One of the best ways to get Tim Topham to speak in your area is to host a Piano PD day for teachers. It can be very expensive paying for speakers to visit your local association, school or group to engage and motivate teachers, so Tim is offering a way to make this happen with minimal effort from the hosts.
Basically, you provide the venue and tea/coffee and Tim does the rest! The best location for these workshops is schools, so if you’re a teacher at a school in your area, you’d like Tim to visit and you think you can find a minim of 10 people to attend, read on to see how it works…
The workshop date will be agreed by the host school and Tim Topham. As Tim works full time, his time during term time is limited, so workshops will generally need to be held on weekends or during Melbourne school holidays. Holidays are most often the best time for teacher training in any case.
Full-day workshops are 6 hours in length, including break times. The normal format starts at 9am and looks like this:
This is up for discussion depending on the needs of the attendees, however the most popular topics tend to be:
For more ideas, please check out my piano workshops page.
Tim Topham is a genius! His presentations have the perfect balance between relevant teaching points (which every teacher desires) and being so entertaining that you almost forget that you’re there to learn in the first place! We loved having him present in Western Australia and can’t wait to have him back!! Thanks Tim for the passion you have for your teaching and being prepared to share your knowledge with us so openly. Demelza Bursill – WAPPC convenor 2014.
The host school may have up to two teachers attend the workshop at no cost.
Additional teachers from the host school may attend for the regular workshop fee.
Full-day workshop: $250 per teacher (no GST)
Early-bird price for the first 5 registrations: $180 per teacher (no GST)
Teachers bring/buy their own lunch/snacks. As most schools these days provide some kind of PD budget for their staff, many school-based teachers will be able to claim this cost against this annual allocation or at least put in a submission for funding. If participants are independent teachers, they can write it all off on tax.
A minimum number of 10 paying attendees is required to run the workshop.
Workshop attendees should bring laptop/iPad/notebook, pens, etc. – the usual equipment required for a conference. As one of the discussions will likely be on technology, it’s great if all teachers bring their iPad with WIFI access (see below). Lists of apps (if required) will be given prior to the workshop.
Fantastic ideas Tim. You are such an inspiration and I find it so exciting that you are willing to share your knowledge with others and the encouragement we can gain from all your efforts. Thank you – Narelle USA
First, I’d like to compliment you and tell you that discovering your website and more recently, your podcast, have done much to inspire me in my teaching and have revved up my energy to try new things with my students. PLEASE keep the podcast going because some of my best opportunities to learn are via podcast during a city commute. I also appreciate the technology component, your focus on energizing kids and giving us some relevant tips on current hits the younger students like, etc. Also, thankfully you are a good writer as well, making it a pleasure to read and hear you speak articulately. – Carla USA
I just discovered your work, and in such a short time it has had a huge impact on my studio. So I’m very excited about your offerings and I hope we get to meet someday! – Danielle USA
The host school will:
Tim Topham will:
Please contact me – I generally respond within 24 hours.