Creative Piano Teaching Podcast https://timtopham.com Supporting Creative Music Teaching Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:21:02 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 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 2018 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 Piano Teaching Podcast http://timtopham.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/CPTP_cover2.png https://timtopham.com TV-G Melbourne, Victoria Weekly CPTP139: How to Teach on YouTube and Skype with Josh Wright https://timtopham.com/cptp139-how-to-teach-on-youtube-and-skype-with-josh-wright/ Fri, 14 Sep 2018 16:00:38 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=130104 https://timtopham.com/cptp139-how-to-teach-on-youtube-and-skype-with-josh-wright/#respond https://timtopham.com/cptp139-how-to-teach-on-youtube-and-skype-with-josh-wright/feed/ 0 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp139-how-to-teach-on-youtube-and-skype-with-josh-wright/">CPTP139: How to Teach on YouTube and Skype with Josh Wright</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Teaching online could open up so many opportunities for you to work different hours, make more money and reach students you couldn’t otherwise. Whether you want to teach on YouTube, Skype or Facetime my guest today can definitely give you some great tips. Josh Wright has been taught by an amazing pedigree of teachers and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp139-how-to-teach-on-youtube-and-skype-with-josh-wright/">CPTP139: How to Teach on YouTube and Skype with Josh Wright</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Teaching online could open up so many opportunities for you to work different hours, make more money and reach students you couldn’t otherwise. Whether you want to teach on YouTube, Skype or Facetime my guest today can definitely give you some great ti... Teaching online could open up so many opportunities for you to work different hours, make more money and reach students you couldn’t otherwise. Whether you want to teach on YouTube, Skype or Facetime my guest today can definitely give you some great tips.

Josh Wright has been taught by an amazing pedigree of teachers and now shares insightful tips he has picked up along the way in his fantastic YouTube videos and online courses. He also teaches students both in-person and on Skype around the world.
In this interview, we dive into YouTube tips, tech setups and teaching ideas. Josh does lots of demonstrating in this episode so if you’re an Inner Circle member make sure to watch the video of this one in the Resource Library.
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 Josh got started creating YouTube videos
* How to get a good recording setup for less than $200
* Why he believes YouTube tutorials do not undercut teachers
* Where the tips he shares come from
* The benefits of teaching piano online
* Tips for Skype and other online lessons
* What Josh does with students who love learning video game music

Links Mentioned

* Blue Yeti microphone
* Pro Practice Repertoire Series
* ForScore iPad app
* Do Skype lessons actually work – YouTube video
* Adult Piano Adventures
* Piano Marvel – use this link to get a special discount for podcast listeners or start a free trial!
* CPTP133 with Aaron Garner from Piano Marvel
* The Tim Ferriss Show
* Travel like a Boss

Special Deals for Listeners
Josh has been extremely generous in offering some special deals for listeners of the Creative Piano Teaching Podcast.
Use the coupon code “Tim” for 20% off any product from Josh’s online store and “Timskype” for 10% off your first Skype lesson with Josh.
Today’s Sponsor
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If you sign up to Easy Rebates you get access to 8% cash-back on all your orders. You can also set up lists for your students to purchase and get the 8% cash back on those too!

Since Sheet Music Plus has over 1,000,000 titles including print and digital downloads,]]>
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CPTP138: What is 4 Chord Composing All About? https://timtopham.com/cptp138-what-is-4-chord-composing-all-about/ Fri, 07 Sep 2018 16:00:33 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=130103 https://timtopham.com/cptp138-what-is-4-chord-composing-all-about/#respond https://timtopham.com/cptp138-what-is-4-chord-composing-all-about/feed/ 0 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp138-what-is-4-chord-composing-all-about/">CPTP138: What is 4 Chord Composing All About?</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Playing simple 4 chord progressions can open up so many possibilities for students. It can lead them to a better understanding of music and it can give them the skills they need to recover from a mistake in a performance or accompany a singer. One of my favourite activities for piano lessons is chord composing. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp138-what-is-4-chord-composing-all-about/">CPTP138: What is 4 Chord Composing All About?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Playing simple 4 chord progressions can open up so many possibilities for students. It can lead them to a better understanding of music and it can give them the skills they need to recover from a mistake in a performance or accompany a singer. Playing simple 4 chord progressions can open up so many possibilities for students. It can lead them to a better understanding of music and it can give them the skills they need to recover from a mistake in a performance or accompany a singer.
One of my favourite activities for piano lessons is chord composing. In fact, I have a full course to show you how to teach this inside my Inner Circle community.
In this podcast, you can hear one module from this course and learn how to teach your students the 3 most common pop chord progressions.
In this episode, you’ll learn

* What the 4 Chord Composing approach is
* How the course is structured
* What this type of teaching can do for your students
* How to teach the most common pop chord progressions
* How to integrate chords into your teaching

Links Mentioned

* Top 20 Tips for 4 Chord Composing

Transcript
If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below.
Today’s Sponsor
Sheet Music Plus isn’t just fantastic because it’s the largest sheet music directory online (which it is!) they’re also doing their part to help music teachers with their program Easy Rebates.
If you sign up to Easy Rebates you get access to 8% cash-back on all your orders. You can also set up lists for your students to purchase and get the 8% cash back on those too!

Since Sheet Music Plus has over 1,000,000 titles including print and digital downloads, it’s the best place to go when you have student requests or need something for an upcoming recital, so you should definitely take advantage of this free program.
Go to sheetmusicplus.com/easyrebates to find out more and sign up today.
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This is the biggest discount I’ve ever offered on the podcast so grab it while you can. It’s going away on September 7th!
Copy this coupon code to use when you see the “Coupon Code” box:  CHORDPODCAST.
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 tried 4 Chord Composing?
If not, does the idea of teaching like this appeal to you? What way do you teach chords to students at the moment?

Playing simple 4 chord progressions can open up so many possibilities for students. It can lead them to a better understanding of music and it can give them the skills they need to recover from a mistake in a performance or accompany a singer.
One of my favourite activities for piano lessons is chord composing. In fact, I have a full course to show you how to teach this inside my I...]]>
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CPTP137: Randy Faber on a New American Piano Technique https://timtopham.com/cptp137-randy-faber-on-a-new-american-piano-technique/ Fri, 31 Aug 2018 16:00:46 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=130100 https://timtopham.com/cptp137-randy-faber-on-a-new-american-piano-technique/#respond https://timtopham.com/cptp137-randy-faber-on-a-new-american-piano-technique/feed/ 0 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp137-randy-faber-on-a-new-american-piano-technique/">CPTP137: Randy Faber on a New American Piano Technique</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>I sincerely doubt Randy Faber needs any introduction to most piano teachers. He is one of the creators of the extremely popular Piano Adventures method books, and regularly speaks on pedagogy and performs across the world. I’m delighted to have Randy on the podcast today to share his thoughts on piano technique. His experience working […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp137-randy-faber-on-a-new-american-piano-technique/">CPTP137: Randy Faber on a New American Piano Technique</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> I sincerely doubt Randy Faber needs any introduction to most piano teachers. He is one of the creators of the extremely popular Piano Adventures method books, and regularly speaks on pedagogy and performs across the world. I sincerely doubt Randy Faber needs any introduction to most piano teachers. He is one of the creators of the extremely popular Piano Adventures method books, and regularly speaks on pedagogy and performs across the world.
I’m delighted to have Randy on the podcast today to share his thoughts on piano technique. His experience working with both students and teachers gives him a unique and invaluable insight into how we move at the piano.

In this episode, Randy Faber gives his thoughts on arm movements, 3D playing, legato for beginning students and Hanon exercises. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from this superstar of the piano pedagogy world!
In this episode, you’ll learn

* How Nancy and Randy got started in teaching
* The beginnings of the Piano Adventures method books
* Why patterns are so important for great teaching
* Where the “American” piano technique comes from
* How Randy feels about big arm movements
* When legato should come in a student’s development
* What’s coming up at Piano Adventures

Links Mentioned

* Piano Adventures
* Faber Piano Institute

Transcript
If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below.
Today’s Sponsor
Sheet Music Plus isn’t just fantastic because it’s the largest sheet music directory online (which it is!) they’re also doing their part to help music teachers with their program Easy Rebates.
If you sign up to Easy Rebates you get access to 8% cash-back on all your orders. You can also set up lists for your students to purchase and get the 8% cash back on those too!

Since Sheet Music Plus has over 1,000,000 titles including print and digital downloads, it’s the best place to go when you have student requests or need something for an upcoming recital, so you should definitely take advantage of this free program.
Go to sheetmusicplus.com/easyrebates to find out more and sign up today.
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!
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.
Does this approach to technique resonate with you?
Is there anything you disagreed with in this episode?...]]>
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CPTP136: [Case Study] How to hire your first piano teacher https://timtopham.com/cptp136-case-study-how-to-hire-your-first-piano-teacher/ Fri, 24 Aug 2018 16:00:05 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=130102 https://timtopham.com/cptp136-case-study-how-to-hire-your-first-piano-teacher/#comments https://timtopham.com/cptp136-case-study-how-to-hire-your-first-piano-teacher/feed/ 1 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp136-case-study-how-to-hire-your-first-piano-teacher/">CPTP136: [Case Study] How to hire your first piano teacher</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>The thought of how to hire your first piano teacher can be a daunting one…but exciting at the same time. When you have too many students, a waiting list or new enquiries coming in frequently – it might be a good idea to start thinking about how to capitalise on this opportunity. Anastasia Buettner-Moore has […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp136-case-study-how-to-hire-your-first-piano-teacher/">CPTP136: [Case Study] How to hire your first piano teacher</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> The thought of how to hire your first piano teacher can be a daunting one…but exciting at the same time. When you have too many students, a waiting list or new enquiries coming in frequently – it might be a good idea to start thinking about how to capi... The thought of how to hire your first piano teacher can be a daunting one…but exciting at the same time. When you have too many students, a waiting list or new enquiries coming in frequently – it might be a good idea to start thinking about how to capitalise on this opportunity.
Anastasia Buettner-Moore has just gone through this process this year and she’s on the podcast today to help you hire your first piano teacher too.

Annie made this decision because her schedule was simply too full. She couldn’t maintain her current schedule, let alone add new students as requests came in.
She chose to hire a college student so that she could also act as a mentor and provide training for a new teacher and this model has worked out very well for her. Take a listen to hear how she went about it and how you could do something similar.
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 Annie decided to hire a teacher
* Where she advertised for a new teacher
* Why she chose to look for a student to hire
* How much she pays her contracted teacher
* How Annie goes about training and mentoring
* Mistakes to avoid when hiring your first teacher

Links Mentioned

* Acuity Scheduling
* Wave
* Play Well Perth

Today’s Sponsor
Sheet Music Plus isn’t just fantastic because it’s the largest sheet music directory online (which it is!) they’re also doing their part to help music teachers with their program Easy Rebates.
If you sign up to Easy Rebates you get access to 8% cash-back on all your orders. You can also set up lists for your students to purchase and get the 8% cash back on those too!

Since Sheet Music Plus has over 1,000,000 titles including print and digital downloads, it’s the best place to go when you have student requests or need something for an upcoming recital, so you should definitely take advantage of this free program.
Go to sheetmusicplus.com/easyrebates to find out more and sign up today.
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!
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.]]>
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CPTP135: How to use Instagram to Market Your Studio with Dawn Ivers https://timtopham.com/cptp135-how-to-use-instagram-to-market-your-studio-with-dawn-ivers/ Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:00:05 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=130099 https://timtopham.com/cptp135-how-to-use-instagram-to-market-your-studio-with-dawn-ivers/#respond https://timtopham.com/cptp135-how-to-use-instagram-to-market-your-studio-with-dawn-ivers/feed/ 0 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp135-how-to-use-instagram-to-market-your-studio-with-dawn-ivers/">CPTP135: How to use Instagram to Market Your Studio with Dawn Ivers</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Instagram is a unique social media platform. It’s all images, with no links…and it can be confusing to know how we can use Instagram to market our studios effectively. Is Instagram just for building our community, or can we use it to attract new students? What are the best images to post and where can […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp135-how-to-use-instagram-to-market-your-studio-with-dawn-ivers/">CPTP135: How to use Instagram to Market Your Studio with Dawn Ivers</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Instagram is a unique social media platform. It’s all images, with no links…and it can be confusing to know how we can use Instagram to market our studios effectively. Is Instagram just for building our community, Instagram is a unique social media platform. It’s all images, with no links…and it can be confusing to know how we can use Instagram to market our studios effectively.
Is Instagram just for building our community, or can we use it to attract new students? What are the best images to post and where can we get them?
Those are the questions that Dawn Ivers is here to answer today.

Dawn has a beautifully curated Instagram for her own studio, and she also helps to create graphics for Shelly Davis’s Piano Parent Podcast. I’m delighted she was able to join me for this interview and I hope it helps you demystify Instagram for your piano studio once and for all.
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

* How Instagram is most useful for piano studios
* The demographics who Instagram is popular with
* What to post on Instagram
* Where you can use links on Instagram
* How to get permission to use students’ photos
* What hashtags are for and when to use them
* How “Stories” work and how you might use them

Links Mentioned

* Dawn’s Instagram
* Planoly (Dawn’s app for scheduling)
* Grum (Tim’s app for scheduling)
* Teach Piano Today’s photo props
* CPTP95 – we talk about media releases in this episode
* Repost
* Boomerang
* Canva
* Light Widget
* Snap Widget
* Slidesome

Today’s Sponsor
Sheet Music Plus isn’t just fantastic because it’s the largest sheet music directory online (which it is!) they’re also doing their part to help music teachers with their program Easy Rebates.
If you sign up to Easy Rebates you get access to 8% cash-back on all your orders. You can also set up lists for your students to purchase and get the 8% cash back on those too!

Since Sheet Music Plus has over 1,000,000 titles including print and digital downloads, it’s the best place to go when you have student requests or need something for an upcoming recital, so you should definitely take advantage of this free program.
Go to sheetmusicplus.com/easyrebates to find out more and sign up today.
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’...]]>
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CPTP134: Continuing Professional Development with the Curious Piano Teachers https://timtopham.com/cptp134-continuing-professional-development-with-the-curious-piano-teachers/ Fri, 10 Aug 2018 16:00:45 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=130098 https://timtopham.com/cptp134-continuing-professional-development-with-the-curious-piano-teachers/#respond https://timtopham.com/cptp134-continuing-professional-development-with-the-curious-piano-teachers/feed/ 0 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp134-continuing-professional-development-with-the-curious-piano-teachers/">CPTP134: Continuing Professional Development with the Curious Piano Teachers</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Sally Cathcart and Sharon Mark-Teggart are curious. And they want to spread that curiosity to other piano teachers around the world.  They’re big believers in professional development and they deliver content to help teachers improve in their membership site and regular online workshops. They’re just about the launch a new session of their comprehensive course […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp134-continuing-professional-development-with-the-curious-piano-teachers/">CPTP134: Continuing Professional Development with the Curious Piano Teachers</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Sally Cathcart and Sharon Mark-Teggart are curious. And they want to spread that curiosity to other piano teachers around the world.  They’re big believers in professional development and they deliver content to help teachers improve in their membershi... Sally Cathcart and Sharon Mark-Teggart are curious. And they want to spread that curiosity to other piano teachers around the world. 
They’re big believers in professional development and they deliver content to help teachers improve in their membership site and regular online workshops. They’re just about the launch a new session of their comprehensive course to help piano teachers achieve a diploma qualification.

In this interview, we talk about the changes in professional development for piano teachers, the importance of controlling your advice monster, and how we can all continue to get better as teachers each and every year. Take a listen to find out more about these truly inspiring teachers!
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

How Sally and Sharon started the Curious Piano Teachers
* How they make sure their training is practical and relevant
* What the internet has done to open up piano teacher professional development
* Why you need to tame your advice monster
* Where the idea for the new diploma course came from
* How the diploma course works and who it’s for

Links Mentioned

* Curious Piano Teachers
* The Piano Teachers’ Course UK
* Curious Diploma Workshop Facebook Group

Today’s Sponsor
Sheet Music Plus isn’t just fantastic because it’s the largest sheet music directory online (which it is!) they’re also doing their part to help music teachers with their program Easy Rebates.
If you sign up to Easy Rebates you get access to 8% cash-back on all your orders. You can also set up lists for your students to purchase and get the 8% cash back on those too!

Since Sheet Music Plus has over 1,000,000 titles including print and digital downloads, it’s the best place to go when you have student requests or need something for an upcoming recital, so you should definitely take advantage of this free program.
Go to sheetmusicplus.com/easyrebates to find out more and sign up today.

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!
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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CPTP133: How to motivate and help students practice with Aaron Garner https://timtopham.com/cptp133-how-to-motivate-and-help-students-practice-with-aaron-garner/ Fri, 03 Aug 2018 16:00:41 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=130095 https://timtopham.com/cptp133-how-to-motivate-and-help-students-practice-with-aaron-garner/#respond https://timtopham.com/cptp133-how-to-motivate-and-help-students-practice-with-aaron-garner/feed/ 0 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp133-how-to-motivate-and-help-students-practice-with-aaron-garner/">CPTP133: How to motivate and help students practice with Aaron Garner</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Aaron Garner used to be like many teachers, frustrated by sitting in lessons correcting note errors in his students’ pieces all day. That is, until he found a way to help students practice better. Aaron brought together the magic of backing tracks and technology to create a comprehensive practice solution for students: Piano Marvel. This […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp133-how-to-motivate-and-help-students-practice-with-aaron-garner/">CPTP133: How to motivate and help students practice with Aaron Garner</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Aaron Garner used to be like many teachers, frustrated by sitting in lessons correcting note errors in his students’ pieces all day. That is, until he found a way to help students practice better. Aaron brought together the magic of backing tracks and ... Aaron Garner used to be like many teachers, frustrated by sitting in lessons correcting note errors in his students’ pieces all day. That is, until he found a way to help students practice better.

Aaron brought together the magic of backing tracks and technology to create a comprehensive practice solution for students:
Piano Marvel. This software breaks pieces down and gamifies the process of practising the piano.
Learn how you could help students practice in your studio and what effective practice looks like in this episode.
Transcript
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* Where we’re going wrong with teaching students how to practice
* Why students need a way to self-analyse their practice
* Why technology will never replace good teachers
* How Aaron reduces the preparation time for a piece with a new student
* Where gamification can help in piano practice
* Why Aaron builds up a new piece in layers with a student

Links Mentioned

* Piano Marvel – use this link to get a special discount for podcast listeners or start a free trial!

Today’s Sponsor
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If you sign up to Easy Rebates you get access to 8% cash-back on all your orders. You can also set up lists for your students to purchase and get the 8% cash back on those too!

Since Sheet Music Plus has over 1,000,000 titles including print and digital downloads, it’s the best place to go when you have student requests or need something for an upcoming recital, so you should definitely take advantage of this free program.
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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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Thank you for Tuning In!
]]> Tim Topham: Piano Teacher | Music Educator | Blogger clean 52:37 <iframe width="320" height="30" src="https://timtopham.com/?powerpress_embed=129323-podcast&amp;powerpress_player=mediaelement-audio" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe> CPTP131: Piano Teaching Unthinkables with Philip Johnston https://timtopham.com/cptp131-piano-teaching-unthinkables-with-philip-johnston/ Fri, 15 Jun 2018 16:00:19 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=129321 https://timtopham.com/cptp131-piano-teaching-unthinkables-with-philip-johnston/#comments https://timtopham.com/cptp131-piano-teaching-unthinkables-with-philip-johnston/feed/ 3 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp131-piano-teaching-unthinkables-with-philip-johnston/">CPTP131: Piano Teaching Unthinkables with Philip Johnston</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp131-piano-teaching-unthinkables-with-philip-johnston/">CPTP131: Piano Teaching Unthinkables with Philip Johnston</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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
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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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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/ Fri, 08 Jun 2018 16:00:09 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=129318 https://timtopham.com/cptp130-funnels-and-facebook-ads-for-piano-teachers-with-danny-thompson/#respond https://timtopham.com/cptp130-funnels-and-facebook-ads-for-piano-teachers-with-danny-thompson/feed/ 0 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp130-funnels-and-facebook-ads-for-piano-teachers-with-danny-thompson/">CPTP130: Funnels and Facebook Ads for Piano Teachers with Danny Thompson</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp130-funnels-and-facebook-ads-for-piano-teachers-with-danny-thompson/">CPTP130: Funnels and Facebook Ads for Piano Teachers with Danny Thompson</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</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 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.
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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.
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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,]]>
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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/ Fri, 01 Jun 2018 16:00:22 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=129316 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp129-why-practice-might-be-killing-your-studio-business-with-danny-thompson/">CPTP129: Why “Practice” might be killing your studio business with Danny Thompson</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp129-why-practice-might-be-killing-your-studio-business-with-danny-thompson/">CPTP129: Why “Practice” might be killing your studio business with Danny Thompson</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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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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
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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.
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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/ Fri, 25 May 2018 16:00:32 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=129314 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp128-creating-your-piano-studio-brand-with-danny-thompson/">CPTP128: Creating Your Piano Studio Brand with Danny Thompson</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp128-creating-your-piano-studio-brand-with-danny-thompson/">CPTP128: Creating Your Piano Studio Brand with Danny Thompson</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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 y... 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 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
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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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CPTP127: Jon Schmidt from The Piano Guys https://timtopham.com/cptp127-jon-schmidt-from-the-piano-guys/ Fri, 18 May 2018 16:00:18 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=129311 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp127-jon-schmidt-from-the-piano-guys/">CPTP127: Jon Schmidt from The Piano Guys</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp127-jon-schmidt-from-the-piano-guys/">CPTP127: Jon Schmidt from The Piano Guys</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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 class... 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 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

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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CPTP126: Taking Care of Business with Todd Whaley https://timtopham.com/cptp126-taking-care-of-business-with-todd-whaley/ Fri, 11 May 2018 16:00:08 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=129309 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp126-taking-care-of-business-with-todd-whaley/">CPTP126: Taking Care of Business with Todd Whaley</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp126-taking-care-of-business-with-todd-whaley/">CPTP126: Taking Care of Business with Todd Whaley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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
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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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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...]]>
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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/ Fri, 04 May 2018 16:00:23 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=129303 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp125-25-years-of-composing-and-arranging-with-phillip-keveren/">CPTP125: 25 Years of Composing and Arranging with Phillip Keveren</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp125-25-years-of-composing-and-arranging-with-phillip-keveren/">CPTP125: 25 Years of Composing and Arranging with Phillip Keveren</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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
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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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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CPTP124: The Motivation Equation with Samantha Coates (Part 3) https://timtopham.com/cptp124-the-motivation-equation-with-samantha-coates-part-3/ Fri, 30 Mar 2018 16:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128578 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp124-the-motivation-equation-with-samantha-coates-part-3/">CPTP124: The Motivation Equation with Samantha Coates (Part 3)</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp124-the-motivation-equation-with-samantha-coates-part-3/">CPTP124: The Motivation Equation with Samantha Coates (Part 3)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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
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!
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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/ Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128962 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp123-the-motivation-equation-with-samantha-coates-part-2/">CPTP123: The Motivation Equation with Samantha Coates (Part 2)</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp123-the-motivation-equation-with-samantha-coates-part-2/">CPTP123: The Motivation Equation with Samantha Coates (Part 2)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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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CPTP122: The Motivation Equation with Samantha Coates (Part 1) https://timtopham.com/cptp122-the-motivation-equation-with-samantha-coates-part-1/ Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128570 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp122-the-motivation-equation-with-samantha-coates-part-1/">CPTP122: The Motivation Equation with Samantha Coates (Part 1)</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp122-the-motivation-equation-with-samantha-coates-part-1/">CPTP122: The Motivation Equation with Samantha Coates (Part 1)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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
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.
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CPTP121: The Digital versus Acoustic Divide https://timtopham.com/cptp121-the-digital-versus-acoustic-divide/ Fri, 09 Mar 2018 16:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128928 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp121-the-digital-versus-acoustic-divide/">CPTP121: The Digital versus Acoustic Divide</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp121-the-digital-versus-acoustic-divide/">CPTP121: The Digital versus Acoustic Divide</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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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Inner Circle Members: You can access your PDF download now from the Resource Library. Not a member?
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.
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!
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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/ Fri, 02 Mar 2018 16:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128564 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp120-5-simple-tips-to-improve-your-piano-studio-website/">CPTP120: 5 Simple tips to improve your piano studio website</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp120-5-simple-tips-to-improve-your-piano-studio-website/">CPTP120: 5 Simple tips to improve your piano studio website</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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.
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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CPTP119: Con Brio Online Examinations with Peter Wang https://timtopham.com/cptp119-con-brio-online-examinations-with-peter-wang/ Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128562 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp119-con-brio-online-examinations-with-peter-wang/">CPTP119: Con Brio Online Examinations with Peter Wang</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp119-con-brio-online-examinations-with-peter-wang/">CPTP119: Con Brio Online Examinations with Peter Wang</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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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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
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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.
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CPTP118: The “Crisis in Creativity” with Kevin Olson https://timtopham.com/cptp118-the-crisis-in-creativity-with-kevin-olson/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128560 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp118-the-crisis-in-creativity-with-kevin-olson/">CPTP118: The “Crisis in Creativity” with Kevin Olson</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp118-the-crisis-in-creativity-with-kevin-olson/">CPTP118: The “Crisis in Creativity” with Kevin Olson</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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.
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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
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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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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,]]> Tim Topham: Piano Teacher | Music Educator | Blogger clean 49:54 CPTP117: Creating Preschool Music Programs that Rock with Dave Simon https://timtopham.com/cptp117-creating-preschool-music-programs-that-rock-with-dave-simon/ Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128558 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp117-creating-preschool-music-programs-that-rock-with-dave-simon/">CPTP117: Creating Preschool Music Programs that Rock with Dave Simon</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp117-creating-preschool-music-programs-that-rock-with-dave-simon/">CPTP117: Creating Preschool Music Programs that Rock with Dave Simon</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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.
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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.
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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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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/ Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:01:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128342 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp116-whats-coming-in-2018-for-the-podcast-blog-and-inner-circle/">CPTP116: What’s Coming in 2018 for the Podcast, Blog and Inner Circle</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp116-whats-coming-in-2018-for-the-podcast-blog-and-inner-circle/">CPTP116: What’s Coming in 2018 for the Podcast, Blog and Inner Circle</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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!
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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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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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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.

2017 has been an amazing year and I’ve so enjoyed sharing piano teaching...]]>
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CPTP115: Are you an Imposter Piano Teacher? https://timtopham.com/cptp115-imposter-syndrome-in-new-piano-teachers/ Sat, 02 Dec 2017 10:50:56 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128212 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp115-imposter-syndrome-in-new-piano-teachers/">CPTP115: Are you an Imposter Piano Teacher?</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp115-imposter-syndrome-in-new-piano-teachers/">CPTP115: Are you an Imposter Piano Teacher?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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.
Many new piano teachers, or even ones with years of experience,]]>
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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/ Fri, 24 Nov 2017 12:37:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=128143 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp114-piano-pivot-how-to-gain-clarity-avoid-overwhelm-and-achieve-success-in-2018/">CPTP114: Piano Pivot: How to Gain Clarity, Avoid Overwhelm and Achieve Success in 2018</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp114-piano-pivot-how-to-gain-clarity-avoid-overwhelm-and-achieve-success-in-2018/">CPTP114: Piano Pivot: How to Gain Clarity, Avoid Overwhelm and Achieve Success in 2018</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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)

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

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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/ Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:51:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=127978 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp113-planning-for-new-piano-teachers-from-policies-to-performances/">CPTP113: Planning for New Piano Teachers: from Policies to Performances</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp113-planning-for-new-piano-teachers-from-policies-to-performances/">CPTP113: Planning for New Piano Teachers: from Policies to Performances</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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
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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

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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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CPTP112: Having a Mission and Planning Lessons Effectively with Leila Viss https://timtopham.com/having-mission-planning-lessons-effectively-leila-viss/ Fri, 10 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=119444 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/having-mission-planning-lessons-effectively-leila-viss/">CPTP112: Having a Mission and Planning Lessons Effectively with Leila Viss</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/having-mission-planning-lessons-effectively-leila-viss/">CPTP112: Having a Mission and Planning Lessons Effectively with Leila Viss</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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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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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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/ Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=127755 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp111-the-life-of-a-new-piano-teacher-with-joe-harkins/">CPTP111: The Life of a New Piano Teacher with Joe Harkins</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp111-the-life-of-a-new-piano-teacher-with-joe-harkins/">CPTP111: The Life of a New Piano Teacher with Joe Harkins</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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

For more details about the Casi...]]>
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CPTP110: Why Every Student Should Know Happy Birthday with Lucinda Mackworth-Young https://timtopham.com/cptp110-why-every-student-should-know-happy-birthday-with-lucinda-mackworth-young/ Fri, 27 Oct 2017 13:05:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=127638 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp110-why-every-student-should-know-happy-birthday-with-lucinda-mackworth-young/">CPTP110: Why Every Student Should Know Happy Birthday with Lucinda Mackworth-Young</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp110-why-every-student-should-know-happy-birthday-with-lucinda-mackworth-young/">CPTP110: Why Every Student Should Know Happy Birthday with Lucinda Mackworth-Young</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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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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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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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CPTP108: Ear Training That’s Actually Fun with Kristin Jensen https://timtopham.com/cptp108-ear-training-thats-actually-fun-with-kristin-jensen/ Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:21:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=127515 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp108-ear-training-thats-actually-fun-with-kristin-jensen/">CPTP108: Ear Training That’s Actually Fun with Kristin Jensen</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>  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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp108-ear-training-thats-actually-fun-with-kristin-jensen/">CPTP108: Ear Training That’s Actually Fun with Kristin Jensen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p>   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.  
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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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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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/ Fri, 06 Oct 2017 13:31:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=127363 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp107-how-to-simplify-and-teach-a-pop-song-by-ear/">CPTP107: How to Simplify and Teach a Pop Song by Ear</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp107-how-to-simplify-and-teach-a-pop-song-by-ear/">CPTP107: How to Simplify and Teach a Pop Song by Ear</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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.
Transcript
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CPTP106: The Power of Keyboard Ensembles with Susan Ogilvy https://timtopham.com/cptp106-teaching-keyboard-ensembles-with-susan-ogilvy/ Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:18:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=126302 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp106-teaching-keyboard-ensembles-with-susan-ogilvy/">CPTP106: The Power of Keyboard Ensembles with Susan Ogilvy</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp106-teaching-keyboard-ensembles-with-susan-ogilvy/">CPTP106: The Power of Keyboard Ensembles with Susan Ogilvy</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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.
Transcript
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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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CPTP105: Building a Group Teaching Studio with Debra Perez https://timtopham.com/cptp105-building-a-group-teaching-studio-with-debra-perez/ Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:04:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=126300 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp105-building-a-group-teaching-studio-with-debra-perez/">CPTP105: Building a Group Teaching Studio with Debra Perez</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>  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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp105-building-a-group-teaching-studio-with-debra-perez/">CPTP105: Building a Group Teaching Studio with Debra Perez</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p>   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.
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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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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!
Tune in to hear from one of the masters of group teaching, and learn everything you need to know about this important transition.]]>
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CPTP104: Forrest Kinney on the 4 Arts of Music https://timtopham.com/cptp104-forrest-kinney-on-the-4-creative-arts/ Sat, 16 Sep 2017 03:03:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=126297 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp104-forrest-kinney-on-the-4-creative-arts/">CPTP104: Forrest Kinney on the 4 Arts of Music</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp104-forrest-kinney-on-the-4-creative-arts/">CPTP104: Forrest Kinney on the 4 Arts of Music</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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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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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CPTP103: A Chat with Mayron Cole, Pioneer of Group Teaching https://timtopham.com/cptp103-a-chat-with-mayron-cole-pioneer-of-group-teaching/ Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:59:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=126294 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp103-a-chat-with-mayron-cole-pioneer-of-group-teaching/">CPTP103: A Chat with Mayron Cole, Pioneer of Group Teaching</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp103-a-chat-with-mayron-cole-pioneer-of-group-teaching/">CPTP103: A Chat with Mayron Cole, Pioneer of Group Teaching</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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.
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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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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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CPTP102: Teaching and Exploring Modes in the Piano Studio https://timtopham.com/cptp102-teaching-and-exploring-modes-in-the-piano-studio/ Fri, 01 Sep 2017 12:11:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=126292 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp102-teaching-and-exploring-modes-in-the-piano-studio/">CPTP102: Teaching and Exploring Modes in the Piano Studio</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp102-teaching-and-exploring-modes-in-the-piano-studio/">CPTP102: Teaching and Exploring Modes in the Piano Studio</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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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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/ Fri, 25 Aug 2017 13:01:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=126140 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp101-100th-episode-special-our-favourite-conversations-from-the-last-2-years-part-2/">CPTP101: 100th Episode Special: Our Favourite Conversations From the Last 2 Years (Part 2)</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp101-100th-episode-special-our-favourite-conversations-from-the-last-2-years-part-2/">CPTP101: 100th Episode Special: Our Favourite Conversations From the Last 2 Years (Part 2)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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.
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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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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/ Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:49:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=126131 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp100-100th-episode-special-our-favourite-conversations-from-the-last-2-years-part-1/">CPTP100: 100th Episode Special: Our Favourite Conversations From the Last 2 Years (Part 1)</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp100-100th-episode-special-our-favourite-conversations-from-the-last-2-years-part-1/">CPTP100: 100th Episode Special: Our Favourite Conversations From the Last 2 Years (Part 1)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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.
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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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Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to  clean 42:20 CPTP099: How Pamela Wedgwood Inspires her Piano Students https://timtopham.com/cptp099-how-pamela-wedgwood-inspires-her-piano-students/ Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:42:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=125426 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp099-how-pamela-wedgwood-inspires-her-piano-students/">CPTP099: How Pamela Wedgwood Inspires her Piano Students</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp099-how-pamela-wedgwood-inspires-her-piano-students/">CPTP099: How Pamela Wedgwood Inspires her Piano Students</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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.
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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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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.
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Have you used any Pamela Wedgwood books?
Has any of Pam’s music inspired your students? What’s your favourite piece?

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 clean CPTP098: A Sneak-Peak Inside an Inner Circle Monthly Mastermind https://timtopham.com/cptp098-a-sneak-peak-inside-an-inner-circle-monthly-mastermind/ Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:42:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=124949 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp098-a-sneak-peak-inside-an-inner-circle-monthly-mastermind/">CPTP098: A Sneak-Peak Inside an Inner Circle Monthly Mastermind</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp098-a-sneak-peak-inside-an-inner-circle-monthly-mastermind/">CPTP098: A Sneak-Peak Inside an Inner Circle Monthly Mastermind</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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.
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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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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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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.
]]> Tim Topham: Piano Teacher | Music Educator | Blogger clean CPTP097 – Meet the Musician Behind my Favourite App: iReal Pro https://timtopham.com/cptp097-meet-the-musician-behind-my-favourite-app-ireal-pro/ Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:41:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=125381 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp097-meet-the-musician-behind-my-favourite-app-ireal-pro/">CPTP097 – Meet the Musician Behind my Favourite App: iReal Pro</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Massimo Biolcati is the creator of my favourite app of all time, iReal Pro. This app is the best tool I’ve found for creating a band experience to practice pop and jazz music on the piano. Something that I believe very strongly should be included in more music teaching studios. When Massimo started the app […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp097-meet-the-musician-behind-my-favourite-app-ireal-pro/">CPTP097 – Meet the Musician Behind my Favourite App: iReal Pro</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Massimo Biolcati is the creator of my favourite app of all time, iReal Pro. This app is the best tool I’ve found for creating a band experience to practice pop and jazz music on the piano. Something that I believe very strongly should be included in mo... Massimo Biolcati is the creator of my favourite app of all time, iReal Pro. This app is the best tool I’ve found for creating a band experience to practice pop and jazz music on the piano. Something that I believe very strongly should be included in more music teaching studios.

