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About topmusic.co

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Who are we?

topmusic.co is the world's leading educational design and networking community for instrumental music teachers. 

Our mission is to nurture and develop the pedagogical and business skills of teachers so that they can inspire the next generation of musicians to enjoy a lifelong love of music.

A more holistic approach to teaching 

For too long, instrumental music education has been held hostage by the traditions of teaching in the 1800s with its strict focus on music reading, interpretation and performance. 

At topmusic.co we're working hard to break these shackles and support teachers as they venture into the often unchartered territories of a modern approach to music teaching: improvising, composing and playing by ear. 

These modern approaches are vital because comprehensive music teaching music is much more than learning to read dots on a page.

Reading and performing music is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Supporting modern teaching

A truly holistic and well-rounded musical experience should explore every aspect of being a musician: being able to jam with other musicians, accompanying, singing, reading lead sheets, composing, playing pop and jazz, playing by ear and much more.

Providing teachers the skills and support they need to confidently teach today's busy, over-scheduled music students with a compressive, experiential curriculum is what we're all about.

At topmusic.co, we help music teachers build a strong, sustainable studio business that will educate well-rounded, versatile musicians well into the future.

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A supportive professional development community

Since 2016, our members-only TopMusicPro community has helped hundreds of music teachers re-connect with today’s busy, over-scheduled music students. We provide the resources, guidance and expertise to create more meaningful music lessons.

TopMusicPro membership is the key to unlocking all the creative teaching tools, business advice and support you need to become a more confident teacher and savvy business owner.

TopMusicPro membership gives you access to our growing library of over 30 comprehensive step-by-step video training courses. It includes exclusive discounts and members get free sheet music every month. 

To find out more about the benefits of becoming a member, click here.

Meet the team

topmusic.co team directors

Final team meeting before Piano Pivot Live 2020

tim topham music educator


Founder & Director

Tim Topham founded TopMusic back in 2010 when he realised that traditional, exam-focussed teaching just wasn't cutting it with his savvy, tech-focussed students. He decided to revolutionise his approach and, along the way, share blogs and videos of his ideas. Happily, this continues to this day. 

Nicola Cantan piano teaching


Community Director

Nicola Cantan is a piano teacher in Dublin, Ireland who leads several online communities of passionate and creative teachers. She has been working with TopMusic since 2015 and loves helping our community to level-up their teaching and take control of their businesses.

Barbara Leest Piano Teaching


Marketing Manager

Coming soon.

Mauro dalu developer


Lead Developer

Coming soon. 

Emily Laney - topmusic content director


Content Director

Coming soon. 

ruth power piano


Social Media Manager

Ruth Power is a piano course creator and online teacher in Raglan, New Zealand. She wields the power of social media for TopMusic, planning engaging content to inspire & motivate creative piano teachers.

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Connect with us

If you've got any questions, please leave us a message on our Contact Us page.

The best way to keep in touch is to follow us on social. You'll find links below. 

If you'd like to write for us, find out more here.

Make sure you tune into the TopCast, the official music teachers podcast which airs weekly Friday 11am Eastern. Tune in on any podcast player or spotify.

Don't forget to subscribe to our weekly YouTube videos for all the latest teaching ideas, reviews and music releases.

See you inside TopMusicPro Membership 🙂