanks for reading How to Find Your Perfect Piano Teaching Method from Creative Music Education.

When you first start teaching music, one of the hardest things is deciding what your piano teaching method is going to be. What kind of teacher will you be? How will you inspire your students? These are all questions to consider before your first student walks into your sparkly new piano studio.  To give us […]

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CPTP111: The Life of a New Piano Teacher with Joe Harkins https://timtopham.com/cptp111-the-life-of-a-new-piano-teacher-with-joe-harkins/ https://timtopham.com/cptp111-the-life-of-a-new-piano-teacher-with-joe-harkins/#respond Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=127755 Thanks for reading CPTP111: The Life of a New Piano Teacher with Joe Harkins from Creative Music Education.

Joe Harkins is a new piano teacher who came to piano teaching (like many of us do) from a mixed background of playing and performing. He got inspired to return to further pedagogy studies when he saw the gaps in his own knowledge, and joined the La Mont Piano Prepatory Program. For a brand new piano […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp111-the-life-of-a-new-piano-teacher-with-joe-harkins/feed/ 0 Joe Harkins is a new piano teacher who came to piano teaching (like many of us do) from a mixed background of playing and performing. He got inspired to return to further pedagogy studies when he saw the gaps in his own knowledge, Joe Harkins is a new piano teacher who came to piano teaching (like many of us do) from a mixed background of playing and performing. He got inspired to return to further pedagogy studies when he saw the gaps in his own knowledge, and joined the La Mont Piano Prepatory Program.

For a brand new piano teacher, Joe is wise beyond his years. He shares some amazing nuggets and insights that he’s learned, including how to remember to look at the “big picture” when you’re teaching.
Joe’s desire to learn and improve his teaching is truly inspirational. I know you’re going to get a lot out of today’s episode – whether you’re a brand new teacher yourself or not.
Transcript
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* How Joe got his start with playing jazz and other styles
* What inspired Joe to start teaching piano
* How he came to find the value of further pedagogy studies
* The biggest worries for a brand new piano teacher
* Why classical music gradually became more important for Joe
* The benefits and drawbacks of working in a music school
* What Joe was doing wrong in his own practicing
* The most valuable lessons from his graduate studies
* How to begin to incorporate technology in your teaching

Links Mentioned

* iReal Pro
* Flashnote Derby
* Tenuto
* La Mont Piano Prepatory Program

Today’s Sponsor
“I am thrilled to be the brand ambassador for these incredible, dynamic, game-changing instruments developed by Casio – the Celviano Grand Hybrid pianos. If a person desires the qualities of a grand piano (or even more than one) but doesn’t own a manor house to place it in, the Celviano Grand Hybrid is your answer.” – Simon Tedeschi
The Casio Celviano Grand Hybrid range is the perfect combination of innovation and tradition. Developed in collaboration with C. BECHSTEIN, Casio has introduced a game changer – offering an acoustic grand piano action, response and feel, with the benefits of a digital piano.
Casio Celviano Grand Hybrid features at a glance:

* Natural Grand Hammer Action Keyboard developed by C.Bechstein and Casio

Made with full-length wooden concert grand piano keys, using the same materials and processes as the C. Bechstein concert grand pianos.

* AiR Grand Sound Source (Three 9’ acoustic concert grands to choose from Berlin§  Berlin (C. Bechstein)

*  Hamburg (Steinway)
*  Vienna (Bosendorfer)
* 32 other sounds (23 on GP300)

* Grand Acoustic Sound System

*   6 x speakers, 2 amps
*    Arrayed vertically (up/down) for acoustic grand piano soundboard-like experience and sound-field

* Record direct to a USB flash drive for sharing and editing
* Dual headphone capability
* Piano duet mode

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My Journey as a New Piano Teacher…and it’s not what you think! https://timtopham.com/my-journey-as-a-new-piano-teacher-and-its-not-what-you-think/ https://timtopham.com/my-journey-as-a-new-piano-teacher-and-its-not-what-you-think/#comments Wed, 01 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=127734 Thanks for reading My Journey as a New Piano Teacher…and it’s not what you think! from Creative Music Education.

Every music teacher has a different journey. Whether you have been teaching piano for 20 years or 5, there is always something to learn. But how do you actually get started? Join us throughout November as we look at everything you need to know when starting your piano teaching career.

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Lucinda was trained in a traditional classical system, but when she realised that she couldn’t even play Happy Birthday at a party (without sheet music) she felt a little cheated. Why couldn’t she do something so simple after all these years of study? She wished that someone who had these playing by ear skills would write […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp110-why-every-student-should-know-happy-birthday-with-lucinda-mackworth-young/feed/ 2 Lucinda was trained in a traditional classical system, but when she realised that she couldn’t even play Happy Birthday at a party (without sheet music) she felt a little cheated. Why couldn’t she do something so simple after all these years of study? Lucinda was trained in a traditional classical system, but when she realised that she couldn’t even play Happy Birthday at a party (without sheet music) she felt a little cheated. Why couldn’t she do something so simple after all these years of study?
She wished that someone who had these playing by ear skills would write down the formula, so that we could all learn to do it.

As Lucinda began to teach students herself she gradually developed this step-by-step process and eventually put it all together in her book: Piano by Ear.
Lucinda has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to teaching aural skills – and how to play Happy Birthday – in a way that’s digestible for students. She makes playing by ear accessible to even the most by-the-book teacher.
I’m so excited to share this interview with you today, I know you’re going to take away a lot of great tips and ideas.
Transcript
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Inner Circle Members: You can access your PDF download now from the Resource Library. Not a member?
In this episode, you’ll learn

* What sparked Lucinda’s interest in playing by ear
* Why we got out of the habit of teaching ear training
* What most people want from piano lessons
* The balance between reading, ear and improvising
* How to encourage more singing in your studio
* Why you should sing the chord numbers as you play
* How Lucinda teaches Happy Birthday with chords
* How Lucinda approaches modes

Links Mentioned

* Lucinda’s website
* Piano by Ear
* Piano Teachers’ Course UK
* A five day course to inspire and refresh instrumental and vocal music teaching, learning and performing

Today’s Sponsor
“I am thrilled to be the brand ambassador for these incredible, dynamic, game-changing instruments developed by Casio – the Celviano Grand Hybrid pianos. If a person desires the qualities of a grand piano (or even more than one) but doesn’t own a manor house to place it in, the Celviano Grand Hybrid is your answer.” – Simon Tedeschi
The Casio Celviano Grand Hybrid range is the perfect combination of innovation and tradition. Developed in collaboration with C. BECHSTEIN, Casio has introduced a game changer – offering an acoustic grand piano action, response and feel, with the benefits of a digital piano.
Casio Celviano Grand Hybrid features at a glance:

* Natural Grand Hammer Action Keyboard developed by C.Bechstein and Casio

Made with full-length wooden concert grand piano keys, using the same materials and processes as the C. Bechstein concert grand pianos.

