Have you ever wondered where all those piano books you buy come from? What the inside the world’s major music publishers looks like?
Hal Leonard is the world’s biggest music publisher, and Hal Leonard Australia is an important part of bringing those books (and other publisher’s books) to Australia. Under the direction of Gina Wake, the piano department has been a fantastic force for good, connecting teachers all over Australia and providing them with resources and professional development. Gina Wake started ‘The Piano Teacher’ as a way to provide teachers with great content, articles and tips.
The 40 Piece Challenge also grew from Hal Leonard Australia, with the help of Elissa Milne. This challenge has spread wider than they could have ever imagined, with teachers all over the world embracing the idea of students learning lots and lots of repertoire at varying levels.
Take a listen to today’s podcast to get a peek inside the publishing world!
There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run. Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons.
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Was there any aspect of the business that you didn’t expect? Did you wish you could have a warehouse like that as your music library? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
If you have any questions specifically for the guys at Hal Leonard Australia, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tim Topham is the founder and director of TopMusic. Tim hosts the popular TopCast show, blogs regularly at topmusic.co 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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