Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content

TC264: When your role as a teacher is threatened

By Tim Topham | Podcast

Oct 22 2021

Episode 246 - When your role as a teacher is threatened

As a teacher, it is so inevitable to get that one student who makes you rethink your role as a teacher – students who like teaching themselves on YouTube, doing rote learning, and who are just really out of the box. I’ve had that experience. And I know many teachers see this in their studios as well.

So what do we do when our roles as teachers are threatened? In this episode, Tim gives us explanations ad examples of what we can do and why we should do it.

  • [01:34] Knowing your role as a teacher when you have a student who wants to learn independently through YouTube or rote learning.
  • [03:16] Changing your mindset and approach to guide your students better in what they’re doing.
  • [04:39] Examples of what you can do with students to guide and support them in their learning.
  • [06:05] Why autonomy is so important for a student’s success.
  • [07:57] Teaching teens and adult students based on their goals in learning.
  • [08:43] Tim shares Forrest Kinney’s experience on teaching a student who wanted to learn only the Beatles.
  • [10:22] Ti’m’s experience on teaching a student who was ready to quit learning piano.
  • [11:41] How to put autonomy within the bounds of your teaching approach. 
  • [12:12] What to do with a student who’s fixated on one thing.
  • [14:43] Should students be taught how to read right away?
  • [16:45] Tips on guiding and inspiring students to learn how to read.
  • [19:23] Ideas on handling students.

Links Mentioned

Today’s Sponsor

Music teachers all over the globe agree – My Music Staff is the #1 software solution to manage your business! Whether you’re a private music teacher or studio owner, My Music Staff will streamline your administrative work, leaving you more time to do what you love… teach! Collecting payments and organizing your lesson schedule has never been easier, but that’s not all you can do with My Music Staff! From managing private and group lessons to automatic invoicing and billing to sharing multimedia content (and much, much more), you’ll have everything you need to run a successful music business.

      Thank you for tuning in!

      Consider implementing the ideas from this podcast by writing several actionable steps for your teaching practice if it’s inspired you.

      If you enjoyed today’s show, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, which helps other teachers find our show.

      Stay updated by subscribing to this show, and get automatic delivery to your device every time a new episode goes live! We publish on Fridays weekly.


      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.

      (2) comments

      Add Your Reply
      TopMusic Certified