* AiR Grand Sound Source (Three 9’ acoustic concert grands to choose from Berlin§  Berlin (C. Bechstein)

*  Hamburg (Steinway)
*  Vienna (Bosendorfer)
* 32 other sounds (23 on GP300)

* Grand Acoustic Sound System

*   6 x speakers, 2 amps
*    Arrayed vertically (up/down) for acoustic grand piano soundboard-like experience and sound-field

* Record direct to a USB flash drive for sharing and editing
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The Best Ear Training Apps for Your Studio https://timtopham.com/the-best-ear-training-apps-for-your-studio/ https://timtopham.com/the-best-ear-training-apps-for-your-studio/#comments Wed, 25 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=127551 Thanks for reading The Best Ear Training Apps for Your Studio from Creative Music Education.

Every month here on timtopham.com, we aim to provide you with the best creative teaching approaches to enhance your students’ learning experience. One way to do this is by embracing technology in your studio. Today’s post will highlight some of the best ear training apps you can use in your studio, as recommended by members […]

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CPTP109: What is Solfa and How Does it Help Students with Christopher Sutton https://timtopham.com/cptp109-what-is-solfa-and-how-does-it-help-students-with-christopher-sutton/ https://timtopham.com/cptp109-what-is-solfa-and-how-does-it-help-students-with-christopher-sutton/#respond Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:20:59 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=127637 Thanks for reading CPTP109: What is Solfa and How Does it Help Students with Christopher Sutton from Creative Music Education.

Depending on where you got your musical start, solfa might be an integral part of your musicianship – or it might be a foreign language. If you didn’t learn solfa growing up or never felt like you had a”good ear” it can be intimidating to launch into solfa exercises in your teaching. It’s tempting to […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp109-what-is-solfa-and-how-does-it-help-students-with-christopher-sutton/feed/ 0 Depending on where you got your musical start, solfa might be an integral part of your musicianship – or it might be a foreign language. If you didn’t learn solfa growing up or never felt like you had a”good ear” it can be intimidating to launch into s... Depending on where you got your musical start, solfa might be an integral part of your musicianship – or it might be a foreign language.
If you didn’t learn solfa growing up or never felt like you had a”good ear” it can be intimidating to launch into solfa exercises in your teaching. It’s tempting to just pick up a book of exam ear exercises and practice those before the big day.
But you’ll be missing out on so much goodness, and your students will be too. Ear training with solfa can be fun, practical and above all truly musical. 

Christopher Sutton has some fantastic tips to share with us today all about using solfa in your piano teaching. Many of these ideas were new to me – and are things I’m definitely going to be using going forward.
Take a listen and see if you’re persuaded by the power of solfa too.
Transcript
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* Why Christopher is so passionate about aural
* What solfa or solfege is
* Why solfa is such a powerful musical tool
* How it can be used in your teaching
* The difference between movable and fixed solfa
* How to get started with achievable solfa exercises
* How solfa can help with chord theory

Links Mentioned

* Musicality podcast episode 9: About perfect pitch
* Facebook video about aural tests in exams
* Making Aural Fun Webinar

Today’s Sponsor
“I am thrilled to be the brand ambassador for these incredible, dynamic, game-changing instruments developed by Casio – the Celviano Grand Hybrid pianos. If a person desires the qualities of a grand piano (or even more than one) but doesn’t own a manor house to place it in, the Celviano Grand Hybrid is your answer.” – Simon Tedeschi
The Casio Celviano Grand Hybrid range is the perfect combination of innovation and tradition. Developed in collaboration with C. BECHSTEIN, Casio has introduced a game changer – offering an acoustic grand piano action, response and feel, with the benefits of a digital piano.
Casio Celviano Grand Hybrid features at a glance:

* Natural Grand Hammer Action Keyboard developed by C.Bechstein and Casio

Made with full-length wooden concert grand piano keys, using the same materials and processes as the C. Bechstein concert grand pianos.

* AiR Grand Sound Source (Three 9’ acoustic concert grands to choose from Berlin§  Berlin (C. Bechstein)

*  Hamburg (Steinway)
*  Vienna (Bosendorfer)
* 32 other sounds (23 on GP300)

* Grand Acoustic Sound System

*   6 x speakers, 2 amps
*    Arrayed vertically (up/down) for acoustic grand piano soundboard-like experience and sound-field

* Record direct to a USB flash drive for sharing and editing
* Dual headphone capability
* Piano duet mode

For more details about the Casio Celviano click here.
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Why Teaching Piano by Ear Will Definitely Make You a Better Teacher https://timtopham.com/why-teaching-piano-by-ear-will-definitely-make-you-a-better-teacher/ https://timtopham.com/why-teaching-piano-by-ear-will-definitely-make-you-a-better-teacher/#respond Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=127351 Thanks for reading Why Teaching Piano by Ear Will Definitely Make You a Better Teacher from Creative Music Education.

Teaching Piano by Ear “Oh, I’m not very musically talented. I can’t even read notes!” When I tell people I’m a musician, this is a reply I hear often. It always surprises me. The first thing that comes to mind when people think about playing music is the ability to read music. It shows how […]

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Make Ear Training Fun with these 6 Games https://timtopham.com/make-ear-training-fun-with-these-6-games/ https://timtopham.com/make-ear-training-fun-with-these-6-games/#comments Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:00:28 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=127444 Thanks for reading Make Ear Training Fun with these 6 Games from Creative Music Education.

