5 Days to Plan Your 
2018 Studio Revolution

  • Feel like your teaching could do with a kickstart, but not sure where to start? 
  • Overwhelmed with all the great ideas out there but not sure what's most important? 
  • Find there's just too many things to do to make effective change? 
  • Do you have a to-do list that just never gets any shorter?
  • Want us to support you along the way? 

The first Piano Pivot starts on Dec 4

Over 5 days this December, we will work together to plan your piano studio for 2018. 

It's called the 5 Day Piano Pivot (5DPP) and it's a free online challenge that I'm running in conjunction with Nicola Cantan of colourfulkeys.ie.

Each day, we'll be going live in the Vibrant Music Studio Teachers Facebook Group (details of how to join will be emailed to you) when we will take you through a number of tasks in the 5DPP Playbook

If you join us live, you'll be able to ask questions, get involved and make the most of the interactive nature of a Facebook Live video.

If you can't join us live or don't use Facebook, that's totally cool too. I'll be emailing you the details after each session so you won't miss out.

You will be joined by hundreds of teachers like you, on a mission to beat overwhelm, set achievable goals, pivot your teaching and get set for a rockin' 2018! 

Your 5DPP Schedule

  • Prelaunch Day (Dec 3) is all about DREAMING BIG. We'll be taking you through our "Blue Sky Brainstorm" and helping you create the mindset you'll need to feel creative, set goals and have success in the 5DPP.
  • Day 1 is all about YOU. There's no point planning big change unless you look after yourself. We'll take a snapshot of where you are at and work through the "3 Key Areas of You".
  • Day 2 is about your STUDENTS. Where are you going and what are you trying to achieve? We'll be building a picture of your ideal student which will form the basis of Day 3.  
  • Day 3 is about your TEACHING. Today we're going to help you plan the activities that will define your teaching in 2018 and help you work out where you need to spend your planning time.  
  • Day 4 is about your MUSIC. Put your hand up if you have too much sheet music? Yes, I thought so! Today we will help you come to grips with your library and make the most of all the music you have by getting creative with any piece.  
  • Day 5 is about your BUSINESS. There's no point planning all the above if you don't have a strategy for running the business that suits your lifestyle. Whether that's a studio of 5 students or an academy of 5 locations, we'll layout your plan.
  • We'll even include a Bonus Wrap-up Day to help draw all your ideas together and feel confident about your next steps. 
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It is so amazing to me to be able to connect with fellow teachers around the world and exchange ideas and ask for help. Piano teaching used to be such a 'lonely' job but not so much these days!

Your 5DPP Playbook

This is your 5DPP planning document.

It's a full-colour workbook that you can download, print out and refer to as you plan your pivot. 

This will become your plan and strategy leading into 2018. 

You'll receive your flashy new playbook by email as soon as you register.

Your 5DPP Hosts

Hi, we're Tim and Nicola, and as piano teachers our passion is supporting a more creative approach to music education in piano studios around the world.

Working together with our members, we have created a global community of leading piano teachers, called the Inner Circle, who help each other each day by sharing cutting edge ideas and supporting action.

We love creating resources to help teachers just like you to grow your studio, teach in a more fun and creative way and build a leading teaching business.

If you feel like you're treading water or you're overwhelmed by the quantity of information on the internet, the 5 Day Piano Pivot is your chance to learn cutting leading edge tools that can achieve in your studio and help you take action today.

With us by your side, decide what you need to do to maximise your students' learning and take action today.

This is one of the most comprehensive and exciting change programs we've ever offered to studio owners around the world and it's 100% free.

Click below to join us today and we look forward to meeting you in December.

What to Expect When You Signup

  • Instructions via email on how to connect to our private Facebook Group in order to access the live videos
  • Your full-colour 5DPP Playbook (aka "workbook"!) so you can follow-along and track your progress
  • I'll keep in touch with you via email before, during and after the challenge to ensure you keep on-track and up-to-date!
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As a result of the 4 week challenge my small studio has almost doubled in numbers. I had 8 pupils before the challenge and after this week I now have 14 pupils and 3 more who I am waiting to hear back from. This is still all alongside my day job!

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Taught a first lesson to a new student yesterday and her Mom said, “Wow. How did you learn to teach piano like this? Is this how you were taught? Because it sure isn't how we were taught as kids.” My answer was learning from YOU! A big shout out to Tim Topham for all his resources."

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I love feeling "seen", like I'm not just a name on a screen, it's just wonderful! I feel like I've found my music soulmate in a website! Everything I read, watch, print, listen to.....boy it just hits the creative spot for me! I'm just over the moon about what I've found and I know I've just started to scratch the surface!

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Tim is a creator of enterprising, innovative ideas for music educators. Tim's passion is helping teachers maximise student engagement through creativity, technology and innovation. Tim's Inner Circle is an online professional development community for piano teachers that supports and resources teachers looking to be more creative in their approach. Tim's writing and training courses have been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher and various journals and music publications in Australia and the USA. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.


Nicola Cantan is a piano teacher, author, blogger and creator of imaginative and engaging teaching resources. She loves getting piano students learning through laughter, and exploring the diverse world of music making; through improvisation, composition and games. Nicola's Vibrant Music Teaching Library is helping teachers all over the world to include more games and off-bench activities in their lessons, so that their students giggle their way through music theory and make faster progress. Nicola also runs a popular blog, Colourful Keys, where she shares creative ideas and teaching strategies, and hosts regular training events for piano teachers.  

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