When Massimo started the app it was something completely different. But through some time and a lot of coding magic it’s grown into the wonderful tool that I now use in my teaching.
This app is like the best backing track ever…and so much more. Find out how it came about, what you can use it for, and some insider tips and tricks in today’s show.
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* What iReal Pro is and why it was invented
* How I use iReal Pro in my teaching
* Where the name came from
* How the app has evolved into a backing track treasure trove
* What’s in store in the next version of iReal Pro
* How the different styles in the app function
* More sneak peaks at whats to come in the app
* A special practice trick that you might not know about

Links Mentioned

* iReal Pro (iPad/iPhone)
* iReal Pro (Android)
* How to Plan and Run a Pop Piano Recital

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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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Do you use iReal Pro?
What’s your favourite feature? What unusual or interesting ways have you used this awesome app?

Massimo Biolcati is the creator of my favourite app of all time, iReal Pro. This app is the best tool I’ve found for creating a band experience to practice pop and jazz music on the piano. Something that I believe very strongly should be included in more music teaching studios.

When Massimo started the app it was something completely diff...]]>
Tim Topham: Piano Teacher | Music Educator | Blogger clean
CPTP096: Tech Games for Rhythm and Composition with Katie Wardrobe https://timtopham.com/cptp096-tech-games-for-rhythm-and-composition-with-katie-wardrobe/ Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:24:32 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=124952 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp096-tech-games-for-rhythm-and-composition-with-katie-wardrobe/">CPTP096: Tech Games for Rhythm and Composition with Katie Wardrobe</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Katie Wardrobe is the ultimate guide to have when it comes to music teaching technology. She helps teachers all over the world to incorporate technology into their teaching with workshops, online training and tons of awesome resources. Explore these games for rhythm teaching and get started using them simply and easily in solo and group […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp096-tech-games-for-rhythm-and-composition-with-katie-wardrobe/">CPTP096: Tech Games for Rhythm and Composition with Katie Wardrobe</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Katie Wardrobe is the ultimate guide to have when it comes to music teaching technology. She helps teachers all over the world to incorporate technology into their teaching with workshops, online training and tons of awesome resources. Katie Wardrobe is the ultimate guide to have when it comes to music teaching technology. She helps teachers all over the world to incorporate technology into their teaching with workshops, online training and tons of awesome resources.

Explore these games for rhythm teaching and get started using them simply and easily in solo and group lessons. Teaching rhythm to students doesn’t have to be a struggle when you have great technology at your side.
Want to get your students to experiment more with composition? We’ve got you covered there too.
Take a listen and discover pedagogically sound and enjoyable ways to use technology in your piano teaching. (We’ve even included some options for the non-apple users out there.)
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* What this “ba-boom-slap-clap” thing is all about
* Ideas for developing body percussion and layering in other skills
* How to use rapping in the music studio
* Non-apple music tech options for PC and android users
* What drum grids are and how you can use them
* How to create band experiences in the piano studio
* How to avoid wasting time online and stay productive
* Tips for using Google Docs efficiently

Links Mentioned

* Hooktheory
* CPTP088: 15,390 Pop Songs and Counting with the Hooktheory Guys
* Groove Pizza
* Garageband
* Rap My Name Lesson Plan
* Soundtrap
* My Rhythm app
* Chrome Music Lab
* Last Pass
* Productivity Webinar
* Clapping Music app

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CPTP095: How to Build a Piano Studio Website from Scratch with Nicola Cantan https://timtopham.com/cptp095-how-to-build-a-piano-studio-website-from-scratch-with-nicola-cantan/ Sat, 08 Jul 2017 18:46:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=125380 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp095-how-to-build-a-piano-studio-website-from-scratch-with-nicola-cantan/">CPTP095: How to Build a Piano Studio Website from Scratch with Nicola Cantan</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Building a studio website might seem overwhelming at first. There is so much jargon to wade through and so many questions to answer…What’s a host? What platform should you use? What pages do you need? Never fear. To kick off tech month on the podcast, I’m talking to Nicola Cantan today all about studio websites. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp095-how-to-build-a-piano-studio-website-from-scratch-with-nicola-cantan/">CPTP095: How to Build a Piano Studio Website from Scratch with Nicola Cantan</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Building a studio website might seem overwhelming at first. There is so much jargon to wade through and so many questions to answer…What’s a host? What platform should you use? What pages do you need? Never fear. To kick off tech month on the podcast, Building a studio website might seem overwhelming at first. There is so much jargon to wade through and so many questions to answer…What’s a host? What platform should you use? What pages do you need?

Never fear. To kick off tech month on the podcast, I’m talking to Nicola Cantan today all about studio websites. From WordPress to CTAs to finding images, we’re covering it all in this episode.
If you want a complete step-by-step of how to set up your studio website the right way then you’re going to want to get join my Inner Circle.
Nicola has put together a comprehensive Online Studio Launchpad course for my Inner Circle members that will hold your hand throughout the whole process of setting up your studio website.
Click here to find out more about Inner Circle membership.
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This free guide will help you to put together a photo/media release so you can start getting photos of your smiling students up on your website.
In this episode, you’ll learn

* How to get permission to share student photos
* Why we recommend building your website on WordPress
* What hosting is and why you need it
* The difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org
* What pages you need on your site
* Whether you should start a blog on your site
* Where to find photos for your website
* How to write great content for your website

Links Mentioned

* SiteGround hosting
* WordPress.org
* CPTP093: How to Nurture and Retain Students on Autopilot
* Pixabay
* Libre Stock

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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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Lastly, don’t forget to  clean CPTP094: The $100,000 Piano Teacher with Kristin Yost https://timtopham.com/cptp094-the-100000-piano-teacher-with-kristin-yost/ Fri, 30 Jun 2017 12:35:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=124951 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp094-the-100000-piano-teacher-with-kristin-yost/">CPTP094: The $100,000 Piano Teacher with Kristin Yost</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Kristin Yost has always had a keen mind for the business side of piano teaching. As you might know from her book, she became a $100,000 piano teacher – but she didn’t stop there! She went on to open her own music school, The Centre for Musical Minds, and throughout her journey she has always found […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp094-the-100000-piano-teacher-with-kristin-yost/">CPTP094: The $100,000 Piano Teacher with Kristin Yost</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Kristin Yost has always had a keen mind for the business side of piano teaching. As you might know from her book, she became a $100,000 piano teacher – but she didn’t stop there! She went on to open her own music school, The Centre for Musical Minds, Kristin Yost has always had a keen mind for the business side of piano teaching. As you might know from her book, she became a $100,000 piano teacher – but she didn’t stop there!

She went on to open her own music school, 
The Centre for Musical Minds, and throughout her journey she has always found ways to stand out. Even in a crowded market, you too can fill your studio fast if you play to your strengths and put plans in place.
Take a listen to today’s podcast where Kristin shares how she has achieved her success and how you can find your unique point of difference for your studio’s brand.
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These two worksheets will help you figure out what your point of difference should be.
In this episode, you’ll learn

* How Kristen got started teaching piano
* What she did to fill her studio fast
* The mindset piece of Kristin’s success
* How to diversify your income as a piano teacher
* What it takes to open a successful multi-teacher studio
* How to set yourself apart in a busy market
* How to automate more of your studio business

Links Mentioned

* kristinyost.com
* The Centre for Musical Minds
* TTTV012: Reinventing the Recital with Kristin Yost
* How I Made $100,000 My First Year as a Piano Teacher
* Strikingly
* Mindset by Carol Dweck
* The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber
* Quickbooks
* Jot Form
* Studio Helper
* How I changed to monthly billing

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Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes or clean CPTP093: How to Nurture and Retain Piano Students on Autopilot with Chantelle Duffield https://timtopham.com/cptp093-how-to-nurture-and-retain-piano-students-on-autopilot-with-chantelle-duffield/ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:09:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=124837 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp093-how-to-nurture-and-retain-piano-students-on-autopilot-with-chantelle-duffield/">CPTP093: How to Nurture and Retain Piano Students on Autopilot with Chantelle Duffield</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>If you can retain piano students in your studio over the long term, your business will be more efficient. You won’t need to keep scrambling for new students if your existing ones stick around. The key to great student retention rates is nurturing your relationships with the students and their parents. Chantelle Duffield is a master at […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp093-how-to-nurture-and-retain-piano-students-on-autopilot-with-chantelle-duffield/">CPTP093: How to Nurture and Retain Piano Students on Autopilot with Chantelle Duffield</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> If you can retain piano students in your studio over the long term, your business will be more efficient. You won’t need to keep scrambling for new students if your existing ones stick around. The key to great student retention rates is nurturing your ... If you can retain piano students in your studio over the long term, your business will be more efficient. You won’t need to keep scrambling for new students if your existing ones stick around.
The key to great student retention rates is nurturing your relationships with the students and their parents. Chantelle Duffield is a master at this and has some wonderful marketing strategies to share with us today.

From email autoresponders that save you time, to little parent check-in ideas, this episode is full of studio marketing gold. Tune in to find out how to retain piano students better and more easily over the long term.
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* What’s changed in effective studio marketing
* How get results when you follow up with lesson enquiries
* How to save yourself some headaches with automation
* Where to get started with a studio website
* What you shouldn’t put on your website
* How to avoid having dead ends on your site
* The value of hiring out the jobs you shouldn’t be doing
* How to increase student retention
* How Chantelle recovered from burnout and redesigned her business

Links Mentioned

* Studio Expansion
* Mailchimp (email automation)
* Upwork (hiring virtual assistants)
* Fiverr (hiring for specific tasks)
* Canva (image creation)
* Google Analytics

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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 struggle with student retention?
Did anything hit home in this episode that’s causing your bucket to leak? What do you think you could try to keep students in lessons longer?

If you can retain piano students in your studio over the long term, your business will be more efficient.]]> Tim Topham: Piano Teacher | Music Educator | Blogger clean CPTP092: Big Picture Studio Planning with the Music Mentor Group https://timtopham.com/cptp092-big-picture-studio-planning-with-the-music-mentor-group/ Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:11:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=125080 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp092-big-picture-studio-planning-with-the-music-mentor-group/">CPTP092: Big Picture Studio Planning with the Music Mentor Group</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>The Music Mentor Group (AKA Debra Perez, Robyn Harris, Kathy Rabago and Natalia Huang) draw upon their diverse wealth of experience to help teachers succeed in business. This is studio planning with a difference. The difference being that instead of getting caught up in the small things, we’re going to look at the big picture today. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp092-big-picture-studio-planning-with-the-music-mentor-group/">CPTP092: Big Picture Studio Planning with the Music Mentor Group</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> The Music Mentor Group (AKA Debra Perez, Robyn Harris, Kathy Rabago and Natalia Huang) draw upon their diverse wealth of experience to help teachers succeed in business. This is studio planning with a difference. The Music Mentor Group (AKA Debra Perez, Robyn Harris, Kathy Rabago and Natalia Huang) draw upon their diverse wealth of experience to help teachers succeed in business.
This is studio planning with a difference. The difference being that instead of getting caught up in the small things, we’re going to look at the big picture today.

In today’s show, we cover a lot of ground. We look at marketing, student retention, automated systems and group teaching. Above all though, we’re focussing on one question: what is your vision for your business?
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* How the Music Mentor Group got started
* Why they chose the word mentor
* The biggest mistakes music teachers make in business
* Why putting automation in place  is so important
* How to guard the things that only you can do
* Top tips for improving student retention rates
* How to keep the one to one connection in a big studio
* What group lessons shouldn’t look like
* How to begin the transition to group teaching in your studio
* Considerations when hiring staff and teachers

Links Mentioned

* The Music Mentor Group
* 88 Creative Keys

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What’s your studio planning system?
Do you look at the big picture first? Do you sometimes get stuck in the day to day and the nitty gritty?

The Music Mentor Group (AKA Debra Perez, Robyn Harris, Kathy Rabago and Natalia Huang) draw upon their diverse wealth of experience to help teachers succeed in business.
This is studio planning with a difference. The difference being that instead of getting caught up in the small things, we’re going to look at the big picture today.

In today’s show, we cover a lot of ground. We look at marketing, student retention, automated systems and group teaching. Above all though, we’re focussing on one question: what is your visio...]]>
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CPTP091: From Blog to Business – Coaching Call with Rosemarie Penner https://timtopham.com/cptp091-from-blog-to-business-coaching-call-with-rosemarie-penner/ Fri, 09 Jun 2017 13:21:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=124157 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp091-from-blog-to-business-coaching-call-with-rosemarie-penner/">CPTP091: From Blog to Business – Coaching Call with Rosemarie Penner</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>This podcast is a little bit different. Today’s show is a coaching call with one of my members, Rosemarie Penner. Rosemarie is a travelling piano teacher from Canada who has been blogging for a while. She wants to know how to take her site from blog to business. How can she monetise? What should she be […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp091-from-blog-to-business-coaching-call-with-rosemarie-penner/">CPTP091: From Blog to Business – Coaching Call with Rosemarie Penner</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> This podcast is a little bit different. Today’s show is a coaching call with one of my members, Rosemarie Penner. Rosemarie is a travelling piano teacher from Canada who has been blogging for a while. She wants to know how to take her site from blog to... This podcast is a little bit different. Today’s show is a coaching call with one of my members, Rosemarie Penner.

Rosemarie is a travelling piano teacher from Canada who has been blogging for a while. She wants to know how to take her site from blog to business.
How can she monetise? What should she be doing with social media? What’s her next step? We cover these questions, and much more on this coaching call. As well as looking at automation more generally, and considering your ideal reader or customer.
This should be interesting to all of you who are looking at online business, or just running your local business more effectively.
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* How even a travelling teacher can have a music lab
* How to first introduce paid products on your site
* Where to host your website or blog
* How to choose your ideal reader
* Ways to make your emails stand out and get read
* Advice for choosing a niche for your online business
* How to schedule and automate social media
* The balance between free and paid products
* Why and how to outsource tasks when you can

Links Mentioned

* The Unfinished Lesson
* Wordress.com (free and easy)
* WordPress.org (self-hosted)
* Typeform (survey creation)
* CoSchedule (social scheduling)
* Edgar (social scheduling)
* Canva (graphic creation)
* Canva tutorial

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Are you getting into online business?
What steps have you taken so far? Which parts of Rosemarie’s call stuck out to you?

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CPTP090: How to Grow Your Studio Like a Pro with Daniel Patterson https://timtopham.com/cptp090-how-to-grow-your-studio-like-a-pro-with-daniel-patterson/ Fri, 02 Jun 2017 13:24:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=124156 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp090-how-to-grow-your-studio-like-a-pro-with-daniel-patterson/">CPTP090: How to Grow Your Studio Like a Pro with Daniel Patterson</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>When Daniel Patterson’s studio wasn’t magically full three months after graduating college, he realised he had a thing or two to learn about marketing. So he set about finding out everything he could about advertising and growing a music studio. Daniel now shares what he learnt with other teachers on his blog. If you’re looking […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp090-how-to-grow-your-studio-like-a-pro-with-daniel-patterson/">CPTP090: How to Grow Your Studio Like a Pro with Daniel Patterson</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> When Daniel Patterson’s studio wasn’t magically full three months after graduating college, he realised he had a thing or two to learn about marketing. So he set about finding out everything he could about advertising and growing a music studio. When Daniel Patterson’s studio wasn’t magically full three months after graduating college, he realised he had a thing or two to learn about marketing. So he set about finding out everything he could about advertising and growing a music studio.

Daniel now shares what he learnt with other teachers on his blog. If you’re looking to grow your studio, he’s the man to listen to. He knows what works.
Take a listen to find out how to grow your studio and differentiate yourself in a crowded market, why group teaching might deserve a second look, and what advertising methods are best for music teachers.
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This eight page pdf will help you figure out marketing, business and how to grow your studio.
In this episode, you’ll learn

* How Daniel first got into the world of studio marketing
* Why it’s better to take ownership of business issues
* How group teaching could make you a better teacher
* The best way to get started teaching groups
* What Daniel has learned from his mistakes over the years
* Why online advertising is the best choice for most teachers
* What prospective piano parents actually want
* How to get great testimonials for your website
* How to target your advertising and appeal to your ideal clients

Links Mentioned

* Grow Your Music Studio (Daniel’s blog)
* Planning Your First Summer Camp with Jennifer Foxx
* Scaling Your Summer Camp
* The Testimonial Technique: A Simple Way to Grow Your Studio

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CPTP089 – Carol Matz on Piano Teaching and Arranging https://timtopham.com/cptp089-carol-matz-on-piano-teaching-and-arranging/ Fri, 26 May 2017 12:22:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=124155 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp089-carol-matz-on-piano-teaching-and-arranging/">CPTP089 – Carol Matz on Piano Teaching and Arranging</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>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 pedagogical arrangements. But Carol is also on the podcast to talk about the other […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp089-carol-matz-on-piano-teaching-and-arranging/">CPTP089 – Carol Matz on Piano Teaching and Arranging</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> 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 pedagogical arra... 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 pedagogical arrangements.

But Carol is also on the podcast to talk about the other side of arranging: how to teach arranging skills to our students.
Having this ability can connect our students to a whole variety of music styles and make them more likely to stick with their music studies. But how do we teach it? What’s the process?
Carol has step-by-step advice for us that’s going to make teaching arranging as easy as making a sandwich. Take a listen to see what I mean.
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* How to get a student to identify as a musician
* Ways of making music more social for students
* How to teach students about chords & arranging
* A simple way to teach chords to beginners
* How to drill chords in a way that’s not boring
* Step-by-step instructions for getting kids to arrange music
* How to fill out chords when students have small hands
* What the interactive piano method is and why Carol wrote it

Links Mentioned

* Interactive Piano Method
* Famous and Fun series
* Top 10 Pop Songs to Teach Piano Students
* The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Left Hand Patterns

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Do you teach arranging in your piano teaching?
How do you go about it? Do you use a similar method to Carol? If you don’t teach this skill, what’s holding you back?

Carol Matz is well known in the piano teaching community for her clean
CPTP088: 15,390 Pop Songs and Counting: The Hooktheory Story https://timtopham.com/cptp088-15390-pop-songs-and-counting-the-hooktheory-story/ Fri, 19 May 2017 13:12:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=124154 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp088-15390-pop-songs-and-counting-the-hooktheory-story/">CPTP088: 15,390 Pop Songs and Counting: The Hooktheory Story</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Hooktheory is a truly innovative site. It looks at harmony from a completely different perspective than traditional music theory. This is what happens when you bring together three engineers with a shared passion for music. By analysing the underlying chord progressions of thousands of pop songs – these guys are not simply learning what makes for a […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp088-15390-pop-songs-and-counting-the-hooktheory-story/">CPTP088: 15,390 Pop Songs and Counting: The Hooktheory Story</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Hooktheory is a truly innovative site. It looks at harmony from a completely different perspective than traditional music theory. This is what happens when you bring together three engineers with a shared passion for music. Hooktheory is a truly innovative site. It looks at harmony from a completely different perspective than traditional music theory. This is what happens when you bring together three engineers with a shared passion for music.
By analysing the underlying chord progressions of thousands of pop songs – these guys are not simply learning what makes for a hit. They’ve also developed new ways of teaching music theory so that students can see their instrument as a toolbox to be explored.
The approach the guys at Hooktheory have taken is so inspiring. I’m delighted to be having them on the show today to talk about their journey and their philosophies on music education.
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* Where the idea for Hooktheory started
* How pop songs get added to the site
* What to do when you first go to Hooktheory
* Whether the infamous four chords are as common as we think
* How a pop song can “sell” music theory to students
* Why exploration is missing from many piano studios
* The surprising lessons learned from creating Hooktheory
* How to use Hooktheory as a teacher in groups and private lessons
* When to expect a version that works on iPad

Links Mentioned

* Hook Theory tabs
* Hook Theory books
* Hook Pad software
* I analysed the chords of 1300 pop songs for patterns. This is what I found.
* Hook Theory – Hands Down the Best New Resource for Music Teachers
* How Learning Guitar Made Me a Better Piano Teacher
* No Book Beginners Course

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I get why you might be reluctant to branch into this area. Especially if you’ve bought into any of these preconceptions about teaching pop piano.
It doesn’t matter if you were classically trained, hate pop music or think it’s a waste of time; I think every teacher should at least be open to a sprinkling of pop in their lessons. Take a listen and see if teaching pop piano deserves a second glance for you.
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* Why you don’t need to be a “pop fan” to teach pop piano
* How pop music can give your student a quick win when they need it
* How teaching pop piano music can help you to teach theory
* What to do with tricky pop rhythms
* How you can make your students happy with just small sections of songs
* Why your students should be accompanying their own singing
* How you can save yourself some prep time
* Why you might not need sheet music at all

Links Mentioned

* Hal Leonard Pop Piano Hits
* Repertoire Rap Video #1
* Noviscore

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What’s stopping you teaching pop?
If you’re already teaching pop piano yourself, what do you think stops other people? Do you think I missed any of the big myths about pop piano?

When it comes to teaching pop piano, I’ve heard it all. Teachers cite these six barriers for getting into pop teaching time and again. But today I’m going to bust these myths.
I get why you might be reluctant to branch into this area. Especially if you’ve bought into any of these preconceptions about teaching pop piano.
It doesn’t matter if you were classically trained, hate pop music or think it’s a waste of ti...]]>
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CPTP086: Top 5 Pop Piano Teaching Hacks with Coen Modder https://timtopham.com/cptp086-top-5-pop-piano-teaching-hacks-with-coen-modder/ Sun, 07 May 2017 12:03:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=123731 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp086-top-5-pop-piano-teaching-hacks-with-coen-modder/">CPTP086: Top 5 Pop Piano Teaching Hacks with Coen Modder</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Playing classical music didn’t really appeal to Coen when he was a kid – so he started forging his own path. He found his way into piano playing through pop music and now teaches his students using the vocabulary of chords as the foundation. Coen is passionate about pop piano teaching. He treats teaching music […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp086-top-5-pop-piano-teaching-hacks-with-coen-modder/">CPTP086: Top 5 Pop Piano Teaching Hacks with Coen Modder</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Playing classical music didn’t really appeal to Coen when he was a kid – so he started forging his own path. He found his way into piano playing through pop music and now teaches his students using the vocabulary of chords as the foundation. Playing classical music didn’t really appeal to Coen when he was a kid – so he started forging his own path. He found his way into piano playing through pop music and now teaches his students using the vocabulary of chords as the foundation.

Coen is passionate about pop piano teaching. He treats teaching music like a language, and he thinks a harmonic vocabulary is the first thing they need to learn. When they learn about chords in this way, they see that these notes fit together, no matter which way they’re spelled.
There are so many possibilities when it comes to beginner piano teaching. I hope you’ll get some inspiration for your studio from Coen’s unique, pop-based approach.
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Coen is generously giving away his Bare Essentials to Keyboard Harmony to my listeners. You’re not going to want to miss this comprehensive guide.
In this episode, you’ll learn

* How Coen came to teaching pop piano
* What a piano “hack” is and why Coen teaches this way
* Why chords should be the foundation of our teaching
* What Coen would do in the first few lessons with a new student
* The magic behind musical words
* How chords can help students to compose music
* The value of patterns for teaching harmony and rhythms
* Coen’s ideas for teaching pop melodies
* What a rhythm block is and how it helps to visualise patterns

Links Mentioned

* Piano Couture (Coen’s blog)
* Piano Couture on YouTube
* Amsterdam Conservatory Pop Department
* My Rhythm app

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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 tried teaching harmony first?
What do you think of Coen’s approach to teaching? How much pop do you teach in your studio?

Playing classical music didn’t really appeal to Coen when he wa...]]>
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CPTP085: More Piano Recital Ideas with Kristin Yost https://timtopham.com/cptp085-more-piano-recital-ideas-with-kristin-yost/ Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:17:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=123728 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp085-more-piano-recital-ideas-with-kristin-yost/">CPTP085: More Piano Recital Ideas with Kristin Yost</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>When it comes to pop piano recitals, Kristin is a pro. Kristin’s students get a well-rounded education including pop and classical repertoire, and her annual pop showcase is one of her big studio highlights each year. This episode was first broadcast in September 2015. There’s a good chance you haven’t heard it unless you followed the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp085-more-piano-recital-ideas-with-kristin-yost/">CPTP085: More Piano Recital Ideas with Kristin Yost</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> When it comes to pop piano recitals, Kristin is a pro. Kristin’s students get a well-rounded education including pop and classical repertoire, and her annual pop showcase is one of her big studio highlights each year. When it comes to pop piano recitals, Kristin is a pro. Kristin’s students get a well-rounded education including pop and classical repertoire, and her annual pop showcase is one of her big studio highlights each year.

This episode was first broadcast in September 2015. There’s a good chance you haven’t heard it unless you followed the podcast from the very start. Even if you did it’s definitely worth a re-listen.
Kristin gives inspiring and practical recital ideas that will help you level-up your next concert. Take a listen and have a fresh look at your next event.
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* Why you need to consider a pop recital
* The value of multiple performance opportunities
* What an art fusion recital could entail
* Possibilities for collaborative music recitals
* How Kristin balances pop and classical repertoire
* How to prepare students to play with a band
* What to do to get started teaching pop
* Why you need professional musicians for your recital
* Signs that your recital is tired and needs reinventing

Links Mentioned

* Super Metronome Groovebox
* Kristin’s studio ‘Centre for Musical Minds’
* Kristin’s personal website
* Video example from a Pop Showcase Recital
* Kristin’s book ‘How I Made $100,000 My First Year as a Piano Teacher’
* Hal Leonard ‘Pop Piano Hits’
* Piano Flix ‘Teaching Pop Piano’
* David Cutler’s website
* The Savvy Musician (David Cutler’s book)

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CPTP084: 7 Creative Tech Ideas for Recitals with Shana Kirk https://timtopham.com/cptp084-7-creative-tech-ideas-for-recitals-with-shana-kirk/ Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:36:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=123727 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp084-7-creative-tech-ideas-for-recitals-with-shana-kirk/">CPTP084: 7 Creative Tech Ideas for Recitals with Shana Kirk</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>If you’ve been to a conference recently, you may have met Shana Kirk at one of the booths there. Shana is an expert on music technology and its applications in the piano studio. She’s here today to share seven ways you can use tech to make your recital more creative. We’ve all been to a […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp084-7-creative-tech-ideas-for-recitals-with-shana-kirk/">CPTP084: 7 Creative Tech Ideas for Recitals with Shana Kirk</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> If you’ve been to a conference recently, you may have met Shana Kirk at one of the booths there. Shana is an expert on music technology and its applications in the piano studio. She’s here today to share seven ways you can use tech to make your recital... If you’ve been to a conference recently, you may have met Shana Kirk at one of the booths there. Shana is an expert on music technology and its applications in the piano studio. She’s here today to share seven ways you can use tech to make your recital more creative.
We’ve all been to a recital that was…well…not too exciting. We want our recitals to be one of the cornerstones of our teaching business. If you’re going to go to the effort of putting on a recital, it better get people’s attention.
These wonderful tech ideas for recitals will help your event stand out and leave students and parents looking forward to the next one.
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* The role of tech in piano teaching today
* Why having a visual element is important these days
* Ways you could collaborate with other arts
* Options for digital accompaniments
* How to create a virtual orchestra for a performance
* What it means to “duet yourself” and how you can do it
* How a video performance project can motivate students
* How to give your students a wonderful movie scoring experience

Links Mentioned

* Visual Performer
* Home Concert Xtreme
* Synthesia
* Piano Maestro
* Notestar
* SuperScore
* Garritan Personal Orchestra
* Duet Yourself
* Taking Your Online Lessons to the Next Level with Mario Ajero
* Free Silent Films
* Yamaha Den (for educators, especially those using Disklavier)

Videos Mentioned


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CPTP083: What’s the Best Piano Exam Syllabus? https://timtopham.com/cptp083-whats-the-best-piano-exam-syllabus/ Fri, 14 Apr 2017 13:19:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=123720 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp083-whats-the-best-piano-exam-syllabus/">CPTP083: What’s the Best Piano Exam Syllabus?</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Exams are not for every student. There are many alternatives if you want to motivate your piano students to move forward and practice more. But if you do want to go for an exam, which one should you choose? I want to encourage you not to just pick the one you know best, or the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp083-whats-the-best-piano-exam-syllabus/">CPTP083: What’s the Best Piano Exam Syllabus?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Exams are not for every student. There are many alternatives if you want to motivate your piano students to move forward and practice more. But if you do want to go for an exam, which one should you choose? Exams are not for every student. There are many alternatives if you want to motivate your piano students to move forward and practice more.
But if you do want to go for an exam, which one should you choose? I want to encourage you not to just pick the one you know best, or the one you used growing up. There are so many fantastic options out there – and they all achieve different things.
Today I’m going through the differences to look out for in a piano exam syllabus. I’m also giving you some tips on how exactly to match your student to the best possible exam for them.
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This free checklist will help you to narrow down the choices for your student’s next piano exam.
In this episode, you’ll learn

* Alternatives to piano exams for motivating students
* How to assess the best route to your student’s goals
* How to decide what you want to achieve with this exam
* The main differences between the exam boards
* The types of piano exams available
* How the marking system should affect your decision
* What types of students suit which exam boards
* Tips for trying out a new piano exam syllabus for the first time

Links Mentioned

* Making Practice Stick (guest article on Graham Fitch’s blog)
* 6 Steps to Beating Overwhelm
* ABRSM
* AMEB
* ANZCA
* Trinity College Exams
* Rock School Exams

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CPTP082: Trinity College Piano Exams with Barry Walmsley https://timtopham.com/cptp082-trinity-college-piano-exams-with-barry-walmsley/ Fri, 07 Apr 2017 12:18:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=123423 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp082-trinity-college-piano-exams-with-barry-walmsley/">CPTP082: Trinity College Piano Exams with Barry Walmsley</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Barry Walmsley grew up with the AMEB, but when he found Trinity College piano exams it was a much better fit. He started working with Trinity in 1990 and is the perfect person to give us an overview of what this exam board is all about. Trinity College piano exams have many features that make […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp082-trinity-college-piano-exams-with-barry-walmsley/">CPTP082: Trinity College Piano Exams with Barry Walmsley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Barry Walmsley grew up with the AMEB, but when he found Trinity College piano exams it was a much better fit. He started working with Trinity in 1990 and is the perfect person to give us an overview of what this exam board is all about. Barry Walmsley grew up with the AMEB, but when he found Trinity College piano exams it was a much better fit. He started working with Trinity in 1990 and is the perfect person to give us an overview of what this exam board is all about.

Trinity College piano exams have many features that make them stand out. The first one that jumped out to me was the option of either improvising or sight reading in the early grades.
Trinity also has a great rock & pop syllabus which swaps out aural & general knowledge tests for “session skills”. The accompanying books are forward-thinking and full of great contemporary repertoire (that you can use even if you don’t go for the exam of course).
Take a listen to today’s show and see if you might like to give Trinity College piano exams a try.
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* What makes Trinity different from the other exam boards
* How to Trinity exam board started
* Where exams should fit in to our piano teaching
* How to design a well-rounded music experience
* How the Trinity exams are set up
* Where the certificate exams fit in
* The role of contemporary music in Trinity College piano exams
* Advice for pleasing pushy exam focussed parents
* Where the Trinity College piano exams are available
* The exam marking and examiner training process

Links Mentioned

* Trinity College website
* Australian Trinity College website
* Trinity College Rock & Pop website
* Episode 16: ANZCA Exams
* Episode 17: ABRSM Exams
* Episode 31: RCM Exams
* Episode 32: AMEB Exams
* Trinity Rock and Pop Books

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CPTP081: 3 Steps to the Effective Teaching of any Piano Piece [Worksheet Download] https://timtopham.com/cptp081-3-steps-to-the-effective-teaching-of-any-piano-piece-worksheet-download/ Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:52:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=123027 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp081-3-steps-to-the-effective-teaching-of-any-piano-piece-worksheet-download/">CPTP081: 3 Steps to the Effective Teaching of any Piano Piece [Worksheet Download]</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Do you ever wonder exactly how to teach piano pieces? Once students have left their beginner method books, some teachers tend to get a bit lost wondering, “What do I do now? How do I prepare my students for their new pieces without that structure?” The best thing about the creative and flexible approach to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp081-3-steps-to-the-effective-teaching-of-any-piano-piece-worksheet-download/">CPTP081: 3 Steps to the Effective Teaching of any Piano Piece [Worksheet Download]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Do you ever wonder exactly how to teach piano pieces? Once students have left their beginner method books, some teachers tend to get a bit lost wondering, “What do I do now? How do I prepare my students for their new pieces without that structure? Do you ever wonder exactly how to teach piano pieces? Once students have left their beginner method books, some teachers tend to get a bit lost wondering, “What do I do now? How do I prepare my students for their new pieces without that structure?”
The best thing about the creative and flexible approach to teaching that I advocate is that you don’t have to be held to a restrictive method book. However, this can also be a bit terrifying if you don’t know what to do instead.
There is so much great piano music out there, but what’s the best way to teach it?
Today I’m sharing a simple and flexible framework that you can use to start better preparing your students for new repertoire. Never again hastily give your students a few notes about a new piece as they run out the door. Use this structure to get them ready instead.
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“Elements and Activities” Worksheet
This sheet brings together all elements of a holistic education: listening, moving, creative, reading, writing, and theory. Click here to see a sample worksheet that I’ve already filled in.
In this episode, you’ll learn

* Why the way we often introduce new music is not the best way
* How this approach will change things for your teaching
* How you can save time in lessons so that you can follow these steps
* What the template looks like and how to use it
* The benefits of working with this template
* Sample activities that stem from this planning process
* How this way of working can make the learning more enjoyable for your student

Links Mentioned

* Episode 77: Teaching Lead Sheets with Susan Deas
* Episode 78: 5 Tips for Planning a Piano Teaching Curriculum
* Episode 79: Rote Teaching with Amy Greer
* Episode 80: Beginner Piano Teaching Games with Nicola Cantan

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CPTP080: Beginner Piano Teaching Games with Nicola Cantan https://timtopham.com/cptp080-beginner-piano-teaching-games-with-nicola-cantan/ Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:47:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=123199 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp080-beginner-piano-teaching-games-with-nicola-cantan/">CPTP080: Beginner Piano Teaching Games with Nicola Cantan</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Playing games is one of the best ways to get young kids engaged. Whether they’re learning about music or maths, gamified learning is effective and fun. Planning piano teaching games into your lessons will mean your students learn theory concepts more quickly. Games based learning is what children are set up for! They’ll also be even more […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp080-beginner-piano-teaching-games-with-nicola-cantan/">CPTP080: Beginner Piano Teaching Games with Nicola Cantan</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Playing games is one of the best ways to get young kids engaged. Whether they’re learning about music or maths, gamified learning is effective and fun. Planning piano teaching games into your lessons will mean your students learn theory concepts more q... Playing games is one of the best ways to get young kids engaged. Whether they’re learning about music or maths, gamified learning is effective and fun.
Planning piano teaching games into your lessons will mean your students learn theory concepts more quickly. Games based learning is what children are set up for!
They’ll also be even more excited to come to lessons. Kids love interacting and learning through play and you’ll build more rapport with your students in the process.

