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Teach music confidently without the stress

Strengthen your foundations with creative teaching strategies and profitable business education.

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Teaching Blues Guitar in 5 Easy Steps

Keep energy high and frustration low with beginners – show them how to rock the blues with these 5 simple steps.

 

Practice Challenge

Amp your students’ motivation for playing guitar at home.

 

10 Ways to Get More Guitar Students

Get booked solid with these 10 actionable tips for enrolling students.

 

LESSON PLAN

No Book Beginners Framework

Hook beginning students right from the start with fun and quality in-lesson activities

 

Music Sheets

How to Build Practice Independence

Nurture strong analysis and practice habits using the Build Great Music FREE PDF worksheet. PLUS get a FREE studio licensed music sheet by Kevin Olson

 

Free Guide

Ultimate guide to Left Hand Styles and Patterns

Easily explore the most common patterns from block chords to Alberti bass, arpeggiations and more.

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I love the site, and it has been very useful to me, mostly for the Four-Chord composing and No Book Beginners teaching ideas, but also for having a place to ask questions about technology, repertoire recommendations, etc. You have a very valuable community and resource.

Karin

I have a young adult who was not able to understand that practice was needed. Had major difficulty understanding clear written instructions. Could not follow written music with her eyes. One year with a combination of motivation, very strict assessment, video submissions, laying down the…

Anita E Kohli

I have started implementing this course with 2 of my students. One is a transfer student who specifically wanted to explore music outside of note reading, and one is a student I have been teaching for 6 years- mainly classical music. Both were THRILLED with…

Malkie Herson

Hi Tim, Thanks, it’s been an amazing journey. I’m a lot more confident and my teaching philosophy is a lot clearer. I’ve used some of your 12 bar blues lessons and the kids love it. They are already using these skills in their jazz band…

Owen Chimuka

Before another year goes by, I want to say that Inner Circle/TopMusic etc, has changed my life. I am now a specialist music teacher at a small independent school down here on the Gold Coast. As I never did a degree in Music or Teaching…

Giselle Rogers

I’m going really well. Am plodding through no book beginners week-by-week whilst trialling it with a new pair of students, and have already found some great repertoire for some very picky kids through the Repertoire Detective.

Sam Marques

I love the site, and it has been very useful to me, mostly for the Four-Chord composing and No Book Beginners teaching ideas, but also for having a place to ask questions about technology, repertoire recommendations, etc. You have a very valuable community and resource.

Karin

I have a young adult who was not able to understand that practice was needed. Had major difficulty understanding clear written instructions. Could not follow written music with her eyes. One year with a combination of motivation, very strict assessment, video submissions, laying down the…

Anita E Kohli

I have started implementing this course with 2 of my students. One is a transfer student who specifically wanted to explore music outside of note reading, and one is a student I have been teaching for 6 years- mainly classical music. Both were THRILLED with…

Malkie Herson

Hi Tim, Thanks, it’s been an amazing journey. I’m a lot more confident and my teaching philosophy is a lot clearer. I’ve used some of your 12 bar blues lessons and the kids love it. They are already using these skills in their jazz band…

Owen Chimuka

Before another year goes by, I want to say that Inner Circle/TopMusic etc, has changed my life. I am now a specialist music teacher at a small independent school down here on the Gold Coast. As I never did a degree in Music or Teaching…

Giselle Rogers

I’m going really well. Am plodding through no book beginners week-by-week whilst trialling it with a new pair of students, and have already found some great repertoire for some very picky kids through the Repertoire Detective.

Sam Marques

I love the site, and it has been very useful to me, mostly for the Four-Chord composing and No Book Beginners teaching ideas, but also for having a place to ask questions about technology, repertoire recommendations, etc. You have a very valuable community and resource.