We’re pianists. What do we need ear training for? Press a key, the sound comes out. Put the right finger numbers on the right keys at the right time and the right music magically appears. But have you ever had one of those students that could stubbornly play through a whole piece with fingers in […]

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CPTP108: Ear Training That’s Actually Fun with Kristin Jensen https://timtopham.com/cptp108-ear-training-thats-actually-fun-with-kristin-jensen/ https://timtopham.com/cptp108-ear-training-thats-actually-fun-with-kristin-jensen/#comments Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:21:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=127515 Thanks for reading CPTP108: Ear Training That’s Actually Fun with Kristin Jensen from Creative Music Education.

  Ear training can be dull. But it definitely doesn’t have to be. Kirstin Jensen is here to tell us about some super fun and effective aural activities you can do with your students in just a few minutes of lesson time. These ideas will even get your youngest most wiggly students excited to work […]

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Ear training can be dull. But it definitely doesn’t have to be.
Kirstin Jensen is here to tell us about some super fun and effective aural activities you can do with your students in just a few minutes of lesson time. These ideas will even get your youngest most wiggly students excited to work on ear training.

When it comes to ear training, a little goes a long way. Kirstin has seen a marked difference in musicality between her students that have done ear training from the start – and those that haven’t.
So what are you waiting for? Jump in and listen to Kirstin’s great aural tips, your students will thank you.
Transcript
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Today’s Free Download
In this episode, you’ll learn

* Why ear training is even better in group lessons
* How to build up your confidence with aural
* Creative ideas for making ear training fun and interactive
* Activities for rhythmic dictation (with cheering!)
* How ear training improves students’ playing in general
* Why Kristin includes compositions and improvisations in every recital

Links Mentioned

* The Best Aural Activities for Absolute Beginner Piano Students
* Even Young Kids Can Create at the Piano
* Auralbook app
* Beginner ear training games
* Ear training worksheets
* How to teach kids to play by ear

Today’s Sponsor
“I am thrilled to be the brand ambassador for these incredible, dynamic, game-changing instruments developed by Casio – the Celviano Grand Hybrid pianos. If a person desires the qualities of a grand piano (or even more than one) but doesn’t own a manor house to place it in, the Celviano Grand Hybrid is your answer.” – Simon Tedeschi
The Casio Celviano Grand Hybrid range is the perfect combination of innovation and tradition. Developed in collaboration with C. BECHSTEIN, Casio has introduced a game changer – offering an acoustic grand piano action, response and feel, with the benefits of a digital piano.
Casio Celviano Grand Hybrid features at a glance:

* Natural Grand Hammer Action Keyboard developed by C.Bechstein and Casio

Made with full-length wooden concert grand piano keys, using the same materials and processes as the C. Bechstein concert grand pianos.

* AiR Grand Sound Source (Three 9’ acoustic concert grands to choose from Berlin§  Berlin (C. Bechstein)

*  Hamburg (Steinway)
*  Vienna (Bosendorfer)
* 32 other sounds (23 on GP300)

* Grand Acoustic Sound System

*   6 x speakers, 2 amps
*    Arrayed vertically (up/down) for acoustic grand piano soundboard-like experience and sound-field

* Record direct to a USB flash drive for sharing and editing
* Dual headphone capability
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Hybrid Piano Review: Casio Celviano Grand Hybrid GP500 https://timtopham.com/hybrid-piano-review-casio-celviano-grand-hybrid-gp500/ https://timtopham.com/hybrid-piano-review-casio-celviano-grand-hybrid-gp500/#comments Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=127236 Thanks for reading Hybrid Piano Review: Casio Celviano Grand Hybrid GP500 from Creative Music Education.

There is little doubt now that the future of the piano is going to be digital.  While there will always be a place for acoustic pianos, the lines between digital and acoustic are blurring more and more.  Just as in other areas of disruption, where digital has triumphed (and even become better than acoustic) eg. XYZ, the […]

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The Best Aural Piano Activities for Absolute Beginner Piano Students https://timtopham.com/6-aural-activities-for-absolute-beginner-piano-students/ https://timtopham.com/6-aural-activities-for-absolute-beginner-piano-students/#comments Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=127397 Thanks for reading The Best Aural Piano Activities for Absolute Beginner Piano Students from Creative Music Education.

Forget about cadences, inversions and singing “here comes the bride” to remind about intervals. Today we’re talking about aural piano activities you can do right from the word go. These aural piano activities are not only great for your new students’ ears. They also serve as wonderful brain breaks or off-the-bench time. These ideas all […]

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CPTP107: How to Simplify and Teach a Pop Song by Ear https://timtopham.com/cptp107-how-to-simplify-and-teach-a-pop-song-by-ear/ https://timtopham.com/cptp107-how-to-simplify-and-teach-a-pop-song-by-ear/#respond Fri, 06 Oct 2017 13:31:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=127363 Thanks for reading CPTP107: How to Simplify and Teach a Pop Song by Ear from Creative Music Education.

When it comes to teaching pop, sometimes the best approach is to learn it aurally. Working out a pop song by ear gives you more opportunities to teach your students theory, and creates a much more musical experience. In this episode I take you through step-by-step how you can teach your students a pop song […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp107-how-to-simplify-and-teach-a-pop-song-by-ear/feed/ 0 When it comes to teaching pop, sometimes the best approach is to learn it aurally. Working out a pop song by ear gives you more opportunities to teach your students theory, and creates a much more musical experience. When it comes to teaching pop, sometimes the best approach is to learn it aurally. Working out a pop song by ear gives you more opportunities to teach your students theory, and creates a much more musical experience.
In this episode I take you through step-by-step how you can teach your students a pop song by ear. I take the song Mockingbird by Eminem and break it apart just like I would with a student in a lesson.
You don’t need to write off rap or hip hop songs like this – sometimes they can make great teaching material. Take a listen if you’re curious about this different approach to teaching pop.
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If you want to try teaching pop by ear but you’re finding it hard getting started, you need this cheat sheet.
In this episode, you’ll learn

* How to get a student started with a new pop song
* The most important questions to ask when teaching pop
* How to use pop as a valuable aural exercise
* Why you need to get your students singing when playing by ear
* What this can teach your students about key signatures
* How to combine the chords, bass line and melody to create an arrangement
* Why I don’t teach pop songs unless a student brings it to me

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Do you ever teach music completely by ear?
Have you been nervous to try this kind of teaching? What’s holding you back from teaching your students to play by ear?

