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TC263: Building Trust and Connection with All Our Students with Gloria Tham-Haines

By Tim Topham | Podcast

Oct 15 2021

Building Trust

Music brings out our student’s creativity and expressive potential. But when students experience frustration or trauma or stress, we often encounter different responses. What is the role that music teachers play in this situation? And how do we make ourselves aware of our actions?

Stress and trauma can affect our students which then affects us too. By using therapeutic techniques, we help calm our brains and our students’ brains, consequently unlocking their potential.

  • [03:22] Gloria shares her educational background.
  • [04:09] The story about how she found out about trauma-informed teaching.
  • [0[8:42] Behaviors or examples in the studio that may be related to trauma.
  • [13:15] The biggest pushback that intervention practitioners get.
  • [25:17] The shift in Gloria’s teaching philosophy and how this enabled her teach more because of this.
  • [28:01] Gloria gives an example of how she builds connections with her students.
  • [31:30] Being aware of and addressing the sensory needs of your students.
  • [38:36] The importance of being aware of yourself as a teacher.
  • [40:53] Learning more about the different attachment styles of teachers.
  • [44:02] Working together with parents as teachers.
  • [49:50] Resources available on trauma-informed training.

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Today’s Guest

Building Trust

Dr. Gloria Tham-Haines is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music and a member of the Music Teachers National Association. She is a Trust-Based Relational Intervention® Practitioner and a national presenter on incorporating Trust-Based Relational Intervention® strategies to build a trauma-informed piano studio.

Dr. Tham-Haines has recently been named lecturer of music at Oklahoma Baptist University. She has taught class piano and applied piano there since 2017. In 2019, she was selected as a Teacher of Distinction by the Royal Conservatory of Music, Canada. 

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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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