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.
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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.
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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Are you interested in building impact? Or are you happy with your influence, but looking to build your income?
Did any of David’s ideas strike a chord with you or inspire you to try something new in your business?
Tim Topham has one mission in life: to stem the tide of children quitting music lessons by helping teachers maximise student engagement through creativity, technology and innovation. Tim hosts the popular Creative Piano Teaching Podcast, blogs regularly at timtopham.com and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, Californian Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.