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Tim Topham

Tim Topham is the founder and director of TopMusic. Tim hosts the popular TopCast show, blogs regularly at dev.topmusic.co 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, California Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.

TC265: How Music can Change a Grieving Heart with Leila Viss

by Tim Topham

Our good friend Leila Viss, known to many of you as an inspirational piano teacher and speaker, joins us to talk about overcoming grief through music. She shares her personal walk through this topic and how music helped her to process and heal. Leila also presents insights about how the body always keeps the score ... TC265: How Music can Change a Grieving Heart with Leila Viss

10/29/2021 Read more

TC264: When your role as a teacher is threatened

by Tim Topham

As a teacher, it is so inevitable to get that one student who makes you rethink your role as a teacher – students who like teaching themselves on YouTube, doing rote learning, and who are just really out of the box. I’ve had that experience. And I know many teachers see this in their studios ... TC264: When your role as a teacher is threatened

10/22/2021 Read more

TC263: Building Trust and Connection with All Our Students with Gloria Tham-Haines

by Tim Topham

Music brings out our student’s creativity and expressive potential. But when students experience frustration or trauma or stress, we often encounter different responses. What is the role that music teachers play in this situation? And how do we make ourselves aware of our actions? Stress and trauma can affect our students which then affects us ... TC263: Building Trust and Connection with All Our Students with Gloria Tham-Haines

10/15/2021 Read more

TC262: TopMusicGuitar Unearthed with Tim and Michael

by Tim Topham

We are so excited to share the latest and biggest update at dev.topmusic.co for 2021 – the launch of TopMusicGuitar. In this episode, Michael Gumley, Head of TopMusicGuitar, and I will be talking about how the membership and program can help teachers of all ages and stages become better at managing their teaching and business. ... TC262: TopMusicGuitar Unearthed with Tim and Michael

10/08/2021 Read more

TC261: Managing Individual Learning in Group Lessons with Melanie Bowes

by Tim Topham

In this episode, Nicola Cantan takes over the podcast to introduce us to Melanie Bowes and the wonderful world of group teaching. Melanie has such an interesting perspective on group teaching. If you are absolutely sure that you never want to do group teaching, we encourage you to listen anyway. There’s definitely something here for ... TC261: Managing Individual Learning in Group Lessons with Melanie Bowes

10/01/2021 Read more

TC260: How to Make Exams a Positive Experience with the Music Teacher’s Board

by Tim Topham

We all know the dread that can come with exams. Today, guests Mark and Nav from Music Teachers Board in the UK explain a potential way to make exams positive and a more pleasant experience for students. Mark and Nav break down the options that come with exams through MTB using technology, examiner training, and ... TC260: How to Make Exams a Positive Experience with the Music Teacher’s Board

09/24/2021 Read more
 

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TC259: Developing innovative music teaching with Noteflight & John Mlynczak

by Tim Topham

In this episode, we are going to talk about one of my favorite online music notation softwares, Noteflight, with John Mylnczak. We’re going to unpack the Noteflight and SoundCheck softwares – its benefits, features, and how it can you can use it in your own studio. If you are looking for a music notation app ... TC259: Developing innovative music teaching with Noteflight & John Mlynczak

09/17/2021 Read more

TC258: Composer Spotlight with Kevin Olson

by Tim Topham

We’re joined this week by none other than one of the best-loved jazz educational composers today, Kevin Olson. Kevin brings a fresh perspective about composing the styles and sounds that inspire our students. He draws inspiration from Schumann to Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock in his compositions, which are frequently top choices for students since ... TC258: Composer Spotlight with Kevin Olson

09/10/2021 Read more

TC257: How to save your sanity creating weekly lesson plans with Rosemarie Penner

by Tim Topham

Creating weekly lesson plans can be stressful during lessons, and can eat up your valuable planning time, too. Rosemarie Penner of The Unfinished Lesson shares how you can win back your time with making successful lesson plans for your students. She also shares some of the ways to manage online lesson plans, how to engage ... TC257: How to save your sanity creating weekly lesson plans with Rosemarie Penner

09/03/2021 Read more

TC256: Part Three: 7 Key Areas of Geometric Playing with Michael Gumley

by Tim Topham

Learn about the common guitar teacher mistakes, why most guitar teachers and guitar methods get things wrong, gamification ideas for guitars, important mindset shifts for guitar teachers and music teachers, and so much more. In the final episode of our three-part podcast series with our TopMusicPro Guitar head, Michael Gumley, we talk specifically about guitar ... TC256: Part Three: 7 Key Areas of Geometric Playing with Michael Gumley

08/27/2021 Read more

TC255: Part Two: Teaching Guitar with the 80/20 Pareto Principle with Michael Gumley

by Tim Topham

This episode is part two of a three-part podcast series with our TopMusicPro Guitar head, Michael Gumley. Michael has shared tons of wisdom in this episode on teaching students, setting goals, getting engagement, managing money and so much more. In fact, our conversation had so much goodness that I had to listen to it a ... TC255: Part Two: Teaching Guitar with the 80/20 Pareto Principle with Michael Gumley

08/20/2021 Read more

TC254: Part One: Forming an Identity as a Musician with Michael Gumley

by Tim Topham

Unpack a whole lot of tips, bust some myths, and engage and motivate students with Michael Gumley and I in this three part podcast series.  Micael is the owner and head teacher at Melbourne Guitar Academy and head of the soon-to-launch TopMusicPro Guitar Program. Today we’re going to unpack his own story, how he came ... TC254: Part One: Forming an Identity as a Musician with Michael Gumley

08/13/2021 Read more