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CPTP149: How the 5DPP revolutionised one teacher’s studio with Lisa Kiernan

By Tim Topham | Creativity

Nov 30 2018

Last December Nicola Cantan and I ran something we called the 5 Day Piano Pivot or “5DPP” for short. This free challenge was designed to help piano teachers really think through and plan the future of their piano studio.

Too often as self-employed piano teachers we can get stuck in the weeds of the teaching, planning and admin we need to do each day. The 5DPP is the perfect opportunity to gain focus and clarity.

Lisa Kiernan

We’re about to open up the 5DPP for you to take (or take again) and I thought this would be a great time to hear from a participant. Lisa Kiernan is on the show today to share what impact this challenge had on her teaching, and how it could help you too.


If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below.

In this episode, you’ll learn

  • Why Lisa wanted to teach more creatively
  • What freeing her students from a reading first approach has done for them
  • What the Piano Pivot is and how we structured it
  • Breakthroughs that Lisa experienced as part of the challenge
  • How the goal setting in the 5DPP made a difference
  • What chords have done for Lisa’s teen students
  • What effective hourly rate is and the impact it has

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Did you take part in the Piano Pivot last December?

How did it impact your studio? What was your favourite part of the process?


About the Author

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.

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