special needs
blog posts

Teach music confidently without the stress

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

TC239: Hiding Your Musical Veggies with Composer Karen Marshall

by Tim Topham

In this episode, Karen Marshall shares her story of returning to studying and teaching music after succeeding in a career in marketing and public relations. Well-loved as a composer and best-selling author, Karen has also trained extensively in the area of special needs.  In addition to learning about her teaching journey, we discuss Karen’s compositions, some of ... TC239: Hiding Your Musical Veggies with Composer Karen Marshall

04/30/2021 Read more

CPTP142: The challenges of teaching a blind piano student with Anastasia Buettner-Moore

by Tim Topham

Have you ever been asked to teach a blind piano student? What did you say? It’s tempting to say no – not because we don’t want to teach them – but because we feel unprepared. But there is no degree in teaching piano to the visually impaired (that I know of) and if we don’t ... CPTP142: The challenges of teaching a blind piano student with Anastasia Buettner-Moore

10/12/2018 Read more

TTTV056: Scott Price on Special Needs Teaching

by Tim Topham

Teaching students with special needs can be an extremely rewarding experience, but it has its challenges. If you’ve been approached by a parent of a child with special needs, you may have been too intimidated to take them on. You may have felt that you weren’t prepared or qualified to deal with their unique learning ... TTTV056: Scott Price on Special Needs Teaching

09/04/2016 Read more

TTTV008: Tactics for teaching piano students with ASD & ADHD – Thembi Shears

by Tim Topham

Have you ever taught a student with special needs or learning difficulties? Do you have a student right now who is on the Autism Spectrum? In today’s podcast epidsode Thembi Shears shares her fantastic insights into teaching students with ASD or ADHD. Thembi talks about what these terms mean, the difficulties you may encounter, and how ... TTTV008: Tactics for teaching piano students with ASD & ADHD – Thembi Shears

06/21/2015 Read more