Karin

I have a young adult who was not able to understand that practice was needed. Had major difficulty understanding clear written instructions. Could not follow written music with her eyes. One year with a combination of motivation, very strict assessment, video submissions, laying down the…

Anita E Kohli

I have started implementing this course with 2 of my students. One is a transfer student who specifically wanted to explore music outside of note reading, and one is a student I have been teaching for 6 years- mainly classical music. Both were THRILLED with…

Malkie Herson

Hi Tim, Thanks, it’s been an amazing journey. I’m a lot more confident and my teaching philosophy is a lot clearer. I’ve used some of your 12 bar blues lessons and the kids love it. They are already using these skills in their jazz band…

Owen Chimuka

Before another year goes by, I want to say that Inner Circle/TopMusic etc, has changed my life. I am now a specialist music teacher at a small independent school down here on the Gold Coast. As I never did a degree in Music or Teaching…

Giselle Rogers

I’m going really well. Am plodding through no book beginners week-by-week whilst trialling it with a new pair of students, and have already found some great repertoire for some very picky kids through the Repertoire Detective.

Sam Marques

Students have been loving the No Book ideas, the encouragement to learn by rote, and using the monthly sheet music as I send them under level pieces to learn without help from either myself or their adult! While my little office space is done, some…

Lisa Kisselstein

In reply to your email I can honestly say I’ve never had so much fun teaching and now my lessons just go way too quick so many of my students have said the same. I cant believe how much I’ve learnt in such a small…

Yvonne Turbett

Hi! Everything is ok and I’ve actually been listening and going through some of the material on the website. It’s very useful! Next week is my last week with lessons before summer break. This summer I will go on learning the new ways of teaching…

Åsa

Hi, Tim! I cannot tell you how much this site means to me. I am learning so much, and I’m evolving as a teacher. I have always been creative, but I didn’t have the basic knowledge of chords and the circle of 5ths and improv;…

Lori

Hi Tim I discovered your podcasts and posts a couple of months ago and just want to say how much I have enjoyed and learned from them. I’ve been teaching for about 25 years and love it. But sometimes I feel inadequate when it comes…

Tony

Thank you for hosting the seminar. It was very informative.

Vickey

Students have been loving the No Book ideas, the encouragement to learn by rote, and using the monthly sheet music as I send them under level pieces to learn without help from either myself or their adult! While my little office space is done, some…

Lisa Kisselstein

In reply to your email I can honestly say I’ve never had so much fun teaching and now my lessons just go way too quick so many of my students have said the same. I cant believe how much I’ve learnt in such a small…

Yvonne Turbett

Hi! Everything is ok and I’ve actually been listening and going through some of the material on the website. It’s very useful! Next week is my last week with lessons before summer break. This summer I will go on learning the new ways of teaching…

Åsa

Hi, Tim! I cannot tell you how much this site means to me. I am learning so much, and I’m evolving as a teacher. I have always been creative, but I didn’t have the basic knowledge of chords and the circle of 5ths and improv;…

Lori

Hi Tim I discovered your podcasts and posts a couple of months ago and just want to say how much I have enjoyed and learned from them. I’ve been teaching for about 25 years and love it. But sometimes I feel inadequate when it comes…

Tony

Thank you for hosting the seminar. It was very informative.

Vickey

Students have been loving the No Book ideas, the encouragement to learn by rote, and using the monthly sheet music as I send them under level pieces to learn without help from either myself or their adult! While my little office space is done, some…

Lisa Kisselstein

In reply to your email I can honestly say I’ve never had so much fun teaching and now my lessons just go way too quick so many of my students have said the same. I cant believe how much I’ve learnt in such a small…

Yvonne Turbett

Hi! Everything is ok and I’ve actually been listening and going through some of the material on the website. It’s very useful! Next week is my last week with lessons before summer break. This summer I will go on learning the new ways of teaching…

Åsa

Hi, Tim! I cannot tell you how much this site means to me. I am learning so much, and I’m evolving as a teacher. I have always been creative, but I didn’t have the basic knowledge of chords and the circle of 5ths and improv;…

Lori

Hi Tim I discovered your podcasts and posts a couple of months ago and just want to say how much I have enjoyed and learned from them. I’ve been teaching for about 25 years and love it. But sometimes I feel inadequate when it comes…

Tony

Thank you for hosting the seminar. It was very informative.

Vickey

 

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