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CPTP166: From piano teacher to wedding pianist with Liz Craig

By Tim Topham | Performance

Jul 19

Have you ever thought about playing for weddings? Becoming a wedding pianist can be a great complementary income for piano teachers and a fantastic way to perform and keep up your playing chops as well as explore new music.

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Liz Craig has combined teaching with being a wedding pianist with great success and it now makes up about 60% of her income. Learn from Liz’s mistakes, experiences and awesome organisational skills in this episode.

Transcript

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In this episode, you’ll learn

  • How Liz got into playing for weddings
  • How engaged couples find her through her site
  • Why she enjoys playing in this setting
  • How she plans what to play at the ceremony
  • How to prepare special requests quickly
  • Organisation tips for booking events

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Have you played for any weddings?

What did you like and dislike about it? Is this an area that you’d like to get into more?

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About the Author

Tim Topham has one mission in life: to stem the tide of children quitting music lessons by helping teachers maximise student engagement through creativity, technology and innovation. Tim hosts the popular Creative Piano Teaching Podcast, 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, Californian Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.