When it comes to teaching pop, sometimes the best approach is to learn it aurally. Working out a pop song by ear gives you more opportunities to teach your students theory, and creates a much more musical experience.
In this episode I take you through step-by-step how you can teach your students a pop song by ear. I take the song Mockingbird by Eminem and break it apart just like I would with a student in a lesson.
You don’t need to write off rap or hip hop songs like this – sometimes they can make great teaching material. Take a listen if you’re curious about this different approach to teaching pop.
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It’s hard to miss the stampede of technical innovation at the moment. At the time of writing, Elon Musk has just unveiled his most detailed plans yet for colonising Mars and flying people from Melbourne to London on rockets in 2 hours (and I actually think if anyone can do it, he can). Apple has released […]

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Teaching Piano by Ear: A Journey into the Unknown https://timtopham.com/teaching-piano-by-ear-a-journey-into-the-unknown/ https://timtopham.com/teaching-piano-by-ear-a-journey-into-the-unknown/#respond Mon, 02 Oct 2017 11:09:37 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=127113 Thanks for reading Teaching Piano by Ear: A Journey into the Unknown from Creative Music Education.

Learning piano by ear is a difficult, but rewarding task. This month, my site will be dedicated to helping teachers engage their students with this style of teaching. Aural training is vital, and I hope this month will show you exactly why, and inspire you to give it a go.

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CPTP106: The Power of Keyboard Ensembles with Susan Ogilvy https://timtopham.com/cptp106-teaching-keyboard-ensembles-with-susan-ogilvy/ https://timtopham.com/cptp106-teaching-keyboard-ensembles-with-susan-ogilvy/#respond Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:18:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=126302 Thanks for reading CPTP106: The Power of Keyboard Ensembles with Susan Ogilvy from Creative Music Education.

For piano students, working in keyboard ensembles is fantastic for so many reasons. They teach kids about rhythm, phrasing, working as a team, and so much more. When you’re playing with another musician – you have to actually listen. This is so valuable for young pianists and such a rare opportunity. All young pianists should be […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp106-teaching-keyboard-ensembles-with-susan-ogilvy/feed/ 0 For piano students, working in keyboard ensembles is fantastic for so many reasons. They teach kids about rhythm, phrasing, working as a team, and so much more. When you’re playing with another musician – you have to actually listen. For piano students, working in keyboard ensembles is fantastic for so many reasons. They teach kids about rhythm, phrasing, working as a team, and so much more.
When you’re playing with another musician – you have to actually listen. This is so valuable for young pianists and such a rare opportunity. All young pianists should be given this chance to round out their playing and musicality.

Susan Ogilvy has worked for many years with keyboard labs and keyboard ensembles and she has some amazing ideas to share with us today. Learn how you can get started using ensembles in your studio more easily (and cheaply!) than you might think.
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* How Susan got into group teaching and keyboard labs
* What a keyboard ensemble looks and sounds like
* How playing in a band helps pianists’ rhythm
* How keyboard ensembles teach so many skills
* Why you don’t always need to be a weighted key purist
* What students can learn about the other instruments through keyboard ensembles
* How imitating a wind instrument helps with phrasing

Links Mentioned

* SO Space
* Ogilvy Music
* Yamaha Clavinova
* Hal Leonard ensemble books

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Have you taught keyboard ensembles?
Are you looking to expand into more group work? Or put on a ensemble concert?

For piano students, working in keyboard ensembles is fantastic for so many reasons. They teach kids about rhythm, phrasing, working as a team, and so much more.
When you’re playing with another musician – you have to actually listen. This is so valuable for young pianists and such a rare opportunity. All young pianists should be given this chance to...]]>
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[Expert Roundup] Mistakes to Avoid When You Start Teaching Group Piano https://timtopham.com/expert-roundup-mistakes-to-avoid-when-you-start-teaching-group-piano/ https://timtopham.com/expert-roundup-mistakes-to-avoid-when-you-start-teaching-group-piano/#comments Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=126419 Thanks for reading [Expert Roundup] Mistakes to Avoid When You Start Teaching Group Piano from Creative Music Education.

We have discussed in length this month about how to teach group lessons and convert your studio to group piano lessons. But how about what not to do? Over the past few weeks I have asked some group piano teaching experts about some of the mistakes they made when they started teaching group piano.  Hopefully, you can […]

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CPTP105: Building a Group Teaching Studio with Debra Perez https://timtopham.com/cptp105-building-a-group-teaching-studio-with-debra-perez/ https://timtopham.com/cptp105-building-a-group-teaching-studio-with-debra-perez/#comments Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:04:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=126300 Thanks for reading CPTP105: Building a Group Teaching Studio with Debra Perez from Creative Music Education.

  Debra Perez has helped teachers around the world to make the switch to a group teaching studio. She knows all the ins and outs of parent education, marketing and the best set up for your group piano lessons. Listen to this episode and you’ll learn why changing to a group teaching studio is getting […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp105-building-a-group-teaching-studio-with-debra-perez/feed/ 3   Debra Perez has helped teachers around the world to make the switch to a group teaching studio. She knows all the ins and outs of parent education, marketing and the best set up for your group piano lessons.
Debra Perez has helped teachers around the world to make the switch to a group teaching studio. She knows all the ins and outs of parent education, marketing and the best set up for your group piano lessons.

Listen to this episode and you’ll learn why changing to a group teaching studio is getting such a buzz (for students and parents) and how you can change your studio over. Debra will also help you assess whether group teaching really is a good fit for you – it’s not for everyone!
Tune in to hear from one of the masters of group teaching, and learn everything you need to know about this important transition.
Transcript
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* How Debra started her group teaching studio
* Why she started mentoring and teaching other teachers
* The mindset piece of the group teaching puzzle
* How to learn not to micro-manage in your teaching
* What are the biggest positives of group teaching for students and teachers
* What parents really want from music lessons
* How to make the switch to group lessons from private
* How to educate your piano parents before changing over

Links Mentioned

* Way Cool Keyboarding

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Thank you for Tuning In!
There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine.
Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run.
Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons!
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Have you made the switch to group teaching?
What was the biggest change for you? Is there anything you wish you had done differently?
 