Here today to tell us about her favourite piano teaching games, the effect they have in her studio, and how you can gamify your teaching is Nicola Cantan. Nicola shares tons of her creative and outside-the-box teaching ideas on her blog Colourful Keys.
Let’s get more piano students off that bench and giggling with some piano teaching games.
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You can download the Gamified Piano Teaching Powerpack by filling in the form below. This powerpack includes the three games mentioned today: Dynamic Dynamo, Signature Sprint and Line, Space, Leapfrog. You’re not going to want to miss out on these awesome games.
In this episode, you’ll learn

* What games can do for your piano students
* The value of games for learning music theory
* When to use different types of games & activities
* How to get started if you’re nervous of playing games
* Why you need to teach on your students’ level
* How games can build relationships with young students
* Some of Nicola’s favourite games to use in her studio
* What’s included in today’s free games download
* Where you can find even more games to cover any concept

Links Mentioned

* Colourful Keys blog
* Piano Builder Cards (groups of two & three black keys)
* The Off-the-bench Catalogue (tons of free games organised by concepts covered)
* Landmark Landmines
* Grand Staff Twister
* Symbol Splash

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CPTP079: Rote Teaching with Amy Greer https://timtopham.com/cptp079-rote-teaching-with-amy-greer/ Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:56:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=122991 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp079-rote-teaching-with-amy-greer/">CPTP079: Rote Teaching with Amy Greer</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Rote teaching got a bad rap for a while. But piano teachers are starting to realise the value of teaching pieces by rote and incorporate this puzzle piece into their teaching. Teaching rote pieces alongside reading pieces provides so many benefits. Kids who learn pieces this way are better at finding patterns, using their ears and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp079-rote-teaching-with-amy-greer/">CPTP079: Rote Teaching with Amy Greer</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Rote teaching got a bad rap for a while. But piano teachers are starting to realise the value of teaching pieces by rote and incorporate this puzzle piece into their teaching. Teaching rote pieces alongside reading pieces provides so many benefits. Rote teaching got a bad rap for a while. But piano teachers are starting to realise the value of teaching pieces by rote and incorporate this puzzle piece into their teaching.
Teaching rote pieces alongside reading pieces provides so many benefits. Kids who learn pieces this way are better at finding patterns, using their ears and navigating the keyboard.
You might feel like a fish out of water when it comes to rote, pattern-based piano teaching. Many teachers are apprehensive of trying this style of teaching if they’ve never done it before. It’s scary not to  have a book to point at.

Well, Amy Greer is here to help you get started with rote pieces. She’s giving us step-by-step insight into her rote teaching style. I hope Amy will inspire you to give rote pieces a try this week.
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* How Amy got started with rote teaching
* The role of rote teaching in Amy’s teaching
The idea behind the Repertoire by Rote book
* How to scaffold the learning of rote pieces
* The exact steps Amy uses to teach a rote piece in the first lesson
* Why “circling” helps reinforce learning in the piano lesson
* What to look for when scouring for rote pieces

Links Mentioned

* Repertoire by Rote by Amy Greer and Dennis Alexander
* Exploring Piano Safari with Dr. Julie Knerr and Katherine Fisher
* Dalcroze Eurhythmics with Paula Melville Clark

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How much rote teaching do you do?
Any? Do you see the value of teaching pieces by rote? If you haven’t tried it yet, what’s holding you back?

Rote teaching got a bad rap for a while. But piano teachers are starting to realise the value of teaching pieces by rote and incorporate this puzzle piece into their teaching.
Teaching rote pieces alongside reading pieces provides so m...]]> Tim Topham: Piano Teacher | Music Educator | Blogger clean 49:48 CPTP078: 5 Tips for Planning a Piano Teaching Curriculum https://timtopham.com/cptp078-5-tips-for-planning-a-piano-teaching-curriculum/ Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:19:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=123046 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp078-5-tips-for-planning-a-piano-teaching-curriculum/">CPTP078: 5 Tips for Planning a Piano Teaching Curriculum</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Properly planning a piano teaching curriculum is not as simple as just following an exam syllabus or a method book series. It requires careful thought and consideration to put together the curriculum for your studio and your students. Many teachers tell me that they don’t have time to fit everything into the lesson time. Others […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp078-5-tips-for-planning-a-piano-teaching-curriculum/">CPTP078: 5 Tips for Planning a Piano Teaching Curriculum</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Properly planning a piano teaching curriculum is not as simple as just following an exam syllabus or a method book series. It requires careful thought and consideration to put together the curriculum for your studio and your students. Properly planning a piano teaching curriculum is not as simple as just following an exam syllabus or a method book series. It requires careful thought and consideration to put together the curriculum for your studio and your students.
Many teachers tell me that they don’t have time to fit everything into the lesson time. Others ask me how they can plan for exams alongside creative activities. Making a plan can help with both of these issues.
You’re the route planner for your students musical journey. Where are you going to lead them?
Don’t let yourself be pulled in different directions of things you should be doing. Listen to episode 78 and start proactively planning your curriculum.
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* The pitfalls of “segmenting” a piano lesson
* How I define a curriculum vs a syllabus
* Why we need a flexible system for planning
* How to start planning a piano teaching curriculum
* How to lesson plan, and then go with the flow
* Why I don’t use a method book at all for the first 10 weeks
* Ideas for beginner, intermediate and advanced lesson planning

Links Mentioned

* 6 Mistakes I Made When I Started Teaching Piano
* All About ABRSM Piano Exams with Tim Arnold
* Piano Safari podcast with Dr. Julie Knerr and Katherine Fisher
* Piano Safari
* Piano Pronto
* Accelerated Piano Adventures
* Way Cool Keyboarding
* Practicia

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CPTP077: How to Teach Lead Sheets and Chord Charts with Susan Deas https://timtopham.com/cptp077-how-to-teach-lead-sheets-and-chord-charts-with-susan-deas/ Fri, 03 Mar 2017 13:29:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=122950 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp077-how-to-teach-lead-sheets-and-chord-charts-with-susan-deas/">CPTP077: How to Teach Lead Sheets and Chord Charts with Susan Deas</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Teach lead sheets and your students will be more likely to be lifelong pianists. In fact, Susan Deas surveyed teachers and found that 90% thought teaching lead sheets was useful skill. Cultivating a love of music and keeping students playing was also rated as a primary focus, and most teachers thought lead sheets would help with this. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp077-how-to-teach-lead-sheets-and-chord-charts-with-susan-deas/">CPTP077: How to Teach Lead Sheets and Chord Charts with Susan Deas</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Teach lead sheets and your students will be more likely to be lifelong pianists. In fact, Susan Deas surveyed teachers and found that 90% thought teaching lead sheets was useful skill. Cultivating a love of music and keeping students playing was also r... Teach lead sheets and your students will be more likely to be lifelong pianists. In fact, Susan Deas surveyed teachers and found that 90% thought teaching lead sheets was useful skill. Cultivating a love of music and keeping students playing was also rated as a primary focus, and most teachers thought lead sheets would help with this.
So why are many of us still not fitting this creative skill into our lessons?

Susan Deas takes a practical, straight-forward approach to lead sheet playing. Her book, Improvisation for Classically Trained Pianists, breaks down this skill into a truly step-by-step process.
As Susan says: “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good, have a go!”. Jump in to episode 77 and find out how you can teach lead sheets in your studio.
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* The difference between a chord chart and a lead sheet
* Why Susan set out to research the area of improvisation
* What Susan found out about teachers’ attitudes to creativity
* Why teachers don’t teach lead sheets, and why they should
* How to get piano parents on board with improvisation
* How Susan prepares young students for lead sheet playing
* What you can do to fit more improv into your piano lessons
* Susan’s top tips for how to teach lead sheets

Links Mentioned

* Improvisation for Classically Trained Pianists
* Susan’s chord resources
* What’s the Difference between a Chord Chart and a Lead Sheet
* The Ultimate Guide to Left Hand Piano Styles & Patterns

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CPTP076: Preparing Students for their Future with Susan de Weger https://timtopham.com/cptp076-preparing-students-for-their-future-with-susan-de-weger/ Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:47:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=122785 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp076-preparing-students-for-their-future-with-susan-de-weger/">CPTP076: Preparing Students for their Future with Susan de Weger</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>It goes without saying that the world is completely different than it was in Beethoven’s time. And even Beethoven had what we would now call a portfolio career, teaching, playing and composing. So why is a performance focussed music education still the norm? Why aren’t music teachers properly preparing students for their future? Decide on your […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp076-preparing-students-for-their-future-with-susan-de-weger/">CPTP076: Preparing Students for their Future with Susan de Weger</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> It goes without saying that the world is completely different than it was in Beethoven’s time. And even Beethoven had what we would now call a portfolio career, teaching, playing and composing. So why is a performance focussed music education still the... It goes without saying that the world is completely different than it was in Beethoven’s time. And even Beethoven had what we would now call a portfolio career, teaching, playing and composing. So why is a performance focussed music education still the norm?
Why aren’t music teachers properly preparing students for their future?

Decide on your teaching objectives before you (perhaps unconsciously) emphasise performance perfection. Changing your teaching mindset means your students can access all these other avenues that music can open up.
Learning music can teach us many skills beyond the stage. Susan de Weger is here to tell us the how, why and what of preparing students for their future, not the distant past.
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* Why preparing students for their future doesn’t mean only performance skills
* How music can teach students to try…and then fail
* How ensemble playing can teach valuable life skills
* Why you should think creatively about your business
* How to readjust your expectations and meet students where they’re at
* What to tell your piano parents to help them with practice
* How a career in music really looks today

Links Mentioned

* TTTV012: Reinventing the Recital with Kristin Yost
* Beyond the Stage (Susan’s podcast)
* Notable Values (Susan’s website)

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CPTP075: The 5 Myths of Improvisation with Bradley Sowash https://timtopham.com/cptp075-the-5-myths-of-improvisation-with-bradley-sowash/ Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:38:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=122713 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp075-the-5-myths-of-improvisation-with-bradley-sowash/">CPTP075: The 5 Myths of Improvisation with Bradley Sowash</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Bradley is a fantastic improviser and has inspired many piano teachers to bring creativity into their piano teaching studios. Through this experience, he has found these 5 myths of improvisation stop many classically trained pianists from getting started with jazz or improv. When we allow ourselves to believe these myths, we’re closing ourselves and our […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp075-the-5-myths-of-improvisation-with-bradley-sowash/">CPTP075: The 5 Myths of Improvisation with Bradley Sowash</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Bradley is a fantastic improviser and has inspired many piano teachers to bring creativity into their piano teaching studios. Through this experience, he has found these 5 myths of improvisation stop many classically trained pianists from getting start... Bradley is a fantastic improviser and has inspired many piano teachers to bring creativity into their piano teaching studios. Through this experience, he has found these 5 myths of improvisation stop many classically trained pianists from getting started with jazz or improv.

When we allow ourselves to believe these myths, we’re closing ourselves and our students off from a whole section of music making. And the truth is, you probably already improvise in some way. Even if you don’t know it yet.
As part of the classical to chords month, Bradley and I are going to bust through the myths of improvisation. While we’re at it, we’re throwing in some quick and easy accompaniment patterns you can use to teach creativity right away.
So jump in, and get started with improvisation today. It’s not scary I promise.
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* What improvisation means to Bradley
* The elements of jazz that are open for creativity
* Why Bradley was drawn to jazz in the first place
* How to improve your musical ear
* Why you don’t have to be Oscar Peterson to improvise
* The approach to creativity and reading that Bradley advocates
* How to move to the next level with teaching creativity
* Why classically trained pianists shouldn’t be scared of the uncertainty of improv
* How to get through a lack of musical inspiration in the moment
* Tricks and patterns that you can use right away in your teaching

Links Mentioned

* Bradley’s Online Lessons
* 88 Creative Keys Workshops

88 Creative Keys 2017


At 88 Creative Keys workshops, we teach teachers to improvise, use technology, lead off-bench activities, direct group teaching, and acquire updated business skills with today’s leading pedagogues.
We’re passionate about helping you make your successful 21st-century studio a reality. Act fast and you might even catch the early bird discount. Plus all teachers with a teacher’s association membership get an extra discount. I hope to see you there!

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CPTP074: Creative Teaching QnA with Tim Topham https://timtopham.com/cptp074-creative-teaching-qna-with-tim-topham/ Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:58:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=122645 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp074-creative-teaching-qna-with-tim-topham/">CPTP074: Creative Teaching QnA with Tim Topham</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Creative teaching is obviously something I’m extremely passionate about. I love teaching creative skills to my own students and helping teachers to do the same. Because of this reputation, piano teachers often come to me with their creative teaching questions. And the same ones come up again and again. So in today’s show, I’m answering […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp074-creative-teaching-qna-with-tim-topham/">CPTP074: Creative Teaching QnA with Tim Topham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Creative teaching is obviously something I’m extremely passionate about. I love teaching creative skills to my own students and helping teachers to do the same. Because of this reputation, piano teachers often come to me with their creative teaching qu... Creative teaching is obviously something I’m extremely passionate about. I love teaching creative skills to my own students and helping teachers to do the same.
Because of this reputation, piano teachers often come to me with their creative teaching questions. And the same ones come up again and again.
So in today’s show, I’m answering your top questions about creative teaching. How can you get started if you were classically trained? Do you need an iPad to teach creatively? How can you find time in your busy piano lessons for these activities?
Find out all this and more in the episode 74.
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* Why you might be more creative than you think
* How to find and tap into your own creativity
* Why you might need to educate the parents first
* Where to find the time for creativity in piano lessons
* Why you need to know your goals for students first
* What to do if you don’t have access to tech and gadgets
* How to prevent app overwhelm

Links Mentioned

* 12 Bar Blues Lesson Plans
* iReal Pro
* MusiClock
* Tin Pan Rhythm
* Rhythm Cups
* ‘Let’s Drum This’ Bucket Drumming
* Best iPad Apps for Piano Teachers

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CPTP073: 5 Reasons to Get More Creative in Your Piano Teaching in 2017 https://timtopham.com/cptp073-5-reasons-to-get-more-creative-in-your-piano-teaching-in-2017/ Fri, 03 Feb 2017 12:35:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=121782 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp073-5-reasons-to-get-more-creative-in-your-piano-teaching-in-2017/">CPTP073: 5 Reasons to Get More Creative in Your Piano Teaching in 2017</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>The world is changing and the old style of piano lessons often doesn’t fly anymore. We need to find ways to get more creative so we can inspire students to stick with the piano. As Tiffany, my special “piano-quitter” guest says: “You’d be surprised at how much students know where they want to go with […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/cptp073-5-reasons-to-get-more-creative-in-your-piano-teaching-in-2017/">CPTP073: 5 Reasons to Get More Creative in Your Piano Teaching in 2017</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> The world is changing and the old style of piano lessons often doesn’t fly anymore. We need to find ways to get more creative so we can inspire students to stick with the piano. As Tiffany, my special “piano-quitter” guest says: “You’d be surprised at ... The world is changing and the old style of piano lessons often doesn’t fly anymore. We need to find ways to get more creative so we can inspire students to stick with the piano.
As Tiffany, my special “piano-quitter” guest says:
“You’d be surprised at how much students know where they want to go with the music…It might not be on the curriculum, but give it a go, let them explore a bit! Music is a joy and it’s a creative outlet.“
It’s such a shame that Tiffany didn’t get to learn this as a child. Maybe, just maybe, if she had been given more creative piano skills she would’ve been inspired to keep going and push through the challenges of learning piano.
Today I’m sharing the top 5 reasons I love teaching creative piano skills, and hopefully inspiring you to get more creative in your piano teaching this year. And in turn, passing on some musical inspiration to your students so they stick with it.
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Today’s Freebie
I’ve put together a special download just for podcast listeners: 20 Simple Ways to Add Creativity to Any Piano Lesson. You’re not going to want to miss this.
In this episode, you’ll learn

* Why so many of today’s students quit piano
* What I consider a traditional piano education
* How creativity can help build teacher-student rapport
* Why you should broaden your students’ musical horizons
* How to make it more likely that your students will be pianists for life
* The added music theory benefits of getting more creative
* How to keep your teaching fires burning week after week

Links Mentioned

* Teen Teaching Toolkit
* Top 5 Most Powerful Creative Piano Teaching Episodes

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TTTV072: Top 7 Most Powerful Creative Piano Teaching Episodes https://timtopham.com/tttv072-top-7-most-powerful-creative-piano-teaching-episodes/ Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=121780 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv072-top-7-most-powerful-creative-piano-teaching-episodes/">TTTV072: Top 7 Most Powerful Creative Piano Teaching Episodes</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>So much creative piano teaching innovation has happened this year on timtopham.com, and there’s heaps of exciting things coming up in 2017. Today on the show I’m giving you a sneak peek into what’s coming up. We’re also taking a walk down memory lane with my top 7 podcast episodes from the past here. More […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv072-top-7-most-powerful-creative-piano-teaching-episodes/">TTTV072: Top 7 Most Powerful Creative Piano Teaching Episodes</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> So much creative piano teaching innovation has happened this year on timtopham.com, and there’s heaps of exciting things coming up in 2017. Today on the show I’m giving you a sneak peek into what’s coming up.
So much creative piano teaching innovation has happened this year on timtopham.com, and there’s heaps of exciting things coming up in 2017.
Today on the show I’m giving you a sneak peek into what’s coming up. We’re also taking a walk down memory lane with my top 7 podcast episodes from the past here.
More and more, my focus is on helping teachers with the creative side of piano teaching.These 7 powerful creative piano teaching episodes definitely deserve revisiting. All 7 give you actionable steps for creative piano teaching.
Even if you’ve been listening to my podcast right from the start take a listen back. There’s probably something in them that you missed, or forgot to take action on.
Transcript
#7 Why Creativity Matters with Dennis Alexander
TTTV064: Why Creativity Matters with Dennis Alexander

Quick summary
This is a chat with one of my favourite contemporary composers, Dennis Alexander.
In this episode, Dennis not only plays a few of his favourite pieces, he answers questions such as “What’s the most important thing you feel piano teachers should be teaching students to encourage creativity?”.
Why it made the list
Hearing composers talk about what got them into composing (normally the encouragement and creativity of their first teachers) is always interesting. I would love to think that I’m cultivating the next generation of composers in my studio. But creating composers is not going to happen if we only teach students how to read other people’s music.
Would Bach, Beethoven and Chopin (and any of the other famous composers) be happy to hear that the majority of piano teaching in 2016 still focusses mainly on music reading, performing and interpreting ‘the classics’?
We must remember that, in order to have future generations of composers, we need to be encouraging our students to improvise, create and be curious about music.
How should we do that? Take a listen and find out!
#6 Balancing the Eye and the Ear with Bradley Sowash and Leila Viss
TTTV005: Balancing the Eye and the Ear – Bradley Sowash & Leila Viss on creativity at the keyboard

Quick summary
In this podcast, Leila and Bradley dispel many of the myths around creativity.
They discuss what “creativity” actually means, how you can fit it into your lessons and what to do, step by step, to get started. This is the perfect episode to listen to if you want to get fired up about teaching creative skills, and get the tools to get started.
Why it made the list
Bradley and Leila are two of the best creative teachers around. Leila, like many of us, was classically trained and has become more creative through her own professional learning, exploring and practising. This means that she is in a perfect position to guide other classically-trained teachers towards a creative approach because she knows what it’s like.
Bradley has a much more jazz-oriented background and so has the chops to teach and play just about anything in any style but he’s also connected enough with piano teaching to know the pedagogy, know how to teach and how to share his amazing skills.
While a little longer than usual, this episode is full of ideas that you can use in your teaching right away so get a pen and notepad and watch and learn!
#5 Using Orff to Teach Rhythm with Vashti Summervill
TTTV045: Using Orff to Teach Rhythm with Vashti Summervill

Quick summary
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TTTV071: Exploring Piano Safari with Dr Julie Knerr and Katherine Fisher https://timtopham.com/tttv071-exploring-piano-safari-with-dr-julie-knerr-and-katherine-fisher/ Sat, 17 Dec 2016 01:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=121721 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv071-exploring-piano-safari-with-dr-julie-knerr-and-katherine-fisher/">TTTV071: Exploring Piano Safari with Dr Julie Knerr and Katherine Fisher</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>When I started to explore Piano Safari I was excited. I’ve looked at many piano methods and none made quite as much sense to me as Piano Safari does. The books include rote teaching, intervallic reading, technique and improvisation all in one method. What’s not to love? The way they approach technique is truly inspired. Julie and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv071-exploring-piano-safari-with-dr-julie-knerr-and-katherine-fisher/">TTTV071: Exploring Piano Safari with Dr Julie Knerr and Katherine Fisher</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> When I started to explore Piano Safari I was excited. I’ve looked at many piano methods and none made quite as much sense to me as Piano Safari does. The books include rote teaching, intervallic reading, technique and improvisation all in one method. When I started to explore Piano Safari I was excited. I’ve looked at many piano methods and none made quite as much sense to me as Piano Safari does. The books include rote teaching, intervallic reading, technique and improvisation all in one method. What’s not to love?

The way they approach technique is truly inspired. Julie and Katherine have distilled the essential movements needed by pianists down into animal themed exercises.
Not only do kids love this animal theme, but it makes the exercises more memorable. And when they remember the technique exercises better, they practice them more – and more accurately.

Today on the podcast the creators of Piano Safari, Dr. Julie Knerr and Katherine Fisher are talking technique, sight reading and inspiration. They also give their top five piano teaching tips, and you’re not going to want to miss those.
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* How the Piano Safari method came about
* The thinking behind the progression of the technique exercises
* Why legato playing should be delayed longer than you think
* What Julie and Katherine mean by the term rote teaching
* The benefits of learning pieces by rote
* How Piano Safari approaches teaching reading
* How to get started with the Piano Safari method
* Katherine & Julie’s top 5 teaching tips

Links Mentioned

* Piano Safari
* Teaching Piano Safari Facebook group
* Piano Safari stuffed animal guide blog post
* Piano Safari reminder videos
* Piano Safari teaching guides
* Piano Safari blog
* Piano Safari mini essays

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TTTV070: Avoiding Pianistic Injury with Dr Bronwen Ackermann https://timtopham.com/tttv070-avoiding-pianistic-injury-with-dr-bronwen-ackermann/ Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=121671 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv070-avoiding-pianistic-injury-with-dr-bronwen-ackermann/">TTTV070: Avoiding Pianistic Injury with Dr Bronwen Ackermann</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>How much importance do you place on technique in your studio? Chances are if you’ve experienced a pianistic injury yourself you consider your technique teaching very carefully. It can be hard to undo bad habits we get into through years of study. Playing an instrument is a physical task, but we don’t often think about […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv070-avoiding-pianistic-injury-with-dr-bronwen-ackermann/">TTTV070: Avoiding Pianistic Injury with Dr Bronwen Ackermann</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> How much importance do you place on technique in your studio? Chances are if you’ve experienced a pianistic injury yourself you consider your technique teaching very carefully. It can be hard to undo bad habits we get into through years of study. How much importance do you place on technique in your studio? Chances are if you’ve experienced a pianistic injury yourself you consider your technique teaching very carefully. It can be hard to undo bad habits we get into through years of study.
Playing an instrument is a physical task, but we don’t often think about it that way. A professional athlete would have a team of physiotherapists behind them. So why do you not see the same for a concert pianist?

Dr. Bronwen Ackermann suffered an injury from playing clarinet when she was younger. She assumed her experience was unusual and that most musicians had better technique training than she did.
When she became a physiotherapist she discovered most musicians didn’t know enough about the anatomy. We need to understand how our bodies work to avoid a pianistic injury.
Bronwen is on the show today to give us a medical and technical perspective on piano technique. We’re talking about how to prevent pianistic injuries and how to teach our students better techniques from the start.
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Transcript
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* How Bronwen came to specialise in physiotherapy for musicians
* What to watch out for when teaching beginning piano students
* How to adjust seating for young pianists
* The ideal hand and wrist position for avoiding pianistic injury
* Rotation and the Taubman approach from a medical perspective
* How to warm-up before even touching the piano
* The importance of goal oriented practice
* What to do when a piano student is in pain
* Solutions to common piano technique issues

Links Mentioned

* Australian Society of Performing Arts Healthcare
* Sound Performers Online Course
* Musicians Exercise DVD

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TTTV069: 6 Steps to Beating Overwhelm https://timtopham.com/tttv069-6-steps-to-beating-overwhelm/ Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=121522 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv069-6-steps-to-beating-overwhelm/">TTTV069: 6 Steps to Beating Overwhelm</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Do you ever feel like there’s just too much information these days? It can be difficult to know where to put your focus when life, work and the internet seems to pull you in every direction. Beating overwhelm means knowing where to put your focus and attention. You can’t possibly consume all that content – […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv069-6-steps-to-beating-overwhelm/">TTTV069: 6 Steps to Beating Overwhelm</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Do you ever feel like there’s just too much information these days? It can be difficult to know where to put your focus when life, work and the internet seems to pull you in every direction. Beating overwhelm means knowing where to put your focus and a... Do you ever feel like there’s just too much information these days? It can be difficult to know where to put your focus when life, work and the internet seems to pull you in every direction.
Beating overwhelm means knowing where to put your focus and attention. You can’t possibly consume all that content – and you shouldn’t try.
When you know what you’re trying to achieve , set very clear goals for yourself, and  hold yourself accountable for achieving them – you’re that much closer to beating overwhelm. You need to cut through the fluff and work out why you’re doing what you’re doing.  
In today’s solo show I’m giving you 6 steps to follow if you’re feeling the information overload. If one of your goals is to achieve a better work-life balance these tips could help you along the way.
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Transcript
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* What prompted me to talk about beating overwhelm today
* My own routine for staying healthy
* How to prioritise which information to consume
* Why you should set your teaching philosophy first
* How to be more productive in less time
* How to automate repetitive tasks
* Why you should outsource some of your work

Today’s Free Download:
Links Mentioned

* Piano Teaching Resources page
* 5 Productivity Tools for Piano Teachers Webinar
* Google Docs
* Practicia
* Aweber
* CoSchedule
* Asana
* Music Teachers Helper
* Chart Mogul
* Calendly
* Hootsuite
* UpWork
* Snag It
* Camtasia

 
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TTTV068: The Importance of Harmony with Tom Donald https://timtopham.com/tttv068-the-importance-of-harmony-with-tom-donald/ Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:33:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=121396 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv068-the-importance-of-harmony-with-tom-donald/">TTTV068: The Importance of Harmony with Tom Donald</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Through his own musicianship and teaching, Tom Donald gradually came to realise that something was missing. There was a disconnect between what students wanted to learn and what teachers were teaching. Students were also coming out of lessons without a true comprehension of how music works. By teaching harmony first, students get a much richer […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv068-the-importance-of-harmony-with-tom-donald/">TTTV068: The Importance of Harmony with Tom Donald</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Through his own musicianship and teaching, Tom Donald gradually came to realise that something was missing. There was a disconnect between what students wanted to learn and what teachers were teaching. Students were also coming out of lessons without a... Through his own musicianship and teaching, Tom Donald gradually came to realise that something was missing. There was a disconnect between what students wanted to learn and what teachers were teaching. Students were also coming out of lessons without a true comprehension of how music works.

By teaching harmony first, students get a much richer understanding of music as a whole. They’re able to see inside all music whether it’s pop, jazz or classical. This also opens up students to the similarities between the different genres of music.
Teaching harmony and chord progressions to students gives them the skills to really dissect and approach all new pieces of music. No matter what type of music they want to play.
Find out how Tom approaches teaching, how his studio is structured and actionable steps you can use to incorporate more harmonic into your teaching today.
Transcript
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* Why harmony is the “ultimate roadmap” of music
* How teaching harmony first takes us back to true classical music roots
* How to embrace students who are learning from YouTube
* What Pachebel and The Beatles have in common
* Why students should be singing pop melodies not playing them
* The role of classical repertoire in Tom’s school
* How Tom finds teachers that align with his philosophies

Links Mentioned

* The London Contemporary School of Piano
* iReal Pro app

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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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TTTV067: Building a Travelling Piano School with Abraham Levitan https://timtopham.com/tttv067-building-a-travelling-piano-school-with-abraham-levitan/ Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:15:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=121393 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv067-building-a-travelling-piano-school-with-abraham-levitan/">TTTV067: Building a Travelling Piano School with Abraham Levitan</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Abraham Levitan didn’t come from a traditional, conservatory background. So, when he started teaching he included all genres of music. He custom arranged pop tunes for his students and encouraged them to play the music that they enjoyed listening to. Perhaps that’s why he was so popular. His teaching style was friendly and accessible and his studio […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv067-building-a-travelling-piano-school-with-abraham-levitan/">TTTV067: Building a Travelling Piano School with Abraham Levitan</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Abraham Levitan didn’t come from a traditional, conservatory background. So, when he started teaching he included all genres of music. He custom arranged pop tunes for his students and encouraged them to play the music that they enjoyed listening to. Abraham Levitan didn’t come from a traditional, conservatory background. So, when he started teaching he included all genres of music. He custom arranged pop tunes for his students and encouraged them to play the music that they enjoyed listening to.

Perhaps that’s why he was so popular. His teaching style was friendly and accessible and his studio quickly grew. Soon he had a sizeable waiting list and started looking into hiring teachers.
But how did he find the right teachers?
How do you find teachers for a travelling music school that align with your ideas and philosophy of teaching? How do you make sure teachers stick with you for the long term?
Find out all about Abraham’s approach to hiring, scheduling, and teaching in today’s podcast. Maybe it will even inspire you to start a travelling music school too.
Transcript
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* The benefit of Abraham’s unusual route to piano teaching
* How a teacher focussed business is better for students
* Why he stuck with travelling lessons and didn’t open a studio location
* When running a business, why simple is better than perfect
* Why Chicago is so suited to a travelling music school
* Abraham’s approach to professional development for his teachers
* How to hire teachers that fit your philosophy and style
* The interview process Abraham uses in his studio

Links Mentioned

* Piano Power studio website
* Nerds on Tour podcast

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Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
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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TTTV066: The Piano Parent Podcast with Shelly Davis https://timtopham.com/tttv066-the-piano-parent-podcast-with-shelly-davis/ Fri, 11 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=121279 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv066-the-piano-parent-podcast-with-shelly-davis/">TTTV066: The Piano Parent Podcast with Shelly Davis</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Shelly Davis has a mission. She wants to educate our piano parents so that everyone can get the most out of piano lessons. Even the non-musical families. With the Piano Parent Podcast, Shelly is giving parents the information they need to support their child’s musical education. But, why did she decide to take on this […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv066-the-piano-parent-podcast-with-shelly-davis/">TTTV066: The Piano Parent Podcast with Shelly Davis</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Shelly Davis has a mission. She wants to educate our piano parents so that everyone can get the most out of piano lessons. Even the non-musical families. With the Piano Parent Podcast, Shelly is giving parents the information they need to support their... Shelly Davis has a mission. She wants to educate our piano parents so that everyone can get the most out of piano lessons. Even the non-musical families.
With the Piano Parent Podcast, Shelly is giving parents the information they need to support their child’s musical education. But, why did she decide to take on this subject? And, why a podcast?

Shelly’s own studio is pretty well-aligned to my own way of thinking. She believes not in creating concert pianists, but in fostering flexible piano skills with functional theory.
She brings this down to earth and straight-forward approach to the Piano Parent Podcast as well. Take a listen to learn more about Shelly’s studio and her podcast, then go recommend her podcast to your piano parents.
Transcript
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* How Shelly uses the Circle of Fifths in her studio
* Why she’s trying to work herself “out of a job”
* Shelly’s motivation for starting a podcast for piano parents
* The most downloaded episodes of the Piano Parent Podcast
* The recording set-up Shelly uses
* Shelly’s own favourite podcasts on music and business
* Top tips for starting your own podcast

Links Mentioned

* The Piano Parent Podcast
* Pat Flynn – Smart Passive Income
* The Life Coach School Podcast by Brooke Castillo

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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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TTTV065: Composing, Imagination and Creativity in Young Children with Lyndel Kennedy https://timtopham.com/tttv065-composing-imagination-and-creativity-in-young-children-with-lyndel-kennedy/ Sun, 06 Nov 2016 07:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=120654 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv065-composing-imagination-and-creativity-in-young-children-with-lyndel-kennedy/">TTTV065: Composing, Imagination and Creativity in Young Children with Lyndel Kennedy</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Young kids have wonderful imaginations for storytelling. It’s a big part of how they learn about the world and widen their vocabulary. So when it comes to music, why don’t we also make use of this gift? That’s exactly what Lyndel was thinking when she created the Play-a-Story curriculums. Inspired by her daughter, her resources allow […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv065-composing-imagination-and-creativity-in-young-children-with-lyndel-kennedy/">TTTV065: Composing, Imagination and Creativity in Young Children with Lyndel Kennedy</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Young kids have wonderful imaginations for storytelling. It’s a big part of how they learn about the world and widen their vocabulary. So when it comes to music, why don’t we also make use of this gift? That’s exactly what Lyndel was thinking when she ... Young kids have wonderful imaginations for storytelling. It’s a big part of how they learn about the world and widen their vocabulary.
So when it comes to music, why don’t we also make use of this gift?

That’s exactly what Lyndel was thinking when she created the
Play-a-Story curriculums. Inspired by her daughter, her resources allow beginning music students to explore the piano through play.
If we allow our beginning students to learn in this exploratory way, we can foster creativity in young children and a lifelong love of music. By not teaching music reading for the first year, Lyndel creates students who don’t have to be told to add musicality and expression – it’s all baked into every piece for them.

Lyndel’s passion for creativity in piano teaching is infectious and inspiring, you’re not going to want to miss this episode.
Transcript
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* What inspired Lyndel to create Play a Story
* Why Lyndel doesn’t teach reading for the first 12 months
* What being “musical” means to Lyndel
* The simplest place to start with improvisation
* How the Play a Story books unfold
* How the curriculum works for the teacher
* Ways to fit in improvisation after the initial stages

Links Mentioned

* Play-a-Story Website
* About the Play-a-Story Philosophy

* Introduction Video
* The Musical Dress-up Corner Video
* Key Theoretical Concepts Video
* A Musical Life Cycle


* Getting Started with Play-a-Story

* Butterfly Hands
* Your Window
* Adventure
* Cadence
* The Expression Pedal


* clean 1:00:14 TTTV064: Why Creativity Matters with Dennis Alexander https://timtopham.com/tttv064-why-creativity-matters-with-dennis-alexander/ Tue, 01 Nov 2016 07:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=120631 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv064-why-creativity-matters-with-dennis-alexander/">TTTV064: Why Creativity Matters with Dennis Alexander</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Dennis Alexander didn’t train formally as a composer. He always wanted to teach, and that’s what he studied. He stumbled upon composing a little way into his teaching career, and boy are we glad he did! Dennis’s own teacher embraced his improvisations and flare for creativity. Had he had a different teacher growing up, we might not […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv064-why-creativity-matters-with-dennis-alexander/">TTTV064: Why Creativity Matters with Dennis Alexander</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Dennis Alexander didn’t train formally as a composer. He always wanted to teach, and that’s what he studied. He stumbled upon composing a little way into his teaching career, and boy are we glad he did! Dennis’s own teacher embraced his improvisations ... Dennis Alexander didn’t train formally as a composer. He always wanted to teach, and that’s what he studied. He stumbled upon composing a little way into his teaching career, and boy are we glad he did!
Dennis’s own teacher embraced his improvisations and flare for creativity. Had he had a different teacher growing up, we might not have his fantastic pieces on our shelves today. It’s no wonder that he believes in nurturing his own students’ creativity.

