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TC252: Saving Hours of Your Time Through Newzik with Paul Leverger

by Tim Topham

Do you use your computer, laptop, tablet or phone to access your sheet music for practice, performance or teaching? If you do or are considering doing so, this episode is definitely for you.  Paul Leverger of Newzik will give us an in-depth overview of the app they’ve created and how it can help you as ... TC252: Saving Hours of Your Time Through Newzik with Paul Leverger

07/30/2021 Read more

TC238: Member Spotlight: Roslyn Walters on Creative Composition

by Tim Topham

In this episode, I’m bringing on one of our TopMusicPro members, Roslyn Walters, to talk about how she is using ideas, lessons and strategies from TopMusicPro in her own teaching. We specifically focus on how she ingeniously integrated our Creativity Kickstarter lessons to teach and explore creative composition and improvisation to her students. Roslyn has ... TC238: Member Spotlight: Roslyn Walters on Creative Composition

04/23/2021 Read more

TC198: Broadway Composer Andrew Gerle on the Art of Songwriting

by Tim Topham

In this episode, we’ll meet Broadway composer Andrew Gerle and learn about the art of songwriting, sight reading and auditioning successfully. Andrew is an award-winning composer and lyricist, music director, and author who came from a classical background. His love for theatre has brought him to work on dozens of Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional and touring ... TC198: Broadway Composer Andrew Gerle on the Art of Songwriting

07/10/2020 Read more

CPTP180: Melody Bober in Conversation

by Tim Topham

Do you compose your own music? Do you explore music composition with your students? Composers truly bring me in awe with their work and I am so honored to be interviewing a very well-known artist who I’ve wanted to have on the show forever.  I thought it would be fun to end Season 3 of ... CPTP180: Melody Bober in Conversation

12/06/2019 Read more

CPTP174: How a 16 year old Teacher is Building an Online Empire with Alexa Madison

by Tim Topham

What can you learn from a 16-year old piano teacher about teaching, blogging, marketing, composing, selling and running a studio with 30 students?  My guest today is 16-year old Alexa Madison who is a young piano teacher and budding composer moving her way up in piano teaching and business.  She has successfully built a business ... CPTP174: How a 16 year old Teacher is Building an Online Empire with Alexa Madison

10/25/2019 Read more

How Forrest Kinney’s New Series Will Help Your Students [Product Review]

by Rebecca Singerman-Knight

Exam Express I was 14 years’ old when I passed my ABRSM Grade 8 exam. I was not a prodigy nor exceptionally talented. I was an average young pianist who worked fairly hard and had been put on a diet of “exam….festival…repeat” since the age of four. I could not play Happy Birthday. I could ... How Forrest Kinney’s New Series Will Help Your Students [Product Review]

04/17/2018 Read more
 

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2017 in Review: Teaching Chords and Piano Pop Music

by Tim Topham

It’s that time of the year – December is upon us and everyone is looking forward to a break. Piano teachers, you’ve deserved it! All those countless hours of teaching, planning, personal development and even travelling and it’s almost time to switch off for a few weeks. To celebrate an amazing year here on dev.topmusic.co, ... 2017 in Review: Teaching Chords and Piano Pop Music

12/06/2017 Read more

8 Simple Steps to Create a Group Piano Composition

by Wendy Brentnall-Wood

Before we wrap up our piano composition month and head into September’s theme of group teaching, why not combine the two topics? We are so privileged to welcome guest writer Wendy Brentnall-Wood to show us exactly how you can organise a group piano composition.  Wendy is a music teacher and examiner, a published author and ... 8 Simple Steps to Create a Group Piano Composition

08/30/2017 Read more

[Video Interview] Students Share How They Found Success Learning Chords and Composition

by Sean Wales

Former Students on Composition Today’s post provides you with a student perspective on learning chords and composition. Adrian and Jackson are two of Tim’s former students. They will share with you their experiences on piano composition, and why it transformed their musical education. There are a series of videos below, touching on teaching chords, incorporating ... [Video Interview] Students Share How They Found Success Learning Chords and Composition

08/28/2017 Read more

The Power of 4 Chord Composing

by Tim Topham

Introduction All month we have explored the importance of composition in the piano studio. Now, I am excited to share with you an online course which I have been spending heaps of time creating over the past months. It’s called my 4 Chord Composing course. The following post will explain why teaching chords and composition is so ... The Power of 4 Chord Composing

08/23/2017 Read more

From Improvisation to Composition: How to Nurture Your Students’ Creativity

by Andrew Bishko, Musical U

Each week I write my student’s assignments in a plain notebook. Quite frequently, as I’m leafing through a younger child’s book, I discover a string of letters, or a scrawled drawing of a staff (number of lines variable) crowded with half notes. Some of them are proud of their “compositions”, others sheepish. But usually, when ... From Improvisation to Composition: How to Nurture Your Students’ Creativity

08/21/2017 Read more

How to Get Your Beginner Piano Students Composing Music

by Carol Matz

Carol Matz is well known in the piano teaching community for her Famous and Fun series, and more recently for her Interactive Piano Method. She’s also an experienced piano teacher herself and she knows what works when it comes to great arrangements. We are super excited to have her presenting today’s guest post, all about how to ... How to Get Your Beginner Piano Students Composing Music

08/14/2017 Read more