Debra Perez has helped teachers around the world to make the switch to a group teaching studio. She knows all the ins and outs of parent education, marketing and the best set up for your group piano lessons.

Listen to this episode and you’ll learn why changing to a group teaching studio is getting such a buzz (for students and parents) and how you can change your studio over. Debra will also help you assess whether group teaching really is a good fit for you – it’s not for everyone!
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5 Tips to Help You Convert to Group Piano Lessons https://timtopham.com/5-tips-to-help-you-convert-to-group-piano-lessons/ https://timtopham.com/5-tips-to-help-you-convert-to-group-piano-lessons/#comments Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:16:10 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=126434 Thanks for reading 5 Tips to Help You Convert to Group Piano Lessons from Creative Music Education.

  Today, we welcome group piano teaching expert Marie Lee. Marie has years of experience teaching group lessons and has been such a wonderful resource for piano teachers around the world. We are so appreciative to have Marie here with us today to share us her top tips on converting to group piano teaching.  At the […]

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CPTP104: Forrest Kinney on the 4 Arts of Music https://timtopham.com/cptp104-forrest-kinney-on-the-4-creative-arts/ https://timtopham.com/cptp104-forrest-kinney-on-the-4-creative-arts/#comments Sat, 16 Sep 2017 03:03:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=126297 Thanks for reading CPTP104: Forrest Kinney on the 4 Arts of Music from Creative Music Education.

Forrest Kinney and I have a lot in common. We both believe that modern classical music eduction is missing a step when it comes to teaching the creative arts. Somewhere along the way improvising, composing and arranging got cut out of the equation – and we’re fighting to get them back into piano studios around […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp104-forrest-kinney-on-the-4-creative-arts/feed/ 1 Forrest Kinney and I have a lot in common. We both believe that modern classical music eduction is missing a step when it comes to teaching the creative arts. Somewhere along the way improvising, composing and arranging got cut out of the equation – an... Forrest Kinney and I have a lot in common. We both believe that modern classical music eduction is missing a step when it comes to teaching the creative arts.
Somewhere along the way improvising, composing and arranging got cut out of the equation – and we’re fighting to get them back into piano studios around the world.

Piano teachers can feel dizzy with all the different creative projects they could or should be doing. The way Forrest frames these as the four creative arts gives a lot of clarity to creative piano teaching.
I’m delighted he was able to come on the podcast to explain his philosophy and approach to teaching these creative arts.
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Download the Four Arts of Music graphic and see how these creative arts are interrelated and connected.
In this episode, you’ll learn

* Why Forrest is so passionate about this way of teaching
* Who’s fault it is that performers stopped improvising
* How performing classical music can be creative…but usually isn’t
* What the four creative arts are and which comes first
* How these creative arts line up with how we use language
* What to do with students who are afraid to improvise
* Why it’s important to be musically literate too
* How improvising duets create a “fail proof” environment

Links Mentioned

* Improvising and arranging books by Forrest Kinney

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Thank you for Tuning In!
There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine.
Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run.
Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons!
If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons on the left of the page.
Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes or on my Facebook page. Reviews are extremely helpful when it comes to show’s ranking and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally.
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Are you teaching all four creative arts?
Were you encouraged or bolstered by Forrest’s way of looking at creative teaching? Share your inspirations from today’s show in the comments.

Forrest Kinney and I have a lot in common. We both believe that modern classical music eduction is missing a step when it comes to teaching the creative arts.
Somewhere along the way improvising, composing and arranging got cut out of the equation – and we’re fighting to get them back into piano studios around the world.
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Beyond the Piano: How to Teach Group Ensemble Classes https://timtopham.com/beyond-the-piano-how-to-teach-group-ensemble-classes/ https://timtopham.com/beyond-the-piano-how-to-teach-group-ensemble-classes/#comments Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:00:23 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=126404 Thanks for reading Beyond the Piano: How to Teach Group Ensemble Classes from Creative Music Education.

Piano, with its polyphonic ability to be self-sufficient, tends to be taught as a solo instrument. Even in piano group classes, the typical set-up is a room full of soloists. But a roomful of pianos does not reflect the music your students typically hear and listen to. In all popular and folk styles, the piano […]

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How I Revitalized My Studio with Group Piano Teaching https://timtopham.com/how-i-revitalized-my-studio-with-group-piano-teaching/ https://timtopham.com/how-i-revitalized-my-studio-with-group-piano-teaching/#comments Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=125091 Thanks for reading How I Revitalized My Studio with Group Piano Teaching from Creative Music Education.

In today’s expert guest post, we hear from Inner Circle member and experienced piano teacher, Janna Carlson.  Janna has transitioned her studio into a highly successful group piano teaching program in just under one year. In this post, she shows us exactly how she got started. Take it away, Janna!  Career Crisis Three years ago, […]

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CPTP103: A Chat with Mayron Cole, Pioneer of Group Teaching https://timtopham.com/cptp103-a-chat-with-mayron-cole-pioneer-of-group-teaching/ https://timtopham.com/cptp103-a-chat-with-mayron-cole-pioneer-of-group-teaching/#respond Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:59:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=126294 Thanks for reading CPTP103: A Chat with Mayron Cole, Pioneer of Group Teaching from Creative Music Education.

When Mayron Cole started teaching piano in groups, no one was doing it. She made up her own activities, learnt as she went, and gradually created her own curriculum which is now used in piano studios all over the world. Mayron is here today to share her wisdom from 38 years of group teaching. From […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp103-a-chat-with-mayron-cole-pioneer-of-group-teaching/feed/ 0 When Mayron Cole started teaching piano in groups, no one was doing it. She made up her own activities, learnt as she went, and gradually created her own curriculum which is now used in piano studios all over the world. When Mayron Cole started teaching piano in groups, no one was doing it. She made up her own activities, learnt as she went, and gradually created her own curriculum which is now used in piano studios all over the world.