It was inspiring to meet Dennis at NCKP 2015 and I’m delighted to have him on the podcast today. Take a listen to one of the foremost pedagogical composers. We’re talking about the importance of creativity, teaching composing and even getting an exclusive performance from the man himself.
Transcript
Please find a full transcript of this episode at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, click below to download a PDF. If you are an 
Inner Circle Member, you can find the full video and transcript in the Member Resources Area. Not a member? See below for how you can get $50 off your membership today. 
In this episode, you’ll learn

* How Dennis Alexander got his start as a composer
* The way creativity was approached in his own piano lessons
* How you can get your students composing and improvising
* Why Dennis loved to use the Clavinova in his teaching
* The place of rote pieces in modern piano teaching
* Dennis Alexander’s own composing process
* Some of Dennis Alexander’s personal favourite compositions

Links Mentioned

* Dennis Alexander’s Website
* Creative Composition Toolbox
* Repertoire by Rote by Dennis Alexander & Amy Greer
* Rhythm Roulette
* Especially in Romantic Style (include ‘The Promise of Spring’)
* A list of all Dennis Alexander’s Toccatas
* NCKP 2017

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This gives them accountability to the other teachers inside the community, and the motivation and support to achieve their goals. As many piano teachers are self-employed, this can really help to get things done with the encouragement of other teachers.

Colin Young was the winner of the last 4-week challenge. Not only did he manage to stay away from chocolate, he also increased his student load by  800%.
At the start of the challenge Colin just had one piano student. He now has 9 students, and a waiting list. The progress he has made during this time, as well as his engagement in the Inner Circle community in general is truly inspiring.
Transcript
Please find a full transcript of this episode at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, click below to download a PDF. If you are an Inner Circle Member, you can find the full video and transcript in the Member Resources Area. Not a member? See below for how you can get $50 off your membership today. 
In this episode, you’ll learn

* What led Colin to piano teaching
* Why Colin joined the Inner Circle
* What the 4-week challenge is and how it’s structured
* The biggest benefit Colin got from doing the 4-week challenge
* Examples of goals teachers set for the challenge
* Some key things to think about when starting a blog
* How to get started with student recitals
* How to approach getting to know a new piano method

Links Mentioned

* Colin’s Studio Website
* TTTV028: Dalcroze Eurythmics with Paula Melville-Clark
* Asana (productivity app)
* Piano Pronto
* Piano Safari
* Upbeat Piano Teacher Webinars

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If you’d like someone to guide you every step of the way from planning to financing to contracts, then this course will be perfect for you. I’m so excited to be announcing that my great blogging friend Jennifer Foxx has recently released her own training dedicated to helping teachers get started with their own summer camp programs.
The course is called Make More, Teach Less and it will be the ultimate companion for anyone looking to start their own summer camp program. Featuring nine online video modules that you can follow at your own pace, Jennifer’s training will cover everything you need to know.
Remember that the best thing about a course like this is that it will save you heaps of time and money and avoid you making all the mistakes that Jennifer made when she ran her first camps. Do it right the first time and enjoy the extra income and benefits of a summer-time program for your students.
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TTTV062: Irina Gorin on Teaching Beginners https://timtopham.com/tttv062-irina-gorin-on-teaching-beginners/ Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:30:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=120521 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv062-irina-gorin-on-teaching-beginners/">TTTV062: Irina Gorin on Teaching Beginners</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Irina Gorin is famous in the piano teaching world. Irina’s YouTube videos of her teaching have helped and inspired so many teachers, especially when it comes to teaching technique. Irina didn’t always feel so confident teaching beginners. When she first moved to the USA and used traditional method books, they always felt a bit…lacking. The five […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv062-irina-gorin-on-teaching-beginners/">TTTV062: Irina Gorin on Teaching Beginners</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Irina Gorin is famous in the piano teaching world. Irina’s YouTube videos of her teaching have helped and inspired so many teachers, especially when it comes to teaching technique. Irina didn’t always feel so confident teaching beginners. Irina Gorin is famous in the piano teaching world. Irina’s YouTube videos of her teaching have helped and inspired so many teachers, especially when it comes to teaching technique.

Irina didn’t always feel so confident teaching beginners. When she first moved to the USA and used traditional method books, they always felt a bit…lacking. The five finger positions used in these method books didn’t set her students up for success at the piano.
Tales of a Musical Journey is a unique piano method in many ways. Irina’s approach to technique, and narrative style is engaging and effective in teaching beginners. Her use of props helps young children connect to tension free piano playing.
I hope today’s podcast will inspire you to think a little differently about how you teach your beginners. I know we can learn a great deal from Irina’s experience.
Transcript
Please find a full transcript of this episode at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, click below to download a PDF. If you are an Inner Circle Member, you can find the full video and transcript in the Member Resources Area. Not a member? See below for how you can get $50 off your membership today. 
In this episode, you’ll learn

* What prompted Irina to get started on YouTube
* They key difference Irina noticed between Ukraine and USA piano teaching
* How Irina came to create her own method books
* When music education should begin
* How Irina assesses a child’s readiness for piano lessons
* The piano parents’ role in Irina’s studio
* How pre-reading fits into Irina’s philosophy of teaching beginners
* Beginning improvisation tips and tricks

Links Mentioned

* Irina Gorin’s YouTube Channel
* Tales of a Musical Journey
* Tales of a Musical Journey Facebook Group
* Piano Explorer Magazine
* Noise Putty
* Elastic Hair Band

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Are you looking for step-by-step guidance for creating your own piano summer camps and workshops this year? Are you new to the whole summer camp thing and unsure of how to get started? Want someone to help you?
If you’d like someone to guide you every step of the way from planning to financing to contracts, then this course will be perfect for you. I’m so excited to be announcing that my great blogging friend Jennifer Foxx has recently released her own training dedicated to helping teachers get started with their own summer camp programs.
The course is called Make More, Teach Less and it will be the ultimate companion for anyone looking to start their own summer camp program. Featuring nine online video modules that you can follow at your own pace, Jennifer’s training will cover everything you need to know.
Remember that the best thing about a course like this is that it will save you heaps of time and money and avoid you making all the mistakes that Jennifer made when she ran her first camps. Do it right the first time and enjoy the extra income and benefits of a summer-time program for your students.
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TTTV061: Teaching using MusikGarten with Ellen Johansen https://timtopham.com/tttv061-teaching-using-musikgarten-with-ellen-johansen/ Sat, 08 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=120519 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv061-teaching-using-musikgarten-with-ellen-johansen/">TTTV061: Teaching using MusikGarten with Ellen Johansen</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Teaching an early childhood music education program can be a great addition to a piano studio. Not only is it an enriching teaching experience, but it makes business sense too. Young children are often able to attend classes during times you might not normally be able to fill. Plus graduates of your program can feed […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv061-teaching-using-musikgarten-with-ellen-johansen/">TTTV061: Teaching using MusikGarten with Ellen Johansen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Teaching an early childhood music education program can be a great addition to a piano studio. Not only is it an enriching teaching experience, but it makes business sense too. Young children are often able to attend classes during times you might not ... Teaching an early childhood music education program can be a great addition to a piano studio. Not only is it an enriching teaching experience, but it makes business sense too.
Young children are often able to attend classes during times you might not normally be able to fill. Plus graduates of your program can feed directly into your regular piano lessons.

If you’re going to start an early childhood music class, it’s wise to have the strength of a great curriculum behind you. That way you know you’re doing something that works, and you can just focus on the teaching part.
Ellen Johansen has been using MusikGarten for over 20 years, so when she says it works, she knows what she’s talking about!
Ellen has found her MusikGarten students to be better readers and overall musicians. They naturally and instinctively improvise, sing and play with musicality. I’m so excited to have Ellen on today and share some of the wonderful examples of her MusikGarten teaching.
Transcript
Please find a full transcript of this episode at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, click below to download a PDF. If you are an Inner Circle Member, you can find the full video and transcript in the Member Resources Area. Not a member? See below for how you can get $50 off your membership today. 
In this episode, you’ll learn

* The types of lessons in a MusikGarten studio
* Why Ellen went in search of an alternative music teaching method
* The benefits of the MusikGarten program
* How MusikGarten creates well-rounded musicians
* How a class with ages 0-3 looks and what the kids are learning
* The biggest mistakes Ellen made when she was starting out
* What the transition from music and movement to piano lessons looks like
* How to train as a MusikGarten teacher and how you can use the materials

Links Mentioned

* Become a Musikgarten Teacher
* Stephen Reen – Musikgarten teacher
* TTTV048: Exploring MLT with Marilyn Lowe
* Ellen’s Studio Website
* The MusikGarten Teacher Blog
* The Early Childhood Music and Movement Association

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TTTV060: Unpacking Autism with Clinical Psychologist Lydia Meem https://timtopham.com/tttv060-unpacking-autism-with-clinical-psychologist-lydia-meem/ Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:30:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=120222 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv060-unpacking-autism-with-clinical-psychologist-lydia-meem/">TTTV060: Unpacking Autism with Clinical Psychologist Lydia Meem</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>As a piano teacher, you probably consider music to be your area of expertise. But we also have to wear so many other hats as well. When a student with special needs walks into our studio, we need to understand their diagnosis so we can teach them better. Sometimes we can feel completely in over our […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv060-unpacking-autism-with-clinical-psychologist-lydia-meem/">TTTV060: Unpacking Autism with Clinical Psychologist Lydia Meem</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> As a piano teacher, you probably consider music to be your area of expertise. But we also have to wear so many other hats as well. When a student with special needs walks into our studio, we need to understand their diagnosis so we can teach them bette... As a piano teacher, you probably consider music to be your area of expertise. But we also have to wear so many other hats as well.
When a student with special needs walks into our studio, we need to understand their diagnosis so we can teach them better. Sometimes we can feel completely in over our heads here. We might not know anything about the diagnosis, what it means and how to these students learn best.
That’s why I’m so excited to be unpacking autism with Lydia Meem today. Lydia is a clinical psychologist with lots of experience working with kids with autism.
She has some really fun and helpful tools and tricks to share with us today, as well as fantastic insights into how to teach these students in a way that suits them. Jump in, I’m sure you’ll learn a lot, I know I did.
Transcript
Please find a full transcript of this episode at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, click below to download a PDF. If you are an 
Inner Circle Member, you can find the full video and transcript in the Member Resources Area. Not a member? See below for how you can get $50 off your membership today. 
In this episode, you’ll learn

* How the diagnosis process for autism looks
* Why parents sometimes don’t want to tell us about a dianosis their child has
* What the ASD student profile sheet is and how you could use it
* Useful visual tools for working with students with special needs
* Why kids with autism often don’t make eye contact
* How you can use textures to help kids connect to a piece
* A trick for working on collapsing fingertips
* How to give really clear instructions

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Links Mentioned

* Autism Understanding Favourite Resources
* Autism and Music Teaching: Tips from a Clinical Psychologist
* ASD Student Profile
* TED Talk: How Austim Freed me to be Myself
* TED Talk: Autism – What we know (and what we don’t know yet)
* Positve Conversations for Explaining to a Child or Adolescent that they have Autism
* Cognitive Development Assesment Checklist
* Understanding Cognitive and Developmental Assesments
* Autism Behaviours during Cognitive and Developmental Assessments

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]]> Tim Topham: Piano Teacher | Music Educator | Blogger clean 55:47 TTTV059: Integrating Music Therapy and Art Therapy with Karen Nisenson https://timtopham.com/tttv059-integrating-music-therapy-and-art-therapy-with-karen-nisenson/ Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=120224 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv059-integrating-music-therapy-and-art-therapy-with-karen-nisenson/">TTTV059: Integrating Music Therapy and Art Therapy with Karen Nisenson</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>When you’re teaching students with special needs, sometimes you need to stray off the beaten path a little. We need to learn how to teach each child, the way they need to learn. We need skills that will help us to reach students before we can teach them. Karen Nisenson is a music and art […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv059-integrating-music-therapy-and-art-therapy-with-karen-nisenson/">TTTV059: Integrating Music Therapy and Art Therapy with Karen Nisenson</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> When you’re teaching students with special needs, sometimes you need to stray off the beaten path a little. We need to learn how to teach each child, the way they need to learn. We need skills that will help us to reach students before we can teach the... When you’re teaching students with special needs, sometimes you need to stray off the beaten path a little. We need to learn how to teach each child, the way they need to learn. We need skills that will help us to reach students before we can teach them.


Karen Nisenson is a music and art therapist, and a piano teacher. When working with piano students with special needs, she borrows some aspects of music therapy to connect to each child. She uses music, art and other unique approaches to give every child the opportunity to have a creative outlet.
Karen has lots of great takeaways that you can use in your teaching straight away. If you have a student you’re struggling to connect with, this is the podcast for you.
Transcript
Please find a full transcript of this episode at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, click below to download a PDF. If you are an Inner Circle Member, you can find the full video and transcript in the Member Resources Area. Not a member? See below for how you can get $50 off your membership today. 
In this episode, you’ll learn

* The goal of the Simply Music Gateway program
* Why Karen started the Arts for Healing organisation
* How feelings can be expressed similarly in visual art and music
* What music therapy is and how it differs from music lessons
* How teaching students with special needs can give you a new perspective
* How unconventional techniques can transition to more traditional lessons
* The role of improvisation in Karen’s teaching

Links Mentioned

* Arts for Healing
* Simply Music Gateway
* TTTV057: Measuring Success in Smiles Susan Bessette
* The Inclusive Piano Teaching Blog

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TTTV058: How Passion, Mindset and a Sharpened Saw will Transform Your Teaching https://timtopham.com/tttv058-how-passion-mindset-and-a-sharpened-saw-will-transform-your-teaching/ Sun, 18 Sep 2016 11:20:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=120219 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv058-how-passion-mindset-and-a-sharpened-saw-will-transform-your-teaching/">TTTV058: How Passion, Mindset and a Sharpened Saw will Transform Your Teaching</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Something we see time and time again, is that great teachers are lifelong learners. Great teachers never stop trying to better themselves, participating in various forms of professional development and continuing education. Today’s podcast is a little different. Paul Myatt and I will shortly be running teacher training events around Australia, so today we’re discussing professional development. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv058-how-passion-mindset-and-a-sharpened-saw-will-transform-your-teaching/">TTTV058: How Passion, Mindset and a Sharpened Saw will Transform Your Teaching</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Something we see time and time again, is that great teachers are lifelong learners. Great teachers never stop trying to better themselves, participating in various forms of professional development and continuing education. Something we see time and time again, is that great teachers are lifelong learners. Great teachers never stop trying to better themselves, participating in various forms of professional development and continuing education.

Today’s podcast is a little different. Paul Myatt and I will shortly be running teacher training events around Australia, so today we’re discussing professional development. We’re talking about why professional development matters for piano teachers, and also generally about our education philosophies.
Paul and I are both big proponents of teaching differently, and we’re bringing you the best discoveries we’ve found from our own continuing education.
Transcript
Please find a full transcript of this episode at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, click below to download a PDF. If you are an Inner Circle Member, you can find the full video and transcript in the Member Resources Area. Not a member? See below for how you can get $50 off your membership today. 
In this episode, you’ll learn

* How clear goals and mindset can set students up for success
* How experiencing being a novice can benefit your teaching
* Why I continually question the traditional teaching methods
* What’s different about the events Paul and I are running
* Why every teacher will be working at a digital piano at our events
* Some of Paul’s favourite teaching tools for piano teachers from the Orff method

Links Mentioned

* Transform your Teaching Workshops
* TTTV045: Using Orff to Teach Rhythm with Vashti Summervill
* Orff Schulwerk
* Weekly Timetable
* YouTube Video of Paul Myatt’s student improvising

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This month’s sponsor is Noviscore, your new online sheet music resource.

Noviscore‘s comprehensive music library has:

* Up to 4 different skill levels for each song
* Wide selection of music genres
* Piano solo, piano accompaniment, 4 hands, arranger keyboard, solo instrument
* Reading aids and fingering

You can:

* View on any device (computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone)
* Print from any computer or laptop
* Rest assured that all music is 100% copyright legal

Special OFFER: 30% off all our piano sheet music for Tim Topham members during September!!
Please enter code TTSEPT at payment stage.
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Copy this coupon code to use when you see the  “Coupon Code” box:  TTTVPODCAST.
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TTTV057: Measuring Success in Smiles with Susan Bessette https://timtopham.com/tttv057-measuring-success-in-smiles-with-susan-bessette/ Fri, 09 Sep 2016 13:30:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=120176 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv057-measuring-success-in-smiles-with-susan-bessette/">TTTV057: Measuring Success in Smiles with Susan Bessette</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Sometimes all it takes for a student to be successful in their piano lessons is for the teacher to reframe what success means. Not every student is going to be able to play Beethoven sonatas…which is why Susan Bessette is measuring success in smiles. After Susan retired from teaching in the prison system, she couldn’t […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv057-measuring-success-in-smiles-with-susan-bessette/">TTTV057: Measuring Success in Smiles with Susan Bessette</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Sometimes all it takes for a student to be successful in their piano lessons is for the teacher to reframe what success means. Not every student is going to be able to play Beethoven sonatas…which is why Susan Bessette is measuring success in smiles. Sometimes all it takes for a student to be successful in their piano lessons is for the teacher to reframe what success means. Not every student is going to be able to play Beethoven sonatas…which is why Susan Bessette is measuring success in smiles.

After Susan retired from teaching in the prison system, she couldn’t resist the challenge of taking on a piano student with autism. As she took on more students with special needs, she searched around the web for resources for her students. She didn’t find anything and so she started making her own.
Susan has learned a lot from teaching students with autism, down syndrome and traumatic brain injury. She’s got some great tips to share today that will make your teaching of students with special needs more effective.
Transcript
Please find a full transcript of this episode at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, click below to download a PDF. If you are an Inner Circle Member, you can find the full video and transcript in the Member Resources Area. Not a member? See below for how you can get $50 off your membership today. 
In this episode, you’ll learn

* What prompted Susan to make her own curriculum for piano students with special needs
* How her curriculum is set-up and who it’s for
* Why you should stop talking so much and start demonstrating more
* How Susan has learned control the volume of her voice for students with autism
* Some surprising things that could distract students
* How a kazoo saved one of Susan’s students from frustration
* Why you might need to work away from the piano more often
* How students can be unlocked by the simplest activity

Links Mentioned

* Susan’s Method for Student’s with Special Needs
* I Can Do It Piano Book

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You can:

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Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
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TTTV056: Scott Price on Special Needs Teaching https://timtopham.com/tttv056-scott-price-on-special-needs-teaching/ Sun, 04 Sep 2016 15:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=120174 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv056-scott-price-on-special-needs-teaching/">TTTV056: Scott Price on Special Needs Teaching</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Teaching students with special needs can be an extremely rewarding experience, but it has its challenges. If you’ve been approached by a parent of a child with special needs, you may have been too intimidated to take them on. You may have felt that you weren’t prepared or qualified to deal with their unique learning […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv056-scott-price-on-special-needs-teaching/">TTTV056: Scott Price on Special Needs Teaching</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Teaching students with special needs can be an extremely rewarding experience, but it has its challenges. If you’ve been approached by a parent of a child with special needs, you may have been too intimidated to take them on.
Teaching students with special needs can be an extremely rewarding experience, but it has its challenges. If you’ve been approached by a parent of a child with special needs, you may have been too intimidated to take them on. You may have felt that you weren’t prepared or qualified to deal with their unique learning style.
Well, Dr. Scott Price is on the podcast today to help prepare you to teach any child that comes your way by responding to each student’s needs.

Dr Price’s journey into teaching students with special needs started with one very special student and grew from there. He has gone on to teach plenty of students with autism, ADHD, visual impairments and hearing impairments. He keeps careful notes on the triggers and routines of each of his students so that he can tailor his teaching to suit each individual.
Parents turn to Scott for his ability to adapt his teaching to suit their child, and I think we can all learn a lot from his approach to teaching students with special needs.
Transcript
Please find a full transcript of this episode at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, click below to download a PDF. If you are an Inner Circle Member, you can find the full video and transcript in the Member Resources Area. Not a member? See below for how you can get $50 off your membership today. 
In this episode, you’ll learn

* How Scott got started teaching students with special needs
* Some of the ways Scott has adapted his teaching for different students
* The typical outcomes from these piano lessons
* The unexpected effects piano playing has in other areas for students with special needs
* What you should do in a first lesson/interview with a student with special needs
* Some of the terminology around autism and the autistic spectrum
* The social expectations you need to set out for students with autism
* What practice looks like for Scott’s piano students

Links Mentioned

* Inclusive Piano Teaching Blog
* NCKP 2017

Podcast Video
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Noviscore‘s comprehensive music library has:

* Up to 4 different skill levels for each song
* Wide selection of music genres
* Piano solo, piano accompaniment, 4 hands, arranger keyboard, solo instrument
* Reading aids and fingering

You can:

* View on any device (computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone)
* Print from any computer or laptop
* Rest assured that all music is 100% copyright legal

Special OFFER: 30% off all our piano sheet music for Tim Topham members during September!!
Please enter code TTSEPT at payment stage.
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Being a full-time teacher myself,]]>
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TTTV055: Cultural Difference in Online Teaching with Sarah Lyngra https://timtopham.com/tttv055-cultural-difference-in-online-teaching-with-sarah-lyngra/ Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=119647 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv055-cultural-difference-in-online-teaching-with-sarah-lyngra/">TTTV055: Cultural Difference in Online Teaching with Sarah Lyngra</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Have you thought about teaching students via Skype who are overseas? Imagine being able to teach students when you can’t teach students in your own studio, ie during school, early morning or late in the evening. Teaching overseas students does come with some important things to think about. Sarah gives us some great food for […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv055-cultural-difference-in-online-teaching-with-sarah-lyngra/">TTTV055: Cultural Difference in Online Teaching with Sarah Lyngra</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Have you thought about teaching students via Skype who are overseas? Imagine being able to teach students when you can’t teach students in your own studio, ie during school, early morning or late in the evening. Have you thought about teaching students via Skype who are overseas? Imagine being able to teach students when you can’t teach students in your own studio, ie during school, early morning or late in the evening. Teaching overseas students does come with some important things to think about. Sarah gives us some great food for thought in this episode explaining that we have to think outside our own cultural experiences and be aware of the cultural differences of other nationalities and religions.
As well as cultural differences you’ll need to think about:

* Time zones – what time is it where your students are? And how to time table table that. Try using World Time Buddy to work out times when you and your potential student are available.
* Holiday times in the other country. Be aware that some countries don’t celebrate Christian holidays, so you’ll need to ask your student for their vacation and holiday timetable in advance.
* Christmas Carols and other holidays songs – remember overseas students may not be Christians, so they may not celebrate Christmas. Be aware of this, to avoid cultural issues.

Using Internet MIDI see Episode 53 and for other beginner tech ideas relook at Episode 52. Here’s a great video of how Internet MIDI works:
[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6yljQlvc2E[/embedyt]
Sarah Lyngra’s extraordinary jouney across many continents will give you some great ideas on how to start your own Skype teaching program. More information is available from her website: www.teachpianoonline.com.

Transcript
Please find a full transcript of this episode at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, click below to download a PDF. If you are an Inner Circle Member, you can find the full video and transcript in the Member Resources Area. Not a member? See below for how you can get $50 off your membership today. 
In this episode, you’ll learn

* How Sarah got started with online teaching.
* How to get students for online lessons from overseas
* How to make sure the resources you need are available
* How to be culturally aware

Links Mentioned

* Sarah’s website
* PayPal
* World Time Buddy
* Screen Flow

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Does the idea of teaching online music lessons seem a bit daunting? Do you know what equipment and technology you need to teach a successful online lesson? Do you know how to set up and use your equipment? What about finding students? Or getting paid? Or setting up your policy? Or knowing which activities can be successful in an online lesson? Are there specific teaching tips you should use for online lessons? How about pros and cons of online teaching? Or troubleshooting when something goes wrong?
Do you ever think, “I could never teach on Skype because I’m afraid of using technology during piano le...]]>
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TTTV054: How Mike Verta Makes $60K on the side Teaching Online https://timtopham.com/tttv054-how-mike-verta-makes-60k-on-the-side-teaching-online/ Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=119432 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv054-how-mike-verta-makes-60k-on-the-side-teaching-online/">TTTV054: How Mike Verta Makes $60K on the side Teaching Online</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Have you ever considered sharing your talents to a wider audience than just your students? Would you like to make some extra income on the side while you sleep? Today’s episode is all about taking the idea of teaching online to another level by teaching large groups of people online and then offering a back catalogue […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv054-how-mike-verta-makes-60k-on-the-side-teaching-online/">TTTV054: How Mike Verta Makes $60K on the side Teaching Online</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Have you ever considered sharing your talents to a wider audience than just your students? Would you like to make some extra income on the side while you sleep? Today’s episode is all about taking the idea of teaching online to another level by teachin... Have you ever considered sharing your talents to a wider audience than just your students? Would you like to make some extra income on the side while you sleep?
Today’s episode is all about taking the idea of teaching online to another level by teaching large groups of people online and then offering a back catalogue of recorded lessons for people to download.
In fact, my guest today brings in around $60,000 each year in addition to his other jobs, just by offering online lessons to people around the world.
The best thing is, anyone can do it!
Online lessons to large groups can be created using free software like Google Hangouts (which, incidentally is what I use for my webinars), with a simple mic and camera and not a whole lot of tech know-how (please see Episode 53 and Episode 52 for beginner tech ideas).
Mike Verta has taken online learning to a next level. He has shared his skills to many many people and when he teaches his sessions are honestly providing genuine assistance to all his students in his live sessions. He has lots of experience in creating and presenting amazing sessions.
While Mike explains his pretty complex setup, don’t be intimidated by feeling you have to create something quite as impressive as this when you’re starting.
As a teacher you will be able to learn a heap of things by watching one or two of Mike’s free videos.

Transcript
Please find a full transcript of this episode at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, click below to download a PDF. If you are an Inner Circle Member, you can find the full video and transcript in the Member Resources Area. Not a member? See below for how you can get $50 off your membership today. 
In this episode, you’ll learn

* How Mike got started with online teaching
* How to build an audience for online lessons
* What you need to take your online teaching to the next level
* How to make sure the resources you need are available
* How you can supplement your income using online teaching
* How to teach large groups online
* How to create passive income from your online lesson folio

Links Mentioned

* Wirecast by Telestream
* Mike Verta’s website (currently being updated)
* Mike’s YouTube Channel
* WooCommerce Plugin for WordPress

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Does the idea of teaching online music lessons seem a bit daunting? Do you know what equipment and technology you need to teach a successful online lesson? Do you know how to set up and use your equipment? What about finding students? Or getting paid? Or setting up your policy? Or knowing which activities can be successful in an online lesson? Are there specific teaching tips you should use for online lessons? How about pros and cons of online teaching? Or troubleshooting when something goes wrong?
Do you ever think, “I could never teach on Skype because I’m afraid of using technology during piano lessons” or “I wish I could stop teaching so many makeup lessons”,]]>
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TTTV053: Taking Your Online Lessons to the Next Level with Mario Ajero https://timtopham.com/tttv053-taking-your-online-lessons-to-the-next-level-with-mario-ajero/ Fri, 12 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=119434 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv053-taking-your-online-lessons-to-the-next-level-with-mario-ajero/">TTTV053: Taking Your Online Lessons to the Next Level with Mario Ajero</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>This week on the podcast we’re talking next level online lessons with Mr. Technology himself, Mario Ajero. If you’re ready to make your online lessons even more effective with some super clever tech, Mario’s your guy. Mario was a pioneer in the early days of music teaching technology. He has tried and tested the best […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv053-taking-your-online-lessons-to-the-next-level-with-mario-ajero/">TTTV053: Taking Your Online Lessons to the Next Level with Mario Ajero</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> This week on the podcast we’re talking next level online lessons with Mr. Technology himself, Mario Ajero. If you’re ready to make your online lessons even more effective with some super clever tech, Mario’s your guy. This week on the podcast we’re talking next level online lessons with Mr. Technology himself, Mario Ajero. If you’re ready to make your online lessons even more effective with some super clever tech, Mario’s your guy.
Mario was a pioneer in the early days of music teaching technology. He has tried and tested the best of these tools to enhance his own classroom and online teaching.

Today we’re looking at some fantastic ideas to improve your setup for online lessons. Using apps & extra video cameras you can make online lessons even better than in person traditional lessons.
Getting to see all this tech set up and working smoothly is really inspiring. I strongly recommend watching the video for this one if you can, it’s great to see this stuff in action. If you’re looking for how to get started with the least amount of time and money, you might want to listen to last week’s episode with Melody Payne before this one.
Transcript
Please find a full transcript of this episode at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, click below to download a PDF. If you are an Inner Circle Member, you can find the full video and transcript in the Member Resources Area. Not a member? See below for how you can get $50 off your membership today. 
In this episode, you’ll learn

* What inspired Mario to get started with music technology
* How Mario uses flipped learning in his piano classes
* How internet midi can be used in Skype teaching
* What you need to use the internet midi
* How classroom maestro works and what you could use it for
* What you need to set up an overhead video view
* Some possible applications for tech set-up for online lessons

Links Mentioned

* Mario’s YouTube channel
* How to Create Piano Lessons Videos with Screenflow & Classroom Maestro
* Internet MIDI Demo Video
* Internet MIDI by TimeWarp Technology
* Classroom Maestro by TimeWarp Technology
* CamTwist
* Logitech C920
* Camera thread adapter for mic stand
* SuperScore iPad app
* On-Stage Boom Mic Stand
* Wireless Midi Interface

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Does the idea of teaching online music lessons seem a bit daunting? Do you know what equipment and technology you need to teach a successful online lesson? Do you know how to set up and use your equipment? What about finding students? Or getting paid? Or setting up your policy? Or knowing which activities can be successful in an online lesson? Are there specific teaching tips you should use for online lessons? How about pros and cons of online teaching? Or troubleshooting when something goes wrong?
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TTTV052: Teaching Skype Lessons with Melody Payne https://timtopham.com/tttv052-teaching-skype-lessons-with-melody-payne/ Fri, 05 Aug 2016 12:30:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=119056 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv052-teaching-skype-lessons-with-melody-payne/">TTTV052: Teaching Skype Lessons with Melody Payne</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Have you ever considered teaching Skype lessons? Teaching piano online can be a fantastic way to fill daytime teaching hours, or a solution for snow days and other emergencies. It can be intimidating though. You may feel like you would need a ton of technology and gadgets to do it effectively. Not necessarily so! You don’t need […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv052-teaching-skype-lessons-with-melody-payne/">TTTV052: Teaching Skype Lessons with Melody Payne</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Have you ever considered teaching Skype lessons? Teaching piano online can be a fantastic way to fill daytime teaching hours, or a solution for snow days and other emergencies. It can be intimidating though. Have you ever considered teaching Skype lessons? Teaching piano online can be a fantastic way to fill daytime teaching hours, or a solution for snow days and other emergencies.
It can be intimidating though. You may feel like you would need a ton of technology and gadgets to do it effectively. Not necessarily so! You don’t need to break the bank, or completely change the way you teach to start teaching online.  It’s easy to get started with just a minimum of equipment and time.
I’ve invited Melody Payne onto the podcast today to share her tips for getting started stressfree and on a budget. Melody started teaching Skype lessons about four years ago, and has seen it work just as well as in studio lessons.
Melody has some great advice that can get you teaching online right away, tune in to find out what you need to get started!
Transcript
Please find a full transcript of this episode at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, click below to download a PDF. If you are an Inner Circle Member, you can find the full video and transcript in the Member Resources Area. Not a member? See below for how you can get $50 off your membership today. 
In this episode, you’ll learn

* How Melody got started with skype piano teaching
* The biggest advantage of online lessons
* The biggest drawback of online lessons
* What you need to get started
* The hardest part about teaching online
* How the parent can help in online piano teaching
* How to make sure the resources you need are available

Links Mentioned

* Melody’s website
* Melody’s Piano Studio on Facebook
* Logitech C920 Webcam
* iReal Pro iPad app
* Best iPad Apps for Piano Teachers
* Prima Music

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Does the idea of teaching online music lessons seem a bit daunting? Do you know what equipment and technology you need to teach a successful online lesson? Do you know how to set up and use your equipment? What about finding students? Or getting paid? Or setting up your policy? Or knowing which activities can be successful in an online lesson? Are there specific teaching tips you should use for online lessons? How about pros and cons of online teaching? Or troubleshooting when something goes wrong?
Do you ever think, “I could never teach on Skype because I’m afraid of using technology during piano lessons” or “I wish I could stop teaching so many makeup lessons”, or “I’m moving soon and I don’t want to leave all of my students behind!” or “I wish I had more students to fill the rest of my teaching schedule” …. then these videos are just what you have been looking for!
Put your fears behind you and learn to be a successful and confident online teacher with the step-by-step information included in my training video series, “Learn to Teach Music Lessons on Skype”. Learn what equipment you will need, where to purchase it, how to set it up, the pros and cons of online lessons, how to teach an online lesson, and much more in this 85-minute training session.]]>
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TTTV051: Audiation in Action with Andy Mullen https://timtopham.com/tttv051-audiation-in-action-with-andy-mullen/ Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=119054 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv051-audiation-in-action-with-andy-mullen/">TTTV051: Audiation in Action with Andy Mullen</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>This month has been Music Learning Theory month on timtopham.com and with that has come a lot of talk about audiation. But what is audiation really? What does it mean and how does it look in a teaching context? If we want students to take full ownership or musical concepts and patterns, they should be able […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv051-audiation-in-action-with-andy-mullen/">TTTV051: Audiation in Action with Andy Mullen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> This month has been Music Learning Theory month on timtopham.com and with that has come a lot of talk about audiation. But what is audiation really? What does it mean and how does it look in a teaching context?
This month has been Music Learning Theory month on timtopham.com and with that has come a lot of talk about audiation. But what is audiation really? What does it mean and how does it look in a teaching context?
If we want students to take full ownership or musical concepts and patterns, they should be able to audiate them. We don’t want them just imitating what they’ve heard, parroting back the melody or harmony or definition. We want them to fully grasp it right through to their core.
Andrew Mullen discovered Music Learning Theory through the choral training of James Jordan. It made a lot of sense to him, and so he started exploring further. He now teaches middle schoolers using this approach, and his students have reaped the benefits of a true understanding of music.
In fact, he’s about to transition over his whole school district to MLT teaching!
In today’s podcast, Andrew is giving us a great insight into what MLT looks (and sounds!)  like in a practical context. Andrew’s enthusiasm for MLT is contagious, and I can tell his classes must be great fun as well as educational. I hope you’ll take a listen to hear some of his fantastic teaching in action!
Transcript
Please find a full transcript of this episode at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, click below to download a PDF. If you are an Inner Circle Member, you can find the full video and transcript in the Member Resources Area. Not a member? See below for how you can get $50 off your membership today. 
In this episode, you’ll learn

* How a class based on Dr. Gordon’s ideas might look
* Why audiation is important
* The difference between imitation and audiation
* What Andrew’s audiation station videos are designed to do
* The importance of always being able to find the resting tone
* The basics of theMLT syllable system
* Why rhythm patterns are organised into a syllable system in MLT
* The benefits Andrew has seen for his students since utilising MLT

Links Mentioned

* The Improving Musician
* Little Kids Rock
* Music Learning Theory books on GIA publications
* James Jordan

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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.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
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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TTTV050: Teaching Patterns with Jo Burrows https://timtopham.com/tttv050-teaching-patterns-with-jo-burrows/ Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=118874 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv050-teaching-patterns-with-jo-burrows/">TTTV050: Teaching Patterns with Jo Burrows</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>A big part of Dr. Gordon’s Music Learning Theory is pattern based teaching. When we build up a rich vocabulary of patterns we’re creating a mental resource that students can draw from later. This way students can not only read music but can audiate and improvise as well. In short they’re more comprehensive musicians. Joanne Burrows […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv050-teaching-patterns-with-jo-burrows/">TTTV050: Teaching Patterns with Jo Burrows</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> A big part of Dr. Gordon’s Music Learning Theory is pattern based teaching. When we build up a rich vocabulary of patterns we’re creating a mental resource that students can draw from later. This way students can not only read music but can audiate and...
A big part of Dr. Gordon’s Music Learning Theory is pattern based teaching. When we build up a rich vocabulary of patterns we’re creating a mental resource that students can draw from later. This way students can not only read music but can audiate and improvise as well. In short they’re more comprehensive musicians.

