Find out Who’s Coming to Piano Pivot Live in 2020

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Find out Who’s Coming to Piano Pivot Live in 2020

Piano Pivot Live

You’ve probably heard some very exciting news – I’m hosting my very first live piano teaching conference next year, called Piano Pivot Live 2020.

If you’ve ever been to a piano teaching conference before, this one is going to be a bit different – and for the better!

It’s going to be a two-day conference that features the lot – workshops, teaching and of course tips on how to run your business.

I’ve hand-picked each presenter, and I’ve seen them all speak before so I know they’re fantastic. I’ve also included masterminding sessions so that you can make action plans right away…and much more.

You can’t have a conference without keynote presentations!

Today, I want to introduce to you our keynote speakers who will be presenting in Melbourne next year.

If you haven’t got your ticket yet, click here for more information!

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Join me in Melbourne next year for my first conference!

World Famous Educators

I’ve chosen each of my keynote speakers and also presenters (we will get to them later too) because I know what they will bring.

I’ve heard them before and I know you will be blown away by their thought-provoking teaching methods.

It’s all about leaving Piano Pivot Live feeling inspired and motivated.

So, let’s meet them!

Samantha Coates

Samantha Coates is an internationally regarded piano pedagogue and presenter. She is the creator and publisher of BlitzBooks, the music education series that has brought laughter and creativity to music theory, sight reading, and piano repertoire.

Samantha’s sense of humour and ability to connect with students through her books and online resources reflect her ongoing dedication to making all areas of music accessible, enjoyable and memorable.

Samantha holds a Bachelor of Music degree (Sydney Conservatorium) as well as several performance diplomas. She is well known for her entertaining presenting style, and is regularly invited to speak at conferences around the world on a wide range of pedagogical topics.

Samantha has never lost touch with what students want; she has been running her piano studio in Sydney for over three decades and is passionate about helping students to work towards the goal of a lifetime association and love of music.

Anita Collins

Dr Anita Collins is an award-winning educator, researcher and writer in the field of brain development and music learning. 

Anita is best known for her role as on-screen expert and campaign lead for the Don’t Stop the Music documentary that aired on the ABC in late 2018.

She is internationally recognised for her unique work in translating the scientific research of neuroscientists and psychologists to the everyday parent, teacher and student.

Anita brings a wealth of experience as an active educator to every presentation. She is an experienced classroom teachers and conductor (Canberra Grammar School), has been musical director for three award winning productions and she has over a decade of experience as a teacher educator across all areas of tertiary education (University of Canberra and the Australian National University).

Carly McDonald

Carly McDonald is a highly regarded Australian piano pedagogue and presenter, seeking to connect teachers with creative ideas and strong business acumen.

Carly established her music studio, Novar Music, in 2005. In addition to teaching, she manages 25 teachers in 5 locations across South Australia.

As author of blog Creative.Piano.Professional, Carly provides thought leadership in early music education and studio business.

She is the Creative Editor of The Piano Teacher magazine, Editor of The Piano Teacher Hub Australia, Australian Ambassador for the Piano Adventures series by Randall and Nancy Faber and co-editor of the “I Want To Play That” piano series.

She is passionate about working with students to develop a strong foundation of skills for self-expression throughout their lives. 

Philip Johnston

Based in Australia, Philip Johnston is one of music education’s best known lateral thinkers and writers, with his books on professional development and practicing among the industry’s best sellers worldwide.

He has recorded for Warner Music as a pianist, composed for Alfreds Publishing and the AMEB and Trinity exam systems, and is the creator of the “Bootcamp” series of gamified repertoire and scales books.

Philip runs one of Australia’s largest school-based martial arts programs, and splits his creative time between writing, composing, recording and app development.  

Look for his Rachmaninoff performances and original works on YouTube; his books are available through 

Other Fabulous Speakers

Along with our keynote presentations, I’ve also selected another great music minds to present on a range of topics.

By buying a ticket to Piano Pivot Live, you will also hear from the likes of Nicola Cantan, Ruth Power, Anastasia Buettner-Moore, Joyce Ong, Lyndel Kennedy, Paul Myatt and Justin Levitt. 

Between them, too many years of teaching to count!

These speakers will cover a huge variety of topics, from Nicola’s imaginative teaching resources to Joyce’s creative approach to running a business, to Paul’s knowledge of group music schools, there’s truly something for everyone!

Don’t miss out!

Tickets are on sale now so to save your seat and ensure you get to hear from these fantastic speakers, and of course myself, purchase your ticket now.

Two days of professional development will be invaluable to your future business and teaching endeavours.

Click on the button below and I’ll see you in Melbourne next year!

Tim Topham

Tim Topham is the founder and director of TopMusic. Tim hosts the popular Integrated Music Teaching Podcast, blogs regularly at 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.

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