Mayron is here today to share her wisdom from 38 years of group teaching. From transfer students, to headphones, to studio policies – she has heaps of tips for you. Learn about the ins and outs of teaching in groups and make your studio a success by listening to this episode.
If you’re considering the switch to group teaching (or already teach in groups) then this is essential listening.
Transcript
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* How Mayron got started with group piano teaching
* Why she thinks group lessons are far superior to individual
* How and why Mayron first set up her strict studio policies
* Why transfer students are much harder than brand new students
* How Mayron handles transfer students and finds their level
* Why a digital piano can be better than an acoustic
* The place of headphones in group lessons
* How to organise groups by age and ability
* The format and structure of Mayron’s group lessons

Links Mentioned

* Mayron Cole Group Method website
* How to Change to Monthly Billing for Piano Lessons

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Thank you for Tuning In!
There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine.
Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run.
Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons!
If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons on the left of the page.
Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes or on my Facebook page. Reviews are extremely helpful when it comes to show’s ranking and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally.
Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live.
Are you considering teaching in groups?
What top tip will you be implementing from Mayron’s advice? Is there anything you disagree with her about?

When Mayron Cole started teaching piano in groups, no one was doing it. She made up her own activities, learnt as she went, and gradually created her own curriculum which is now used in piano studios all over the world.

Mayron is here today to share her wisdom from 38 years of group teaching. From transfer students, to headphones, to studio policies – she has heaps of tips for you.]]>
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How to Adapt Your Teaching for Partner Piano Lessons https://timtopham.com/how-to-adapt-your-teaching-for-partner-piano-lessons/ https://timtopham.com/how-to-adapt-your-teaching-for-partner-piano-lessons/#comments Wed, 06 Sep 2017 14:32:48 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=126332 Thanks for reading How to Adapt Your Teaching for Partner Piano Lessons from Creative Music Education.

Partner Piano Lessons When I first posted an article about teaching partner piano lessons I was surprised at the huge reaction I got from teachers. They were excited. They were intrigued. But they also had tons of questions: What’s my setup like? How long are the lessons? Do I teach both students together, or alternate […]

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Group Piano Lessons: Engaging Music Students in the Sharing Age https://timtopham.com/group-piano-engaging-music-students-in-the-sharing-age/ https://timtopham.com/group-piano-engaging-music-students-in-the-sharing-age/#respond Mon, 04 Sep 2017 12:01:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=126286 Thanks for reading Group Piano Lessons: Engaging Music Students in the Sharing Age from Creative Music Education.

What are the benefits of teaching group piano lessons for your students, and your business? What are some different ways to actually do it? This month, we delve into group piano lessons. Enjoy!

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CPTP102: Teaching and Exploring Modes in the Piano Studio https://timtopham.com/cptp102-teaching-and-exploring-modes-in-the-piano-studio/ https://timtopham.com/cptp102-teaching-and-exploring-modes-in-the-piano-studio/#respond Fri, 01 Sep 2017 12:11:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=126292 Thanks for reading CPTP102: Teaching and Exploring Modes in the Piano Studio from Creative Music Education.

When it comes to teaching modes, teachers can come across all sorts of stumbling blocks. For one thing, they may not have the in-depth knowledge they feel they need – or they may just be unsure of where modes fit in the piano curriculum. I get questions about modes all the time from teachers. How […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp102-teaching-and-exploring-modes-in-the-piano-studio/feed/ 0 When it comes to teaching modes, teachers can come across all sorts of stumbling blocks. For one thing, they may not have the in-depth knowledge they feel they need – or they may just be unsure of where modes fit in the piano curriculum. When it comes to teaching modes, teachers can come across all sorts of stumbling blocks. For one thing, they may not have the in-depth knowledge they feel they need – or they may just be unsure of where modes fit in the piano curriculum.
I get questions about modes all the time from teachers. How to identify them, when to teach them, and what their place is in our studios.
So in this episode I thought I’d tackle teaching modes and how to have fun with them in your teaching. I’m talking about the characteristics of each mode and breaking down the mystique that surrounds modal pieces.
Don’t forget to download the worksheet so you can follow along for maximum effect.
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Get the fantastic modes cheatsheet to take away the confusion for good and get to grips with modes.
In this episode, you’ll learn

* What exactly is a mode
* The difference between a scale and a mode
* Why I don’t reference modes based on white piano keys
* Why we need to teach modes
* The characteristics of each mode
* How you can use the modes to improvise
* How to tell if a piece is in a mode
* What you can do to get better at identifying modes

Links Mentioned

* AMEB Piano for Leisure
* Daniel McFarlane – Supersonics Piano
* Robert Vandall – Modal Expressions
* Robert Vandall – Modes and Moods
* Anne Crosby Gaudet – Emoji Modes
* Marilyn Lowe – Music Moves for Piano
* Forrest Kinney – Pattern Play
* Willard A. Palmer – Fun with Modes
* Lisa Donovan Lukas – Duets a la Mode
* Margaret Brandman – Contemporary Modal Pieces
* Debra Wanless – In the Mood for Modes


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Before we wrap up our piano composition month and head into September’s theme of group teaching, why not combine the two topics? We are so privileged to welcome guest writer Wendy Brentnall-Wood to show us exactly how you can organise a group piano composition.  Wendy is a music teacher and examiner, a published author and […]

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[Video Interview] Students Share How They Found Success Learning Chords and Composition https://timtopham.com/video-interview-students-share-how-they-found-success-learning-chords-and-composition/ https://timtopham.com/video-interview-students-share-how-they-found-success-learning-chords-and-composition/#respond Mon, 28 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=126236 Thanks for reading [Video Interview] Students Share How They Found Success Learning Chords and Composition from Creative Music Education.

Former Students on Composition Today’s post provides you with a student perspective on learning chords and composition. Adrian and Jackson are two of Tim’s former students. They will share with you their experiences on piano composition, and why it transformed their musical education. There are a series of videos below, touching on teaching chords, incorporating […]

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CPTP101: 100th Episode Special: Our Favourite Conversations From the Last 2 Years (Part 2) https://timtopham.com/cptp101-100th-episode-special-our-favourite-conversations-from-the-last-2-years-part-2/ https://timtopham.com/cptp101-100th-episode-special-our-favourite-conversations-from-the-last-2-years-part-2/#respond Fri, 25 Aug 2017 13:01:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=126140 Thanks for reading CPTP101: 100th Episode Special: Our Favourite Conversations From the Last 2 Years (Part 2) from Creative Music Education.

