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TTTV047: Meet Teen Music Entrepreneurs Finlay and Tom

By Tim Topham | General Education

Jun 24

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!

Tom and Finlay

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

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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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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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About the Author

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.