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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.

TC292: What is No Book Beginners?

by Tim Topham

Teach your students without a method book in their first 10 lessons with my No Book Beginners Framework, which we’ll be unpacking in today’s episode. Many of you will have heard about it, I’m sure some of you have used it in your studio. I will run through everything you need to know about No ... TC292: What is No Book Beginners?

08/19/2022 Read more

TC291: UME Piano Exams with Michelle Madder

by Tim Topham

We’re all about the exam game. Today’s episode is all about the Universal Music Exam program, which is founded by Michelle Madder. In this episode, she shares the story behind how she started UME, what sets its methodologies apart from others, and what to expect when you choose to take one of their exams. We’ll ... TC291: UME Piano Exams with Michelle Madder

08/12/2022 Read more

TC290: Tim’s Top Productivity Hacks in 10 Minutes

by Tim Topham

Do you have a million things going on but have trouble working on and accomplishing them all? Are you feeling overwhelmed, frazzled, and behind in life and business? Then this episode is for YOU. In this episode, I’m going to share my top productivity hacks and tips for having a productive mindset. I’m by no ... TC290: Tim’s Top Productivity Hacks in 10 Minutes

08/05/2022 Read more

TC289: How to Find Music Students Fast for Your Studio with Carly Walton

by Tim Topham

You are not alone – I know how challenging the search for new students can be! So to help you out with this, I teamed up with the amazing Carly Walton from Teach Music Online to put together our ultimate Find Music Students Fast Checklist. And that’s what we’re going to be talking about today. ... TC289: How to Find Music Students Fast for Your Studio with Carly Walton

07/29/2022 Read more

TC288: Connections Thru Chords – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 5

by Tim Topham

We’re now in day 5 of our Hesitant to Hero Challenge Series on the podcast and today’s topic is all about connections through chords. By helping students see the connections between old and new music, we can unlock huge potentials in our students and deepen their understanding as well. Today, we are going to demonstrate ... TC288: Connections Thru Chords – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 5

07/22/2022 Read more

TC287: Hook, Line and Sinker – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 4

by Tim Topham

We’re now in day 4 of our Hesitant to Hero Challenge series on the podcast and today’s topic is all about hook, line and sinker. The idea is to teach your students classical and pop hooks and riffs. We’ll be talking about how giving students modern pop hooks to play can build their identity as ... TC287: Hook, Line and Sinker – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 4

07/15/2022 Read more
 

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TC286: Repertoire Remix – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 3

by Tim Topham

We’re now in day 3 of our Hesitant to Hero Challenge Series on the podcast and today’s topic is all about Repertoire Remix. What is repertoire remix and how can it spark creativity in your students? In this episode, we unpack the three levels of creativity in music, how remixing works, and some piece examples ... TC286: Repertoire Remix – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 3

07/08/2022 Read more

TC285: Lead Sheets in Lesson 1 – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 2

by Tim Topham

Day two of our Hesitant to Hero Challenge is called Lead Sheets in Lesson 1. It’s all about how you, as a teacher, can teach students about harmony and base some really simple ideas right from when they’re first starting to read their right-hand pieces. You’ll see and hear how the process of teaching this ... TC285: Lead Sheets in Lesson 1 – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 2

07/01/2022 Read more

TC284: Chord Quick Wins – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 1

by Tim Topham

If you’re looking for something completely new to teach to your students or different ways of practicing and building skills for your students, then the Hesitant to Hero Challenge is for you. In just a few days, you’ll have the strategies and skills you need to engage your students. We’ll give you proven methods that ... TC284: Chord Quick Wins – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 1

06/24/2022 Read more

Piano Teacher Grows His Revenue 10x In Less Than 2 Years

by Tim Topham

Phavian Phipat is an experienced piano teacher who trains young beginners aged 10 and under. But when he decided to focus on growing his music teaching business, the task was more difficult than he expected. How This Piano Teacher Used TopMusicPro: Phavian used TopMusicPro’s tools and training to improve his students’ learning enjoyment and success, ... Piano Teacher Grows His Revenue 10x In Less Than 2 Years

06/22/2022 Read more

TC283: The Magic of Pushing Outside Your Comfort Zone with Jason Sifford

by Tim Topham

Are you looking for inspiration or wanting to find the magic of pushing outside your comfort zone? Well, you’re in luck because in this episode, Jason Sifford shares his inspiring musical journey from childhood to eventually going into academia and quickly leaving to move to a different state to start his career anew. He took ... TC283: The Magic of Pushing Outside Your Comfort Zone with Jason Sifford

06/17/2022 Read more

TC282: Invitation to a TopMusic Power Hour

by Tim Topham

What are you currently struggling with as a music teacher right now? With hundreds, even thousands, of available websites and information available to us with the click of a button, it’s so easy to say that it isn’t lack of information. But rather, it is lack of motivation, focus, and accountability to get things done. ... TC282: Invitation to a TopMusic Power Hour

06/10/2022 Read more