Joanne Burrows is the head of keyboard at the Riverina conservatorium. Lately, she has been teaching patterns to her students to make their learning more secure and durable. When I heard about some of the fantastic methods she’s exploring in her research, I knew I wanted to have her on the podcast during Music Learning Theory month.
Jo has some great tips for getting reluctant singers singing, building a sense of rhythm, and making improvising more accessible. You’re sure to find something fantastic in today’s episode that you can implement straight away.
Transcript
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In this episode, you’ll learn

* The different types of patterns Joanne uses in her teaching
* Why it’s important to start teaching patterns
* How we can use patterns as a foundation to build on later
* How Jo’s rhythm books are structured and sequenced
* Some creative ways to practice rhythms in lessons
* How Jo encourages singing in the piano lesson
* Why you should milk every exercise until it’s dry
* Where Jo starts with bass line patterns

Links Mentioned

* Joanne’s books in the Wirripang online store
* Riverina Conservatorium of Music
* TTTV048: Exploring MLT with Marilyn Lowe

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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.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
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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TTTV049: Simply Music with Neil Moore https://timtopham.com/tttv049-simply-music-with-neil-moore/ Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=118837 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv049-simply-music-with-neil-moore/">TTTV049: Simply Music with Neil Moore</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Neil Moore didn’t follow the traditional path to piano teaching. He never read music in his own piano lessons. So when he had the opportunity to teach a visually impaired student, he wondered how he could teach him the way he learned. He started to explore teaching using patterns, and gradually developed the Simply Music […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv049-simply-music-with-neil-moore/">TTTV049: Simply Music with Neil Moore</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Neil Moore didn’t follow the traditional path to piano teaching. He never read music in his own piano lessons. So when he had the opportunity to teach a visually impaired student, he wondered how he could teach him the way he learned.
Neil Moore didn’t follow the traditional path to piano teaching. He never read music in his own piano lessons.
So when he had the opportunity to teach a visually impaired student, he wondered how he could teach him the way he learned. He started to explore teaching using patterns, and gradually developed the Simply Music program.

There are now Simply Music teachers all over the world teaching using this playing first approach. Teaching reading is delayed in favour of getting students creating great music right from the start. Simply Music is extremely pattern based, and I see a lot of parallels between it and the Music Learning Theory ideas.
If you want to see a completely different approach to music education, take a listen to today’s podcast to find out the how and why of Simply Music.
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* The journey that lead Neil to create the Simply Music program
* How Simply Music gives students a playing rich experience
* How the teacher licensing works
* What Simply Music can do for piano teachers
* The use of rote and pattern based learning in Simply Music
* How Simply Music approaches chord teaching
* Why Neil wants to create a “whole of life” music program


Items mentioned in this podcast:

* Simply Music
* Simply Music Piano
* Music Logic
* Music Rhapsody

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.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
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. 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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What appeals to you about the Simply Music program?
Did anything about this style of teaching strike a chord with you? Was there an aspect of Simply Music that surprised you?
Do you teach some things in a similar way to Neil?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.


Neil Moore didn’t follow the traditional path to piano teaching. He never read music in his own piano lessons.
So when he had the opportunity to teach a visually impaired student, he wondered how he could teach him the way he learned. He started to explore teaching using patterns, and gradually developed the Simply Music program.

There are now Simply Music teachers all over the world teaching using this p...]]> Tim Topham: Piano Teacher | Music Educator | Blogger clean 53:44 TTTV048: Exploring MLT with Marilyn Lowe https://timtopham.com/tttv048-exploring-mlt-with-marilyn-lowe/ Thu, 07 Jul 2016 23:43:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=118801 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv048-exploring-mlt-with-marilyn-lowe/">TTTV048: Exploring MLT with Marilyn Lowe</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>In today’s podcast we’re exploring MLT (Music Learning Theory) and how it applies to piano teaching, with Marilyn Lowe. Marilyn Lowe searched for a long time for a piano method she loved. When she heard about Music Learning Theory it seemed to fill in a lot of the blanks…The only problem was there were no […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv048-exploring-mlt-with-marilyn-lowe/">TTTV048: Exploring MLT with Marilyn Lowe</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> In today’s podcast we’re exploring MLT (Music Learning Theory) and how it applies to piano teaching, with Marilyn Lowe. Marilyn Lowe searched for a long time for a piano method she loved. When she heard about Music Learning Theory it seemed to fill in ... In today’s podcast we’re exploring MLT (Music Learning Theory) and how it applies to piano teaching, with Marilyn Lowe.
Marilyn Lowe searched for a long time for a piano method she loved. When she heard about Music Learning Theory it seemed to fill in a lot of the blanks…The only problem was there were no piano books based on Dr. Gordon’s ideas, so she had to write her own!

Using the principles of Music Learning Theory, Marilyn devised her books Music Moves for Piano.
Students in her method learn rhythmic and melodic patterns first. They use these patterns to improvise, arrange, and learn pieces by rote, before being introduced to the notation. This is similar to the way we learn language, and core to the Music Learning Theory approach.
Marilyn has a fantastic insight into MLT and how to create well-rounded musicians. Take a listen to find out how she how and why she teaches this way.
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In this episode, you’ll learn:

* Why Dr. Gordon’s ideas appealed to Marilyn
* How the pattern vocabulary is built up gradually in Music Moves for Piano
* Why improvising in these patterns is such an important step in the process
* The benefits of the MLT approach for students
* How Music Learning Theory differs from Kodály, Orff and Dalcroze
* How a typical Music Moves for Piano lesson might look
* Why Marilyn prefers a moveable do solfa system


Items mentioned in this podcast:

* Music Moves for Piano Website
* Music Moves for Piano Books
* CD of rhythmic and tonal patterns
* Music Moves for Piano Facebook page
* The Gordon Institute for Music Learning
* TTTV045:Using Orff to Teach Rhythm
* TTTV028: Dalcroze Eurythmics

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.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
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. 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.
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TTTV047: Meet Teen Music Entrepreneurs Finlay and Tom https://timtopham.com/tttv047-meet-teen-music-entrepreneurs-finlay-and-tom/ Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=118551 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv047-meet-teen-music-entrepreneurs-finlay-and-tom/">TTTV047: Meet Teen Music Entrepreneurs Finlay and Tom</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Finlay and Tom are popping up all over Australian media at the moment. They’re the teens behind the new tech project – Defani One. At just 13 years old, these boys are launching their own music sharing website! These two teens are so inspiring. When people try to call this generation lazy or disconnected – they […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv047-meet-teen-music-entrepreneurs-finlay-and-tom/">TTTV047: Meet Teen Music Entrepreneurs Finlay and Tom</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Finlay and Tom are popping up all over Australian media at the moment. They’re the teens behind the new tech project – Defani One. At just 13 years old, these boys are launching their own music sharing website! These two teens are so inspiring. Finlay and Tom are popping up all over Australian media at the moment. They’re the teens behind the new tech project – Defani One. At just 13 years old, these boys are launching their own music sharing website!

These two teens are so inspiring.
When people try to call this generation lazy or disconnected – they should take a look at Finlay and Tom. When asked how they find the time around schoolwork, they say that instead of watching tv…they code. That’s dedication.
This isn’t even their first business. Before this they were running a music label (that’s on hold while they work on this website).
In a world that’s ever changing, we need to be preparing our students for opportunities like this online. Performance isn’t the only thing you can do in the music business, and music education should reflect that.
I hope you enjoy this different style of podcast today. I was certainly inspired by finding out more about Finlay and Tom’s story and I think you will be too.
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* How Finlay and Tom got started as entrepreneurs
* Some of their past entrepreneurial endeavors
* The idea behind their new platform ‘Defani One
* Why they moved from their music label project to creating a sharing platform
* How they would change things if they were running a school
* Where the boys stand on the Mac vs. PC debate
* Their favourite programming languages
* The advice they would give to other teens who want to get started in business


Items mentioned in this podcast:

* Defani One
* Defani One on Go Fund Me
* Ableton Live
* Logic Pro
* Code Academy
* Grok Learning
* Linus Tech Tips on YouTube

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.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
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. 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.
Do you have any teen music entrepreneurs in your studio?
Did Finlay and Tom remind you of one of your students? What did you think of their website idea?
Did they inspire you to get to work on a new project yourself?

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TTTV046: Teaching Creatively with Elena Cobb https://timtopham.com/tttv046-teaching-creatively-with-elena-cobb/ Fri, 17 Jun 2016 23:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=118414 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv046-teaching-creatively-with-elena-cobb/">TTTV046: Teaching Creatively with Elena Cobb</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Elena Cobb didn’t start out teaching creatively. When she began teaching in U.K. she came across lots of students who wanted to “play for fun”. This was a bit of a foreign concept to Elena, having grown up with very serious classical music studies. She went on a hunt for fun repertoire for her students, and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv046-teaching-creatively-with-elena-cobb/">TTTV046: Teaching Creatively with Elena Cobb</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Elena Cobb didn’t start out teaching creatively. When she began teaching in U.K. she came across lots of students who wanted to “play for fun”. This was a bit of a foreign concept to Elena, having grown up with very serious classical music studies. Elena Cobb didn’t start out teaching creatively. When she began teaching in U.K. she came across lots of students who wanted to “play for fun”. This was a bit of a foreign concept to Elena, having grown up with very serious classical music studies. She went on a hunt for fun repertoire for her students, and gradually started to compose her own.

When she saw the ABRSM jazz syllabus she was inspired to incorporate some improvising into her teaching as well. As she started to explore improvisation more, the tunes started to flow and Higgledy Piggledy Jazz was born.
The Higgledy Piggledy Jazz book has helped to get so many students started with improvisation, and I’m so excited to get Elena’s thoughts on teaching creatively in today’s interview.
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* Why Elena wrote the Higgledy Piggledy Jazz books
* How to get students improvising in a no pressure way
* What students often really mean when they ask to play jazz piano
* How to make jazz less intimidating to classically trained students
* Why you need to understand that in jazz you don’t need to change every note
* How to get started with just one note and a great rhythm
* How teaching creatively can take just 5 minutes of lesson time
* Why backing tracks are so valuable to get students really listening
* How Elena grew from a self-published author to a publisher of other composers


Items mentioned in this podcast:

* ElenaCobb.com
* Higgledy Piggledy Jazz
* ABRSM Jazz Piano Syllabus
* TTTV002: Using Piano Improv to Create a Musician for Life with Christopher Norton

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.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
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. 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.
Do you take a few minutes of every lesson to improvise?
Is teaching creatively a regular part of your lesson time? Have you used any of Elena’s resources to open up your students to improvisation?
What’s your favourite introduction to improvisation for beginning students?

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TTTV045: Using Orff to Teach Rhythm with Vashti Summervill https://timtopham.com/tttv045-using-orff-to-teach-rhythm-with-vashti-summervill/ Thu, 09 Jun 2016 23:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=117986 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv045-using-orff-to-teach-rhythm-with-vashti-summervill/">TTTV045: Using Orff to Teach Rhythm with Vashti Summervill</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>I’m so excited to be getting the opportunity to explore Orff with Vashti Summervill. Orff-Schulwerk is a philosophy of music teaching that is often used in school music classrooms – but it can be put to great use in the private studio as well.  I think the quote Vashti uses at the beginning sums it […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv045-using-orff-to-teach-rhythm-with-vashti-summervill/">TTTV045: Using Orff to Teach Rhythm with Vashti Summervill</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> I’m so excited to be getting the opportunity to explore Orff with Vashti Summervill. Orff-Schulwerk is a philosophy of music teaching that is often used in school music classrooms – but it can be put to great use in the private studio as well. I’m so excited to be getting the opportunity to explore Orff with Vashti Summervill. Orff-Schulwerk is a philosophy of music teaching that is often used in school music classrooms – but it can be put to great use in the private studio as well.  I think the quote Vashti uses at the beginning sums it up pretty well:
“Show me – I forget,
Teach me – I learn,
Involve me – I understand.”
Vashti’s students are definitely involved in every part of their music education. In her teaching, Vashti uses so many creative and collaborative activities to teach all sorts of concepts. As she says on her website, reading is only one tool in the musical toolbox and there are so many more to explore!
If possible, you’re definitely going to want to watch the video on this one – not just listen. Vashti has invited in some students to demonstrate the activities. Plus you’re going to want to see her equipment, I’m green with envy!
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* What Orff-Schulwerk means
* The philosophies behind the Orff approach
* How Vashti adapts this approach from classroom to studio
* What it means to be an Orff teacher
* Where you can get Orff training and the certification process
* Who the Orff approach is for and what the advantages are
* Activities you can do with minimal equipment and investment
* How a rhythm activity could progress over several weeks
* Lots of fun activities that you can use in lessons straight away


Items mentioned in this podcast:

* The Ways Children Learn Music
* Open Door Music Studio
* Bradley Sowash
* TTTV009:Simultaneous Learning with Paul Harris

Today’s Free Download:
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.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
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. 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.
How often do you use rhythm instruments in your teaching?
Do you normally introduce rhythm concepts away from the piano?
Which activity that Vashti demonstrated are you most looking forward to trying out?
What did you know about Orff before listening to this podcast? Did anything surprise you?

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TTTV044: Studying for an AMEB Teaching Diploma with Tess Hill https://timtopham.com/tttv044-ameb-teaching-diploma-tess-hill/ Sat, 04 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=117988 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv044-ameb-teaching-diploma-tess-hill/">TTTV044: Studying for an AMEB Teaching Diploma with Tess Hill</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Looking for this month’s free download? Scroll down and get instant access to Tess’ updated Resource File with quick links to everything you need. The best teachers are lifelong learners, always questioning the way they do things and trying to better themselves. When we continue to learn, we stay passionate about our teaching and have […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv044-ameb-teaching-diploma-tess-hill/">TTTV044: Studying for an AMEB Teaching Diploma with Tess Hill</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Looking for this month’s free download? Scroll down and get instant access to Tess’ updated Resource File with quick links to everything you need. The best teachers are lifelong learners, always questioning the way they do things and trying to better t...
Looking for this month’s free download? Scroll down and get instant access to Tess’ updated Resource File with quick links to everything you need.
The best teachers are lifelong learners, always questioning the way they do things and trying to better themselves. When we continue to learn, we stay passionate about our teaching and have a better understanding of our students. One great avenue for professional development is to study for a teaching diploma.
Tess Hill designed the syllabus for the CTMusA (Certificate of Teaching Music Australia) and is passionate about helping teachers. She mentors candidates for the AMEB teaching diplomas, as well as examining and teaching piano students. She loves helping teachers to improve their teaching skills, and discover new ways to inspire young learners.

Having a teaching mentor and taking lessons yourself is really the best way to improve your teaching. We can learn so much by modelling more experienced teachers, much more than we can from a book. As Tess says to her students:
“Do it my way until you’ve find a better way, and when you’ve found a better way come back and tell me because I want to do it!”
Tess’s passion for pedagogy is inspirational. Whether you’re in Australia or elsewhere I think you’ll learn a lot from her approach to teacher mentoring.
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* The types of teaching diplomas offered by the AMEB
* How you can benefit from taking a teaching diploma
* How much the exams are likely to cost you
* Why it’s so important to continue taking lessons as a teacher
* The structure of the CTMusA and ATMusA and the type of questions to expect
* How Tess mentors teachers through their diploma studies
* What the performance component of the exam looks like
* What it takes to get a distinction in the teaching diplomas

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Best of all, you’re membership gives you access to our members’ forum where you can ask any questions you want, share ideas, upload resources and generally hang-out with the most dedicated, creative, fun and friendly teachers from all over the world.
Keen to try it out? Click the button below to learn more.


Forte School of Music has been a success story in Australia and around 4,000 students with music schools in all major capital cities and in New Zealand and the UK. Many of you will know Gillian & Paul from clean 1:04:31
TTTV043: Building Impact and Income with David Cutler https://timtopham.com/tttv043-building-impact-and-income-with-david-cutler/ Thu, 26 May 2016 23:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=117480 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv043-building-impact-and-income-with-david-cutler/">TTTV043: Building Impact and Income with David Cutler</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>If you’ve been following the blog or podcast for any time at all, I’m sure you’ve heard of today’s guest. David Cutler wrote the indispensable book ‘The Savvy Music Teacher‘, that I recommend to any music teacher who’s looking to up their game. As David says, the world is changing. If you want to stand […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv043-building-impact-and-income-with-david-cutler/">TTTV043: Building Impact and Income with David Cutler</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> If you’ve been following the blog or podcast for any time at all, I’m sure you’ve heard of today’s guest. David Cutler wrote the indispensable book ‘The Savvy Music Teacher‘, that I recommend to any music teacher who’s looking to up their game. If you’ve been following the blog or podcast for any time at all, I’m sure you’ve heard of today’s guest. David Cutler wrote the indispensable book ‘The Savvy Music Teacher‘, that I recommend to any music teacher who’s looking to up their game.

As David says, the world is changing. If you want to stand out in the performance world you need to do something other than play a note perfect performance exactly as the composer intended. Similarly, if you want to stand out in the teaching world you need to teach differently too.
David Cutler not only advocates for teaching creatively, but he looks at the business side of teaching creatively too. The most successful teachers financially are often also the ones making the biggest mark. Building impact and building income are usually linked.
If you’ve ever wanted to have a greater impact or make more money, you’re not going to want to miss this episode.
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* Why you should think about your impact to income ratio
* The surprising side effect of creative teaching on teacher income
* Why we need to shift some of our focus from authentic to innovative performances
* How a mindset change can lead to greater success
* How to differentiate your studio so you can charge more than the competition
* What you can do to reach more people and make more money in less time
* How to succeed in this new technology driven world
* Why you should hold yourself accountable with specific, measurable goals

This Month’s Sponsors:

Yes, this month I’m sponsoring my own podcast!
The Inner Circle is my private community of the best piano teachers from all across the globe who are committed to creative teaching, progressive piano pedagogy and creating the best learning opportunities for their students.
As a member of the Inner Circle, you get access to all of my resources including my top-rated PianoFlix 8-part video course all about teaching pop music, videos of me teaching my students, tech-training videos to help you see how to use apps in your teaching, recordings of all my live workshops and keynote speeches and much more.
You’ll get to hang out with me and all the other members on our Monthly Member Masterminds and you get free access to all my downloads, PDFs, lesson plans and resources. You may also like to accept one of our regular member challenges designed to get you trying new things, pushing your comfort zone and improving your teaching.
Connect with expert teachers from all over the world including the likes of Bradley Sowash, Hugh Sung, Paul Myatt, Leila Viss, Daniel McFarlane, Nick Ambrosino and many more. Access exclusive member bonuses including discounts on courses and sheet music that are simply not available anywhere else.
Best of all, you’re membership gives you access to our members’ forum where you can ask any questions you want, share ideas, upload resources and generally hang-out with the most dedicated, creative, fun and friendly teachers from all over the world.
Keen to try it out? Click the button below to learn more.


Forte School of Music has been a success story in Australia and around 4,000 students with music schools in all major capital cities and in New Zealand and the UK. Many of you will know Gillian & Paul from Episode 33. Paul Myatt is one of my Expert Teachers in the Inner Circle.
Gillian and Paul are looking for entrepreneurial music teachers who are interested in buil...]]> Tim Topham: Piano Teacher | Music Educator | Blogger clean 1:04:43 TTTV042: The Art of Music Business with Hugh Sung https://timtopham.com/tttv042-the-art-of-business-with-hugh-sung/ Fri, 20 May 2016 01:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=117478 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv042-the-art-of-business-with-hugh-sung/">TTTV042: The Art of Music Business with Hugh Sung</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>When Hugh Sung went paperless and started creating page turning pedals, the iPad was a long way off from being invented. Through Airturn, Hugh discovered the art of business, and learned to love this part of his work. Hugh used this business attitude to build up his online teaching, and now reaches hundreds of students a […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv042-the-art-of-business-with-hugh-sung/">TTTV042: The Art of Music Business with Hugh Sung</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> When Hugh Sung went paperless and started creating page turning pedals, the iPad was a long way off from being invented. Through Airturn, Hugh discovered the art of business, and learned to love this part of his work. When Hugh Sung went paperless and started creating page turning pedals, the iPad was a long way off from being invented. Through Airturn, Hugh discovered the art of business, and learned to love this part of his work. Hugh used this business attitude to build up his online teaching, and now reaches hundreds of students a week.

As musicians, we’re often reluctant to charge for what we do. We love doing it so much, that we almost feel guilty charging any money at all. Many piano teachers are not charging what their worth, working long hours, and feeling like they’re not making an impact. To change this you need to think about the art of business, and we need to get creative.
If you feel like you’re in a rut with your studio, Hugh recommends setting aside a dream day or a dream hour. Use this dream hour to brainstorm how you would like to move forward, and set aside some time each week to change your situation.
Hugh Sung has such a unique insight into the business side of teaching, and I’m so excited to have him back on the podcast for business month.
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* How the business side of piano teaching can be creative
* Why you shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions and share with other teachers
* Why relationships should always come before product
* How to invest in yourself
* Why you should set aside a dream hour every so often
* What ‘A Musical Life Mastermind’ is for and why Hugh started it
* Why if you don’t have a website you need to get one now
* How to start optimising your website once you have one

This Month’s Sponsors:

Yes, this month I’m sponsoring my own podcast!
The Inner Circle is my private community of the best piano teachers from all across the globe who are committed to creative teaching, progressive piano pedagogy and creating the best learning opportunities for their students.
As a member of the Inner Circle, you get access to all of my resources including my top-rated PianoFlix 8-part video course all about teaching pop music, videos of me teaching my students, tech-training videos to help you see how to use apps in your teaching, recordings of all my live workshops and keynote speeches and much more.
You’ll get to hang out with me and all the other members on our Monthly Member Masterminds and you get free access to all my downloads, PDFs, lesson plans and resources. You may also like to accept one of our regular member challenges designed to get you trying new things, pushing your comfort zone and improving your teaching.
Connect with expert teachers from all over the world including the likes of Bradley Sowash, Hugh Sung, Paul Myatt, Leila Viss, Daniel McFarlane, Nick Ambrosino and many more. Access exclusive member bonuses including discounts on courses and sheet music that are simply not available anywhere else.
Best of all, you’re membership gives you access to our members’ forum where you can ask any questions you want, share ideas, upload resources and generally hang-out with the most dedicated, creative, fun and friendly teachers from all over the world.
Keen to try it out? Click the button below to learn more.


Forte School of Music has been a success story in Australia and around 4,000 students with music schools in all major capital cities and in New Zealand and the UK. Many of you will know Gillian & Paul from Episode 33. Paul Myatt is one of my Expert Teachers in the Inner Circle.
Gillian and Paul are looking for entrepreneurial music teachers who are inte...]]>
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TTTV041: From Teacher to CEO with Brandon Pearce https://timtopham.com/tttv041-from-teacher-to-ceo-with-brandon-pearce/ Fri, 13 May 2016 08:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=117476 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv041-from-teacher-to-ceo-with-brandon-pearce/">TTTV041: From Teacher to CEO with Brandon Pearce</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Do you identify as a business owner? Do you see yourself as an entrepreneur? The more you treat your piano teaching as a business, the more others will too. Even if you’re happy with how things are running at the moment, some business savvy could improve your studio. The first business month podcast profiles the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv041-from-teacher-to-ceo-with-brandon-pearce/">TTTV041: From Teacher to CEO with Brandon Pearce</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Do you identify as a business owner? Do you see yourself as an entrepreneur? The more you treat your piano teaching as a business, the more others will too. Even if you’re happy with how things are running at the moment, Do you identify as a business owner? Do you see yourself as an entrepreneur? The more you treat your piano teaching as a business, the more others will too. Even if you’re happy with how things are running at the moment, some business savvy could improve your studio.
The first business month podcast profiles the fascinating story of Brandon Pearce. Brandon started Music Teacher’s Helper because of a frustration he was having in his own teaching. Over the years he has grown this business, putting in hours and hours of work on top of his day job. Slowly but surely, he went from piano teacher to CEO and now travels the world with his family while running his company.

You may not want to run a company of 20 employees from a beach in New Zealand (are you sure?!)…but we can all learn a lot from Brandon’s approach to business. Whether you do want to go from teacher to CEO, start selling something on the side of teaching, just want to make your studio run more smoothly, or are simply fascinated by how someone can travel the world while raising kids; listen in!
You’re sure to learn something new.
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* Why you should think of yourself as an entrepreneur
* How and why Brandon went from piano teacher to CEO of Music Teacher’s Helper
* What inspired Brandon to create Music Teacher’s Helper
* Why you should stop feeling guilty about making money as a teacher
* How to make what you’re worth
* How Brandon manages to travel the world while running a successful business
* Where to start looking for new business ideas
* What to do if you start to feel burnt out by your business
* Brandon’s other upcoming projects and what’s in store for Music Teacher’s Helper

This Month’s Sponsors:

Yes, this month I’m sponsoring my own podcast!
The Inner Circle is my private community of the best piano teachers from all across the globe who are committed to creative teaching, progressive piano pedagogy and creating the best learning opportunities for their students.
As a member of the Inner Circle, you get access to all of my resources including my top-rated PianoFlix 8-part video course all about teaching pop music, videos of me teaching my students, tech-training videos to help you see how to use apps in your teaching, recordings of all my live workshops and keynote speeches and much more.
You’ll get to hang out with me and all the other members on our Monthly Member Masterminds and you get free access to all my downloads, PDFs, lesson plans and resources. You may also like to accept one of our regular member challenges designed to get you trying new things, pushing your comfort zone and improving your teaching.
Connect with expert teachers from all over the world including the likes of Bradley Sowash, Hugh Sung, Paul Myatt, Leila Viss, Daniel McFarlane, Nick Ambrosino and many more. Access exclusive member bonuses including discounts on courses and sheet music that are simply not available anywhere else.
Best of all, you’re membership gives you access to our members’ forum where you can ask any questions you want, share ideas, upload resources and generally hang-out with the most dedicated, creative, fun and friendly teachers from all over the world.
Keen to try it out? Click the button below to learn more.


Forte School of Music has been a success story in Australia and ar...]]>
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TTTV040: Scaling your Summer Camp with Jennifer Auerbach & Joshua Hawks https://timtopham.com/tttv040-scaling-your-summer-camp-with-jennifer-auerbach-joshua-hawks/ Sat, 07 May 2016 07:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=116998 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv040-scaling-your-summer-camp-with-jennifer-auerbach-joshua-hawks/">TTTV040: Scaling your Summer Camp with Jennifer Auerbach & Joshua Hawks</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>If you’re already running a successful Summer camp, you may be thinking about how to take it to the next level. The thought of scaling your Summer camp can be overwhelming, but if you want to reach more students, it might be the right choice for you. There are a lot of considerations when taking […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv040-scaling-your-summer-camp-with-jennifer-auerbach-joshua-hawks/">TTTV040: Scaling your Summer Camp with Jennifer Auerbach & Joshua Hawks</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> If you’re already running a successful Summer camp, you may be thinking about how to take it to the next level. The thought of scaling your Summer camp can be overwhelming, but if you want to reach more students, it might be the right choice for you. If you’re already running a successful Summer camp, you may be thinking about how to take it to the next level. The thought of scaling your Summer camp can be overwhelming, but if you want to reach more students, it might be the right choice for you.
There are a lot of considerations when taking your camp from your house to a school, or from one school to several. You need to think about insurance, staff, locations, marketing, timetables, and so much more. Luckily Jennifer and Joshua are here to help us navigate these unfamiliar waters.

Jennifer Auerbach started her bassoon camp in her living room. There was a huge need for what she was providing, and it quickly spiraled from there. Soon Joshua joined the team, they added oboes, and started opening multiple locations of their camp.
They now have 22 successful camps in several states, and their largest Summer camp had 110 students last year. Now that’s some serious scale!

I’m so excited to have Jennifer and Joshua on the podcast today to share the ins and outs of how they have managed this incredibly rapid growth. Even if you have no interest in scaling your Summer camp, you’ll definitely learn a lot from their approach to their business.
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* How Jennifer and Joshua got started providing Summer camps
* Why they started scaling up their Summer camp & why it grew so quickly
* How their camp is structured
* What to think about when hiring new staff
* What needs to be in place before they open a new camp
* How they find locations for their new camps
* The business structure of Bocal Majority and why they chose to do it that way

Today’s Sponsor
Are you looking for step-by-step guidance for creating your own piano summer camps and workshops this year? Are you new to the whole summer camp thing and unsure of how to get started? Want someone to help you?
If you’d like someone to guide you every step of the way from planning to financing to contracts, then this course will be perfect for you. I’m so excited to be announcing that my great blogging friend Jennifer Foxx has recently released her own training dedicated to helping teachers get started with their own summer camp programs.
The course is called Make More, Teach Less and it will be the ultimate companion for anyone looking to start their own summer camp program. Featuring nine online video modules that you can follow at your own pace, Jennifer’s training will cover everything you need to know.
Remember that the best thing about a course like this is that it will save you heaps of time and money and avoid you making all the mistakes that Jennifer made when she ran her first camps. Do it right the first time and enjoy the extra income and benefits of a summer-time program for your students.
Want to get 10% off the course today? Just click the button below to find out how.
Items mentioned in this podcast:

* Bocal Majority
* Bocal Majority Store
* Markel Summer Camp Insurance


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.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
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 lo...]]>
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TTTV039: Fun Piano Camp Themes & Games with Tracy Selle & Sara Campbell https://timtopham.com/39-fun-piano-camp-themes-games/ Sun, 01 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=117000 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/39-fun-piano-camp-themes-games/">TTTV039: Fun Piano Camp Themes & Games with Tracy Selle & Sara Campbell</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>If you want to make money from your Summer camp, you need the right number of kids to attend. If you want good attendance, you need the kids to be excited about coming to your camp.   Choosing a really fun piano camp theme is a big part of this. The right theme can really sell […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/39-fun-piano-camp-themes-games/">TTTV039: Fun Piano Camp Themes & Games with Tracy Selle & Sara Campbell</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> If you want to make money from your Summer camp, you need the right number of kids to attend. If you want good attendance, you need the kids to be excited about coming to your camp.   Choosing a really fun piano camp theme is a big part of this.
If you want to make money from your Summer camp, you need the right number of kids to attend. If you want good attendance, you need the kids to be excited about coming to your camp.


 
Choosing a really fun piano camp theme is a big part of this. The right theme can really sell your camp to students, and can provide you with great marketing inspiration too. Whether you want to run a small camp in your home studio, or a big operation with other staff and outside space, the theme could make it or break it.

Sara Campbell and Tracy Selle are the creators of Group Lessons 101, and they have so many fun piano camp ideas to share with us today. Not only will these ideas make your camp a success, but they’ll have kids begging to come back year after year.
If you’re planning any kind of camp, workshop or group lesson, you’ll definitely want to check out this podcast episode.
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* How to choose the type of camp that suits you and your students
* Creative ideas for themes and focuses for your camp
* Games that are perfect for when you have an extra few minutes to fill
* The top mistakes that teachers make with their first camp
* Legal and liability considerations when running a camp
* How to start scaling up your Summer camps
* How to market your camp and get your students excited to attend

Today’s Sponsor
Are you looking for step-by-step guidance for creating your own piano summer camps and workshops this year? Are you new to the whole summer camp thing and unsure of how to get started? Want someone to help you?
If you’d like someone to guide you every step of the way from planning to financing to contracts, then this course will be perfect for you. I’m so excited to be announcing that my great blogging friend Jennifer Foxx has recently released her own training dedicated to helping teachers get started with their own summer camp programs.
The course is called Make More, Teach Less and it will be the ultimate companion for anyone looking to start their own summer camp program. Featuring nine online video modules that you can follow at your own pace, Jennifer’s training will cover everything you need to know.
Remember that the best thing about a course like this is that it will save you heaps of time and money and avoid you making all the mistakes that Jennifer made when she ran her first camps. Do it right the first time and enjoy the extra income and benefits of a summer-time program for your students.
Want to get 10% off the course today? Just click the button below to find out how.
Items mentioned in this podcast:

* Tracy Selle’s webinars
* Sheryl Welles Camps
* Hogwarts Summer Camp by Carol Ivkovich
* “So You Want to be a Composer?” by Joy Morin
* Music Matters Camps
* Rhythm Cups
* Answer buzzers
* Barnyard buzzers
* Canva (online graphic design software)
* Google Forms
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TTTV038: Running Your First Summer Camp with Jennifer Foxx https://timtopham.com/tttv038-summer-camp-with-jennifer-foxx/ Thu, 21 Apr 2016 23:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=116996 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv038-summer-camp-with-jennifer-foxx/">TTTV038: Running Your First Summer Camp with Jennifer Foxx</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Launching your first Summer camp (or anything new!) can be daunting. If you haven’t run a camp or workshop before, it can be difficult to know where to start. What if you don’t have enough activities planned? How can you make sure all the kids have a great time? Running a Summer camp can be […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv038-summer-camp-with-jennifer-foxx/">TTTV038: Running Your First Summer Camp with Jennifer Foxx</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Launching your first Summer camp (or anything new!) can be daunting. If you haven’t run a camp or workshop before, it can be difficult to know where to start. What if you don’t have enough activities planned? Launching your first Summer camp (or anything new!) can be daunting. If you haven’t run a camp or workshop before, it can be difficult to know where to start. What if you don’t have enough activities planned? How can you make sure all the kids have a great time?
Running a Summer camp can be a great asset for your studio. It can free up your Summer months while maintaining your regular teaching income, but it’s also extremely valuable for our students. Piano can be a lonely activity, and the more opportunities you provide to bring students together, the better.
Summer camps can also be a great time to learn all those things that we run out of time for in our weekly lessons. Whether you always want to include more theory, improvisation, composition or lead sheet playing; camps and workshops can be a fantastic opportunity to explore these things in more depth.

