About the author

Tim Topham

Tim Topham is the founder and director of TopMusic. Tim hosts the popular Integrated Music Teaching Podcast, blogs regularly at topmusic.co and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as integrated teaching, creativity, 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.

The Real Reason Teens are Quitting Piano – Part 1

by Tim Topham

Are Your Teens Quitting Piano? Here’s how to motivate them: Is it just me or is it getting harder to stop teens quitting piano lessons? No one has any time, every after-school minute is jam-packed with activities, and despite the costs and logistics of piano lessons, practice always takes a back seat to everything else ... The Real Reason Teens are Quitting Piano – Part 1

05/08/2023 Read more

9 Reasons Why Playing Lead Sheets is Essential for Piano Students

by Tim Topham

Piano lead sheets are a great tool to create all-round musicians.

05/04/2023 Read more

Tips For Teaching Group Lessons

by Tim Topham

Group lessons have SO many benefits, but can be overwhelming - our tips will help inspire you!

03/19/2023 Read more

How To Teach Super Mario Bros. On Piano

by Tim Topham

Do you have students who love Super Mario and would love to learn music from the video game? We have tips to help you out!

03/13/2023 Read more

3 Ways To Make Teaching Scales More Interesting

by Tim Topham

Make teaching scales more interesting for your students with these fun ideas!

02/27/2023 Read more

4 Tips for Teaching Piano Beginner Technique

by Tim Topham

Teaching beginner piano students technique can be hard, but our four tips will help put you in good stead.

02/22/2023 Read more

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A Piano Teacher’s Guide To Teaching Sight Reading

by Tim Topham

Learn the best ways to teach sight reading to your piano students (plus a handy checklist to download)

02/13/2023 Read more

Piano Exams: A Piano Teacher’s Guide

by Tim Topham

Piano exams can spark an array of questions from your piano students and their families. We've tried to answer some of them!

02/06/2023 Read more

Piano Teachers: Are Piano Exams Good Or Bad?

by Tim Topham

Piano exams can be a controversial topic. Some teachers see exams as the best way to teach, whereas others want to stay clear of the 'exam express'. Join us as we outline 5 pros and 5 cons of piano exams.

01/30/2023 Read more

The 3-Step Process for Integrated Music Teaching

by Tim Topham

Continuing on from our recent posts introducing Integrated Music Teaching, and out-lining how you can teach an Integrated Music Lesson, we wanted to discuss the 3-step process in more detail.  Table of Contents:1. What Is The 3-Step Process for Integrated Music Teaching?2. A Quick Note About Metaphors    2.1 Also Just To Say…3. STEP 1 ... The 3-Step Process for Integrated Music Teaching

12/15/2022 Read more

How to Organise Your Piano Studio Blog and Social Media

by Tim Topham

Being organised certainly pays off.

11/18/2022 Read more

How to Teach an Integrated Music Lesson

by Tim Topham

Integrated music lessons can help you provide a more connected and immersive experience for your music students. We want to help you understand what and integrated music lesson is and how you can teach one yourself.  Last week, we announced the launch of our Integrated Music Teaching model which focuses on making connections between the ... How to Teach an Integrated Music Lesson

11/14/2022 Read more