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Repertoire Rap #2: Film and New Age music that teens and adults love

by Tim Topham

Repertoire Rap #2: Film and New Age music that teens and adults love. All right, hi, everyone. Tim Topham here. Again, for my Repertoire Rap for this fortnight, this is number two. Today’s focus is going to be on your teen and adult students in particular. I found that in working in school environments and ... Repertoire Rap #2: Film and New Age music that teens and adults love

02/23/2017 Read more

Repertoire Rap #1: Cool pop music arrangements that actually sound good!

by Tim Topham

Repertoire Rap #1. Watch and listen as I show you some cool pop music finds. For links to download the sheet music and more info head to topmusic.co/rap. All right, hi everyone, Tim Topham here, and I’m starting these little, what I’m calling, a repertoire rap, R-A-P. The whole goal of them is to give ... Repertoire Rap #1: Cool pop music arrangements that actually sound good!

02/09/2017 Read more

Repertoire Ideas

by Tim Topham

I recently purchased some new music you might be interested in exploring with your students this year. Firstly, have a look at The Virtuosic Performer. Just about all the pieces in Book 2 were fantastic and around Grade 2-3 level. Many of them sound and look amazing, but are actually quite easy to learn and ... Repertoire Ideas

01/27/2012 Read more

355: How to Teach Early Advanced Piano Students with Janna Williamson

by Tim Topham

In today's show, Janna Williamson, joins us to discuss how to teach early advanced repertoire to advanced piano students.

11/10/2023 Read more

5 Guitar Books Recommended For Guitar Teachers

by Michael Gumley

In a world where it's easy to find guitar repertoire (of all qualities!) online, guitar teachers need to have fantastic resources to hand. These books come highly recommended.

05/04/2023 Read more

Intermediate Repertoire Webinar

by Timz Fojas

11/21/2022 Read more
 

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How to Teach a Pop Song with No Music [Repertoire Rap #3]

by Tim Topham

Hi again, everyone. It’s Tim Topham here with another Facebook live repertoire rap. These are my overviews of some of the stuff that I’m doing with my students in regard to music that they want to learn and some of the best books that are out there that I’m finding. As you come on the ... How to Teach a Pop Song with No Music [Repertoire Rap #3]

03/09/2017 Read more

Repertoire Rap | The Best Piano Sheet Music

by Tim Topham

Repertoire Raps (RR) are my free Facebook Live video recordings where I demonstrate great new (and old) contemporary sheet music for piano teachers.   Save yourself the trouble of buying heaps of books only to find they don't really appeal - check out my regular RR's and learn about the music that I know works in ... Repertoire Rap | The Best Piano Sheet Music

02/06/2017 Read more

Encore: A must-have new graded repertoire collection for your studio

by Tim Topham

Finding good collections of music at graded levels can be quite a challenge and so I was really excited to explore and review the ABRSM’s Encore Collection which was released last year. I actually can’t believe how long it’s taken me to get into these books – lots of things have unfortunately taken priority since they ... Encore: A must-have new graded repertoire collection for your studio

03/28/2016 Read more

Teaching group piano, classes and labs

by Tim Topham

If you've ever wondered how you can have a wider impact on a larger number of students while increasing your income and teaching fewer hours, then group teaching month at topmusic.co is going to be perfect for you. Even if you don't think that groups are your cup of tea, hang in there because teaching groups takes many different forms and this month's articles and podcasts will consider all the different options and how you can test them out in your own studio. Teachers often tell me that they struggle to fit everything in: not just in their lessons (eg. theory, aural, sight reading, etc.), but also in their own lives: teaching, lesson preparation, going to workshops, exploring new ideas or repertoire and still finding time for family, friends and a social life. The problem is...