Jennifer Foxx has been running piano camps in her studio for the last 20 years. She has come across any and all of the challenges you might face running your first camp, and she’s here today to share her experience and expertise.
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* How Summer camps can give you the opportunity to explore different activities
* The financial benefits of offering a Summer piano camp
* How to get started with your first Summer camp
* When to announce your camp details to parents
* How Jennifer makes her camps mandatory for her piano students
* Ideas for Summer camp themes
* Legal and insurance aspects you may need to consider
* Jennifer’s top tips for planning a camp

Today’s Sponsor
Are you looking for step-by-step guidance for creating your own piano summer camps and workshops this year? Are you new to the whole summer camp thing and unsure of how to get started? Want someone to help you?
If you’d like someone to guide you every step of the way from planning to financing to contracts, then this course will be perfect for you. I’m so excited to be announcing that my great blogging friend Jennifer Foxx has recently released her own training dedicated to helping teachers get started with their own summer camp programs.
The course is called Make More, Teach Less and it will be the ultimate companion for anyone looking to start their own summer camp program. Featuring nine online video modules that you can follow at your own pace, Jennifer’s training will cover everything you need to know.
Remember that the best thing about a course like this is that it will save you heaps of time and money and avoid you making all the mistakes that Jennifer made when she ran her first camps. Do it right the first time and enjoy the extra income and benefits of a summer-time program for your students.
Want to get 10% off the course today? Just click the button below to find out how.
Items mentioned in this podcast:

*
Music Educator Resources
* Sheryl Welles Camps
* Theory Time Camps
* Music Ed Market Camps
* 100 Summer Camp Themes
* TTTV034: Building a Piano Community that Students Love with Laura Kahar

 

 
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.
Being a full-time teacher myself,]]> Tim Topham: Piano Teacher | Music Educator | Blogger clean 44:17 TTTV037: Inspire your Teaching: Inside my Inner Circle with Marie Lee https://timtopham.com/tttv037-inspire-your-teaching-inside-my-inner-circle-with-marie-lee/ Sat, 16 Apr 2016 03:15:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=115334 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv037-inspire-your-teaching-inside-my-inner-circle-with-marie-lee/">TTTV037: Inspire your Teaching: Inside my Inner Circle with Marie Lee</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>The Inner Circle is up and running, and today we’re taking a look inside through the eyes of Marie Lee. Marie is great at getting things done, one step at a time. She doesn’t let herself get overwhelmed by all the new ideas she reads about, but just picks one goal to accomplish and gets started. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv037-inspire-your-teaching-inside-my-inner-circle-with-marie-lee/">TTTV037: Inspire your Teaching: Inside my Inner Circle with Marie Lee</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> The Inner Circle is up and running, and today we’re taking a look inside through the eyes of Marie Lee. Marie is great at getting things done, one step at a time. She doesn’t let herself get overwhelmed by all the new ideas she reads about, The Inner Circle is up and running, and today we’re taking a look inside through the eyes of Marie Lee. Marie is great at getting things done, one step at a time. She doesn’t let herself get overwhelmed by all the new ideas she reads about, but just picks one goal to accomplish and gets started.
Marie believes in creative piano teaching that leads to confident and well-rounded students. She doesn’t want to teach concert pianists, and she’s upfront with parents about this. She wants to create pianists that can enjoy making music in diverse and modern contexts.
I’m so excited to have Marie on the podcast today to talk about what the Inner Circle experience has been like for you. Marie’s creativity and willingness to embrace new ideas makes her to perfect person to give you an insider’s look at Inner Circle membership.
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* Why I started the Inner Circle
* How the forums create a greater sense of community
* How making a financial commitment will make you achieve more
* Why if you’re thinking about joining you should do so sooner rather than later
* Why I chose a private forum rather than a facebook group
* What you’ll find inside the Inner Circle and what will remain free
* What inspired Marie to become a part of the Inner Circle
* Some of the things Marie has already gotten out of her membership

Today’s Sponsor

How would you like to access step-by-step instructions and resources for running group classes? Are you ready to try adding some group teaching to your studio or trying a summer camp this year? How cool would it be to hear first-hand from people already ‘in the trenches’ and grab all their best ideas?!
It this sounds cool, then you MUST check out the latest webinar series from Tracy Selle and Sara Campbell called Group Teaching 101.
All podcast viewers get 10% off access during April, so don’t miss out. 
Click here to find out more and get your code.
Items mentioned in this podcast:

* The Inner Circle
* Marie never wanted to be a piano teacher
* Supersonics Piano by Daniel McFarlane
* Theme from Amelie on Noviscore
* Piano Maestro iPad app
* MusiClock iPad app


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.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
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  clean 47:23
TTTV036: All about AMEB exams with Bernard Depasquale https://timtopham.com/tttv036-ameb-exams/ Fri, 25 Mar 2016 02:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=116425 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv036-ameb-exams/">TTTV036: All about AMEB exams with Bernard Depasquale</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>The AMEB has been examining music students in Australia for almost one hundred years, but they’re certainly not stuck in the past. They offer online music theory exams, piano for leisure and have recently added Rock School exams. As their 100 year anniversary approaches AMEB are looking for new ways to support the work of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv036-ameb-exams/">TTTV036: All about AMEB exams with Bernard Depasquale</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> The AMEB has been examining music students in Australia for almost one hundred years, but they’re certainly not stuck in the past. They offer online music theory exams, piano for leisure and have recently added Rock School exams. The AMEB has been examining music students in Australia for almost one hundred years, but they’re certainly not stuck in the past. They offer online music theory exams, piano for leisure and have recently added Rock School exams.
As their 100 year anniversary approaches AMEB are looking for new ways to support the work of music teachers across Australia. The online music theory exams are great for busy piano parents and the Rock School exams are an exciting addition for those students looking for a less traditional track. AMEB is also looking at ways to provide more professional development opportunities for music teachers, to continue to promote music learning in Australia.
Bernard Depasquale has been working with the AMEB for the last 8 years , and he’s on the podcast today to explain what it is that makes the AMEB different, and what their plans are for the future.
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* What makes the AMEB different to the other exam boards in Australia
* What’s involved in the ‘Piano for Leisure’ exams
* Why the AMEB is bringing the Rock School syllabus to Australia
* How the online music theory exams work
* How the AMEB ensures consistency in marking
* Why the AMEB gives letter grades instead of percentages
* How the AMEB exams are structured
* The theory requirements for AMEB exams
* How long each AMEB syllabus lasts
* The diplomas offered with AMEB

Today’s Sponsor

How would you like to access step-by-step instructions and resources for running group classes? Are you ready to try adding some group teaching to your studio or trying a summer camp this year? How cool would it be to hear first-hand from people already ‘in the trenches’ and grab all their best ideas?!
It this sounds cool, then you MUST check out the latest webinar series from Tracy Selle and Sara Campbell called
Group Teaching 101.
All podcast viewers get 10% off access during March, so don’t miss out. 
Click here to find out more and get your code. 
Items mentioned in this podcast:

* AMEB website
* AMEB online exams
* Piano for Leisure
* Rock School with AMEB
* TTTV009: Paul Harris on Simultaneous Learning
* MyTempo app


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.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
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. Reviews are extremely helpful when it comes to show’s ranking and you can bet that I read every single o...]]> Tim Topham: Piano Teacher | Music Educator | Blogger clean 53:01 TTTV035: Teaching outside the box with Lynnette Barney https://timtopham.com/tttv035-teaching-outside-the-box-with-lynette-barney/ Thu, 17 Mar 2016 22:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=115233 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv035-teaching-outside-the-box-with-lynette-barney/">TTTV035: Teaching outside the box with Lynnette Barney</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Have you ever wondered how to make your studio stand out from the rest? Every piano teacher needs to find a niche. By thinking outside the box, Lynnette has made her studio a unique experience for her students. One of the biggest differences in Lynnette’s piano studio is the way her lessons overlap. By carefully scheduling […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv035-teaching-outside-the-box-with-lynette-barney/">TTTV035: Teaching outside the box with Lynnette Barney</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Have you ever wondered how to make your studio stand out from the rest? Every piano teacher needs to find a niche. By thinking outside the box, Lynnette has made her studio a unique experience for her students. Have you ever wondered how to make your studio stand out from the rest? Every piano teacher needs to find a niche. By thinking outside the box, Lynnette has made her studio a unique experience for her students.
One of the biggest differences in Lynnette’s piano studio is the way her lessons overlap. By carefully scheduling students in 90 minute slots, all students attend a private lesson, lab time and an ensemble lesson every week.

As if this wasn’t enough, Lynnette also brings creativity into her lessons. She uses improvisation, lead sheets and transposing to give students a well-rounded and exciting music education. Like many piano teachers, she was not taught to improvise growing up; but through a little trial and error she has found ways to teach these valuable skills to her students. Trying something new doesn’t need to be scary, if we just take one new idea at a time.
No matter what type of piano studio you run, we can all learn something from Lynnette’s positive attitude and willingness to embrace the unknown.
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* Unique scheduling ideas to incorporate group lessons every week
* How to bring improvisation into your lessons
* Ideas for music lab time
* How to teach lead sheets to a mix of student levels
* How mixed student level group classes inspire students
* Lynnette’s top tips for trying new things
* The effect the ensemble classes have on Lynnette’s retention rates
* What Lynnette does in her beginning piano Summer camps
* Why Lynnette incorporates solfa training into her lessons

Today’s Sponsor

 
How would you like to access step-by-step instructions and resources for running group classes? Are you ready to try adding some group teaching to your studio or trying a summer camp this year? How cool would it be to hear first-hand from people already ‘in the trenches’ and grab all their best ideas?!
It this sounds cool, then you MUST check out the latest webinar series from Tracy Selle and Sara Campbell called Group Teaching 101.
All podcast viewers get 10% off access during March, so don’t miss out. 
Click here to find out more and get your code. 
Items mentioned in this podcast:

* Lynnette’s Piano Studio Website
* Pattern Play by Forrest Kinney
* TTTV027: Piano Lab Time with Michelle Sisler
* TTTV034: Building a Piano Community that Students Love with Laura Kahar
* Music Tree
* Celebrate Piano
* Piano Safari
* Piano Pronto
* Books by Bradley Sowash
* Piano Maestro iPad App
* Music Flashclass iPad App
* Theta Music Trainer App
* Noteflight
* clean 1:04:42
TTTV034: Building a piano community that students love with Laura Kahar https://timtopham.com/tttv034-building-a-piano-community-that-students-love-with-laura-kahar/ Fri, 11 Mar 2016 22:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=115163 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv034-building-a-piano-community-that-students-love-with-laura-kahar/">TTTV034: Building a piano community that students love with Laura Kahar</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Piano can be a lonely activity. The opportunities for ensemble and group playing tend to be less common than with other instruments, and it can leave students feeling…all alone. This is why building a sense of community within the piano studio is so important. Piano can be fun and social too! That’s where the piano community comes […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv034-building-a-piano-community-that-students-love-with-laura-kahar/">TTTV034: Building a piano community that students love with Laura Kahar</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Piano can be a lonely activity. The opportunities for ensemble and group playing tend to be less common than with other instruments, and it can leave students feeling…all alone. This is why building a sense of community within the piano studio is so im... Piano can be a lonely activity. The opportunities for ensemble and group playing tend to be less common than with other instruments, and it can leave students feeling…all alone. This is why building a sense of community within the piano studio is so important. Piano can be fun and social too!
That’s where the piano community comes in!
Laura Kahar runs a thriving piano studio in Sydney. Alongside regular private lessons, students also attend eight group lessons a year. These group classes are organised by age, and give students an opportunity to play for each other and learn as a team. Challenges and competitions are also run between students in each group, encouraging effective practice and progress.
The consistent group lessons throughout the year allow Laura’s students to see they’re not alone in their musical journey. Laura believes that being part of a wider community not only makes piano learning more fun, but can also help with teen retention rates. Teenagers are social creatures, and when piano means hanging out with friends, they’re more likely to keep taking lessons.
You won’t want to miss this podcast with Laura today, not only does she have fantastic ideas, but her positivity is positively infectious!

In this episode, you’ll learn:

* How Laura fosters a sense of community in her studio
* Studio wide incentive and challenge ideas
* How to organise and schedule groups
* How Laura stays ahead of the planning required for group lessons
* Some of the activities Laura uses in her group classes
* How a sense of competition drives students forward
* Why themes make everything more fun and easier to plan
* How to make your older students “piano mentors” for your youngest students


Today’s Sponsor

 
How would you like to access step-by-step instructions and resources for running group classes? Are you ready to try adding some group teaching to your studio or trying a summer camp this year? How cool would it be to hear first-hand from people already ‘in the trenches’ and grab all their best ideas?!
It this sounds cool, then you MUST check out the latest webinar series from Tracy Selle andSara Campbell called
Group Teaching 101.
All podcast viewers get 10% off access during March, so don’t miss out. 
Click here to find out more and get your code.  
Items mentioned in this podcast:

* Teach Piano Today
* Color in my Piano (Joy Morin)
* Teaching Piano in Groups
* Let’s Play Music
* Laura’s studio website


Laura’s Favourite Links for Inspiration:

* pinterest.com
* teachpianotoday.com
* letsplaykidsmusic.com
* pinterest.com
* colorinmypiano.com
* teacherspayteachers.com
* pianoanne.ca
* composecreate.com
* youtube.com

 

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.
]]> Tim Topham: Piano Teacher | Music Educator | Blogger clean 47:01 TTTV033: How group lessons can transform your studio with Paul Myatt & Gillian Erskine https://timtopham.com/tttv033-how-group-lessons-can-transform-your-studio-with-paul-myatt-gillian-erskine/ Thu, 03 Mar 2016 22:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=114807 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv033-how-group-lessons-can-transform-your-studio-with-paul-myatt-gillian-erskine/">TTTV033: How group lessons can transform your studio with Paul Myatt & Gillian Erskine</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>It’s group piano month at timtopham.com, and we’re kicking off with Paul Myatt and Gillian Erskine. Paul & Gillian run thriving group based piano academies, Forte Schools of Music. They believe that teaching piano in group lessons is not only a quality option, but the best option for creating well-rounded musicians. Both Paul & Gillian first […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv033-how-group-lessons-can-transform-your-studio-with-paul-myatt-gillian-erskine/">TTTV033: How group lessons can transform your studio with Paul Myatt & Gillian Erskine</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> It’s group piano month at timtopham.com, and we’re kicking off with Paul Myatt and Gillian Erskine. Paul & Gillian run thriving group based piano academies, Forte Schools of Music. They believe that teaching piano in group lessons is not only a quality... It’s group piano month at timtopham.com, and we’re kicking off with Paul Myatt and Gillian Erskine. Paul & Gillian run thriving group based piano academies, Forte Schools of Music. They believe that teaching piano in group lessons is not only a quality option, but the best option for creating well-rounded musicians.
Both Paul & Gillian first started teaching group piano classes through the Yamaha piano method. Gradually they started to want things that the Yamaha method didn’t offer, and began designing their own curriculum. Their group lessons now incorporate elements of the Orff, Kodály and Dalcroze methods.

Students at Forte begin in group classes, and start to add some private instruction as they move into intermediate repertoire, but the group classes always remain the core part of their instruction. Within the group lessons students explore music through movement, ensemble playing and performing for the class.
Paul & Gillian have so many great ideas about effective group teaching, and how to get started in small ways incorporating group concepts in your studio. Take a listen to find out more about this unique music school.
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* The philosophy behind Forte music lessons
* How they use elements of Orff, Kodály and Dalcroze
* The approach they take to reading
* How to get started with movement in piano lessons
* How to incorporate ensemble teaching in one-on-one lessons
* Simple ways to get started with group lessons
* How group teaching helps with motivation
* At what point Paul introduces one-on-one lessons

Today’s Sponsor

 
How would you like to access step-by-step instructions and resources for running group classes? Are you ready to try adding some group teaching to your studio or trying a summer camp this year? How cool would it be to hear first-hand from people already ‘in the trenches’ and grab all their best ideas?!
It this sounds cool, then you MUST check out the latest webinar series from Tracy Selle and Sara Campbell called Group Teaching 101.
All podcast viewers get 10% off access during March, so don’t miss out. 
Click here to find out more and get your code. 
Items mentioned in this podcast:

* Information about starting your own Forte school
* Forte School of Music on YouTube
* Yamaha Music Education
* Gordon’s Music Learning Theory
* Wendy Steven’s Rhythm Cups
* Dalcroze Eurythmics with Paula Melville Clarke
* 5 Secret Ingredients to Successful Group Teaching
* Orff Schulwerk levels courses
* Tactics for Teaching Students with ADHD and ASD
* Flipped Practice: Can YouTube E...]]>
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TTTV032: What to say to parents when their child is about to quit with Anita Collins https://timtopham.com/tttv032-what-to-say-to-parents-when-their-child-is-about-to-quit-with-anita-collins/ Thu, 25 Feb 2016 22:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=114099 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv032-what-to-say-to-parents-when-their-child-is-about-to-quit-with-anita-collins/">TTTV032: What to say to parents when their child is about to quit with Anita Collins</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>What do you say when you get that call? Johnny is finding lessons too hard, practice is a struggle, and he wants to quit. How do you convince that parent to stick it out when things get hard? Anita Collins is a music teacher, who got curious and turned to the field of neuroscience to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv032-what-to-say-to-parents-when-their-child-is-about-to-quit-with-anita-collins/">TTTV032: What to say to parents when their child is about to quit with Anita Collins</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> What do you say when you get that call? Johnny is finding lessons too hard, practice is a struggle, and he wants to quit. How do you convince that parent to stick it out when things get hard? Anita Collins is a music teacher, What do you say when you get that call? Johnny is finding lessons too hard, practice is a struggle, and he wants to quit. How do you convince that parent to stick it out when things get hard?
Anita Collins is a music teacher, who got curious and turned to the field of neuroscience to find out what effect music education has on the brain. She started looking at the work of neuroscientists and applying a music teacher’s perspective to the studies. Her talk at Ted Ed (and many other talks worldwide) takes this work and make it understandable the non-neuroscientists, so we can see some of the amazing effects music has on the brain.

 
Anita has so many fascinating insights into why students quit, the value of music education, motivation and practice. She not only shares this wisdom with fellow music educators, but with parents and also with students. Allowing students and their parents to understand why they’re having a tough time, can help them to stick it out.
Take a listen to today’s podcast to arm yourself with the science to stop students quitting.
See also a full transcription below.
Transcript Download:
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* How music education makes kids smarter
* Why some teenagers get overwhelmed and quit
* Why Anita believes some extrinsic motivation is good
* What to say when a parent calls you to quit your studio
* Why today’s kids lack grit and determination
* How to educate parents so their children can get the most out of lessons
* How Anita is helping her students to prioritise effective practice
* Why students need to understand that sometimes learning is uncomfortable

Items mentioned in this podcast:

*
How playing an instrument benefits your brain
* What if every child had access to music education
* Anita Collins’s website
* Bigger Better Brains Facebook community


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.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
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. 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.
What fact were you most surprised by in today’s episode?
Will you try using some of this information to talk parents out of quitting?
Transcription
Anita: And part of what I was able to turn around to this kid and say, and then I’ve said it to his parents, is that of course there’s students who do music right up ’til year 12 tend...]]> Tim Topham: Piano Teacher | Music Educator | Blogger clean 1:02:00 TTTV031: RCM exams with Elaine Rusk https://timtopham.com/tttv031-rcm-exams-with-elaine-rusk/ Thu, 18 Feb 2016 22:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=113393 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv031-rcm-exams-with-elaine-rusk/">TTTV031: RCM exams with Elaine Rusk</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>As part of practice and motivation month at timtopham.com,  today we’re taking a closer look at the RCM exams. Exams can be a great motivator for students, if used wisely. Having an upcoming exam can lead to a big spike in student practice times. Of course we don’t want students only working when there’s an exam […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv031-rcm-exams-with-elaine-rusk/">TTTV031: RCM exams with Elaine Rusk</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> As part of practice and motivation month at timtopham.com,  today we’re taking a closer look at the RCM exams. Exams can be a great motivator for students, if used wisely. Having an upcoming exam can lead to a big spike in student practice times. As part of practice and motivation month at timtopham.com,  today we’re taking a closer look at the RCM exams. Exams can be a great motivator for students, if used wisely.
Having an upcoming exam can lead to a big spike in student practice times. Of course we don’t want students only working when there’s an exam on the horizon, but if structured carefully, exams can be a great tool in your teaching toolkit.

The RCM has been around since 1886, with more than 5 million alumni. Elaine Rusk has been working with the RCM (AKA The Music Development Program in the USA) for the past 19 years, and she’s here today to give us the scoop on all things RCM.
Some of the highlights of the RCM exams include diverse repertoire lists, published repertoire books, and a whole host of resources available for free online. I’m sure you’ll get a lot out of today’s podcast, even if you don’t use the RCM exams in your studio, so have a listen for an inside look at one of the world’s biggest exam systems.
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* The philosophy behind the RCM exam system
* How the RCM piano exams are structured
* How to avoid students studying only exam pieces
* What teacher qualifications are available with the RCM
* How the examiners are trained with the RCM
* What the RCM does to encourage memorisation
* How to transition from another exam system to RCM

Items mentioned in this podcast:

* RCM exam information
* RCM Popular Piano Selections List
* RCM Teacher Certification
* RCM resources
* Music Matters newsletter
* Guide for students and parents
* RCM Teacher’s Portal
* Videos of RCM exam rooms
* The Benefits of the Royal Conservatory Certificate Program
* Four Star Sight Reading and Ear Training
* Celebration Series


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.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
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. 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,]]>
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TTTV030: Practice, Motivation and Mindset with Michael Griffin https://timtopham.com/tttv030-practice-motivation-and-mindset-with-michael-griffin/ Sun, 14 Feb 2016 22:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=112373 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv030-practice-motivation-and-mindset-with-michael-griffin/">TTTV030: Practice, Motivation and Mindset with Michael Griffin</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>You asked and I listened! The number one requested topic from my recent survey, was how to get students motivated to practice. There’s a good reason this is the top concern for piano teachers worldwide, because when students don’t practise, they don’t progress. So, how do we get our students to practice? When students are […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv030-practice-motivation-and-mindset-with-michael-griffin/">TTTV030: Practice, Motivation and Mindset with Michael Griffin</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> You asked and I listened! The number one requested topic from my recent survey, was how to get students motivated to practice. There’s a good reason this is the top concern for piano teachers worldwide, because when students don’t practise,
You asked and I listened! The number one requested topic from my recent survey, was how to get students motivated to practice. There’s a good reason this is the top concern for piano teachers worldwide, because when students don’t practise, they don’t progress.
So, how do we get our students to practice?
When students are making progress, they are usually motivated to keep going. This is why how students practise is even more important than how much they practise. The more we model effective practice in lessons, they more likely students are to practise that way at home. If we encourage good practice habits, our students make speedy progress and are therefore encouraged to continue.
Michael Griffin is a renowned educator, speaker and writer. His most recent book (Learning Strategies for Musical Success) talks about just this issue, how best to learn and practice a musical instrument. I’m so excited to have Michael on the podcast to share his wisdom about motivation, mindset and practice.
Take a listen to amp up the practice in your studio!
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* Why kids don’t practice
* How to get parents involved with practice
* Why we need to get explicit about what good practice looks like
* The three essential elements of good practice: repetition, slow practice & chunking
* How you can reverse the roles in your lessons to demonstrate practice techniques
* How to foster autonomy in your students
* Why our relationship with our students affects their motivation
* What growth mindset is and how it affects piano students

Items mentioned in this podcast:

* Learning Strategies for Musical Success
* Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
* Carol Dweck’s TedTalk about the growth mindset
* Growth Mindset infographic
* Coach’s Eye iPad app
* What I’ve learnt from asking more questions in music lessons
* Access to Michael’s Dropbox

Watch the full interview here:





Practice Pack Download:
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.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
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.]]>
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TTTV029: Suzuki Piano Method with Rebecca Martin https://timtopham.com/tttv029-suzuki-piano-method-with-rebecca-martin/ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 22:15:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=113364 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv029-suzuki-piano-method-with-rebecca-martin/">TTTV029: Suzuki Piano Method with Rebecca Martin</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>What do you know about the Suzuki Piano Method? I think many of us think of students who play by ear…but there’s a lot more to it than that! The Suzuki Piano Method takes the view that just as kids learn to talk before they learn to read, they should learn to play piano before […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv029-suzuki-piano-method-with-rebecca-martin/">TTTV029: Suzuki Piano Method with Rebecca Martin</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> What do you know about the Suzuki Piano Method? I think many of us think of students who play by ear…but there’s a lot more to it than that! The Suzuki Piano Method takes the view that just as kids learn to talk before they learn to read, What do you know about the Suzuki Piano Method? I think many of us think of students who play by ear…but there’s a lot more to it than that!
The Suzuki Piano Method takes the view that just as kids learn to talk before they learn to read, they should learn to play piano before learning how to read music. Students can begin at as young as three years old, with lots of parental involvement. Parents sit in on all lessons, and learn the repertoire alongside the young student so that they can be the coach at home.
Rebecca Martin has been teaching using the Suzuki Piano Method for about 40 years, and loving it! I’m so excited to have her on the podcast today to explain the Suzuki approach, the logic behind it and how it works.
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* What the Suzuki piano method is
* How and why rote teaching is used in Suzuki
* The parents’ role in the Suzuki method
* How Suzuki incorporates complex rhythms from the start
* How Suzuki teacher training works and how you can find an institute
* The sense of community in a Suzuki teacher’s studio
* How Rebecca mixes Suzuki and other resources in her studio
* When reading is introduced in the Suzuki method

Items mentioned in this podcast:

* Suzuki Association of the Americas
* Suzuki Association Summer Institutes
* Suzuki Music Australia
* British Suzuki Association
* Rebecca’s studio website






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.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
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. 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.
Do you have any experience with the Suzuki Piano Method?
What do you think of the ear training and rote teaching aspect? Does any aspect of this method particularly appeal to you?





What do you know about the Suzuki Piano Method? I think many of us think of students who play by ear…but there’s a lot more to it than that!
The Suzuki Piano Method takes the view that just as kids learn to talk before they learn to read, they should learn to play piano before learning how to read music. Students can begin at as young as three years old, with lots of parental involvement. Parents sit in on all lessons, and learn the repertoire alongside the young student so that they can be the coach at home.
Rebecca Martin has been teaching using the Suzuki Piano Method for about 40 years,]]>
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TTTV028: Dalcroze Eurythmics with Paula Melville-Clark https://timtopham.com/tttv028-dalcroze-eurythmics-with-paula-melville-clark/ Thu, 28 Jan 2016 22:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=112970 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv028-dalcroze-eurythmics-with-paula-melville-clark/">TTTV028: Dalcroze Eurythmics with Paula Melville-Clark</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>What do you think of when you think of Dalcroze? My first thought is of students marching to a beat, and while that is part of it, there’s so much more to learn from this method! Dalcroze is all about experience and feeling before intellectualising. Moving from big, whole body movements right down to the fine […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv028-dalcroze-eurythmics-with-paula-melville-clark/">TTTV028: Dalcroze Eurythmics with Paula Melville-Clark</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> What do you think of when you think of Dalcroze? My first thought is of students marching to a beat, and while that is part of it, there’s so much more to learn from this method! Dalcroze is all about experience and feeling before intellectualising. What do you think of when you think of Dalcroze? My first thought is of students marching to a beat, and while that is part of it, there’s so much more to learn from this method!
Dalcroze is all about experience and feeling before intellectualising. Moving from big, whole body movements right down to the fine motor skills needed to play something at the piano. I’ve always been interested in these non-traditional methods, and I’m so excited that Paula was able to come on the podcast today to share how she combines Dalcroze group classes, and private piano instruction in her studio.
 

As well as explaining the concepts and ideas behind Dalcroze, Paula is also sharing some videos of her teaching in action. This is so valuable as Dalcroze is all about movement and activity, so talking can only get us so far!
If you normally listen to the podcast, you should definitely consider watching this one. It’s so inspiring to see Paula in action and I wouldn’t want you to miss out!
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* The foundation of the Dalcroze method
* How movement can help students understand rhythm, beat and metre
* The similarities between Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze approaches
* How Paula’s incorporates group movement classes into her piano studio
* Movement activities Paula does with children as young as two years old
* How Paula uses movement in private piano lessons
* Creative ways to get students to feel tempo
* What training as a Dalcroze teacher involves

Items mentioned in this podcast:

* Dalcroze UK
* Dalcroze Australia
* Dalcroze USA
* Dalcroze Institute in Geneva
* Rhythm: One on One
* Book: Music, Moving & Learning in Early Childhood (click to buy internationally)
* Book: Music, Moving & Learning (for Australian residents – get discount postage)

What to contact Paula?
Paula has kindly shared her email with everyone. Click here to get in touch if you’ve got questions or would like to get a copy of her book. You can also right click on that link to “copy email address” to your favourite email software.



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.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
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...]]>
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TTTV027: Piano Lab Time and the MEC Conference with Michelle Sisler https://timtopham.com/tttv027-piano-lab-time/ Fri, 22 Jan 2016 00:15:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=112968 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv027-piano-lab-time/">TTTV027: Piano Lab Time and the MEC Conference with Michelle Sisler</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Have you ever considered adding a piano lab time to your studio? Not sure where you would even start? The Keys to Imagination Double Click Curriculum makes it simple! Adding lab time can help you to increase your income (with two students in the studio together), and can help your students progress faster in their music […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv027-piano-lab-time/">TTTV027: Piano Lab Time and the MEC Conference with Michelle Sisler</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Have you ever considered adding a piano lab time to your studio? Not sure where you would even start? The Keys to Imagination Double Click Curriculum makes it simple! Adding lab time can help you to increase your income (with two students in the studio... Have you ever considered adding a piano lab time to your studio? Not sure where you would even start? The Keys to Imagination Double Click Curriculum makes it simple!
Adding lab time can help you to increase your income (with two students in the studio together), and can help your students progress faster in their music studies. Michelle Sisler created the Double Click Curriculum which provides corresponding music lab activities for each concept introduced in method books. Not only does this make planning so much easier for us piano teachers, but it lends a certain “validity” in parent’s eyes to lab time, when they have a specific book to use in that time.
Michelle has also created the online conference for music teachers, Music Ed Connect. You can now attend a complete conference from your own home! All the talks are available to stream live, and to watch back later, with online discussions and downloadable materials.
Take a listen to to today’s podcast to learn how you can start a music lab in your piano studio, and for a special discount on Music Ed Connect 2016!
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* The benefit of adding a music lab to your studio
* What you need to set up a music lab
* How the double click curriculum works
* The idea behind the Music Ed Connect online conference
* How the online conference works
* The benefits of an online conference

Items mentioned in this podcast:

* Double Click Curriculum
* Video about the Double Click Curriculum
* Music Ed Connect Conference
* Piano Maestro
* Flashnote Derby
* Rhythm Swing
* Tenuto
* Auralia
* NCKP conference


Special Offer
Michelle is offering $20 off the Music Ed Connect conference to Tim Topham TV listeners! Just visit the Music Ed Connect website and enter the code podcast16 at checkout.
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.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
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,]]>
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TTTV026: Relate > Create > Educate with Nick Ambrosino https://timtopham.com/tttv026-relate-create-educate-with-nick-ambrosino/ Sat, 16 Jan 2016 04:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=112961 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv026-relate-create-educate-with-nick-ambrosino/">TTTV026: Relate > Create > Educate with Nick Ambrosino</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Nick Ambrosino has two unique books about piano teaching, Coffee with Ray and Lessons with Matt. These are not your standard teaching textbooks, they’re presented as novels, with lots of teaching tips hidden inside. Nick has some interesting perspectives and techniques when it comes to how to educate piano students. For instance, he believes we should see ourselves […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv026-relate-create-educate-with-nick-ambrosino/">TTTV026: Relate > Create > Educate with Nick Ambrosino</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Nick Ambrosino has two unique books about piano teaching, Coffee with Ray and Lessons with Matt. These are not your standard teaching textbooks, they’re presented as novels, with lots of teaching tips hidden inside. Nick Ambrosino has two unique books about piano teaching, Coffee with Ray and Lessons with Matt. These are not your standard teaching textbooks, they’re presented as novels, with lots of teaching tips hidden inside.
Nick has some interesting perspectives and techniques when it comes to how to educate piano students. For instance, he believes we should see ourselves as facilitators, not teachers. We’re helping our piano students on their journey, but a lot of the progress they make (or don’t) is done when they’re on their own at home. If we start taking all of these successes and failures on, as if they are our own, we’ll burn out.
This is just one of the interesting distinctions that Nick explains on today’s podcast. Take a listen and you’re sure to think about some element of teaching in a new way!
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* Why you should start thinking of yourself as a facilitator, not a teacher
* Using compliments wisely
* How to start each lesson right
* Why you should exchange buts for ands in your comments after a student’s performances
* How Nick applies “Goldilocks” to piano practice
* Why you should think about getting your students to write their own assignment notes
* How teaching piano is similar to sanding wood

Items mentioned in this podcast:

* Coffee with Ray
* Lessons with Matt
* How to Raise an Adult
* Nick’s website
* Nick’s facebook
* What I’ve learnt from asking more questions in music lessons


Today’s Download:
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.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
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. 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.
Did anything today’s podcast make you see something in a new light?
Was there one of Nick’s ideas that made you think about piano teaching differently? What will you change in your teaching this week after listening to Nick today?

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TTTV025: Behind the Scenes at Hal Leonard Australia https://timtopham.com/tttv025-behind-the-scenes-at-hal-leonard-australia/ Sun, 10 Jan 2016 04:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=112764 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv025-behind-the-scenes-at-hal-leonard-australia/">TTTV025: Behind the Scenes at Hal Leonard Australia</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Have you ever wondered where all those piano books you buy come from? What the inside the world’s major music publishers looks like? Hal Leonard is the world’s biggest music publisher, and Hal Leonard Australia is an important part of bringing those books (and other publisher’s books) to Australia. Under the direction of Gina Wake, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv025-behind-the-scenes-at-hal-leonard-australia/">TTTV025: Behind the Scenes at Hal Leonard Australia</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Have you ever wondered where all those piano books you buy come from? What the inside the world’s major music publishers looks like? Hal Leonard is the world’s biggest music publisher, and Hal Leonard Australia is an important part of bringing those bo... Have you ever wondered where all those piano books you buy come from? What the inside the world’s major music publishers looks like?
Hal Leonard is the world’s biggest music publisher, and Hal Leonard Australia is an important part of bringing those books (and other publisher’s books) to Australia. Under the direction of Gina Wake, the piano department has been a fantastic force for good, connecting teachers all over Australia and providing them with resources and professional development. Gina Wake started ‘The Piano Teacher’  as a way to provide teachers with great content, articles and tips.
The 40 Piece Challenge also grew from Hal Leonard Australia, with the help of Elissa Milne. This challenge has spread wider than they could have ever imagined, with teachers all over the world embracing the idea of students learning lots and lots of repertoire at varying levels.
Take a listen to today’s podcast to get a peek inside the publishing world!
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* The inner working of Hal Leonard Australia
* What projects are coming up in Hal Leonard
* How the 40 Piece Challenge began
* Where the idea for ‘The Piano Teacher’ magazine came from

Items mentioned in this podcast:

* Hal Leonard Australia
* The Piano Teacher magazine
* 40 Piece Challenge
* TTTV007: Building a Multi-teacher Piano Studio with Carly McDonald


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.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
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. 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.
Were you surprised to find out how varied Hal Leonard is?
Was there any aspect of the business that you didn’t expect? Did you wish you could have a warehouse like that as your music library? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
If you have any questions specifically for the guys at Hal Leonard Australia, you can email australianpiano@halleonard.com.au.

