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TC181: Inside Philip Johnston’s $100m Dream Music Teaching Empire

By Tim Topham | Podcast

Mar 13 2020

music teaching empire with guest Philip Johnston

If you had $100m to spend on designing, constructing and fitting out a dream music teaching empire, what would it look like? 

Philip Johnston is one of music education’s best-known writers and lateral thinkers, pianist, and composer. Aside from being a musical genius, Philip also holds black belts in three different martial arts and runs Australia’s largest school-based martial arts program.

music teaching empire - guest Philip Johnston bio


 For those who were not able to join us at the Piano Pivot Live event held last January 2020, this is a chance to get a taste of what Philip presented.

In this podcast episode, he shares his insights on creating your own dream music teaching empire, with a studio that’s just right for you and your students, using technology and items you might already have  — or are easily available to you.

Transcript of the Show

If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below.

In this episode, you’ll learn

  • Thought experiment: What will you do with $100m to spend on a studio? 
  • A tour of what a $100m studio would look like.
  • The very first thing Philip would do when building the world’s best piano studio.
  • Important things you need for your studio and how to use it.
  • Using technology to analyse your student’s playing.
  • The benefits of recording students and how you can do it with technology you already have or can easily buy.

Links Mentioned

Thank you for Tuning In!

In conclusion, there are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine. Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run.

Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons!

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Are you ready to take your studio to the next level?

Listen to the entire Philip Johnston lecture, and the other relatable and inspiring presenters from Piano Pivot Live with a virtual ticket to see it all online, complete with professional video and slides.


Tim Topham

About the Author

Tim Topham is the founder and director of TopMusic. Tim hosts the popular TopCast show, blogs regularly at 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.

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