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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.

304: Building the Certificate of Integrated Music Teaching with Kimberly Swanson

by Tim Topham

In today’s episode, Kimberly Swanson will join us to discuss all about how we’ve been building the Certificate of Integrated Music Teaching over the last six to nine months. We’ll be going over the big picture view of why we’ve created this certification and how it fits into a larger educational framework. And  finally, we’re ... 304: Building the Certificate of Integrated Music Teaching with Kimberly Swanson

11/11/2022 Read more

303: Integrated Music Teaching in Action

by Tim Topham

In today’s episode, we continue to talk about the Integrated Music Teaching method. We are going to let you hear some integrations in actual lessons that I’ve taught. I thought this would be really instructive for those of you who are still wondering how this actually looks and sounds in a lesson.  How to teach ... 303: Integrated Music Teaching in Action

11/04/2022 Read more

302: 3 Steps to Teaching an Integrated Music Lesson

by Tim Topham

In today’s episode, we’re going to unpack the 3-step process on how to teach an integrated music lesson in your studio. Integrated music teaching is based on expanding and deepening your students’ connection to repertoire, so this 3-step process is all based around the repertoire that the student is already learning. Have a listen as ... 302: 3 Steps to Teaching an Integrated Music Lesson

10/28/2022 Read more

Introduction to Integrated Music Teaching

by Tim Topham

This is the first post in a 4-part series on Integrated Music Teaching.Check out part two here, and part three here.  Check out the podcasts:3 Pillars of Integrated Music Teaching 3 Steps to Teaching an Integrated Music LessonIntegrated Music Teaching in Action Introduction About 10 years ago, I realised that there was something very different about ... Introduction to Integrated Music Teaching

10/24/2022 Read more

301: The 3 Pillars of Integrated Music Teaching

by Tim Topham

Our exploration on integrated music teaching starts with an overview of the three pillars, which will provide the foundation for you to successfully use this approach in your own teaching. We will explore student first or student-centered teaching, multimodal assessment and questions that build curiosity. And we will look at ways that you can implement ... 301: The 3 Pillars of Integrated Music Teaching

10/21/2022 Read more

300: Integrated Music Teaching

by Tim Topham

I can’t believe it’s been 300 episodes since I started this podcast! Looking back at the first episode until this one, so much has changed for the better. I’m thrilled to be sharing two announcements on today’s podcast, which is a culmination of all these years of learning and growing as a music educator, and ... 300: Integrated Music Teaching

10/14/2022 Read more
 

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TC299: Ever Thought of Selling Your Studio? A Chat with Jeff Homer from Ensemble Music Schools

by Tim Topham

Have you ever thought of selling your studio in the future? In today’s episode, we’re having a chat with Jeff Homer, the founder of Ensemble Music Schools. Jeff shares with us what Ensemble Music Schools is all about, his background and how he got into this type of niche. He also shares his thoughts on ... TC299: Ever Thought of Selling Your Studio? A Chat with Jeff Homer from Ensemble Music Schools

10/07/2022 Read more

TC298: How Multi-Level Group Teaching Works with Dorla Aparicio

by Tim Topham

In this episode, my guest Dorla Aparicio discusses the benefits of multi-level group teaching. She shares with us how she introduced it into her piano studio and what steps were involved. She talks about how to approach it with students and her methods for keeping students engaged despite their age and skill level. Dorla also ... TC298: How Multi-Level Group Teaching Works with Dorla Aparicio

09/30/2022 Read more

Special Needs Piano Teaching

by Tim Topham

Feel more confident today teaching for special needs, with our tips, classroom strategies, method advice and more

09/29/2022 Read more

TC297: Embracing Special Needs Teaching with Selena Pistoresi (August 2020)

by Tim Topham

Today’s special episode is a rebroadcast of TopCast Episode 204. Listen in as Selena Pistoresi joins us and we unpack an often misunderstood area of teaching – special needs teaching from the viewpoint of respecting neurodiversity and presuming the competence of students. Selena is going to share practical, ready-to-implement strategies that you can adopt to ... TC297: Embracing Special Needs Teaching with Selena Pistoresi (August 2020)

09/23/2022 Read more

TC296: How to Find Music Instructors During this Employment Shortage with Dave Simon

by Tim Topham

Teacher recruitment is one of the most challenging aspects of running a music school. And with the current employment shortage, music school owners are really finding it hard to look for quality teachers. In this episode, Dave Simon presents a revolutionary idea that can potentially solve this problem for your studio. His in-depth discussion on ... TC296: How to Find Music Instructors During this Employment Shortage with Dave Simon

09/16/2022 Read more

TC295: All About Synesthesia with TopMusicPro Member Kelly Jenkins

by Tim Topham

My guest, TopMusicPro member Kelly Jenkins, is a music educator, stage musical writer and arranger, owner of a hybrid studio just outside Boston, and a synesthete. In this episode, were going to talk about the wonders of synesthesia. We’ll unpack what it really is, how to spot it in our students if they have it ... TC295: All About Synesthesia with TopMusicPro Member Kelly Jenkins

09/09/2022 Read more