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Deliberate Practice

by Tim Topham

My summer holiday reading this year centered on a book called Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else by Geoff Colvin (highly recommended). The really positive revelation in this book is that the ‘most talented’ people in the world in any pursuit only get there by masses of hard work and ... Deliberate Practice

05/24/2011 Read more

Deliberate Play v. Deliberate Practice

by Tim Topham

Deliberate Practice I’ve talked at length in previous posts about the importance of “Deliberate Practice”, a phrase made popular in Geoff Colvin’s brilliant book, “Talent is Overrated”, in making your limited practice time more effective. But can you actually do too much practice? We’ve all heard that “too much of anything is a bad thing” ... Deliberate Play v. Deliberate Practice

11/13/2011 Read more

5 Ways To Help Your Students Feel Performance Ready

by Georgina Wilson

Performances can be scary. Can you remember how you felt as a music student walking onto a stage for the first time? Do you remember your hands shaking as you played your first note? As teachers we can help our students feel less nervous about performing, and boost their confidence, whether they're playing in a recital, a competition, or an exam.

03/06/2023 Read more

Piano Practice Guides for Motivating Students [Free Resources]

by Roberta Wolff

Have you ever wondered how a student’s practice diary or assignment book can best support their development as a musician or if there’s even any point in writing things down each week? Have you ever wondered if there are better ways that you can guide your students to practise effectively during the week? Many of us ... Piano Practice Guides for Motivating Students [Free Resources]

02/23/2016 Read more

1000 Hours to Competence « Music Teacher’s Helper Blog

by Tim Topham

Should 10,000 hours really be the benchmark? You’ve no doubt heard rule of thumb that it takes approximately 10,000 hours of practice to become a master of something. The statement originated in Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Outliers” and, even if you haven’t read it, you’ve no doubt heard the statistic. It has since been used by many authors in discussing high-achievement and ... 1000 Hours to Competence « Music Teacher’s Helper Blog

12/22/2014 Read more

Voyeuristic Practice?! How watching other performers can make you a better player.

by Tim Topham

I was watching a TV program last week called “Test your brain“, a series developed by National Geographic Channel which explores how the mind works. The first episode was all about memory (interesting enough for musicians), but the second episode entitled, “You won’t believe your eyes”, really got me thinking about the effect of visual ... Voyeuristic Practice?! How watching other performers can make you a better player.

09/19/2012 Read more
 

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Preparing For an AMusA Performance Diploma Exam – Why Bother?!

by Tim Topham

I recently sat and passed my Associate Diploma of Performance (called the “AMusA” piano exam in Australia) with Distinction. Needless to say, I was ecstatic! It was a project that I’d been working towards for around two years, having last sat a piano exam when I was 12 and having had a break of around ... Preparing For an AMusA Performance Diploma Exam – Why Bother?!

02/09/2012 Read more

The hardest thing about practice is…not playing on!

by Tim Topham

One of the hardest things about effective, deliberate practice is knowing when to stop! Have you ever experienced this situation: You decide to work on a small phrase of your music, perhaps just a bar or hand position change to a tricky chord, only to find a few seconds later, you’ve already gone on and ... The hardest thing about practice is…not playing on!

08/06/2011 Read more

Piano Teacher Goals for the New Year

by Georgina Wilson

Piano teacher goals tend to take a backseat behind student goals. Take this blog as a reminder to think about your year ahead and what you want to achieve!

01/02/2024 Read more

TTTV008: Tactics for teaching piano students with ASD & ADHD – Thembi Shears

by Mauro Dalu

Have you ever taught a student with special needs or learning difficulties? Do you have a student right now who is on the Autism Spectrum? In today’s podcast epidsode Thembi Shears shares her fantastic insights into teaching students with ASD or ADHD. Thembi talks about what these terms mean, the difficulties you may encounter, and how ... TTTV008: Tactics for teaching piano students with ASD & ADHD – Thembi Shears

06/17/2015 Read more

5 Must-Have Books For Guitar Teachers in 2023

by Michael Gumley

Even as teachers, we're still learning. From discovering new teaching methods, ways of practicing, or business skills, reading books can help you improve as a guitar teacher and a business owner.