03/01/2016 Read more

Piano Repertoire for Students | Live Videochat with Joy Morin

by Tim Topham

Choosing Repertoire for Students I've just found out that Joy Morin from Color in my Piano Blog has started recording some regular Google Hangouts (online group chats) with other piano teachers on a number of really interesting topics including choosing repertoire, piano technique and business sense.  I've just finished watching her latest video about choosing ... Piano Repertoire for Students | Live Videochat with Joy Morin

08/14/2014 Read more

40 pieces “Coffee Card” and where to find more repertoire

by Tim Topham

As you already know, I’m a huge advocate for having my students learn as many pieces as possible each year, with a studio benchmark of 40 pieces for all students. In fact, I have no hesitation in saying that playing LOTS of repertoire is probably the most crucial element in a music student’s development and I’m ... 40 pieces “Coffee Card” and where to find more repertoire

03/22/2013 Read more

New repertoire: David Nevue, Craig Armstrong, Kyle Landry and more

by Tim Topham

This post is simply about exposing other teachers to music that I’ve recently found online. The post is designed to be easy to scroll through, listen to YouTube clips, and if you like a piece, click any of the links to find the sheet music. Click on the name of the composer to go straight ... New repertoire: David Nevue, Craig Armstrong, Kyle Landry and more

01/12/2013 Read more

How to find cool new repertoire for your students

by Tim Topham

As my regular readers will know, I’m a huge fan of finding new repertoire for my students. In fact, I believe it’s a job necessity! I predominantly teach beginners to around Grade 2 level, many of whom start learning in Year 7 (ie. 12-13 years old) and often without any prior musical training. I also ... How to find cool new repertoire for your students

12/19/2011 Read more

Teaching Boys Piano – Repertoire Ideas

by Tim Topham

Most of my career has focussed on all-boys education. I believe there are many merits to single-sex schooling, especially when it comes to the arts. However, this is not a post about co-ed versus single sex schooling, rather it’s about repertoire that I have found resonates really well when teaching boys. In my experience, boys ... Teaching Boys Piano – Repertoire Ideas

06/07/2011 Read more

005: Francesca Christmas Introduces the New Trinity College London Exam Series

by Tim Topham

In this episode, we are joined by the brilliant Francesca Christmas, Director of Music and Director of Publishing at Trinity College London.

02/23/2024 Read more

003: Podcast Takeover – MTNA President Peter Mack Interviews Tim!

by Tim Topham

In this special episode, Peter Mack, President of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), takes on the role of guest host and interviews Tim Topham.

02/09/2024 Read more

Piano Teachers’ Resolutions for the New Year

by Georgina Wilson

As the end of year approaches, it's a perfect time to discuss piano teachers' resolutions. For inspiration on changes you can make to improve your teaching business, keep reading!

12/18/2023 Read more

The Best Piano Teachers Do These 7 Things

by Georgina Wilson

Being the best piano teacher you can be isn't something that happens overnight. It's a continuous journey of growth and refinement. But how do you improve your skills and become a more effective and inspiring teacher?

12/11/2023 Read more

Advancing Pianists Course

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Learn how to teach repertoire to your advanced students with lessons from Janna Williamson

11/20/2023 Read more

5 Reasons You Should Teach Advanced Piano Students

by Georgina Wilson

"Do you teach advanced piano students?" asks a prospective student. "I've just moved into town, and I'm looking for a teacher to help me prepare a piece for an audition." You hesitate; you don't tend to... but could you? You feel you'd be able to, but it's not something you've ever considered. Should you?

11/27/2023 Read more

Do You Ever Finish Learning The Piano?

by Georgina Wilson

Have you ever been asked by a student, "How long will it take for me to learn the piano?" Learning the piano is a lifelong journey. But why?

11/13/2023 Read more

TC266: Is Classical Music Dying? A Chat with Benjamin Zander

by Tim Topham

How will future generations experience and value classical music? In this episode, world-renowned conductor Benjamin Zander of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra joins Tim to discuss the direction of classical music and the influence of the music teaching industry. He shares about speaking at Ted Talks, with anecdotes of Boston Philharmonic Symphony musicians and students of ... TC266: Is Classical Music Dying? A Chat with Benjamin Zander

11/05/2021 Read more

TC286: Repertoire Remix – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 3

by Tim Topham

A brief summary of this episode

07/08/2022 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