Did you become a piano teacher because you LOVE music, but now struggle to handle the business side of things? Or perhaps you’re in a little bit of a teaching rut and need to find a way out? Well then today’s episode is for you. This is the second part of our 100th episode celebration […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp101-100th-episode-special-our-favourite-conversations-from-the-last-2-years-part-2/feed/ 0 Did you become a piano teacher because you LOVE music, but now struggle to handle the business side of things? Or perhaps you’re in a little bit of a teaching rut and need to find a way out? Well then today’s episode is for you. Did you become a piano teacher because you LOVE music, but now struggle to handle the business side of things? Or perhaps you’re in a little bit of a teaching rut and need to find a way out?
Well then today’s episode is for you. This is the second part of our 100th episode celebration and I’m sharing my favourite conversations so far about business and teaching transformations.
These are the best snippets from the podcast so far that will help you level up your business game, and those minute details about your teaching that could change everything. Find out about multi-teacher studios, automation, teen retention and more in this awesome roundup episode.
If you’ve enjoyed these extra special episodes with our favourite conversations then let us know in the comments. We’d love to hear what you think.
Transcript
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* How to have a life and run a business
* Tips for travelling teachers
* How to nurture new leads for potential students
* When the right time is to hire another teacher
* How to automate the new student enquiry process
* Why you should try teaching non-legato first
* The value and importance of rote teaching
* How to set goals for students with special needs
* How to keep teens in lessons through the rough patches

Links Mentioned

* Episode 7 with Carly McDonald
* Episode 67 with Abraham Levitan
* Episode 93 with Chantelle Duffield
* Episode with 71 Julie Knerr and Katherine Fisher
* Episode 79 with Amy Greer
* Episode 57 with Susan Bessette
* Episode 32 with Anita Collins

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The Power of 4 Chord Composing https://timtopham.com/online-teaching-course-the-power-of-4-chord-composing/ https://timtopham.com/online-teaching-course-the-power-of-4-chord-composing/#respond Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:30:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=125088 Thanks for reading The Power of 4 Chord Composing from Creative Music Education.

***UPDATE: Scroll down to watch a free 1-hour training all about how to teach your students using chords*** Introduction All month we have explored the importance of composition in the piano studio. Now, I am excited to share with you an online course which I have been spending heaps of time creating over the past […]

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Each week I write my student’s assignments in a plain notebook. Quite frequently, as I’m leafing through a younger child’s book, I discover a string of letters, or a scrawled drawing of a staff (number of lines variable) crowded with half notes. Some of them are proud of their “compositions”, others sheepish. But usually, when […]

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CPTP100: 100th Episode Special: Our Favourite Conversations From the Last 2 Years (Part 1) https://timtopham.com/cptp100-100th-episode-special-our-favourite-conversations-from-the-last-2-years-part-1/ https://timtopham.com/cptp100-100th-episode-special-our-favourite-conversations-from-the-last-2-years-part-1/#respond Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:49:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=126131 Thanks for reading CPTP100: 100th Episode Special: Our Favourite Conversations From the Last 2 Years (Part 1) from Creative Music Education.

It’s the 100th episode of the podcast! To celebrate we’ve put together a two part special with the best clips from the past 99 conversations about creativity, business and teaching transformations. If you follow the blog and podcast, you’ll know that creativity in piano lessons is one of my great passions. That’s why I’ve dedicated […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp100-100th-episode-special-our-favourite-conversations-from-the-last-2-years-part-1/feed/ 0 It’s the 100th episode of the podcast! To celebrate we’ve put together a two part special with the best clips from the past 99 conversations about creativity, business and teaching transformations. If you follow the blog and podcast, It’s the 100th episode of the podcast! To celebrate we’ve put together a two part special with the best clips from the past 99 conversations about creativity, business and teaching transformations.
If you follow the blog and podcast, you’ll know that creativity in piano lessons is one of my great passions. That’s why I’ve dedicated this first part of our 100th episode special entirely to ideas about improvisation, composition and creative teaching.
I’ve so enjoyed each and every conversation I’ve had on the podcast so far and I’m looking forward to many more. If you have a favourite episode (perhaps one I left out) make sure to leave it in the comments.
Enjoy this extra special episode and stay tuned for part 2 all about the business of piano teaching.
Transcript
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* Why you should bring creativity into your studio
* How to get started if you’re apprehensive about improv
* How to bring a sense of curiosity into your teaching
* What you can do with a pentatonic scale to inspire students
* How to get students to explore music from the start
* The difference between validation and feedback
* Why the relationship come before anything else in teaching
* What’s wrong with just saying everything was: “Great!”

Links Mentioned

* Episode 65 with Lyndel Kennedy
* Episode 5 with Bradley Sowash and Leila Viss
* Episode 35 with Lynette Barney
* Episode 1 with Daniel McFarlane
* Episode 26 with Nick Ambrosino
* Unstructured Practice Giving Students Time to Doodle
* Create First by Forrest Kinney

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A Beginner’s Guide to Piano Composition in the DAW https://timtopham.com/a-beginners-guide-to-piano-composition-in-the-daw/ https://timtopham.com/a-beginners-guide-to-piano-composition-in-the-daw/#comments Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=125087 Thanks for reading A Beginner’s Guide to Piano Composition in the DAW from Creative Music Education.

Computerizing Piano Composition Computerizing the piano composition process may seem daunting if you’ve never played anything but acoustic pianos. However, the early stages of combining music and computers came about using keyboard instruments, so you’re already accomplished with the primary interface. That said, those early stages were nearly 40 years ago and much has evolved […]

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Carol Matz is well known in the piano teaching community for her Famous and Fun series, and more recently for her Interactive Piano Method. She’s also an experienced piano teacher herself and she knows what works when it comes to great arrangements. We are super excited to have her presenting today’s guest post, all about how to […]

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Composition Kickstarters: 5 Ways to Inspire Your Students to Write Music https://timtopham.com/composition-kickstarters-5-ways-to-inspire-your-student/ https://timtopham.com/composition-kickstarters-5-ways-to-inspire-your-student/#respond Wed, 09 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=125086 Thanks for reading Composition Kickstarters: 5 Ways to Inspire Your Students to Write Music from Creative Music Education.