Have you ever wondered where all those piano books you buy come from? What the inside the world’s major music publishers looks like?
Hal Leonard is the world’s biggest music publisher, and Hal Leonard Australia is an important part of bringing those books (and other publisher’s books) to Australia.]]>
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TTTV024: Alexander Technique with Greg Holdaway https://timtopham.com/tttv024-alexander-technique-with-greg-holdaway/ Sun, 20 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=112640 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv024-alexander-technique-with-greg-holdaway/">TTTV024: Alexander Technique with Greg Holdaway</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>The Alexander technique has helped professionals in many different fields to achieve greater coordination and ease, doing the thing they love. Many pianists have found this technique to be the solution to recovery from pain, while also helping them to perform at their best. As teachers, we all strive to foster good technique in our […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv024-alexander-technique-with-greg-holdaway/">TTTV024: Alexander Technique with Greg Holdaway</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> The Alexander technique has helped professionals in many different fields to achieve greater coordination and ease, doing the thing they love. Many pianists have found this technique to be the solution to recovery from pain, The Alexander technique has helped professionals in many different fields to achieve greater coordination and ease, doing the thing they love. Many pianists have found this technique to be the solution to recovery from pain, while also helping them to perform at their best.
As teachers, we all strive to foster good technique in our students, but some of the information we were taught might not always be the best advice. Telling kids to “Sit up straight!” for example, could be counterproductive if they are not balanced and moving comfortably from this position.
Deeply ingrained habits can be hard to break. We all want our students to continue to play piano, and to be lifetime music lovers. Poor posture and technique can get in the way of this however. If we teach students good habits from the start, we are setting them up for success at the piano.
Greg Holdaway has helped countless musicians to achieve pain free and tension free performance, and I’m so excited to have him share some of his insights today.
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* What exactly the Alexander technique is
* How the Alexander technique can help pianists and piano teachers
* The differences and similarities between Taubman and Alexander techniques
* How to get your students to sit correctly at the piano
* Why shoulder movement should be included in piano playing
* Why you should be teaching students to be coordinated not to be relaxed


Items mentioned in this podcast:


* Sydney Alexander Technique


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.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
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. 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.
Have you had any experience with the Alexander technique?
Do you have any students who you think might benefit from this approach to piano playing? Or have you yourself experienced pain or injury and recovered from it?

The Alexander technique has helped professionals in many different fields to achieve greater coordination and ease, doing the thing they love. Many pianists have found this technique to be the solution to recovery from pain, while also helping them to perform at their best.
As teachers, we all strive to foster good technique in our students, but some of the information we were taught might not always be the best advice. Telling kids to “Sit up straight!” for example, could be counterproductive if they are not balanced and moving comfortably from this position.
Deeply ingrained habits can be hard to break. We all want our students to continue to play piano, and to be lifetime music lovers. Poor posture and technique can get in the way of this however.]]>
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TTTV023: 5 Tips for Teaching Teens https://timtopham.com/tttv023-5-tips-for-teaching-teens/ Sun, 13 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=112529 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv023-5-tips-for-teaching-teens/">TTTV023: 5 Tips for Teaching Teens</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Teaching teens can be a completely different experience from your average 7 year old student. Teenagers are starting to figure out who they are and what they like. This means that they won’t always just play a piece because you gave it to them, and they won’t practice something they don’t think is relevant to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv023-5-tips-for-teaching-teens/">TTTV023: 5 Tips for Teaching Teens</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Teaching teens can be a completely different experience from your average 7 year old student. Teenagers are starting to figure out who they are and what they like. This means that they won’t always just play a piece because you gave it to them,




Teaching teens can be a completely different experience from your average 7 year old student. Teenagers are starting to figure out who they are and what they like. This means that they won’t always just play a piece because you gave it to them, and they won’t practice something they don’t think is relevant to their goals.
Their goals could be to play a Beethoven sonata, but they also might be to write their own pop songs, or play in a school band. When teaching teens, you really need to have them on side. Creating a good relationship with your teenage students is so important. If they think piano “isn’t cool” (whatever that means to them) they won’t practice enough, and they just might quit.
Do you ever have trouble with teaching teenage students? Do you find students dropping out when they get to high school? Then you have to listen to today’s podcast, I’m sharing my 5 top tips for teaching teens.
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* The difference in my approach to teaching teens/adults versus kids
* How to relate piano practice to things in their world
* Why building a rapport with teens is vital
* How to become “the cool teacher” and why you should want to
* How to convince reluctant teens to practice their scales


 
Items mentioned in this podcast:

* Piano Pronto
* Scales Bootcamp
* Making scales fun with DecideNow
* Best iPad apps for piano teachers
* Teaching video: Student improvising backing tracks for scales
* How to make piano scales fun

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.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
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. 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.
What’s your approach to teaching teens?
Do you use any of the methods I talked about today? Is there something else that has worked for you with this age group? Or any part of my approach that you disagree with?











Teaching teens can be a completely different experience from your average 7 year old student. Teenagers are starting to figure out who they are and what they like.]]>
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TTTV022: Become a Piano Maestro with Becki Laurent https://timtopham.com/tttv022-piano-maestro/ Mon, 30 Nov 2015 03:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=111117 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv022-piano-maestro/">TTTV022: Become a Piano Maestro with Becki Laurent</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Have you heard about Piano Maestro? No?! Well it’s time we changed that! If you’re a piano teacher, Piano Maestro is free for you and all your students. Completely free. So there’s no reason not to jump in! Piano Maestro is an incredible iPad app for  sight reading. The music scrolls across the screen, and it […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv022-piano-maestro/">TTTV022: Become a Piano Maestro with Becki Laurent</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Have you heard about Piano Maestro? No?! Well it’s time we changed that! If you’re a piano teacher, Piano Maestro is free for you and all your students. Completely free. So there’s no reason not to jump in!




Have you heard about Piano Maestro? No?! Well it’s time we changed that! If you’re a piano teacher, Piano Maestro is free for you and all your students. Completely free. So there’s no reason not to jump in!
Piano Maestro is an incredible iPad app for  sight reading. The music scrolls across the screen, and it “listens” to you play on any piano or keyboard (no wires!) and gives you feedback on how accurately you played.
This is cool enough by itself, but the real magic of Piano Maestro is how it gameifies learning to read music. After each song, the student is given a number of stars for their performance. To progress to the next chapter in journey mode, the student has to get a certain number of stars. They can’t get ahead of themselves, they have to put in the work.
There are too many amazing features of Piano Maestro to mention, such as the large library of method books, up to date pop songs, scales and arpeggios…the list goes on. Much better that you hear about these amazing features from Becki ‘Piano Maestro’ Laurent herself.
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* What Piano Maestro is for
* How Piano Maestro works
* How to navigate the Piano Maestro app
* Why you should incorporate this kind of “gamification” into your teaching
* How to get any student started in with the app


***Sorry about the delay in the video sync. I’ve been trialling some new software and still have some tweaks to make.
Items mentioned in this podcast:

* Free excerpt from ‘The Insider’s Guide to Joytunes’ Piano Maestro’
* Piano Maestro
* Piano Dustbuster
* Simply Piano
* TTTV007: Building a Multi-Teacher Studio with Carly McDonald
* Sheet Music on the JoyTunes website
* Logitech speakers
* The Insider’s Guide to Joytunes’ Piano Maestro
* Tracy Selle’s Webinars

Not a teacher? Here’s your discount code:
JTS1MREPORTER
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.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
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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TTTV021: Performance Anxiety: Helping Students Cope – the Bulletproof Musician https://timtopham.com/tttv021-performance-anxiety/ Sun, 22 Nov 2015 22:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=111115 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv021-performance-anxiety/">TTTV021: Performance Anxiety: Helping Students Cope – the Bulletproof Musician</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Performance anxiety Most piano teachers encourage their students to perform as regularly as possible, but how many of us give our students strategies for coping with performance anxiety? We’ve all seen students who were perfectly prepared for a recital or exam, simply crumble on the day. It wasn’t a lack of ability, or drive, but simply […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv021-performance-anxiety/">TTTV021: Performance Anxiety: Helping Students Cope – the Bulletproof Musician</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Performance anxiety Most piano teachers encourage their students to perform as regularly as possible, but how many of us give our students strategies for coping with performance anxiety? We’ve all seen students who were perfectly prepared for a recital...


Performance anxiety
Most piano teachers encourage their students to perform as regularly as possible, but how many of us give our students strategies for coping with performance anxiety?
We’ve all seen students who were perfectly prepared for a recital or exam, simply crumble on the day. It wasn’t a lack of ability, or drive, but simply that performance anxiety got to them.
Some nerves are to be expected for any big performance, but we need to stop nerves from turning into anxiety. This is where Dr Noa Kageyama comes in. Noa runs a fantastic blog, The Bulletproof Musician, about performance anxiety and performing at your best.
I’m so excited to have Noa on the show today, and I know you’ll all get a lot out of his expertise and insights into the “mind game” of music performance.
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* Why teaching performing skills should be a part of your piano teaching
* Visualisation exercises you can do even with your youngest students
* How to turn off self-criticism when performing
* How you can help your students to focus during their performance
* What diaphragmatic breathing is and why you should be teaching it
* How to practice the lead up to a performance


Items mentioned in this podcast:

* The Bulletproof Musician
* Beyond Practicing Course
* Why Practicing While Distracted Is Actually Very Important (Sometimes)


* A Simple Technique to Prevent Choking Under Pressure
* Your Brain Isn’t Wired for Consistency
* Make it Stick the Science of Successful Learning

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.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
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. 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.
How do you help your students cope with performing?
Do you have any other strategies that Noa didn’t mention? Something that has helped you in your own performances?





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TTTV020: How technology is changing music education with Simon Rushby https://timtopham.com/technology-music-education-simon-rushby/ Sun, 15 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=111113 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/technology-music-education-simon-rushby/">TTTV020: How technology is changing music education with Simon Rushby</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>We hear reports every day about how technology is changing the world, for better and for worse, but what is technology doing for music education? I’m sure there are plenty of teachers out there who have yet to try bringing any kind of tech into their music lessons. After all, what if what you’ve done […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/technology-music-education-simon-rushby/">TTTV020: How technology is changing music education with Simon Rushby</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> We hear reports every day about how technology is changing the world, for better and for worse, but what is technology doing for music education? I’m sure there are plenty of teachers out there who have yet to try bringing any kind of tech into their m... We hear reports every day about how technology is changing the world, for better and for worse, but what is technology doing for music education?
I’m sure there are plenty of teachers out there who have yet to try bringing any kind of tech into their music lessons. After all, what if what you’ve done for the last 20 years is working, why should you change it now?
If you use technology right, it should enhance the way you already teach, not change it. Whether you simply ask your student to record something they need to remember, take a photo of a hand position or practice their sight singing with the Aural Trainer, there’s always a simple way for you to jump in.
Apps and software can be invaluable additions to your teaching, and create “flipped” learning. When you flip the learning, you don’t have to spend time teaching something you have already taught, saving you valuable lesson time (something I know we all struggle with!).
Simon has tons of great ideas to share with us, and I hope today’s podcast will inspire you to try out something new this week.
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* How to utilise “flipped” learning
* Why you should consider incorporating technology in your teaching
* How to make sure technology supports your own teaching style
* How to make use of students’ smartphones to record parts of the lesson
* How to get kids started composing their own pieces
* The best apps to encourage student creativity and composition
* How to get started if you haven’t used technology for teaching before


Items mentioned in this podcast:

* Kahoot!
* Garageband
* Logic
* TTTV001: Student Composition Tactics with Daniel McFarlane
* ABRSM Aural Trainer apps
* Note Perfect!
* Ear Trainer
* Madpad
* Everyday Looper
* GrooveMaker
* Billy Joel and Jimmy Fallon form 2 man doo-wop group using iPad
* ForScore
* Speed Shifter
* Practice Partner
* Melody Writer

Today’s sponsor: ABRSM

 
The exam board ABRSM have created a range of useful d...]]>
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TTTV019: Everything But The Pieces (Part 2) with Abe Cytrynowski: Technical Work & General Knowledge https://timtopham.com/tttv019-technical-work-general-knowledge/ Sun, 08 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=111109 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv019-technical-work-general-knowledge/">TTTV019: Everything But The Pieces (Part 2) with Abe Cytrynowski: Technical Work & General Knowledge</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>In part four of the exam focus series, I’m talking with Abe Cytrynowski about technical work & general knowledge. Abe is passionate about scales. Yes, you read that correctly! Often, scales can make both student and teacher eyes glaze over. Scales are done on autopilot, the muscle memory takes over and students are barely aware […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv019-technical-work-general-knowledge/">TTTV019: Everything But The Pieces (Part 2) with Abe Cytrynowski: Technical Work & General Knowledge</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> In part four of the exam focus series, I’m talking with Abe Cytrynowski about technical work & general knowledge. Abe is passionate about scales. Yes, you read that correctly! Often, scales can make both student and teacher eyes glaze over.
In part four of the exam focus series, I’m talking with Abe Cytrynowski about technical work & general knowledge.
Abe is passionate about scales. Yes, you read that correctly! Often, scales can make both student and teacher eyes glaze over. Scales are done on autopilot, the muscle memory takes over and students are barely aware of what they’re playing.
In order to break out of this scale rut, we need to do something other than ask our students to play their G major scale again. Abe asks his students to play scales in so many different ways, that they have no choice but to engage with their technical work.
Take a listen to today’s podcast and revitalise your teaching of general knowledge and technical work.
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* How to make general knowledge an integrated part of your teaching
* Why general knowledge is an invaluable part of your teaching
* How to turn off “scales autopilot” and get students engaged with their technical work
* How to make scales fun and interesting for you and your students

Items mentioned in this podcast:

* How to Blitz! General Knowledge
* Pictorial Patterns for Keyboard Scales and Chords by Margaret Brandman
* Scalecard Facebook page
* Decide Now app

Some of Abe’s Scale Tricks

* Play with one finger
* Playing in rhythms
* Using accents in different places
* Playing in blocks or “clusters”
* Different articulations in each hand
* Different dynamics for each hand
* Playing with eye’s closed
* Crossed hands
* Asking questions about the scale before they begin

>>See below for a free cheat sheet of all Abe’s great ideas<<

Today’s download:
Today’s sponsor: ABRSM
 
The exam board ABRSM have created a range of useful digital learning tools which help make music practice more engaging.
Whether you’re looking to slow down recordings on your tablet, encourage your students to practice for aural tests more effectively, or help them learn to write melodies, ABRSM have a collection of mobile and web apps which you’re sure to find useful for you and your students.

* You may have heard of Speedshifter? It slows down any recording you may have on your tablet without altering the pitch.
* The award-winning Aural Trainer which I previously mentioned is now available for Grades 1 to 5 and Grades 6 to 8.
* Melody Writer is a free online tool and develops musical theory knowledge and understanding.
* And if your students are learning to play the ABRSM exam pieces, Piano Practice Partner and Violin Practice Partner, are fantastic tools designed to make their practice sessions more fun and engaging.

Check them out today – you can find more information about all of them at www.abrsm.org/apps
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.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
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...]]>
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TTTV018: Everything But The Pieces (Part 1) with Sam Coates: Sight Reading & Aural Tests https://timtopham.com/tttv018-sight-reading-aural-tests/ Sun, 01 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=111107 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv018-sight-reading-aural-tests/">TTTV018: Everything But The Pieces (Part 1) with Sam Coates: Sight Reading & Aural Tests</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>In the third podcast of the exam series, I’m joined by Sam Coates to discuss everything but the pieces. Sam Coates is the author of the ‘BlitzBooks‘ series which blitz through sight reading & theory, and I’m so excited to have her share her tips and tricks for teaching sight reading and aural skills. Sight reading & aural […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv018-sight-reading-aural-tests/">TTTV018: Everything But The Pieces (Part 1) with Sam Coates: Sight Reading & Aural Tests</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> In the third podcast of the exam series, I’m joined by Sam Coates to discuss everything but the pieces. Sam Coates is the author of the ‘BlitzBooks‘ series which blitz through sight reading & theory, and I’m so excited to have her share her tips and tr...
In the third podcast of the exam series, I’m joined by Sam Coates to discuss everything but the pieces. Sam Coates is the author of the ‘BlitzBooks‘ series which blitz through sight reading & theory, and I’m so excited to have her share her tips and tricks for teaching sight reading and aural skills.
Sight reading & aural tests make up a small portion of the marks in most exam systems, but they can cause a lot of stress for some students. Many students want to spend all their time working on their pieces, and don’t see the value in sight reading. However, any accompanist or church pianist will tell you that sight reading is one of the most valuable skills you can possibly develop as a pianist.
Aural tests can similarly cause anxiety if they’re not prepared for fully. The singing portion can be especially troublesome for a shy or embarrassed student. Sam has some great suggestions for dealing with these self confidence issues by starting from music that the student is already familiar with, and working out from there.
Whether or not you have students preparing for exams, I think you’ll really enjoy today’s discussion on these crucial musical skills.
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* Why you should be making sight-reading a priority
* What makes someone a good sight-reader
* How to convince your students that correct rhythm is more important than correct notes
* How to use an integrated approach to aural skills
* Why you should start ear-training from the repertoire

Items mentioned in this podcast:

* Blitz books
* Improve Your Sight-reading! Duets
* Aural Survey
* Overview of Aural Survey Results
* AuralBook apps
* TTTV009: Paul Harris on Simultaneous Learning
* Aural Skills in Exams (Sam’s blog)
* TTTV004: Holistic Sight Reading


Today’s sponsor: ABRSM

Are your students struggling with their aural skills?
ABRSM is an exam board that supports the teaching and learning of music in partnership with the Royal Schools of Music. Its award-winning Aural Trainer app for iOS devices offers an exciting way for students to practise their aural skills.
Through a series of interactive challenges, pupils can learn to identify and describe musical features and differences quickly and accurately. They can gain feedback on their answers and keep track of improvements. Students can practise exercises in any order, as often or as little as they’d like, anytime and anywhere.
Aural Trainer covers all of the elements of ABRSM’s aural tests for their Grades 1 to 8 exams, including sight–singing and echo tests. There are two versions of the app: Aural Trainer 1 to 5, and Aural Trainer 6 to 8 which is new! Free copies of each app are available to download so y...]]>
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TTTV017: All about ABRSM Piano Exams with Tim Arnold https://timtopham.com/tttv017-abrsm-piano-exams/ Sun, 25 Oct 2015 01:15:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=111105 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv017-abrsm-piano-exams/">TTTV017: All about ABRSM Piano Exams with Tim Arnold</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>This is the second in a series of podcasts taking a look piano exams. Today I’m talking with Tim Arnold about the most global music exam board, the ‘Associated Boards of the Royal Schools of Music‘. ABRSM is the UK’s largest music education body, one of its largest music publishers and the world’s leading provider of music exams, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv017-abrsm-piano-exams/">TTTV017: All about ABRSM Piano Exams with Tim Arnold</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> This is the second in a series of podcasts taking a look piano exams. Today I’m talking with Tim Arnold about the most global music exam board, the ‘Associated Boards of the Royal Schools of Music‘. ABRSM is the UK’s largest music education body, This is the second in a series of podcasts taking a look piano exams. Today I’m talking with Tim Arnold about the most global music exam board, the ‘Associated Boards of the Royal Schools of Music‘. ABRSM is the UK’s largest music education body, one of its largest music publishers and the world’s leading provider of music exams, offering assessments to more than 630,000 candidates in 93 countries every year. 
One of the things that the ABRSM strives for is consistency in their exams, no matter where you happen to take them. Their examiners participate in ongoing professional development and are assessed regularly to ensure the standard is maintained.
ABRSM also creates some fantastic teaching apps and resources, and provides scholarships every year to college students. Take a listen to today’s podcast to learn all about the ABRSM, what they do, and how you can better prepare students for piano exams.
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* How the ABRSM ensures absolute consistency in their exams
* The structure of exams with the ABRSM
* An overview of the marking criteria used in ABRSM exams
* The ethos behind the grade 5 theory requirement for the grade 6 examinations
* Why the syllabus changes every two years
* How to apply for an ABRSM scholarship
* The diploma structure at ABRSM

Items mentioned in this podcast:

* ABRSM
* On Your Marks (let’s you try to mark an exam yourself and see how accurate you were)


Today’s sponsor: ABRSM

Are your students struggling with their aural skills?
ABRSM is an exam board that supports the teaching and learning of music in partnership with the Royal Schools of Music. Its award-winning Aural Trainer app for iOS devices offers an exciting way for students to practise their aural skills.
Through a series of interactive challenges, pupils can learn to identify and describe musical features and differences quickly and accurately. They can gain feedback on their answers and keep track of improvements. Students can practise exercises in any order, as often or as little as they’d like, anytime and anywhere.
Aural Trainer covers all of the elements of ABRSM’s aural tests for their Grades 1 to 8 exams, including sight–singing and echo tests. There are two versions of the app: Aural Trainer 1 to 5, and Aural Trainer 6 to 8 which is new! Free copies of each app are available to download so you can try a few exercises before you upgrade.
ABRSM offers a whole suite of digital resources to develop general musical skills and knowledge and help with exam preparation.
To find out more, head over to www.abrsm.org/tim.
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.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
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  clean 42:33
TTTV016: ANZCA Piano Exams with Tony Betros https://timtopham.com/tttv016-anzca-piano-exams-with-tony-betros/ Sun, 18 Oct 2015 00:15:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=111011 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv016-anzca-piano-exams-with-tony-betros/">TTTV016: ANZCA Piano Exams with Tony Betros</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>This is the first in a multi-part series taking a look at the main exam boards around the world. Piano exams play a big role in piano teaching in many countries. Even if you’re in country where exams are less popular, there’s a lot to be learned by looking at the different exam boards and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv016-anzca-piano-exams-with-tony-betros/">TTTV016: ANZCA Piano Exams with Tony Betros</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> This is the first in a multi-part series taking a look at the main exam boards around the world. Piano exams play a big role in piano teaching in many countries. Even if you’re in country where exams are less popular, This is the first in a multi-part series taking a look at the main exam boards around the world. Piano exams play a big role in piano teaching in many countries. Even if you’re in country where exams are less popular, there’s a lot to be learned by looking at the different exam boards and how they structure their assessments. This first episode looks at the ANZCA piano exams, with our guest, Tony Betros.
ANZCA piano exams take a unique, flexible and modern approach to formal assessments. As well as classical piano exams, they also offer a modern piano syllabus which includes improvisation and allows the use of backing tracks, and a performance only exam option. On top of that they also offer a duet syllabus, and a keyboard syllabus.
One of the fantastic elements of their exams is their option of one “free choice” piece. This allows the student and teacher together to choose any other piece that’s at an appropriate level for the grade, even if that’s one they’ve composed themselves!
Whether you use an exam system or not, I really think you’ll get a lot out of today’s podcast!
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* The focus of the ANZCA examinations
* How it differs from other exam systems
* The process of becoming an examiner
* What’s involved in the diploma level exams with ANZCA
* How ANZCA ensures the exam experience is a positive one for students

Items mentioned in this podcast:

*
ANZCA
* ANZCA syllabus
* ANZCA YouTube channel
* ANZCA Facebook page
* TTTV002 with Christopher Norton
* Is the iPad killing piano memorization


Special offers for today’s listeners:
Type ‘TT’ in the promo code box when ordering from the ANZCA website for 20% off your order. This offer is valid for 2 weeks only, so get it quick!
Australian and New Zealand teachers can also get a free teacher starter pack by emailing  admin@anzca.com.
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.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
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. 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.
Did the ANZCA’s modern approach to piano exams intrigue you?
Was there anything about their system that surprised you?]]> Tim Topham: Piano Teacher | Music Educator | Blogger clean 43:05 TTTV015: What Motivates You? https://timtopham.com/tttv015-what-motivates-you/ Wed, 14 Oct 2015 22:15:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=110297 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv015-what-motivates-you/">TTTV015: What Motivates You?</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>I’ve always been interested in the concept of motivation. What actually motivates us to do what we do and in particular, what motivations are there to continually improve our teaching? Do you participate in professional development? Do you spend some of your precious free time reading blogs, participating in facebook groups or listening to podcasts like […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv015-what-motivates-you/">TTTV015: What Motivates You?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> I’ve always been interested in the concept of motivation. What actually motivates us to do what we do and in particular, what motivations are there to continually improve our teaching? Do you participate in professional development? I’ve always been interested in the concept of motivation. What actually motivates us to do what we do and in particular, what motivations are there to continually improve our teaching?
Do you participate in professional development? Do you spend some of your precious free time reading blogs, participating in facebook groups or listening to podcasts like this one? What motivates you to continue your own education?
Personally, I think that trying out new ideas and continuing to learn as we teach is what makes our profession exciting. When we are trying out fresh approaches to teaching (even if they don’t always work out!), it makes us better teachers.
Apart from lessons being more interesting for students because of the greater variety in their lessons; lessons become more stimulating for students because we’re excited. When you’re enthusiastic as a teacher, your students are much more likely to feel that enthusiasm too.
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* Why I think teachers should always be learning
* How to implement new ideas in a way that isn’t overwhelming
* Some different opportunities for professional development
* How to not become complacent in your piano teaching

Items mentioned in this podcast:

* Teaching Pop Piano Course
* What is the legal minimum requirement for piano teachers’ professional development?
* 5 Steps to Avoiding a Piano Teaching Rut
* The Blessing of Professional Development “Tithing”


Action Steps:

* Think about why you listen to this podcast and what you want to get out of it
* Take one idea from any recent podcast and try it out with one student this week

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.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
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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So, what motivates you?
What drives you to move forward? Is it trying to stay ahead of the competition? Or a love of learning? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

I’ve always been interested in the concept of motivation. What actually motivates us to do what we do and in particular, what motivations are there to continually improve our teaching?...]]>
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TTTV014: Harnessing the Power of the Internet with Joy Morin https://timtopham.com/harnessing-power-internet-joy-morin/ Sun, 27 Sep 2015 01:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=110295 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/harnessing-power-internet-joy-morin/">TTTV014: Harnessing the Power of the Internet with Joy Morin</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the online world? Are you hearing conflicting advice about where to start? Joy Morin is here to make it easy for you to harness the power of the internet, without letting it take over your life. There are simple ways of being online, and using the fantastic tools available. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/harnessing-power-internet-joy-morin/">TTTV014: Harnessing the Power of the Internet with Joy Morin</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the online world? Are you hearing conflicting advice about where to start? Joy Morin is here to make it easy for you to harness the power of the internet, without letting it take over your life. Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the online world? Are you hearing conflicting advice about where to start?
Joy Morin is here to make it easy for you to harness the power of the internet, without letting it take over your life. There are simple ways of being online, and using the fantastic tools available. It doesn’t have to be difficult, and it can be extremely effective.
Although in many ways piano teaching is one of the most traditional professions, it is rapidly developing and expanding in the technology age. We can use the internet not only to market to potential students and grow our business, but also to stay connected with other teachers around the world. There’s a rapidly growing community of piano teachers out there, ready to support, inspire and engage with you.
So take a listen to today’s podcast and get ready to jump in (or just dip a toe if that’s all you’re ready for)!
Are you enjoying these podcasts? I’d love for you to leave a podcast review.
Find out how easy it is here.
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* How to make sure you’re productive when you’re online, not just overwhelmed
* Why you need a website for your piano studio
* The difference between a studio website and a piano teaching blog
* How to give your piano parents a little push to like your facebook page
* Some ideas for using YouTube in piano lessons
* The most important places for piano teachers to be on the internet

Items mentioned in this podcast:

* Joy’s blog Color in my Piano
* Some of Joy’s favourite blogs:

* Music Matters blog
* Susan Paradis
* Compose Create
* Teach Piano Today
* Diane Hidy
* Elissa Milne


* Australasian Piano Teachers (facebook group)
* Piano Teacher Funmakers (facebook group)
* Irina Gorin’s YouTube channel
* Weebly
* Seth Godin’s marketing books
* So You Want to Start a Blog (a series of articles on Joy’s site)


Today’s free download

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TTTV013: Is this the Future of Piano Teaching? An interview with Hugh Sung. https://timtopham.com/tttv013-is-this-the-future-of-piano-teaching-an-interview-with-hugh-sung/ Sun, 13 Sep 2015 01:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=109852 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv013-is-this-the-future-of-piano-teaching-an-interview-with-hugh-sung/">TTTV013: Is this the Future of Piano Teaching? An interview with Hugh Sung.</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Do you teach students online? Have you been thinking about starting? Did you know there are actually four ways that you can teach and learn music online and that Skype isn’t necessarily the best option? In today’s podcast episode, Hugh Sung talks about the innovative methods he uses to teach in this digital age. By reviewing videos […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv013-is-this-the-future-of-piano-teaching-an-interview-with-hugh-sung/">TTTV013: Is this the Future of Piano Teaching? An interview with Hugh Sung.</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Do you teach students online? Have you been thinking about starting? Did you know there are actually four ways that you can teach and learn music online and that Skype isn’t necessarily the best option? In today’s podcast episode,
Do you teach students online? Have you been thinking about starting?
Did you know there are actually four ways that you can teach and learn music online and that Skype isn’t necessarily the best option?
In today’s podcast episode, Hugh Sung talks about the innovative methods he uses to teach in this digital age. By reviewing videos that a student has recorded, Hugh is able to notice the tiny details that he may have missed in real-time. This style of teaching where the student and teacher are not working in real-time with each other is called asynchronous pedagogy.
Hugh’s style of teaching allows him to teach students from across the globe, and I think there are elements of his method that we could take on for students sitting in front of us as well.
Is this the future of music pedagogy? Take a listen to today’s podcast and let us know what you think below.
Are you enjoying these podcasts? I’d love for you to leave a podcast review. Find out how easy it is here.
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* What “asynchronous pedagogy” is and why it’s worth considering
* How to use video recording effectively in your teaching
* How to get started teaching online
* Hugh’s favourite iPad apps
* Tips for getting found online

Items mentioned in this podcast:

* Hugh’s website
* Hugh’s teaching studio website
* ForScore iPad app
* Coach’s Eye iPad app
* ‘From Paper to Pixels’ by Hugh Sung
* 4 Ways to Learn Music Online
* 3 Ways in which Video Exchange Lessons are Better than Live Ones


Today’s Sponsor: AirTurn
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AirTurn doesn’t just manufacture the best Bluetooth page turners, it also creates mic and iPad stands, remote controls, books and associated software, all designed to make it easy for musicians to do what they’re best at: make music.
To find out more and see latest AirTurn offers for Tim Topham podcast listeners, head to timtopham.com/airturn.
Have you taught online lessons?
How did they go? What did you use? Did you miss not being able to be present with the student? Let us know by leaving your thoughts below.


Do you teach students online? Have you been thinking about starting?
Did you know there are actually four ways that you can teach and learn music online and that Skype isn’t necessarily the best option?
In today’s podcast episode, Hugh Sung talks about the innovative methods he uses to teach in this digital age. By reviewing videos that a student has recorded,]]>
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TTTV012: Reinventing the Recital with Kristin Yost https://timtopham.com/tttv012-reinventing-the-recital-with-kristin-yost/ Sun, 06 Sep 2015 01:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=109846 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv012-reinventing-the-recital-with-kristin-yost/">TTTV012: Reinventing the Recital with Kristin Yost</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Do you want to make your recitals more exciting? Do you wish that your piano parents looked forward to your recitals? Do you want your students to feel as confident and comfortable on stage as they do in the practice room? Well then today’s podcast episode is for you! We all want our students to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv012-reinventing-the-recital-with-kristin-yost/">TTTV012: Reinventing the Recital with Kristin Yost</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Do you want to make your recitals more exciting? Do you wish that your piano parents looked forward to your recitals? Do you want your students to feel as confident and comfortable on stage as they do in the practice room?
Do you want to make your recitals more exciting? Do you wish that your piano parents looked forward to your recitals? Do you want your students to feel as confident and comfortable on stage as they do in the practice room?
Well then today’s podcast episode is for you!
We all want our students to become well-rounded musicians. So why only organise traditional classical recitals once a year? Kristin Yost has some amazing, inspirational piano events in her studio; and I’m so excited she’s taken the time to share some of her ideas with you. From pop piano showcases, to collaborative events with other art forms, to student only performance opportunities…the list goes on! Take a listen to today’s episode and start planning some amazing concerts in your studio this year!
Are you enjoying these podcasts? I’d love for you to leave a podcast review. Find out how easy it is here.
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* Why you should be rethinking how you organise recitals
* What “arts fusion” is, and how you could integrate the other arts in your concerts
* How you can get even your absolute beginners involved in a pop showcase
* Some great ideas for themed recitals
* How to fund your student recitals
* Where to look for great venues
* How to make recitals more relaxed and fun for your students

Items mentioned in this podcast:

* Kristin’s studio ‘Centre for Musical Minds’
* Kristin’s personal website
* Kristin’s book ‘How I Made $100,000 My First Year as a Piano Teacher’
* Hal Leonard ‘Pop Piano Hits’
* Piano Flix ‘Teaching Pop Piano’
* David Cutler’s website
* David Cutler’s book: The Savvy Musician
* Super Metronome Groovebox (iPad app)


Today’s free download:
Today’s Sponsor: AirTurn

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Check out the PED by AirTurn, the company that I recommend teachers, students and performers turn to (excuse the pun) for iPad page turning accessories. The PED is the latest in page-turning technology for iPads featuring a sleek, lightweight design that is easy to set up and 100% reliable. Check out the video.
AirTurn doesn’t just manufacture the best Bluetooth page turners, it also creates mic and iPad stands, remote controls, books and associated software, all designed to make it easy for musicians to do what they’re best at: make music.
To find out more and see latest AirTurn offers for Tim Topham podcast listeners,]]>
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TTTV011: NCKP Round-Up (Solo Sunday) https://timtopham.com/tttv011-nckp-round-up-solo-sunday/ Sun, 30 Aug 2015 01:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=109730 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv011-nckp-round-up-solo-sunday/">TTTV011: NCKP Round-Up (Solo Sunday)</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Ever wondered what it’s like to attend the biggest piano teaching conference in the world? Want to find out why I travelled for 20 hours in a thin metal cylinder at 35,000 feet just to attend a professional development event? Interested in what I took away from the event this year? Looking for the notes and slides […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv011-nckp-round-up-solo-sunday/">TTTV011: NCKP Round-Up (Solo Sunday)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Ever wondered what it’s like to attend the biggest piano teaching conference in the world? Want to find out why I travelled for 20 hours in a thin metal cylinder at 35,000 feet just to attend a professional development event? Ever wondered what it’s like to attend the biggest piano teaching conference in the world? Want to find out why I travelled for 20 hours in a thin metal cylinder at 35,000 feet just to attend a professional development event? Interested in what I took away from the event this year? Looking for the notes and slides from my presentation?
Today’s episode is my first solo podcast (let me know what you think) and it’s all about my time at the NCKP. In this episode, I answer all the above questions and give you a presenter’s view of the biggest piano teaching conference in the world.  PS. This is a great episode to watch parts of on YouTube as I include video footage from the event. See link below to watch.
To put it simply, this was one of the best professional development events that I’ve been to and I wanted to podcast about it to encourage as many members of my community to think about attending as possible in the future.
I also want to encourage everyone to prioritise attending live teacher training events in their areas as much as possible as there is something tangible about getting together face-to-face with a room full of like-minded people that is incredibly inspirational and leaves you feeling less isolated and more motivated.
As usual, I’ve got a free download for you today [link below]. I’ve put together a quick checklist of links that you’ll find useful if you want to find out more about things that went on at the conference.
Are you enjoying these podcasts? I’d love for you to leave a podcast review. Find out how easy it is here.
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* What it’s like to be at the NCKP, the kinds of people you’ll meet, the venue and the content
* The two overarching themes of the conference this year and why this is important for all teachers
* Why teaching is changing and how to get on board
* Bradley Sowash’s method for teaching students using chords
* Why teaching pop music is important for your studio and your students
* My future webinar about teaching pop music
* The content of one of the best keynote speeches I’ve heard
* The order of development of music and language skills
* The flipped music studio

Items mentioned in this podcast:

* The Conference Booklet (timetable, speakers, details, etc.)
* Sir Ken Robinson’s TED Talk on creativity
* My NCKP Presentation Slides and Links
* Kristin Yost’s website (and lots of free downloads for studio business)
* Using YouTube to flip the studio


Today’s free download (click image to open):

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AirTurn doesn’t just manufacture the best Bluetooth page turners,]]>
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TTTV010: Graham Fitch on Teaching Practising https://timtopham.com/tttv010-graham-fitch-on-teaching-practising/ Sun, 16 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=36410 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv010-graham-fitch-on-teaching-practising/">TTTV010: Graham Fitch on Teaching Practising</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Teaching our students how to practice is one of the most important things we can teach them. After all, students only spend 30 – 6o minutes a week with us, that’s only about 1% of their week! So we’re really leaving most of our student’s progress up to them. But how do we know what’s […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv010-graham-fitch-on-teaching-practising/">TTTV010: Graham Fitch on Teaching Practising</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Teaching our students how to practice is one of the most important things we can teach them. After all, students only spend 30 – 6o minutes a week with us, that’s only about 1% of their week! So we’re really leaving most of our student’s progress up to...
Teaching our students how to practice is one of the most important things we can teach them. After all, students only spend 30 – 6o minutes a week with us, that’s only about 1% of their week!
So we’re really leaving most of our student’s progress up to them. But how do we know what’s happening in the practice room? How can we stop them from wasting that oh so precious practice time?
I’m so excited to welcome Graham Fitch to the podcast today. Graham writes a fantastic blog and ebooks all about practicing the piano, and has some fantastic, innovative practice methods. Take a listen to today’s podcast for a whole host of practice strategies that you can start teaching students tomorrow!
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* How to get students to think about their practicing habits
* When and if to use a metronome
* How to use lesson time to teach student’s how to fix a problem, not just that there is a problem
* Why you should put sections in “quarantine”
* How to fix lumpy and bumpy fingering passages
* Using the “3 S’s” to get back to basics

Items mentioned in this podcast:

* Graham’s blog Practising the Piano
* Graham’s eBook series (make sure to check out the offer code below for 20% off)
* Blog post What I’ve learnt from asking more questions in music lessons
* The Pianist magazine YouTube channel

Watch the interview here:

Today’s free download:
How do you teach practising?
Do you teach your students how to practise? How do you go about it? What one idea from today’s podcast are you going to apply in your teaching straight away?
I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!


