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TC254: Part One: Forming an Identity as a Musician with Michael Gumley

By Tim Topham | Podcast

Aug 13 2021

TopCast 254: Part One - Forming an Identity as a Musician

Unpack a whole lot of tips, bust some myths, and engage and motivate students with Michael Gumley and I in this three part podcast series. 

Micael is the owner and head teacher at Melbourne Guitar Academy and head of the soon-to-launch TopMusicPro Guitar Program. Today we’re going to unpack his own story, how he came to work with us and our plans for this new element of the TopMusicPro membership.

  • [07:12] Michael shares his story about how he came to do the work he’s doing now.
  • [15:44] Deepening students’ identity as a musician.
  • [19:29] Michael continues his journey into learning guitar.
  • [22:28] Teaching students pieces that they want to learn, not only what they need to learn.
  • [28:09] How and when he decided to become a guitar teacher.
  • [43:46] Michael gives us an overview of where he’s at now and his teaching.

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Today’s Guest

TopCast 254: Part One - Forming an Identity as a Musician

Michael is a guitar teacher and music educator from Melbourne, Australia. He’s the owner and head teacher at  Melbourne Guitar Academy. Michael brings his passion for and love of all things guitar to each and every lesson and seeks to capture the same excitement and wonder that captivated him during his guitar journey with all of his students.

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About the Author

Tim Topham is the founder and director of TopMusic. Tim hosts the popular TopCast show, blogs regularly at 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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