04/27/2023 Read more

Is Your Teaching Limiting Your Studio Growth?

by Dave Simon

Learn the 3 mindsets of studio owners and find which type you are!

01/10/2021 Read more

Improve Your Piano Teaching through Self-Assessment

by Leah Coutts

Self-assessment to Improve your Piano Teaching It’s that time of year when many of us have just received our students’ exam results and sent out progress reports to parents. Tracking student progress is definitely an important activity, but what about our progress as teachers? Is the fact that our students are returning to us next ... Improve Your Piano Teaching through Self-Assessment

12/18/2013 Read more

How to get addicted to practising piano

by Tim Topham

If you want to be really, really good at something, you have to be addicted to it. You need to be in a state where you are thinking about it all the time, even when you’re not doing it. You talk about it, you have friends that do it, you dream about it. Imagine having ... How to get addicted to practising piano

08/27/2011 Read more

If your practice sounds good, it’s not practice, it’s just playing!

by Tim Topham

Last night at my student’s mid-year recital I reminded all my students and their parents that practice, if effective and done properly, should not sound “nice” all that often. Why? One simple reason. For students to push themselves to learn harder pieces and conquer new technical difficulties, their practice will necessarily sound pretty bad more ... If your practice sounds good, it’s not practice, it’s just playing!

06/24/2011 Read more

Whole Body Learning: A Fun and Effective Way to Teach Music

by Tim Topham

Have you ever encountered Whole Body Learning? It’s an approach to teaching developed by Paul Myatt, the creator of ForteMusic and Piano Teaching Success. In this article, written by Paul Myatt himself, we’re going to skim the surface of this teaching approach. Table of Contents: What Is Whole Body Learning? Whole Body Learning is a ... Whole Body Learning: A Fun and Effective Way to Teach Music

06/19/2024 Read more

370: How to Add Piano Accompanying to Your Income Portfolio with Dr Rachel Ehring

by Tim Topham

In today's episode, we delve into the world of piano accompanying with Dr. Rachel Ehring, a distinguished pianist, teacher, and music administrator.

06/17/2024 Read more

369: My MTNA Keynote – Dare to Dream

by Tim Topham

In today's episode, I want to share highlights from my keynote at the MTNA conference in Atlanta this past March, titled "Dare to Dream: Why Students Need Your Vision."

06/10/2024 Read more

021: The Intersection of Piano and Yoga with Tiffany Pinhorn Smith

by Tim Topham

In this show, we dive into the intersection of piano and yoga with Tiffany Pinhorn Smith and explore the innovative fusion of music and yoga practices.

06/14/2024 Read more

020: Creating Community Among Teachers with Jaclyn Mrozek

by Tim Topham

Our guest today, Jaclyn Mrozek, shares her remarkable journey of transforming her studio and building a thriving community of piano teachers.

06/07/2024 Read more

368: The 6 Cores of Music Teaching and Studio Business Success

by Tim Topham

In this solo episode, Tim introduces an exciting new workshop, "The 6 Cores of Music Teaching and Studio Business Success."

06/03/2024 Read more

019: Integrated Piano Teaching with Dr. May Tsao-Lim

by Tim Topham

In this episode, we delve into the world of integrated piano teaching with Dr. May Tsao-Lim, a distinguished Professor of Piano at Henderson State University.

05/31/2024 Read more

367: A Look Inside TopMusicPro Membership

by Tim Topham

In this episode, we're diving deep into the TopMusicPro membership for instrumental teachers, our vision, mission, and the incredible resources we offer.

05/27/2024 Read more

018: Creating Content that Converts with Ashlee Young

by Tim Topham

In today's show, discover Ashlee Young's expert insights on creating content that engages and converts in this must-listen episode.

05/24/2024 Read more

366: How to Convert From Private to Group Lessons with Marie Lee

by Tim Topham

In today's episode, Marie Lee shares how she uses group lessons and innovative group teaching methods to inspire and motivate musicians.

05/20/2024 Read more