Teaching our students how to practice is one of the most important things we can teach them. After all, students only spend 30 – 6o minutes a week with us, that’s only about 1% of their week!
So we’re really leaving most of our student’s progress up to them. But how do we know what’s happening in the practice room? How can we stop them from wasting that oh so precious practice time?
I’m so excited to welcome Graham Fitch to the podcast today. Graham writes a fantastic blog and ebooks all about practicing the piano, and has some fantastic, innovative practice methods. Take a listen to today’s podcast for a whole host of practice strategies that you can start teaching students tomorrow!
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* How to get students to think about their practicing habits
* When and if to use a metronome
* How to use lesson time to teach student’s how to fix a problem, not just that there is a problem
* Why you should put sections in “quarantine”
* How to fix lumpy and bumpy fingering passages
* Using the “3 S’s” to get back to basics

Items mentioned in this podcast:

* Graham’s blog Practising the Piano
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TTTV009: Paul Harris on Simultaneous Learning https://timtopham.com/tttv009-paul-harris-on-simultaneous-learning/ Sun, 26 Jul 2015 01:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=36409 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv009-paul-harris-on-simultaneous-learning/">TTTV009: Paul Harris on Simultaneous Learning</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Have you ever wondered how you can possibly fit everything you need to into a 30 minute lesson? There’s just so much ground to cover with scales, pieces, sight-reading, theory, improvisation, composing…the list just seems to go on, and on. Paul Harris has a fantastic way of looking at lesson structure. His simultaneous learning method flips […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv009-paul-harris-on-simultaneous-learning/">TTTV009: Paul Harris on Simultaneous Learning</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Have you ever wondered how you can possibly fit everything you need to into a 30 minute lesson? There’s just so much ground to cover with scales, pieces, sight-reading, theory, improvisation, composing…the list just seems to go on, and on. Have you ever wondered how you can possibly fit everything you need to into a 30 minute lesson? There’s just so much ground to cover with scales, pieces, sight-reading, theory, improvisation, composing…the list just seems to go on, and on.
Paul Harris has a fantastic way of looking at lesson structure. His simultaneous learning method flips traditional piano teaching on its head, getting students understanding all the elements of a new piece before they ever look at the music.
With simultaneous learning, all the elements of piano playing can be integrated and relevant to a piece the student is working on.
Take a listen to today’s podcast episode and learn how you can enrich the piano lesson experience for both you and your students!
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* How to start teaching a new piece without even opening the score…and why you should
* How to get students to improvise on just one note
* Tips for preparing students to play in foreign keys with more flats/sharps than they’re used to
* How to split a piece into manageable “ingredients”
* Whether getting students to write music is valuable
* How to get students to gain a really secure sense of pulse
* How to introduce listening assignments

Items mentioned in this podcast:

*
Paul Harris’s website
* Paul Harris on Faber Music’s website
* Improve Your Sight Reading Duets
* The Practice Process
* The Complete Practice Workbook


Today’s free download:

What do you think about Simultaneous Learning?
Do you like the idea of this approach to teaching piano? Do you think it would help your students to learn this way? Have you already been trying out these ideas?
Leave your thoughts below and if you have any questions for Paul, please ask away!

Have you ever wondered how you can possibly fit everything you need to into a 30 minute lesson? There’s just so much ground to cover with scales, pieces, sight-reading, theory, improvisation, composing…the list just seems to go on, and on.
Paul Harris has a fantastic way of looking at lesson structure. His simultaneous learning method flips traditional piano teaching on its head, getting students understanding all the elements of a new piece before they ever look at the music.
With simultaneous learning, all the elements of piano playing can be integrated and relevant to a piece the student is working on.
Take a listen to today’s podcast episode and learn how you can enrich the piano lesson experience for both you and your students!
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* How to start teaching a new piece without even opening the score…and why you should
* How to get students to improvise on just one note
* Tips for preparing students to play in foreign keys with more flats/sharps than they’re used to
* How to split a piece into manageable “ingredients”
* Whether getting students to write music is valuable
* How to get students to gain a really secure sense of pulse
* How to introduce listening assignments

Items mentioned in this podcast:

* Paul Harris...]]> Tim Topham: Piano Teacher | Music Educator | Blogger clean 1:06:01 TTTV008: Tactics for teaching piano students with ASD & ADHD – Thembi Shears https://timtopham.com/tttv008-tactics-for-teaching-piano-students-with-asd-adhd-thembi-shears/ Sun, 21 Jun 2015 01:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=36406 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv008-tactics-for-teaching-piano-students-with-asd-adhd-thembi-shears/">TTTV008: Tactics for teaching piano students with ASD & ADHD – Thembi Shears</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Have you ever taught a student with special needs or learning difficulties? Do you have a student right now who is on the Autism Spectrum? In today’s podcast epidsode Thembi Shears shares her fantastic insights into teaching students with ASD or ADHD. Thembi talks about what these terms mean, the difficulties you may encounter, and how […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv008-tactics-for-teaching-piano-students-with-asd-adhd-thembi-shears/">TTTV008: Tactics for teaching piano students with ASD & ADHD – Thembi Shears</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Have you ever taught a student with special needs or learning difficulties? Do you have a student right now who is on the Autism Spectrum? In today’s podcast epidsode Thembi Shears shares her fantastic insights into teaching students with ASD or ADHD. Have you ever taught a student with special needs or learning difficulties? Do you have a student right now who is on the Autism Spectrum?
In today’s podcast epidsode Thembi Shears shares her fantastic insights into teaching students with ASD or ADHD. Thembi talks about what these terms mean, the difficulties you may encounter, and how to teach these students in the most effective and sensitive way.
As piano teachers we are in the privileged position of getting to teach students one-on-one. Unlike classroom teachers who have to take one approach for lots of different children, we get to adapt our teaching to suit each child.
So when a student with different needs walks in the door, we need a teaching toolbox to draw from to help them learn in a way that suits them. Take a listen to today’s podcast and you’re sure to learn something new that you can implement right away, or keep in the memory bank for the next time a student with ASD or ADHD walks through your door!
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* What ADHD & ASD mean
* How this affects students in the context of piano lessons
* Strategies for effective communication with students with ASD
* How to give clear instructions
* How to split up lessons into manageable chunks of time

Thembi’s ADHD Teaching Tips

* Provide organisational assistance
* Recognise and praise desired behaviour
* Provide rewards consistently and often
* Arrange the environment to facilitate attention
* Use active responsive instruction
* Movement, tactile experiences, games etc.
* Use multiple small periods of practice for rote tasks
* Foster self esteem

Thembi’s ASD Teaching Tips

* Social skills

* Remember that the child has limited understanding of friendships and play
* Keep your emotional reactions calm and predictable
* Do not be insulted by inappropriate reactions or a lack of empathy


* Language / communication

* Don’t force the student to make eye contact
* Remember that disruptive behaviour is not usually deliberate misbehaviour
* Avoid using complicated language, figurative speech or sarcasm e.g. Wait a minute
* Be as concrete as possible. Avoid vague questions like ‘Why did you do that?’
* Avoid verbal overload
* Pause between instructions and check for understanding
* Do not rely on the student to relay messages home
* Give concrete rules for acceptable and unacceptable behaviour


* Repetitive routine

* Establish a predictable environment
* Your behaviour, room set-up
* Prepare students for potential change
* Lesson time, concerts, group classes
* Use interests as motivation;
* Explore sounds, search for repertoire, re-name pieces, create visual cues to spark interest
* Do not try to stop self-soothing behaviours


* Sensory overload

* Discuss with the parents
* Limit excess noise
* Own set of stationery
* Use blinds / curtains
* No perfume / aftershave / scented candles
* Be aware of clothing colour



Items mentioned in this podcast:

*
Blog article about asking more questions in piano lessons
* Blitz Games Books
* Blogs for off-the-bench activities

* Anne Crosby Gaudet’s blog www.pianoanne.ca
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Joy Morin’s blog www.colorinmypiano.com

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]]> Tim Topham: Piano Teacher | Music Educator | Blogger clean 1:02:18 TTTV007: Building a multi-teacher piano studio with Carly McDonald https://timtopham.com/tttv007-building-a-multi-teacher-piano-studio-with-carly-mcdonald/ Sun, 07 Jun 2015 01:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=36408 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv007-building-a-multi-teacher-piano-studio-with-carly-mcdonald/">TTTV007: Building a multi-teacher piano studio with Carly McDonald</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Do you have a waiting list for your studio? Ever wondered how you could turn those students you don’t have room for into a multi-teacher studio? If so, then this podcast episode is for you! The business side of running a multi-teacher studio can be daunting, and there is so much to consider such as […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv007-building-a-multi-teacher-piano-studio-with-carly-mcdonald/">TTTV007: Building a multi-teacher piano studio with Carly McDonald</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Do you have a waiting list for your studio? Ever wondered how you could turn those students you don’t have room for into a multi-teacher studio? If so, then this podcast episode is for you! The business side of running a multi-teacher studio can be dau... Do you have a waiting list for your studio? Ever wondered how you could turn those students you don’t have room for into a multi-teacher studio?
If so, then this podcast episode is for you!
The business side of running a multi-teacher studio can be daunting, and there is so much to consider such as locations, finding the right teachers, accounting, pricing calculations…the list goes on. If you’re not sure where to start, then take a listen to episode 7 for a fantastic overview of what you need to do to go from one teacher to many.
Carly McDonald runs Novar Music a large music teaching studio in Adelaide Australia, and in today’s podcast she answers the top questions teachers have when making this leap from independent teacher, to owner of a multi-teacher studio. Even if you don’t see yourself taking that jump, I think we can all learn a lot from the way Carly runs her business!
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* How to hire new teachers
* How to streamline your interviewing
* What questions to ask that will ensure you pick someone who’s a good fit for your studio
* The importance of continuing professional development for piano teachers
* Possible locations for your studio
* Price considerations when running a multi-teacher studio
* How to create a wide range of performance opportunities for your students
* How to check in with teachers and make sure their performance is up to your standard

Items mentioned in this podcast:

* MYOB accounting software
* Wendy Steven’s blog Compose Create
* Diane Hidy’s blog
* Carly McDonald’s blog Creative Piano Professional
* Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference
* The Independent Piano Teacher’s Studio Handbook


Today’s cheat-sheet download:
Today’s sponsor:

Music Teachers’ Helper is the software solution I use for running my private studio. If you’re still trying to keep track of invoices, student details, tax records and book loans on spreadsheets or pieces of paper, you really are wasting your time.
Music Teacher’s Helper is online scheduling and billing software which you can access from any computer, phone or tablet, and that will literally save you hours every month in studio admin.
One of the coolest things about it is that you can automatically email lesson reminders to students or parents to reduce the chance of missed lessons, particularly if you work on a rotating timetable. You can even build a studio website for free right in the program and it comes with a companion practice app for students so you can see exactly how much they’ve practiced.
Of course there are heaps more features, but the best thing to do is head to www.musicteachershelper.com/tim, register for a risk-free 30 day trial and if you choose to continue your access, you’ll get 20% off your first month.
Are you thinking of starting a multi-teacher studio?
Was there something in today’s podcast that you hadn’t considered? Did Carly shed light on an issue you’ve been wondering about?
Got any other business-related questions for her? Let us know below.

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TTTV006: Online music studio promotion and advertising with Martyn Croston https://timtopham.com/tttv006-online-music-studio-promotion-and-advertising-with-martyn-croston/ Sun, 24 May 2015 01:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=36404 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv006-online-music-studio-promotion-and-advertising-with-martyn-croston/">TTTV006: Online music studio promotion and advertising with Martyn Croston</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>In this episode Martyn Croston gives practical advice to get your teaching business found online. This is essential listening, whether you’re just starting out, trying to expand your studio, or just making sure your waiting list stays topped up! Marketing is often the area of the business that teachers least enjoy (aside from doing taxes!), but […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv006-online-music-studio-promotion-and-advertising-with-martyn-croston/">TTTV006: Online music studio promotion and advertising with Martyn Croston</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> In this episode Martyn Croston gives practical advice to get your teaching business found online. This is essential listening, whether you’re just starting out, trying to expand your studio, or just making sure your waiting list stays topped up!
In this episode Martyn Croston gives practical advice to get your teaching business found online. This is essential listening, whether you’re just starting out, trying to expand your studio, or just making sure your waiting list stays topped up!
Marketing is often the area of the business that teachers least enjoy (aside from doing taxes!), but it’s essential in a competitive market.
It doesn’t matter how great a teacher you are, if students can’t find you, you won’t get to teach them! More and more potential piano parents are turning to the internet to look for a piano teacher, so you need to make sure you’re front and centre in the online world.

Martyn Croston is a piano teacher and performer in London, who takes a keen interest in all things marketing. Martyn’s ebook ‘How to Find Music Students and Promote your Teaching Business‘ (which I reviewed previously here) is a fantastic how-to guide for any piano teacher looking to grow their student base.
I’m delighted that Martyn was able to take the time to give us some pointers on getting started in the online marketing world, and I’m sure you’ll get a lot out of today’s podcast!
***Update 9/9/2015: Martyn has now built a whole marketing course for piano teachers around his seminal eBook called the Music Teacher Marketing Course. This combines all of his writing and a whole lot of bonus material on this topic into one great course with five modules. Check it out today: Music Teacher Marketing Course.
[Note: You can also watch the video below]
In this episode, you’ll learn:

* Why an online presence is so important
* How to get your website to show up in google searches
* Why social media is vital for piano teachers, and how you should be using it
* How to use Facebook advertising
* The top social media sites for music teachers
* How teachers can use YouTube to promote their studio

Items mentioned in this podcast:

* Martyn’s new Music Teacher’s Marketing Course  is now just $67
* How to Earn More Money from your Music Teaching Business (review of Martyn’s original eBook)
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TTTV005: Balancing the Eye and the Ear – Bradley Sowash & Leila Viss on creativity at the keyboard https://timtopham.com/tttv005-balancing-the-eye-and-the-ear-bradley-sowash-leila-viss-on-creativity-at-the-keyboard/ Sun, 10 May 2015 01:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=28313 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv005-balancing-the-eye-and-the-ear-bradley-sowash-leila-viss-on-creativity-at-the-keyboard/">TTTV005: Balancing the Eye and the Ear – Bradley Sowash & Leila Viss on creativity at the keyboard</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Creativity is something that is so easily forgotten in piano lessons. In the rush to get students ready for exams, competitions and performances, time spent being creative quickly becomes seen as a luxury that most teachers simply can’t afford. Perhaps you’re already thinking: How can I possibly fit another thing into my lessons? I don’t […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv005-balancing-the-eye-and-the-ear-bradley-sowash-leila-viss-on-creativity-at-the-keyboard/">TTTV005: Balancing the Eye and the Ear – Bradley Sowash & Leila Viss on creativity at the keyboard</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Creativity is something that is so easily forgotten in piano lessons. In the rush to get students ready for exams, competitions and performances, time spent being creative quickly becomes seen as a luxury that most teachers simply can’t afford.

Creativity is something that is so easily forgotten in piano lessons. In the rush to get students ready for exams, competitions and performances, time spent being creative quickly becomes seen as a luxury that most teachers simply can’t afford.
Perhaps you’re already thinking:
How can I possibly fit another thing into my lessons? I don’t have time as it is! What’s the point anyway? Isn’t being creative just “mucking around”? I’m not paid to teach students how to muck around! I’ve got performances to prepare!
That’s why I was so excited to invite two pioneers of the current wave of creativity at the keys, Bradley Sowash and Leila Viss to speak with me about this important topic for all piano teachers.





In this podcast, Leila and Bradley dispel many of the myths around creativity. They discuss what “creativity” actually means, how you can fit it into your lessons and what to do, step by step, to get started. They discuss why it’s so important and how creativity works in with all other aspects of piano pedagogy.
It’s all about balancing the eye and the ear. In today’s piano pedagogy, there is often an overarching focus on reading above most other things. But if we only teach reading, we’re missing out on much that is fundamental in music making.
Think about the famous composers whose music you teach your students… how did they write their music? Did they read music to create new music or did they explore, invent and improvise to create their masterpieces?
Of course the answer is obvious, but how many of you give your own students the skills they need to be able to explore and create at the keyboard?
[Note: You can also watch the video below]
In this episode, you’ll learn:


Why teaching creativity is important
Simple, straight forward ideas for teaching improvisation
How to embellish a melody
How to get started with these ideas in a manageable way
The best iPad apps for teaching creativity


Top 5 Creative Activities for Newbies​
Find out Bradley’s Top 5 creative ideas for new teachers. Note: These are going to sound a bit weird until you listen to the podcast!!


Embellish Melody – Repeated Notes, Fill the Gaps, Neighbour Notes
Melody Mix-up
“When in doubt, pent out!”
Remember SCAT: Specify, Compliment, Ask, Turn them Loose
Sandwich


Creativity can be many things from noodling around, jamming on a chord progression, to making soundtracks for pretend movies or responding to a mood, but we teach how to do it within the context of a tune – how to apply stock accompaniment styles to the tune, how to get under the hood of a tune to understand what chords and scales will enhance it, how to stretch a 30 second tune into a longer improvised arrangement, how to add intros and outros… basically all of the practical skills a pianist can use in real life playing situations.
Benefits of Creativity for Students
1. Feel more engaged with learning music.
2. “Own” their music because they are encouraged to personalise it.
3. Appreciate playing music as a means for self-expression rather than only as a domain for “right or wrong” notes.
4. Enjoy a wider variety of contemporary styles that appeal to their peer group.
5. Perform with friends in non-traditional settings outside of the concert hall such as coffee houses, talent shows, church, or jazz groups.
6. Maybe even pick their first paid gigs.
7. Become better interpreters of written music. That’s because rather than merely reproducing the notes on the page, creative students can better understand how they came to be there in the first place.
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TTTV004: Holistic Sight Reading: How technology is revolutionising teaching with Colin Thomson https://timtopham.com/tttv004-holistic-sight-reading-how-technology-is-revolutionising-teaching-with-colin-thomson/ Wed, 29 Apr 2015 23:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=28311 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv004-holistic-sight-reading-how-technology-is-revolutionising-teaching-with-colin-thomson/">TTTV004: Holistic Sight Reading: How technology is revolutionising teaching with Colin Thomson</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>**UPDATED Dec 2016** Please note that Colin’s Sight Reading Academy, mentioned below and in the recording of this podcast is no longer available. All other aspects of our discussion around sight reading is still relevant. See below if you’d like to grab your free download.  Sight reading is one of the key skills that I […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv004-holistic-sight-reading-how-technology-is-revolutionising-teaching-with-colin-thomson/">TTTV004: Holistic Sight Reading: How technology is revolutionising teaching with Colin Thomson</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> **UPDATED Dec 2016** Please note that Colin’s Sight Reading Academy, mentioned below and in the recording of this podcast is no longer available. All other aspects of our discussion around sight reading is still relevant.


**UPDATED Dec 2016**
Please note that Colin’s Sight Reading Academy, mentioned below and in the recording of this podcast is no longer available. All other aspects of our discussion around sight reading is still relevant. See below if you’d like to grab your free download. 
Sight reading is one of the key skills that I teach my students. We generally work on tactics in every single lesson with practice set during the week.
I almost put teaching effective sight reading above all else in my studio because for students to sight read effectively, they have to understand music at a deep level. They have to quickly recognise patterns, understand chords and key relationships and have an excellent sense of pulse.
But I also know that you can’t just expect students to get better at sight reading by doing more sight reading. They need a combination of tools and effective teaching to help them understand how to do it and to practice those skills in the most appropriate ways.
I’m very excited to talk today to Colin Thompson from Sight Reading Academy (SRA) in California all about his revolutionary approach to sight reading based on eye movement, brain science, memory and pattern recognition and I know that you’re going to get a heap of value out of the interview.
Colin has just re-launched SRA after extended trials during the second half of 2014 and he’s got some really special offers available for TTTV listeners. See below for more details.
This podcast will talk about both sight reading tips and also the program that Colin has for teaching sight reading using technology online. And I don’t use the term “revolutionising” flippantly; this is really innovative stuff!
[Note: You can also watch the video below]
In this episode, you’ll learn:
Colin’s top recommendations for improving sight reading teaching and practice, including:

* Systematic Eye Pattern – Reading each note from the bottom staff, up to the top staff ledger lines.
* Increase Your Fixation – This aids in the development of rapid eye movement when reading measures.
* Directional Intervals – Being able to recognize intervals between notes on the staff, instead of seeing the space between notes.
* Octave Interval Exercise – This develops the ability to recognizing the interval of an octave by playing notes up to the high note, and recognize the feel the black keys, all without looking at the keys. Practice this to develop a “second-nature” familiarity with the keyboard.
* Isolating Speed – Practice this by playing music with only one hand and adjusting your metronome accordingly to build speed.
* Using Your Peripheral Vision – This practice develops the awareness of the eye and being able to reading whole measures at a glance.
* Increase Your Short-term Memory – Learn to continuously fill and empty your short-term memory as you look ahead when sight-reading.
* Large Pattern Recognition – Learn to recognize the note structure, intervals, scale pattern, and make remarkable guess of written music.
* Habits of Good Sight Reading – Being proactive about practising sight reading and implementing all steps for 5-8 minutes. How SRA’s resources can help.

Get this episode’s cheat sheet
Items mentioned in this podcast:

* Dual N-Back Training for Short Term Memory
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A group chat with three people from around Australia and USA, this podcast delves into people’spersonal experience with piano technique and in particular, how the Taubman approach can be so important in developing an effortless, comfortable approach to piano technique.
My guests today are:

Annie Buettner-Moore – Piano/Sax performer and teacher from Perth, WA


Leo McFadden – Guitar performer/teacher and piano student in QLD


John Bloomfield – Golandsky Institute NYC

The discussion today centres around what piano technique means in a personal context with both Annie and Leo having very different stories about how they came to study with Taubman teachers: Annie due to pain when playing and Leo from a recommendation to start with the Taubman approach from scratch.
As we discuss their stories, I refer to John regarding his thoughts on healthy technique and how teachers can approach teaching technique in their lessons.
[Note: You can also watch the video below, however we lost visuals very soon after the beginning, so you’ll be stuck with whatever faces we were pulling at the time! Apologies to those of you who prefer watching the videos.]
In this episode, you’ll learn:


How important technique is in piano teaching, especially when students begin college-level instruction.
Two people’s journey through the world of piano technique and how it has affected their own approach to teaching.
How the Taubman approach works and how it can be incorporated into lessons.
That you don’t have to start retraining yourself or your students from scratch if they are having technical issues.
Where to go online for more help, private instruction and video training about piano technique.
John’s 5 Top Technique Tips for Teachers (below) that teachers can incorporate into their lessons tomorrow.



John’s Top 5 Tips for Teaching Technique:


Get the seat height right
Ensure there is an unbroken connection between the arm and the hand (ie. wrist neutral)
Avoid stretching the fingers out
Avoid over-curling the fingers
Avoid lateral twisting of the wrists while playing (ie. keep the forearm and wrist in alignment)


Items mentioned in this podcast:


Previous Post: Dorothy Taubman, Thomas Mark and Practising without injury
List of Taumban-certified teachers
The Amazing Fingersize Cup, a DIY tool for fixing your students’ collapsing finger joints (Teach Piano Today)
Golandsky Institute USA
Golandsky YouTube Channel
Edna Golandsky’s website
Edna’s YouTube Channel (lots of teaching videos)
Therese Milanovic’s website/blog (Australia)







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TTTV002: Using piano improv to create a musician for life with Christopher Norton https://timtopham.com/tttv002-using-piano-improv-to-create-a-musician-for-life-with-christopher-norton/ Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:45:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=28345 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv002-using-piano-improv-to-create-a-musician-for-life-with-christopher-norton/">TTTV002: Using piano improv to create a musician for life with Christopher Norton</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>Ever wondered how the master of contemporary piano music, Christopher Norton, teaches improvising to beginners? Interested in learning the secrets he’s gleamed about teaching improvising over more than 30 years of composing, teaching and presenting? Like the idea of teaching improving by starting with written music rather than thin air? It’s great to be spending time […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv002-using-piano-improv-to-create-a-musician-for-life-with-christopher-norton/">TTTV002: Using piano improv to create a musician for life with Christopher Norton</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> Ever wondered how the master of contemporary piano music, Christopher Norton, teaches improvising to beginners? Interested in learning the secrets he’s gleamed about teaching improvising over more than 30 years of composing, teaching and presenting?

Ever wondered how the master of contemporary piano music, Christopher Norton, teaches improvising to beginners? Interested in learning the secrets he’s gleamed about teaching improvising over more than 30 years of composing, teaching and presenting? Like the idea of teaching improving by starting with written music rather than thin air?
It’s great to be spending time with one of the piano industry’s most respected and loved composers, presenters and teachers, Christopher Norton, fresh off the plane from London for his Australasian Tour with ANZCA.
In this interview, Chris and I discuss how to get started teaching improvising using his American Popular Piano (APP) series. In this sequenced series of books, Chris introduces improv in a completely accessible manner to teachers and students of all levels.
If you’d like to find out more about APP, click this image:

“Why can’t I play more music like this?” asked a fourteen-year-old piano student. “My friends like to hear me play cool music.”
Why not, indeed? J.S. Bach taught his sons using the music of his time – popular dances, preludes and exercises by living composers. He expected

his boys to thrive in the musical world of their time.
American Popular Piano has been developed on the same principles. Students working in this series will:
• develop traditional pianistic and musical skills through music in contemporary, popular styles;

• be motivated to practise by working on music that is familiar, fun, and that they can’t wait to play;

• nurture their creativity and spontaneity through a user-friendly modular approach to improvisation;

• enjoy regular ensemble playing;

• find pleasure in a lifelong relationship with music!
(Read more at the Boosey & Hawkes website)
Starting by learning a simple piece of music, the APP books step both students and teachers through a process of making up music starting with rhythm and then gradually expanding to more and more notes. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never done anything like this before, I guarantee you’ll have success.
This is a really different approach to the improvising tactics we discussed with Daniel McFarlane in Podcast Episode 1 as Chris uses written music as a basis for improvising. So if you find that teaching improvising from scratch, with no music, is a bit of a big leap, then this interview is for you!
What you’ll learn in this episode:

* How to teach improvising using written music as a starting point
* Why teaching improvising is so important to the musical futures of students
* Chris’ 10-step checklist to getting students improvising no matter what their level of experience
* How to teach improv using his American Popular Piano books, even if you’ve never tried it before
* Why you don’t have to worry about the theory of modes, scales, etc in order to start teaching improv
* The theory behind the composition of the APP series
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TTTV001: Student composition tactics with Daniel McFarlane https://timtopham.com/tttv001-student-composition-tactics-with-daniel-mcfarlane/ Sun, 15 Mar 2015 07:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=13901 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv001-student-composition-tactics-with-daniel-mcfarlane/">TTTV001: Student composition tactics with Daniel McFarlane</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>I’m so excited to be starting the Tim Topham TV Podcast by interviewing my good friend and Australian teacher/composer/presenter, Daniel McFarlane and we’ll be chatting all about student composition: how to help students create music at the piano from scratch and how to develop their own ideas further. It doesn’t matter if you’re completely new to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/tttv001-student-composition-tactics-with-daniel-mcfarlane/">TTTV001: Student composition tactics with Daniel McFarlane</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> I’m so excited to be starting the Tim Topham TV Podcast by interviewing my good friend and Australian teacher/composer/presenter, Daniel McFarlane and we’ll be chatting all about student composition: how to help students create music at the piano from ... I’m so excited to be starting the Tim Topham TV Podcast by interviewing my good friend and Australian teacher/composer/presenter, Daniel McFarlane and we’ll be chatting all about student composition: how to help students create music at the piano from scratch and how to develop their own ideas further.
It doesn’t matter if you’re completely new to working on composition with your students or whether you are already doing some composing, you’re going to get a lot out of this episode. I learnt heaps!
Daniel has created a big niche for himself in the international piano publishing industry in the last five years by creating highly-appealing original music in a style that is very much based on groovy rhythms, chords and patterns, so I figured he was going to be the perfect person to help us understand more about student composition.
How to help students compose music
I don’t know about you, but I often have students come to lessons with a tiny fragment of an idea that they’ve made up on the piano. It might be the simplest melody, a few chords or a bass line.
Nothing that you’d really call ‘music’…yet!
What do you do next? Do you help them make a melody? Do you write more chords? What if they don’t want to do anything else? How do you build upon what they’ve already done without taking over?
And what if you really want to help your student compose music from scratch, but don’t know where to start?
In this episode you’ll learn:

* How Daniel works with his students on composing new music and what his own inspirations are
* How to get the most out of his Supersonics website – including some amazing special offers
* Why he offers studio licences that permit you to print as many copies of his music you want…for life
* How you can start composing your own music and helping your students do the same
* Daniel’s 5-point composing “cheat sheet” of ideas that you can use in your lessons right away

 

Items mentioned in this podcast:

* Supersonicspiano.com – Daniel’s website
* Piano Maestro – one of the best sight-reading/play-along/teaching apps for piano teachers
* PianoPronto – the great method from Jennifer Eklund
* Frangipani by Ross Edwards – link to buy here
* My previous composition posts:

* Teaching Video: LH Improv Patterns for Student Composition
* Strategies for Teaching Improvisation to Beginners
* Chord Progressions for Beginners – Teaching Video


* Daniel’s Composing Cheat Sheet (see above)

More about Daniel
If you haven’t explored Daniel’s music yet, then make sure you check out some of the posts below.
His music suits students of all ages and is excellent for teaching purposes as you can easily discuss patterns and chord progressions and it wil...]]>
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TTTV000: Introducing Tim Topham TV – Piano Teaching Podcast https://timtopham.com/introducing-tim-topham-tv-piano-teaching-podcast/ Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 https://timtopham.com/?p=13101 <p>Thanks for reading <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/introducing-tim-topham-tv-piano-teaching-podcast/">TTTV000: Introducing Tim Topham TV – Piano Teaching Podcast</a> from <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education</a>.</p> <p>A New Piano Teaching Podcast A few weeks ago, I interviewed John Bloomfield for a promotion regarding the Taubman workshops in Brisbane (by the way, you can still watch the recordings of these episodes for another month or so). Despite the quality of the recording and sound being pretty average, I had a lot of positive […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com/introducing-tim-topham-tv-piano-teaching-podcast/">TTTV000: Introducing Tim Topham TV – Piano Teaching Podcast</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://timtopham.com">Creative Music Education - Supporting Creative Music Teaching</a>.</p> A New Piano Teaching Podcast A few weeks ago, I interviewed John Bloomfield for a promotion regarding the Taubman workshops in Brisbane (by the way, you can still watch the recordings of these episodes for another month or so). A New Piano Teaching Podcast
A few weeks ago, I interviewed John Bloomfield for a promotion regarding the Taubman workshops in Brisbane (by the way, you can still watch the recordings of these episodes for another month or so).
Despite the quality of the recording and sound being pretty average, I had a lot of positive comments from people about the interview and how much they enjoyed watching. I was also interviewed on Teach Piano Today last year regarding my thoughts on iPads.
And I really enjoyed doing it!
I’ve been thinking for a while now about how cool it would be to have a regular podcast to share more in-depth ideas with my readers. Hearing how much people got out of the quick 10-minute interview with John, despite the technical issues, has prompted me to finally get moving with my own regular podcast.
So say hello to Tim Topham TV!
If you’re unfamiliar with podcasts, they are audio or video recordings of a live presentation, much like a radio station, which you can watch or listen to via a webpage on any device or through an app on your iPad or smart phone. You can “subscribe” to podcasts meaning that you’ll instantly be notified of new episodes as they are aired and most of them have a place for comments and links, just like a normal blog article.
Podcasts are usual audio-only (just like listening to the radio) but sometimes involve video. My plan is to do a mix of both, with people able to watch interviews or just listen to the audio – whatever works best for your learning and access to technology.
Why a Podcast?
I’ve decided to start a podcast as I believe they are one of the best ways to learn about new things. I subscribe to around six podcasts that I regularly listen to. I find that I have learnt much more through listening to content and people discussing ideas and issues than I would ever have through reading text.
Think about the main ways in which schools and universities still deliver content: lectures followed-up with reading/notes. This is exactly what podcasts are about. You listen to someone sharing their ideas, discussing and demonstrating a technique or perhaps interviewing another person, and then you can head to the blog page (if you’re not already on it) in order to download resources and click links, etc.
Importantly, I find that audio podcasts mean that I can be 100% productive in the car or on public transport. While I don’t have to drive that much in my current role, even the 20 minutes or so each way is great to listen to half or a third of an hour-long podcast. When I’m next it the car, the player just starts from where I left off. I often find myself having to pull over and take notes as new ideas come to mind as a result of what I’m listening to.
Similarly, you might like to listen to podcasts when you’re going for a walk, giving you the best of both worlds: some exercise outside the studio and some quality content to inspire you!
What’s Tim Topham TV going to be about?
Well, piano teaching obviously, but more specifically, the main content of my podcast will be interviews with other people.
While I don’t profess to have all the ideas and answers when it comes to piano education, I do have a lot of contacts in the field. It’s my aim to help these people share their their ideas with you and take you on a mini journey during each episode to help you learn something more about education, piano, repertoire,]]>
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