Some piano students can be a bit reluctant to compose music. Perhaps they’re nervous, or feel under pressure to come up with something amazing. So much so that they just…can’t get started. When this happens – don’t give up! These cautious composers usually just need a composition kickstarter to get the ball rolling. If you’ve […]

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Putting Pen to Paper: Q&A with Canadian Composer Jean-Michel Blais https://timtopham.com/qna-with-jean-michel-blais/ https://timtopham.com/qna-with-jean-michel-blais/#comments Mon, 07 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=125085 Thanks for reading Putting Pen to Paper: Q&A with Canadian Composer Jean-Michel Blais from Creative Music Education.

Jean-Michel Blais is a world renowned Canadian-French composer. You may have heard his compositions in the past on Spotify or YouTube. We have included a video of one of his pieces in this post, so be sure to have a listen! We are so lucky to have had the chance to ask Jean-Michel a few […]

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CPTP099: How Pamela Wedgwood Inspires her Piano Students https://timtopham.com/cptp099-how-pamela-wedgwood-inspires-her-piano-students/ https://timtopham.com/cptp099-how-pamela-wedgwood-inspires-her-piano-students/#respond Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:42:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=125426 Thanks for reading CPTP099: How Pamela Wedgwood Inspires her Piano Students from Creative Music Education.

Pamela Wedgwood first started composing because her students wanted to learn pop…and yet they weren’t always ready to play the full pop music they wanted to. So she started experimenting to create music that would inspire them to practice. She now has all sorts of publications including the popular Jazzin’ About and Upgrade! series which […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp099-how-pamela-wedgwood-inspires-her-piano-students/feed/ 0 Pamela Wedgwood first started composing because her students wanted to learn pop…and yet they weren’t always ready to play the full pop music they wanted to. So she started experimenting to create music that would inspire them to practice. Pamela Wedgwood first started composing because her students wanted to learn pop…and yet they weren’t always ready to play the full pop music they wanted to. So she started experimenting to create music that would inspire them to practice.

She now has all sorts of publications including the popular Jazzin’ About and Upgrade! series which have been loved by countless students and teachers across the globe.
She’s also of course a fantastic teacher with a wealth of experience and in this episode she shares tips for everything from memorising to improving listening skills. You don’t want to miss this one – take a listen and get inspired.
Transcript
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* Why Pamela Wedgwood started composing for her students
* How she goes about composing new music
* How Pam gets students to listen when they’re playing
* Pam’s composing method for a new piece
* How to start a new composition from a title
* What students can learn from composing music
* The genesis of the Upgrade! series

Links Mentioned

* Jazzin’ About
* Upgrade!
* Olly’s Piano Sheets

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Has any of Pam’s music inspired your students? What’s your favourite piece?

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Piano Composition Month It will be of little surprise to regular readers of this blog that composing, and it’s precursor activity, improvising, is high on my list of priorities for well-rounded music instruction. With much of the focus of music lessons today being on reading, performance and examinations, students whose lessons are based solely on […]

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Inner Circle “Member Spotlights” give you a sneak-peek at the progress of one of our community members. Get inspired by what they’ve achieved, be heartened by their struggles and get motivated and share in their plans for the future. What does your studio look like? I have two studios, one purpose built beside my house in Mossman. My youngest and oldest […]

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CPTP098: A Sneak-Peak Inside an Inner Circle Monthly Mastermind https://timtopham.com/cptp098-a-sneak-peak-inside-an-inner-circle-monthly-mastermind/ https://timtopham.com/cptp098-a-sneak-peak-inside-an-inner-circle-monthly-mastermind/#respond Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:42:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=124949 Thanks for reading CPTP098: A Sneak-Peak Inside an Inner Circle Monthly Mastermind from Creative Music Education.

One of the fantastic benefits that my Inner Circle members get access to is the opportunity to take part in a live mastermind call once a month. In these video calls we focus on hot topics for piano teachers, and members can ask questions of myself and our guest experts. These calls are so valuable […]

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https://timtopham.com/cptp098-a-sneak-peak-inside-an-inner-circle-monthly-mastermind/feed/ 0 One of the fantastic benefits that my Inner Circle members get access to is the opportunity to take part in a live mastermind call once a month. In these video calls we focus on hot topics for piano teachers, One of the fantastic benefits that my Inner Circle members get access to is the opportunity to take part in a live mastermind call once a month. In these video calls we focus on hot topics for piano teachers, and members can ask questions of myself and our guest experts.
These calls are so valuable and one of the many highlights of being part of my community for piano teachers. So I thought it would be fun to give you a sneak peak inside an Inner Circle mastermind in today’s show.
In this snippet one of my members, Karen Lien (check out her member spotlight here), is asking about group teaching. Karen got some great advice here for marketing her studio and has gone on to fill several of her new group classes very successfully since this call.
Take a listen to see what a mastermind is like – and get some great tips along the way.
Transcript
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* What happens in our Inner Circle masterminds
* The value teachers get out of these live calls
* Marketing tips for starting a group class
* How to introduce a referral program to get new students
* How to reach out to homeschoolers
* What else you can get out of the community

Links Mentioned

* Inner Circle community
* Repertoire Raps

Mastermind Video Recording




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Thank you for Tuning In!
There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine.
Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run.
Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons!
If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons on the left of the page.
Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes or on my Facebook page. Reviews are extremely helpful when it comes to show’s ranking and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally.
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Do you wish you could be on these live calls?
What would you love help with that you could ask the community about? What questions did this discussion bring up for you?

One of the fantastic benefits that my Inner Circle members get access to is the opportunity to take part in a live mastermind call once a month. In these video calls we focus on hot topics for piano teachers, and members can ask questions of myself and our guest experts.
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Digital or Acoustic Pianos: Which Is Best for Your Students? https://timtopham.com/digital-or-acoustic-pianos-which-is-best-for-your-students/ https://timtopham.com/digital-or-acoustic-pianos-which-is-best-for-your-students/#comments Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=125010 Thanks for reading Digital or Acoustic Pianos: Which Is Best for Your Students? from Creative Music Education.

Welcome to our final guest post for this month’s theme, Technology in the Piano Studio. Today we welcome digital piano reviewer and experienced music teacher Tim Praskins.  He has a wealth of piano knowledge and is the perfect person to turn to when deciding what piano you should recommend to your students. A contemporary debate surrounding […]

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