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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.

TC279: How to Take a Break and Really Unplug

by Tim Topham

Running a studio isn’t easy and because you work so hard, you definitely deserve to go on that dream holiday you’ve been wanting for so long. When it’s finally time to take one, you want to be able to relax and let go of all the worries that come with running a business. But it ... TC279: How to Take a Break and Really Unplug

05/20/2022 Read more

TC278: The Interview That Made Me Cry with Glory St. Germain

by Tim Topham

I was so honoured to be interviewed by Glory St. Germain for her book The Power Of Why: Why 29 Musicians Climbed to Superstar. And that’s what I’m going to share with you in this episode. What we talked about in this interview later became a chapter in her book called Notes from Miss Mac. ... TC278: The Interview That Made Me Cry with Glory St. Germain

05/13/2022 Read more

TC277: Our Top 10 Courses Inside the TopMusicPro Academy

by Tim Topham

Achieving ongoing success as a music teacher is all about having the right tools at your disposal. TopMusicPro offers you access to courses, workshops, lesson plans, and resources so you can provide your students with the very best in music education. To help you find the most valuable courses for your teaching needs, I’ve listed ... TC277: Our Top 10 Courses Inside the TopMusicPro Academy

05/06/2022 Read more

TC276: Using Facebook Groups and Social Media to Find New Students with Benjamin Nguyen

by Tim Topham

In this episode, our guest Benjamin Nguyen is going to help us understand why social media is a fantastic way to nurture your community and encourage new student sign ups. It’s definitely one of the fastest ways to grow your studio because it has become embedded in our social culture so much that it’s increasingly ... TC276: Using Facebook Groups and Social Media to Find New Students with Benjamin Nguyen

04/29/2022 Read more

TC275: Teaching Expression in Intermediate Historical Repertoire with Janna Williamson

by Tim Topham

Teach your young students the magic of music by unlocking their expression. In today’s episode, we give you a sneak peek into one of Janna Williamson’s workshops inside the TopMusicPro membership where she explores the world of expression in repertoire. Janna is our historical repertoire expert inside the membership and she gives us tips and ... TC275: Teaching Expression in Intermediate Historical Repertoire with Janna Williamson

04/22/2022 Read more

TC274: Is It Time to Double Your Rates? Chat with Eric Branner of Fons

by Tim Topham

In this episode, Eric Branner of Fons will give us details on how you can create a plan to double your rates and grow your studio while enjoying teaching. The ideas he shares will help you think about different ways to renew your business and feel more confident about it. We also dive into how ... TC274: Is It Time to Double Your Rates? Chat with Eric Branner of Fons

04/15/2022 Read more
 

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TC273: What is a TopMusic Teacher?

by Tim Topham

If you’re listening to this podcast, then you’ve probably accepted the calling to become a music teacher. But let me ask you, what does it really mean to be a TopMusic teacher? In this episode, we’re going to demystify what it means – we talk about who you are, why you’re here, why a TopMusic ... TC273: What is a TopMusic Teacher?

04/08/2022 Read more

TC272: Online Music Education Trends with Owen Grover of TrueFire Studios

by Tim Topham

Do you use online platforms in your music studio? In this episode, I’ve invited Owen Grover, CEO of TrueFire Studios, to talk about trends in online music education. Education technology is going to stay and will also evolve in so many ways. Given that, we should now think of how we, as music educators, use ... TC272: Online Music Education Trends with Owen Grover of TrueFire Studios

04/01/2022 Read more

TC271: Turboboost Your Teaching with Nicola Cantan

by Tim Topham

Today’s episode is all about Nicola Cantan’s Teacher Turboboost Retreat. We’re going to be sharing exactly what’s happening and how it’s different from every other online summit, retreat, or conference you’ve attended. If you’re tired of coming home from events with only a notebook full of notes and no actions taken, this 5-day retreat is ... TC271: Turboboost Your Teaching with Nicola Cantan

03/25/2022 Read more

TC270: Tim Gets a Piano Lesson on Chopin and Scarlatti from Fred Karpoff

by Tim Topham

  Fred Karpoff and I have known each other for years. And I’ve always wanted to explore having him teach me because he has some different approaches to what I was taught in regard to technique, rotation, and thumb under. And today, we’re going to finally make that happen! In this episode, you’re going to ... TC270: Tim Gets a Piano Lesson on Chopin and Scarlatti from Fred Karpoff

03/18/2022 Read more

2022 Webinar and Course Schedule

by Tim Topham

We’re getting a few questions about what’s actually coming up this year, what webinars are we hosting, what courses are we releasing, all that kind of good stuff. So I’m going to show you quickly our course calendar for 2022, which we’ve finally been able to put into place, which I’m super excited about. February- ... 2022 Webinar and Course Schedule

03/17/2022 Read more

TopMusic Acquires Upbeat Piano Teachers

by Tim Topham

Upbeat Piano Teachers all started because of questions from piano teachers just like you… “How do I get more students?” “What app would be good for ___?” “Can someone tell me how to set up a music lab?” “How do you advertise for your studio?” “How do you keep your students engaged?” “Does anyone here ... TopMusic Acquires Upbeat Piano Teachers

03/12/2022 Read more