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Tim Topham

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

TC285: Lead Sheets in Lesson 1 – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 2

by Tim Topham

Day two of our Hesitant to Hero Challenge is called Lead Sheets in Lesson 1. It’s all about how you, as a teacher, can teach students about harmony and base some really simple ideas right from when they’re first starting to read their right-hand pieces. You’ll see and hear how the process of teaching this ... TC285: Lead Sheets in Lesson 1 – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 2

07/01/2022 Read more

TC284: Chord Quick Wins – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 1

by Tim Topham

If you’re looking for something completely new to teach to your students or different ways of practicing and building skills for your students, then the Hesitant to Hero Challenge is for you. In just a few days, you’ll have the strategies and skills you need to engage your students. We’ll give you proven methods that ... TC284: Chord Quick Wins – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 1

06/24/2022 Read more

Piano Teacher Grows His Revenue 10x In Less Than 2 Years

by Tim Topham

Phavian Phipat is an experienced piano teacher who trains young beginners aged 10 and under. But when he decided to focus on growing his music teaching business, the task was more difficult than he expected. How This Piano Teacher Used TopMusicPro: Phavian used TopMusicPro’s tools and training to improve his students’ learning enjoyment and success, ... Piano Teacher Grows His Revenue 10x In Less Than 2 Years

06/22/2022 Read more

TC283: The Magic of Pushing Outside Your Comfort Zone with Jason Sifford

by Tim Topham

Are you looking for inspiration or wanting to find the magic of pushing outside your comfort zone? Well, you’re in luck because in this episode, Jason Sifford shares his inspiring musical journey from childhood to eventually going into academia and quickly leaving to move to a different state to start his career anew. He took ... TC283: The Magic of Pushing Outside Your Comfort Zone with Jason Sifford

06/17/2022 Read more

TC282: Invitation to a TopMusic Power Hour

by Tim Topham

What are you currently struggling with as a music teacher right now? With hundreds, even thousands, of available websites and information available to us with the click of a button, it’s so easy to say that it isn’t lack of information. But rather, it is lack of motivation, focus, and accountability to get things done. ... TC282: Invitation to a TopMusic Power Hour

06/10/2022 Read more

TopMusic Teaching Manifesto

by Tim Topham

If you’ve decided to become a music teacher, you’ve undoubtedly found your vocation. Our journeys to becoming piano teachers can vary.  Whether it was a friend’s child or your own, you may have been asked to teach your grandchild, or you may have been recognized in your neighborhood for being a performer on stage or ... TopMusic Teaching Manifesto

06/08/2022 Read more
 

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TC281: What’s the Secret to Building a Life-long Connection to Music?

by Tim Topham

What’s the secret to building a life-long connection to music? In today’s episode, we’re sharing the presentation that I gave at Nicola Cantan’s Teacher Turboboost event this year titled “Why playing with others helped me play for life.” We’re going to unpack one of the key factors, I believe, that contributes to students forming a ... TC281: What’s the Secret to Building a Life-long Connection to Music?

06/03/2022 Read more

TC280: Introducing the TopMusicGuitar Podcast with Michael Gumley

by Tim Topham

Michael Gumley, Head of Guitar at TopMusicPro, is joining us once again on the podcast to talk about the newly launched TopMusicGuitar Podcast he’s hosting. In his podcast, Michael interviews awesome guitar teachers doing awesome things in the music education space to share their expertise and knowledge to help you in our own teaching and ... TC280: Introducing the TopMusicGuitar Podcast with Michael Gumley

05/27/2022 Read more

TC279: How to Take a Break and Really Unplug

by Tim Topham

Running a studio isn’t easy and because you work so hard, you definitely deserve to go on that dream holiday you’ve been wanting for so long. When it’s finally time to take one, you want to be able to relax and let go of all the worries that come with running a business. But it ... TC279: How to Take a Break and Really Unplug

05/20/2022 Read more

TC278: The Interview That Made Me Cry with Glory St. Germain

by Tim Topham

I was so honoured to be interviewed by Glory St. Germain for her book The Power Of Why: Why 29 Musicians Climbed to Superstar. That’s what I’m going to share with you in this episode. What we talked about in this interview later became a chapter in her book called Notes from Miss Mac. In ... TC278: The Interview That Made Me Cry with Glory St. Germain

05/13/2022 Read more

TC277: Our Top 10 Courses Inside the TopMusicPro Academy

by Tim Topham

Achieving ongoing success as a music teacher is all about having the right tools at your disposal. TopMusicPro offers you access to courses, workshops, lesson plans, and resources so you can provide your students with the very best in music education. To help you find the most valuable courses for your teaching needs, I’ve listed ... TC277: Our Top 10 Courses Inside the TopMusicPro Academy

05/06/2022 Read more

TC276: Using Facebook Groups and Social Media to Find New Students with Benjamin Nguyen

by Tim Topham

In this episode, our guest Benjamin Nguyen is going to help us understand why social media is a fantastic way to nurture your community and encourage new student sign ups. It’s definitely one of the fastest ways to grow your studio because it has become embedded in our social culture so much that it’s increasingly ... TC276: Using Facebook Groups and Social Media to Find New Students with Benjamin Nguyen

04/29/2022 Read more